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James Chocolates Champagne Truffles
The romantic, seductive stuff…
Lots has been said about whether or not chocolate really is an aphrodisiac, so we thought that we’d take a look at the facts as we understand them… Well first off – several components in chocolate have been linked to mood and potential “aphrodisiac” effects. First on the list of “love drugs” in chocolate is phenyl-ethylamine (PEA). PEA naturally reaches peak levels during orgasm, and administering PEA increases dopamine levels, stimulating the pleasure centers. PEA is chemically similar to amphetamine, and has been shown to have similar effects: feelings of attraction, excitement, and giddiness. As a possible aphrodisiac, PEA is seen as a strong candidate by neurologists and dietitians. Second on the list is tryptophan – you may be familiar with tryptophan as the reason you fall asleep after a big meal. Your brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin. In addition to sleepiness, serotonin can produce feelings of elation. Tryptophan in chocolate may induce similar feelings, albeit at a lower intensity. And finally – anandamide (which means “internal bliss”). Anandamide binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of cannabinoid drugs, such as heightened sensitivity, euphoria and a sense of well-being. Cacao also contains two N-acyl-ethanolamines (NAEs) which slow the breakdown of anandamide, prolonging it�s effect. Some researchers have decried the small amounts of Andandamine in chocolate as insufficient to cause any effect. However, PEA and Andandamine may interact with each other, and the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate. The overall effect may be romantic or sexually stimulating. So in summary – it tastes nice! Your partner will love the fact that you’ve got to the trouble of buying her this yummy chocolate, and at the back of her mind she might be thinking “ooooohhh aphrodisiac…”
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James Chocolates Champagne Truffles
Contains: Fresh cream, Marc de Champagne liqueur, milk and soya. May contain Nut traces. Contains Alcohol.
All of James Chocolate’s truffles are handmade with real fresh cream for a great flavour and a soft, melting texture. The rich ganache centres are flavoured with fresh cream and Marc de Champagne liqueur to make them taste fresh, vibrant and luxurious. They are hand enrobed in high cocoa chocolate and then packed in the signature “James” gift pack with a ribbon loop and tag. Not only do the truffles look and taste great but the packaging looks amazing too!
These luxurious dark, rich and smooth Champagne Truffles are a classic chocolate combination – the smooth ganache (that�s fresh cream and chocolate to you and me) is blended with Marc de Champagne to give a warming alcoholic glow and coated in dark chocolate before being hand rolled in icing sugar. Oh yes, and those nice people at the Great Taste Awards gave them a “close to perfect” star award in 2012.
And if you’re still reading… an interesting chocolate fact for you – often simply called “Champagne Truffles” these are rarely made with champagne as you might know it. Marc de champagne is in fact a liqueur made as a by product of champagne production. This is what is usually used in “Champagne” truffles.