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 …

The Simplest Health Habit You Should Start Today | CBN.com (beta)

By Lorie Johnson | December 11, 2015 Not many substances are as widely studied as tea. Now, the verdict is in. The bottom line: if you’re not drinking tea on a regular basis, it might be a habit worth starting. That’s because when it comes to your health, tea packs a powerful punch. Combined studies examining literally hundreds of thousands of tea drinkers led a vast array of scientists to conclude that a consistent dose of tea is  good for the body. Most of the research was …

Goldfish tea bags will catch your heart, hook, line and sinker

By Sarah Spigelman Richter | December 8, 2015 You can relax — that’s not a fish swimming in your teacup. It’s just a tea bag designed to look like one. The newest craze to hit the tea world is goldfish tea bags. The bags are shaped like fish, and when you pull the string that is attached, it looks like the fish is swimming. Charm Villa, a Taipei-based creative agency, started the production of these fish-shaped tea bags in 2013. The bags are now available to enjoy in America. …

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 …

Paper filter vs. metal filter: Which makes the best cup of coffee? – CNET

By Taylor Martin | December 8, 2015 The type of filter you use when brewing coffee does matter. Learn whether you should be using reusable or disposable filters to make your daily cup of coffee. Should you use a metal or paper filter when brewing coffee? While the answer mostly hinges on personal preference, there are some important things to note about the differences in paper and metal filters. Learn how different filters can alter the appearance, taste and cost of your morning cup. Taste …