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Hot Docs Podcast Festival brings Science Vs to Toronto

The inaugural Hot Docs Podcast festival was a definite success. Fans of podcasting flocked to the Hot Docs cinema on Bloor St. over the weekend to enjoy the wide range of programming on offer.

Review: Kilwins — Long Island's ideal place to satisfy your sweet tooth Special

Babylon - Kilwins, situated in both Babylon and Patchogue on Long Island, is the ideal place for someone to satisfy their sweet tooth. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Lower fat chocolate? Now possible thanks to U.S. researchers

Anybody out there like chocolate at all? Anybody maybe LOVE chocolate? In case anybody does and worries its fat content is a trifle high, some physicists have come to the rescue by inventing a way to make chocolate with a lower-fat content.

New study shows chocolate or cocoa may boost athletic performance

A British study performed at Kingston University showed that eating dark chocolate and cocoa may improve athletic performance and help during fitness training. Chocolate and cocoa are already known to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Remarkable history of coffee and chocolate yeast

Wild strains of yeast are necessary for the natural fermentations required for chocolate and coffee production. New genetic data indicates that the yeasts associated with coffee and cacao beans have had a special history.

A fungus that causes frosty pod rot in cacao trees clones itself

The fungus that causes frosty pod rot in cacao trees, the source of chocolate, reproduces by cloning say researchers at Purdue University.

Watchdog group finds lead in popular brands of chocolate

Health watchdog group As You Sow has released a list of popular chocolate brands that it says contain dangerous levels of lead and cadmium.

No break for Nestle as EU rejects Kit Kat claim

Luxembourg - Swiss food giant Nestle failed Wednesday in a bid to get the EU's top court to let it trademark the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat chocolate bar in Britain.

Beer yeast creates the perfect chocolate

Making high quality chocolate is an art form and food technologists are continually experimenting with new processes. In a left-field move, one group has started to use the yeast from manufacturing beer.

Op-Ed: A bar of chocolate a day helps you lose weight. Really?

There is plenty of good science out there, and there is plenty of bad science. A scientist and journalist, John Bohannon, has highlighted how quickly 'bad science' can circulate with a spoof feature on chocolate and weight loss.

KFC to bring edible coffee cups to the UK

Food chain KFC has announced that UK customers will soon be able to eat their coffee cup thanks to the development of a new heat-resistant chocolate coated cookie biscuit.

Chocolate candies found to have unsafe levels of metal

San Fransisco - Independent testing has found 62 percent of chocolate products contain levels of lead or cadmium at a level that violates California’s proposition 65 law.

Can chocolate improve memory?

New York - In a new study, chocolate was found to improve the memory of people aged between aged 50 to 69. Sounds good? The only catch is that you would need to consume an excessive amount of chocolate to achieve the memory feat.

Monkey goes on chocolate bender in France, gets Tasered by police

Marseille - Fueled by chocolate, an aggressive monkey went on a rampage and was taken down by police using a stun gun in a Marseilles neighborhood. Kids had been giving the North African Macaque chocolate, and the critter's rampage incited a flurry of phone calls.

Fart pills can make your farts smell like roses and chocolate

Gesvres - Christian Poinchevalhas, from France, created a pill that he says is designed to make your farts smell like roses and chocolate.

World chocolate supplies running low as consumption grows

The demand for chocolate in our world is outstripping the supply of the stuff and experts are saying it could lead to increased prices and even stockpiling. The good news is media is all over the story. But does knowledge of the looming crisis help?

Scientists brewed tea in a chocolate teapot

Experts based in York have managed to make a teapot made from chocolate, and it was able to hold boiling water for two minutes.

Hershey increases chocolate prices after 3 years

Fans of Hershey products are going to have to pay a bit more for their favorite sugary confections. An average raise in price of 8% just happened. The cost had previously stayed at the same level since 2011.

Master Spanish chocolatier arrested for spiked candy

Santa Pola - For those chocolate addicts out there, this particular treat would have been an even bigger high. A master "turronero," or nougat-maker, in Spain has been arrested for making chocolates spiked with the main ingredients of magic mushrooms and marijuana.

Setback for Haribo in battle with Switzerland's Lindt

Frankfurt - German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.

Op-Ed: Celebrating Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus Special

Brussels - Belgium may be a small country, but it is a big deal when it comes to chocolate making. One of the country's best-kept secrets is Neuhaus, a creative chocolatier that invented the praline, was founded before Godiva, and still manufactures in Belgium.

Dark chocolate is good for you, thanks to your gut microbes

The bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, according to a new study.

Perfecting the art of pairing wine and chocolate Special

Master chocolatier Sandra Abballe makes it her mission to educate clients on the process of creating artisan chocolate, and takes the pairing of wine and chocolate to the next level.

Raising the bar: Vietnam's luxury chocolate pioneers

- Deep in the Mekong Delta, two Frenchmen have their heads buried in a sack of cacao beans. The pair -- co-founders of Vietnam's first artisan chocolate maker -- resurface, murmuring appreciatively.

Student finds wasp in Cadbury's chocolate bar

Chocolate manufacturer Cadbury has launched an investigation after a picture of a wasp embedded into one of its chocolate bars was posted on Twitter.

Chocolate advert gets the UK dancing

London - A new television commercial from Cadbury’s chocolate has got the nation dancing. The commercial for the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate is loosely based on the popular TV comedy The Office starring Ricky Gervais.

Photoshop now '3D ready'

Adobe's Photoshop software has recently been updated to allow users to produce designs ready to become 3D-printed objects.

Chocolate potato chips coming soon

Consumers who have taste buds that crave the combination of salty and sweet may enjoy chocolate potato chips, which will be available in stores soon.

Review: Chocolate éclair pastry is a savory delight at Spartan Diner Special

Farmingdale - On September 14, I was afforded the privilege to taste a chocolate choux pastry (better known as a chocolate éclair) at the Spartan Diner in Farmingdale, New York.

National Ice Cream Day in America's Best City for Ice Cream Special

Savannah - Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Savannah as the best city for ice cream and Leopold's Ice Cream is the main reason why the city got the top spot. Many celebrated National Ice Cream Day by stopping-in at Leopold's for a tasty scoop, or two.
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A man was arrested for making chocolate candy containing the major ingredients of magic mushrooms and marijuana.
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Cocoa beans poured onto banana leaves for drying in Côte d’Ivoire capital Abidjan.
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With a shortage of cocoa, chocolate will be pricey this year.
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Bitter chocolate brownie, served with malt ice cream rolled in honeycomb and layering of Devon cream toffee sauce.
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