If Only Fredo Corleone Mixed Chocolate with his Coffee, He Could Have Been Smart, Not Like People Say



Participants showed quicker response rates from those who drank cocoa and those with the caffeine-cocoa concoction also had higher accuracy than those with the cocoa drink.

Adding the sweet stuff to your coffee may help you concentrate better, a study from the University of Georgia has found.

The study compared the “mental energy” effects of four different hot beverages, one with cocoa, one with caffeine, one with a combination of the two and the final as a placebo.

Each day, the participants drank one of the four drinks and were asked to complete a “mental energy test.”

‘It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!’

Participants showed quicker response rates from those who drank cocoa and those with the caffeine-cocoa concoction also had higher accuracy than those with the cocoa drink.

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Wonder Woman’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe 

8 servings (1 1/2 cups mix)
10 minutes
10 minutes


  1. For the hot chocolate mix:
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup high-quality cocoa powder
    • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  2. For the hot chocolate:
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • Whipped cream, marshmallows, and cocoa powder (for serving)

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Even Jihadists Get the Blues: Ferrero-Rocher Loving Jihadi Tweets About His Lonely Life


A.B. Sanderson reports: He may have managed to find a few of his favourite Ferrero-Rocher chocolates, but from his twitter account it seems that former Morrisons security guard turned jihadi is not being spoiled.

Omar Hussein, who left home where he lived with his mother, his having real difficulty living the life of a jihadi fighter – struggling even to take care of his personal admin let alone join front line fighters in trying to bring about a repressive, violent Islamic caliphate, the Daily Mail reports.

“Chocolate can do wonders when ur feeling lonely, lol.”

— Omar Hussein

His social media timeline demonstrates that while others are engaged in a fight to the death in the terrorist occupied lands, Hussain is struggling to even wash his own clothes and admits in one tweet it took him almost an hour to peel potatoes for his dinner.

The hapless Hussein moaned that he was too tired after his monumental task of peeling tatties to even chop them:


The updates show a bored, lonely man who doesn’t go anywhere near the front line, but just scrounges off the others.

He has shown off his attempts at cooking, saying he was ‘what the Oxford dictionary defines as, a Chef! Tuk! (sic) before posting a photo of some brown slop and telling his followers is took him 27 minutes to make two servings.


Most recently he has struggled washing his clothes, saying he gets flustered when it begins to rain and his washing is still out on the line.

But it’s not all domestic drudgery: he has also posted a picture of a local gym he once visited as well as photos of himself sunbathing by a pool in Syria.


And the chocaholic was delighted when he managed to find himself a Ferrero-rocher, saying ‘chocolate can do wonders when ur feeling lonely, lol. And he was delighted when he managed to secure himself a packet of jaffa cakes, saying he hadn’t had one in a year. Read the rest of this entry »

A 17th-Century Argument for the Many Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea

A Belgian Chocolate Company Called ISIS Has Decided to Change Its Name

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Who’s Up for Psychedelic Chocolate Skulls?



[All the Candy & Chocolate you can imagine at Amazon.com]

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People from Other Countries List What Surprised Them About Coming to the U.S.A.


With Helpful Commentary From An American, Yours Truly






That’s quite a list!

First, lets touch on the ones that I, a native of the U.S.A., agree with, or can relate to. Then we’ll get to some corrections and minor disagreements. Lets begin!


Is slang unique to the U.S.A? That’s news to me! But, I can’t disagree. A product of diversity, poor public education & rich teachers unions, multi-linguistic confusion, terminal hipness, and bad manners.


True! Not only does everyone in Boston jog — all 636,479 of them — everyone in America jogs. Every day. Even babies jog. Don’t you? We started in the 1970s, and the fad just never ended! We love it.

Huge serving portions, ice water, baby seats, baby strollers, giant cars, obesity, general safety, wastefulness, etc. 

Check, check, check, agreed, those are things many of us observe, too.

Sensitiveness towards race and religion

Those are two unrelated things, but linked by a common desire to not offend.

Sensitiveness towards Race 

Yes, it’s a touchy issue here. Well-intended people don’t want to offend, so extraordinary caution is the default position. The stakes are high. One could lose their livelihood, social status, apartment, friends, savings account, and library card, if they accidentally say the wrong thing. Especially when a recording device is on.

Additionally, the guilt narrative has been successfully transferred from one generation of innocent people to subsequent generations of innocent people, the actual guilty oppressors being inconveniently long-dead.

To complicate things, not-so-well-intended people sometimes like to indulge in fake outrage, pretending to be offended. Sometimes for self-amusement, other times to practice their grievance theater performance skills, other times to lay the foundation for serious litigation.

But the good news is, these rules only apply to native-born Americans. If you’re a first-generation U.S. citizen, resident alien, or visitor to the U.S., you’re granted honorary immunity. You can say goofy things that would otherwise be heard as loaded with offensive racial meaning, and it’s not taken personally. It’s a free pass. Enjoy it! Just don’t overuse it. They’ll eventually catch on, and make you feel guilty.

Sensitiveness towards Religion

Not so much! We’re quite free to mock religion! So long as it’s Christianity, Christianity, or Christianity. If it’s not one of those three, then we have to check with our cultural advisors first.

Okay, that concludes the agreeable things. Now, let’s get to work. These are things visitors should know!


Even if it’s unfamiliar, or peculiar, by your standards, most of us are obligated to know some basic customs of places we visit. And enjoy learning that, as part of the travel experience. It’s elementary travel advice, and basic good manners.

Of course, you can do like many foreign visitors do, and pretend to be ignorant, as a perfect excuse to not tip. It’s worked for millions of our guests. Feel free to use this excuse.  Or, failing that, complain that ‘the math is too hard”, so you can tip less. Also, if you’re tipping the person who cut your hair, you’re getting your haircut at the wrong place.  Read the rest of this entry »

Strawberry Chocolate Shrimp Chips: The End of Civilization As We Know It?


From RocketNews24

The extremely competitive nature of the Japanese junk food industry means that you have to keep innovating though, and sometimes in the process of pushing through existing boundaries, you end up in strange new places, which explains why Calbee is now selling shrimp chips covered with strawberry chocolate.


For this crustacean/confectionary crossover, Calbee collaborated with Hokkaido-based chocolate maker Royce, which has in the past offered chocolate-covered potato chips. Believe it or not, though, there’s only one portion of the new joint product that’s completely unprecedented, the strawberry part. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING: Hot Chocolate Explosion Injures 5 in Chicago Cooking Class Catastrophe


Five students were burned as they made hot chocolate in a cooking class at Northside College Prep High School on the city’s Northwest Side, police said.

[MORE PHOTOS: Hot chocolate ‘explosion’ evacuates Northside Prep]


“…I don’t know if you’d call it an explosion. The product was possibly over-heated to the point it bubbled over, it splashed out.” 

— Chicago Fire Department Deputy Dist. Chief Patrick Brennan

The most seriously injured suffered received burns to her face. She, and the others, are all expected to be OK. Four were taken to the hospital, and one student declined treatment, officials said.

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