The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

By Claire Ptak | December 12, 2015 Work away from any drafts so that the chocolate does not set prematurely. Photograph: Kristin Perers for the Guardian In recent years many bean‑to-bar chocolate manufacturers have come to market making beautiful chocolates with even more beautiful packaging. It’s fun to just buy a selection of bars and tear them open at the table after dinner, tasting and chatting about the nuance of flavour with …

It actually is rocket science: Scientists design a coffee cup for space – Quartz

By Deena Shanker | December 8, 2015 The best part of waking up, in space. (Portland State University) Being an astronaut takes years of school, at least a thousand hours of jet flying time, and passing a space physical exam to qualify. And then, even when you finally make it to space, you can’t even have a regular cup of coffee. Luckily for space travelers, a semi-normal cup of joe may finally be on the horizon, researchers recently …

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

By Kathryn Budig | December 8, 2015 Yoga star Kathryn Budig is known for her ability to make yoga accessible and playful through her teaching and writings, but her skills extend beyond the yoga mat — all the way to the kitchen. Below, she shares her recipe for vegan chocolate coconut ice cream. Delicious, dairy-free ice cream coming your way. (Photos: Cynthia Groseclose) I would happily eat ice cream every day for the rest of my life …

How is chocolate made? – Ask Dr. Universe, Washington State University

This article is from Ask Dr. Universe, a science-education project from Washington State University. Here’s a question posed by Lydia, age 6 from Bedfordshire, England “How is chocolate made?” This is Dr. Universe’s response: Dear Lydia, A few thousand years ago, humans discovered that beans inside the bright green pods of cacao trees could be made into a real treat. In South America, people harvested the beans to make a warm, chocolaty drink. Ever since, we’ve found …

Loose Leaf Tea Market offers natural remedies for stress relief 

By Allison Hurtado, Ahwatukee Foothill News | October 18. 2015 The owners of Lose Leaf Tea Market in Ahwatukee Foothills say they often come across patients suffering from stress, but rarely do they know what’s causing it — or how many natural ways they can address the situation. “It affects people in so many different ways,” said Kita Centella, co-owner of the shop which features herbs, teas and natural remedies for a variety of ailments. “Sometimes we have to work round about in …