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How Chocolate Fries and Pikachu Helped Turn Around McDonald's Japan

McDonald’s Japan took a series of hits starting in 2014 that threatened to crack its Golden Arches: a supplier was selling expired chicken, a human tooth was found in french fries and a child was injured by a plastic shard inside a sundae.Sales plummeted to their lowest since the company went public in 2001, and the chain closed hundreds of restaurants. McDonald’s Corp. in the U.S. said it was considering selling its 49.9 percent stake in the Japanese company as losses piled up.“I remember...

Chocolate became a health food; is it really good for you?

© Provided by NewsCred Chocolate-3 Chocolate, long associated with indulgence, romance and guilty pleasures has become a health food. A large expose in Vox last week traces the transformation.Apparently, over the past three decades Nestle, Mars and Hershey, among others, have poured millions into scientific studies and research grants that support cocoa research. The research has been fruitful, flooding the scientific journals with many peer-reviewed papers. The media relishes on these...

From Z to A: Chocolate zucchini cake gets a makeover with in-season apples

Now, zucchini are out of season, but apples are way in.Pastry chef Savannah Villa recently picked seven 5-gallon bins full, and with that, she saw an opportunity to update the cafe's hit gluten-free and vegan menu item. (She made 50 Chocolate Courgette Cakes in a month and half.)"Apples and zucchini aren't that far apart when you think about it. Both add moisture."The cafe's new Chocolate Apple Cake is made from shredded apples, picked from the cafe's tree located across the street. While...

Chocolate Cream Pie

Jump to RecipePrint RecipeMake this easy chocolate cream pie for your guests! With a chocolate crust and a fluffy dark chocolate mousse filling, it will be the hit of the party! This is a sponsored post, written by me and created in partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. All opinions expressed herein are straight from my heart.It’s pie season, my friend!At no other time of year do we go so pie crazy. We’ve just gotta have our pumpkin, apple, and pecan, of course! But what are all...