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Chocolate for prepping and survival

Emergency chocolate? Yes!
Go on a chocolate binge and stock up your prepping efforts! Why?
Because there is a sweet notion that chocolate seriously could
help save your life!

Following is a serious case for stockpiling chocolate...

Survival uses for chocolate
Need a reason to stockpile chocolate? There's more good reason
than ever to stockpile chocolate:

#1: Bartering agent.
Barter with chocolate (it just may safe your life)! When there isn't
any grocery store and all the vending machines have been
emptied of their chocolate dispensing power, you can have a
chocolate reserve to get whatever you may need.

Chocolate has a history of being a useful
bartering tool...

  • Ancient Mayans savored chocolate as "food of the gods."
    Cocao seeds were a form of currency in ancient Mayan
    civilization and the people used the seeds to barter for food,
    clothing and tools. From the seeds,  privileged nobles and
    warriors drank a bitter chocolate flavored beverage mixed
    with spices and on occasion ordinary folk. This thick and
    foamy hot drink for them was "food of the gods." So you see,
    money once grew on trees!


  • The U.S. Military included chocolate in soldier's rations.
    During World War II chocolate was a highly prized ration.
    Soldier's were known to barter, though they weren't
    supposed to. Some soldier's gave their chocolate to hungry
    children to help ease their fear of Americans. Soldiers who
    smoked might be able to barter their chocolate rations for
    cigarettes.
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#2: Bribery applications.
Chocolate use as bribery? Chocolate is a temptation, which makes
it a successful bribe offering. A clever use of chocolate is as a
bribe to get what you want in hard times. If chocolate is not
readily available to a population, then think of the power of
chocolate!
To some, chocolate is as appealing as wine or even marijuana.

Chocolate becomes more valuable to the psychologically addicted
when it's out of reach...

  • In Hitler's war torn Europe, chocolate brought dentistry to an
    unlikely patient as a bribe both for a guard and a dentist.
    Imagine getting the help you need in crisis using chocolate
    as a commodity.



#3: Trapping bait.
A little chocolate is all you need to trap a rodent.  Try Nutella or  
a chocolate bar. That's among the recommended bait or lures
according to the
trapping tips from Nooski.com.

#4: Fighting tooth decay.
This should make you smile: chocolate will make your teeth
stronger. Brush your teeth with chocolate? Yes! You must may
keep the dentist away and fight dental caries.

Chocolate has tannins, which help stop bacteria from sticking to
your teeth. As well, the polyphenols in chocolate limit oral
bacteria, and this gives you better breath too by neutralizing the
microorganisms that would otherwise turn sugar and starches into
acid.

According to medicalnewstoday.com researchers at Tulane
University found that cocoa powder found in chocolate "might be
an effective
natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste."

Stick to dark chocolate, according to Redmond Dental Group who
confirms
dark chocolate can actually be a cavity fighter! Milk
chocolate has more sugar and could lead to tooth decay defeating
the purpose of having the cocoa powder on your teeth.

#5: Boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure.
According to WebMd.com dark chocolate is healthy! The heart of
the matter are compounds found in chocolate: polyphenols.
Polyphenols, which not only limit oral bacteria, but also protect
the body from free radical damage. You'll find polyphenols also in
tea, wine and extra virgin olive oil.

It's the flavonoid antioxidants in chocolate that apparently
protects against heart disease or so says a study that examined
chocolate intake and the risk of future cardiovascular events. The
study "
suggests that higher chocolate intake is associated with a
lower risk of future cardiovascular events." Flavinoids have both
antioxidant and antinflammatory properties. Chocolate is a heart
healthy food. Go ahead and enjoy chocolate as a part of a
balanced diet.

More good news is that
chocolate may lower blood pressure, too.
Again it's the polyphenols that protect your cardiovascular system
Think of chocolate if you have hypertension or are on blood
pressure drugs and can't get them in crisis. So, yes, chocolate
may save your heart!

#6: Caffeine energy booster.
Admittedly, there is negligible caffeine in milk chocolate and dark
chocolate provides only a slight caffeine booster. Let's just say
that chocolate is a surprising boost of caffeine and may be useful
in crisis if you are overworked or sleep-deprived as an energy
booster.

Chocolate has a secret described by MensJournal.com as
"
caffeine's gentler cousin." It's called theobromine, which is a
bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant and chocolate. Theobromine has
a stimulant effect, but unlike caffeine, theobromine doesn't affect
the central nervous system. A caveat is that the darker the
chocolate, the higher the caffeine
and the theobromine content.

  • Dark chocolate is better for you than a coke! Dark
    chocolate bar has 70 mg. caffeine about half as much as a
    cup of coffee (around 140 mg.) or about a can of Coke. This
    may not seem significant, but if you have no coffee, you'll be
    needing a fix and chocolate can help you get through
    withdrawal.

#7: Morale Booster.
Anyone with kids can attest that chocolate is a morale booster
and both the U.S. Military and the British Military recognize the
importance of chocolate in boosting the morale of soldiers.

Imagine the joy you could bring your family by having chocolate
as part of your prepping food storage. Buy after Valentines Day or
Christmas, then
use your FoodSaver to repackage chocolate!
Hot chocolate food storage
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Baker's unsweetened Chocolate
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Best types of chocolate to store:
Below are the best kinds of chocolate food storage preppers can
stockpile...

#1: Baker's chocolate.
Baker's chocolate is an unsweetened chocolate used to make
chocolate cakes and brownies. It comes in bricks that you melt for
your baking.

Brownies recipe:
    Combine ingredients to make batter:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 square melted baker's chocolate
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanila
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
Spread batter onto a butter-greased 8-inch pan. Bake 350-400 for
25-30 minutes. When cooled cut into squares and enjoy a healthy
chocolate treat.

#2: Chocolate chips.
It's true that chocolate doesn't have a long shelf life, but you can
extend the life of chocolate chips by storing them in airtight jars.
Chocolate chips will last about a year and half in their bag, but
with a little help you can extend the life by years. The
Foodsaver
jar seal accessory, right is an ideal way to store chocolate chips.
Your
Foodsaver will suck out the air to preserve of all sorts of
dried foods too. Try it also for M&Ms.

#3: Cocoa Powders.
Cocoa powder was a staple in the kitchen in the 50s and 60s for
baking chocolate cakes and making hot cocoa. Then along came
the instant stuff and it fell out of favor.  Cocoa is a versatile
pantry staple that's ideal for bold, chocolatey desserts and baked
goods, and Hershey's recommends making a luxurious hot cocoa
or adding a bold mocha kick to coffee! Preppers should learn how
to cook with cocoa powder!

Use Cocoa powder for making home made:
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Hot chocolates or mocha coffee
  • Smoothies
  • Granola and granola bars
  • Truffles

#4: Chocolate or peanut butter spread.
Get your chocolate fix on with a peanut butter chocolate spread or
chocolate hazelnut spread. A popular treat for kids topped on
bread, you can also use chocolate nut spreads on pancakes,
crepes or waffles.

Watch for hydrogenated oils (there are generic and health food
brands without them) and watch for expiration dates. The shelf
life is only about a  year, but if you have kids you won't need to
worry about the expiry. Your supply will be long gone before the
date rolls around.

#5: Chocolate peanut butter powders.
Nuts have a short shelf life with their oils, but the powdered form
gives a longer life! Try PB2 Premium Chocolate peanut butter
powder.

#6: Chocolate Jimmies.
Most often used to top ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, and candies,
chocolate jimmies are a confection ideal for making chocolate
covered pretzels, sugar cookies and cake pops. These little
"chocolate grains" are also delicious atop cream cheese or
bananas!

You'll have to watch the ingredients as some brands my have a
hydrogenated vegetable oil, but they are made of cocoa and have
an extremely long shelf life. Remember Jimmies for the hard
times. If you don't have chocolate, it's a great way to sprinkle
some chocolate joy.

#7: Hershey's Syrup.
With Hershey's Syrup, you can top pancakes and ice cream, make
chocolate mousse and, mudpies, bake cakes and brownies and
mix with chocolate milk. Try also dipping pretzels, cookies and
fruit.

#8: M&Ms.
Did you know M&Ms debuted in 1941 to address the practical
need for heat-resistant chocolates to send overseas to U.S.
Soldiers? M&Ms won't last indefinitely, but it's well worth it to
stockpile M&Ms and store them in a canning jar.

More types of chocolate desserts to store:

  • Alpine Aire Foods chocolate Mudslide Pie. In seconds you
    can enjoy a rich chocolate pudding with a chocolate cookie
    crumb crust and a peanut brittle topping with Alpine Air
    chocolate mudslide pie and some water. Be sure to make
    some chocolate milk!

  • Augason Farms Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix. No
    American prepper's pantry should be without brownies!
    Imagine being able to serve brownies for a birthday in an off-
    the grid scenario or just to serve this dessert to boost
    morale. You will certainly be a survival hero serving
    brownies. (See also Harveston Farms Brownie Mix, pictured
    upper right).

  • Cocoa Nibs. Cocoa nibs, pictured immediate right, are
    crushed cocoa beans from Ecuador. Cocoa is high in
    potassium and magnesium as well as being an excellent
    source of antioxidants, with a pleasant semi-bitter flavor.
    Chocolate contains more health-promoting catechins, a type
    of antioxidant, than green tea! Cocoa also contains amino
    acid tryptophan along with small amounts of
    phenylethylamine and theobromine which is said to elevate
    your mood. Use Cocoa nibs from Future Essentials substitute
    for nuts in baked goods, or even as a flavor kick in a cup of
    espresso. Sprinkle them on yogurt, in cereal and on top of
    ice cream for a flavorful treat. Turn a boring breakfast into
    something spectacular by mixing a few in your oatmeal.
    Grind them with your coffee beans, put them in smoothies
    and add them to trail mixes. They can even jazz up a peanut
    butter sandwich.

  • Chocolate Soldier Fuel Energy Bars. Designed for military
    use, Soldier Fuel Bars are food bars packed with 17 vitamins
    and minerals. Soldier Fuel Energy Bars were developed for
    the U.S. Military with an ideal balance of protein,
    carbohydrates and fat to provide the necessary energy on the
    go. They are tasty and ideal for your bugout bag.

Finally, be a label reader! Stockpile high quality dark chocolate,
which not only has a longer shelf-life than milk chocolate, but is
also much better for you in terms of the antioxidants and other
ealth benefits it provides

Bad ingredients in some chocolates to avoid include:
  • carageenan ~ a thickener and emulsifier with no nutritional
    value. Etracted from red seaweed it sounds nutritious, but it
    causes inflammation.
  • High fructose corn syrup ~ Derived from a GMO crop, with
    "disruptive effects on metabolilsm," according to Dr. Andrew
    Weil.
  • PGPR ~ Polyglycerol polyricinoleate is a dangerous emulsifier
    a caster oil derivative that's made from glycerol and fatty
    acids and used as a substitute for cocoa butter.
  • Vanillin  ~ a fake vanilla,that contains Castoreum (beaver's
    butt)

Christopher Columbus, or was it Montezuma or Cortez, who said
of a frothy hot cocoa, "
The divine drink, which builds up
resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits
a man to walk for a whole day without food." However,  Forrest
Gump said it best with his "Life is like a box of chocolates,"
philosophy, "You never know what you're going to get!"

Happy endings...
Death by chocolate? Maybe not a good idea, but one thing is for
certain, chocolate can make survival pretty sweet! Chocolate is
among the best emergency foods to stock for survival. We placed
chocolate at #32 on the list of
37 Foods To Hoard Before Crisis,
and for good reason!
Stock desserts in the prepper's pantry and
you won't regret it.

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#8: Stimulating sexual desire (aphrodisiac).
Chocolate is like an aphrodiasiac, or so thought Montezuma who
allegedly over-indulged in chocolate and sexual gratification! It
certainly stimulates and elevates mood.

According to Dr. Laurie Steelsmith chocolate increases blood flow
to your sexual organs. "
Chocolate contains L-arginine, an amino
acid that can be an effective natural sex-enhancer for both
women and men," she says "It works by increasing nitric oxide
and promoting blood flow to your sexual organs, which increases
sensation, satisfaction, and desire."

#9: Relaxing your brain.
Think of chocolate as a drug to promote relaxation and reduce
tension, which you will certainly need in hard times.

Nobody sincerely doubts the euphoria you feel when taking a bite
of delicious chocolate, but did you know chocolate has
tryptophan, the same stuff in Turkey that makes you sleepy at
Thanksgiving? Tryptophan is a building block of seratonin, which
stimulates your sexual desire, so maybe Montezuma was right!

If not helping you feel more sexy, you will at least be more alert
and have less fatigue by eating chocolate. The flavonoids in
chocolate may help improve circulation and blood flow to the
brain too. There is science to back the relaxing nature of
chocolate:


#10: Keeping Urinary Tract Infections at bay.
Chocolate may help fight urinary tract infections, too.  So be sure
to keep chocolate chips to your food storage if you're prone to
UTI.

In a survival situation a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) could be
deadly. Commonly treated with antibiotics, a UTI is an infection
in any part of the urinary system, the kidneys, bladder, or
urethra. Bacteria overcoming the body's defenses in the urinary
tract may cause vomiting, nausea or back pain. Chocolate to the
rescue!

#11: Relieving the runs!
Mayans prescribed cocoa beans for diarrhea and there is modern
day study to support use of chocolate in this way. WebMD.com
confirms that
dark chocolate may ease diarrhea. Apparently
chocolate offers relief because it contains flavonoids, which can
help prevent fluid buildup in the small intestine. Remember the
chocolate if you're faced with cholera or
E. Coli in crisis! In short
chocolate can stimulate kidneys and improve bowel function. It's
the cocoa flavonoids that help regulate your small intestines.

#12: Anti-depressant, stress buster!
Admittedly, chocolate is a tasty way to beat stress and
depression. Chocolate is an antidepressant of sorts because it
uplifts the soul! It's a comfort food. Apparently it produces some
of the same feelings you get when you make love by giving you  a
rush of endorphins.

Think of
chocolate as an analgesic, a painkiller of sorts! It's the
cocoa butter that has the beneficial antioxidants that may help
offset stress. Avoid chocolates with the secret ingredient PGPR  
(Polyglycerol polyricinoleate). The PGPR is a derivative of caster
oil that replaces beneficial cocoa butter. In short, you won't get
any of the stress busting benefits of chocolate.

#13: Medicine for diabetes.
Have diabetes in your family history? Then here's the case for
eating more chocolate.
Dark chocolate may fend off diabetes!

Chocolate is a known anti-inflammatory thanks in part to the
antioxidants the cocoa beans contain. Remember, not all
chocolate is created the same. The darker the chocolate the
better because it contains more cocoa.

More weird survival stuff chocolate can do:

Chocolate to add to your preppers's pantry
Chocolate syrups and cocoa powders will serve you well in your
food storage. Store a little chocolate, but not too much.
Chocolate chips store relatively well (for about a year.) Remember
also, baking chocolate! Not only does chocolate pack loads of
antioxidants, but it's a morale booster that could prove essential.
What's more the fiber will fill you up.
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