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The Belize Breeze

Chocoholics of the Universe, unite!
The Chocolate Festival of Belize is (finally) here!

May/June 2013
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The Lure and Lore of Chocolate
Through the Ages!
Chocoholics will be flocking to the 7th Annual Chocolate Festival of Belize next week. Throwing  away their calorie counters from May 24th to 26th, festival visitors will taste the sweet and savory treats offered by Belize chocolatiers: Cotton Tree Chocolate, Goss Chocolate, IxCacao Mayan Belizean Chocolate and Kakaw Belizean Chocolate. Take a bite of Cotton Tree's "Dark Chocolate with Black Pepper" and IxCacao's "Ginger Chocolate Bar"; then, wash it down with Cacao Wine or specially brewed Belikin Stout!  Lots of fun activities are planned for kids and adults alike – so kick up your heels and unleash your inner chocoholic in Toledo on the Commonwealth Day Holiday Weekend.

Our love affair with chocolate is rooted in ancient yearnings. While the first chocolate bar dates back to 1842, the world had dibs on cacao nibs long before Hershey mixed up its first batch of bars. From the Mayans, Toltecs and Aztecs through to present day consumers, chocolate has seduced the world for thousands of years.

However, chocolate really is out of this world - just ask the Canadian, American and Russian astronauts who have noshed on chocolate bars while zipping through space. Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, recently elevated chocolate to new highs while feasting on floating chocolate pudding cake 220 miles (354 kilometers) above Planet Earth! Rumor has it that Commander Hadfield's "bonus food pack" was chock full of chocolate from British Columbia, Canada. Sweet.
Why people love chocolate is not rocket science. Eating chocolate kick starts the release of endorphins that promote feelings of pleasure and well being.  Beyond the taste treat, chocolate contains tryptophan that prompts the brain to produce serotonin, also known as the brain's "happy chemical". A spike in serotonin levels can release feelings of happiness. Eating high-flavonoid, dark chocolate might give your vascular health and heart a boost too. Renowned as an aphrodisiac, chocolate probably can't hurt your sex life either. Scientists have reported that melting chocolate in your mouth is more pleasurable than kissing, but you might want to put that one to the taste test.

While most of us can cop to going a little cuckoo over chocolate, Germans clock in with the loudest cuckoo call having created the largest cuckoo clock made of chocolate – all 260 pounds of it! Their Swiss neighbors top the list of chocoholics, consuming 22 pounds per person each year. Americans roll in at 11th place – tucking away 12 pounds per person in a 365-day stretch. With 400 cacao beans required to render just one pound of chocolate, it's true that chocolate lovers are full of beans.
Chocolate coursed through the veins of the Aztecs and Mayans. Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, might have been the original chocoholic. He quaffed up to 50 cups of hot chocolate a day!  Known as The King of Chocolate, he banked nearly a billion cacao beans, earning him a rich legacy in the annals of chocolate history.  But the Mayans were the first to use cacao beans as currency. With 10 beans, a Mayan could snare a hare or procure a prostitute. They also cranked out counterfeit beans, carved out of clay!

Many Mayans cashed in their cookies for cacao. In the spirit of Meso-American tradition, humans were often sacrificed for the good of the cacao crop.  Today, leaf cutter ants are sacrificed to save the Toledo cacao crops – using companion plantings of jack bean and Mexican sunflowers to combat the ants.
While cacao is traditionally grown in Southern Belize, 500 cacao seedlings have recently been planted in a natural rainforest setting in the Cayo area at Better in Belize Eco-Community. If you'd like to arrange a free  tour of the community gardens at this spectacular Belize Eco-village, contact us.

If you're visiting Toledo, let your sweet tooth be your compass to IxCacao Chocolate, formerly Cyrila's Chocolate.  Hosts Juan and Abelina have been working in this business for their entire lives and are dedicated to the preservation of organic cacao farming in Belize.  Their passion for chocolate translates into delicious meals, and knowledge sharing. Savor Abelina's Chicken Molé  (aka chocolate chicken), prepared with coleslaw, avocado slices, callaloo (Caribbean spinach), beans and rice, and a chocolate bite for dessert. You'll never settle for a Mars bar again. Then roll up your sleeves to make your own chocolate before you head out to tour a Belize cacao farm with Abelina and Juan.
If you are ready for a singularly unique Belize chocolate experience, contact the hospitable folks at IxCacao to book your Belize Chocolate Tour!

Save the earth - it's the only Planet with chocolate,

Looey Tremblay, Broker/Owner
RE/MAX Property Center - Belize
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Holy Molé!
Serves 4
•    4  boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
•    2 bay leaves
•    Salt and pepper
•    6 tomatoes quartered
•    1 tablespoon oil
•    1 onion chopped
•    1 clove of garlic
•    1 chipotle chili de-seeded and chopped
•    1 tablespoon 100% pure Belize Organic Cocoa Powder from Cotton Tree Chocolate
•    1 tablespoon sesame seeds
•    1 tablespoon flaked almonds
•    ½ teaspoon cumin
•    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
•    3 whole cloves


Place the chicken thighs in a pan with salt, pepper and bay leaves, just covering with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Poach the chicken for approximately 45 minutes – longer if the thighs are large. Remove the chicken, but reserve the stock.  Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions, tomatoes and garlic until the tomatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

Over medium heat, dry roast the sesame seeds, almonds, cumin, cinnamon and cloves until the almonds are a nutty brown colour. Stir frequently to avoid scorching. Remove from the heat and discard the cloves.

Add the cocoa powder and ½ pint of the chicken stock to the tomatoes.

Mix the tomato sauce, nuts and spices. Pour back into the pan. Add the chicken thighs, covering the pan and simmering for 20 minutes. Serve with rice, sliced avocado, and coleslaw for a traditional Belizean dish.

 P.S. We suggest adding a nice dollop of Caribbean Gold rum to this dish. In Belize, we add rum to everything!
Looking for a cacao farm in Belize? Click here for more info. 
10 Signs You're a Chocoholic
  1. Willy Wonka is your idea of a dream date.
  2. Your favorite bar is full of nuts, but no Karaoke.
  3. "Chocolate brown" is your favorite color.
  4. Your wine glass is smudged with chocolate finger prints.
  5. You have a Chocolate Lab named Hershey.
  6. Your favorite movie is Chocolat.
  7. You harbor a secret stash of Chocolove chocolate.
  8. Your nanny cam is trained on your secret stash.
  9. Häagen-Dazs' Death by Chocolate is your favorite ice cream.
  10. You've been heard to sing Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" in the shower. Off-key!
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