Monday, April 5, 2010

Yum, yum, gimme some

Do you need any more reasons to eat chocolate? Of course you don’t. But I have good news for you. 

Chocolate: just part of good, clean living. 

Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK have discovered a way to create hydrogen. Now, before you get all glassy-eyed, this is not a science lesson as much as it is an opportunity to give chocolate even more praise.

By adding confectionary waste products from chocolate factories to E coli, it converted the sugars to acids, and the acids into hydrogen producing a clean, renewable energy source. See, even E coli can not resist the delicious charm of chocolate. (And who knew I would have even a fleeting interest in any recipe that includes chocolate and E coli.)

How much energy was produced? The initial experiment used a fuel cell that generated enough power to operate a small fan. Later, two Brits drove across the Sahara Desert in a bioTruck running on alternative fuels from chocolate. 

Are you serious?

Which means you can just nom nom nom through that chocolate stockpile of yours and know that really, you are merely helping the world. Every bite of chocolaty goodness in your mouth also created waste at the chocolate factory that someday could power entire buildings or hydrogen based vehicles.  So many of you are already doing your part! Me too. And every time you forget to recycle or forget your canvas tote? Shame on you BUT the least you can do is eat some chocolate and redeem yourself.

And now you have a perfect, life-long excuse for not satisfying that craving. Might have to have a bite right now. This is science after my own heart.

72 comments:

Jules said...

Whew! Because I'm gonna need some energy today!

Secretia said...

Nom Nom Nom...
That was the sound of me eating a whole package of chocolate instant pudding.

Ellie said...

THat's totally my justification for cleaning up my 70% cocoa stash of Lindt. You. It's all your fault!

blueviolet said...

As if I needed an excuse....

jinksy said...

I think chocolate makes me go nyum nyum nyum, rather than nom nom nom which is too reminiscent of the French non non non to be comfortable when applied to chocolate...

Slamdunk said...

This more ammunition for the chocolate gobblers residing at this house--and there are lots of chocolate bunnies around here after this weekend. Somehow I never became a fan--I always preferred vanilla.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Now, not that I need an excuse to inhale chocolate or anything but now I feel at least justified in claiming loudly, "I'm not doing it for ME, you understand, it's for the good of ALL MANKIND!"

Talking of, I got a Cadbury's chocolate fondue set for Easter and made my own Creme Egg fondue (chocolate AND fondant). And it was good. I consider the environment just a little bit cleaner today thanks to my selfless effort. You can all thank me later.

CatLadyLarew said...

Just sitting here doing my part for the earth! Because I love recycling!

BigSis said...

Chocolate as my punishment? I like the way that sounds.

Mrsblogalot said...

I'96m o446dmff too0 dooo m4y pa4yhrt...sorry mouth was full. Off to do my part (-:

Matthew said...

Well that's it - I'm not saving my easter eggs any longer!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love another reason to eat chocolate.

Maria said...

Oh goodness! Just what I needed, to know that I am helping keep the Earth green...Please pass the Ghiradelli!

Brian Miller said...

i got a big tummy ache trying to be healthy yesterday, then? this hurts better than exercise.

Badass Geek said...

That is incredible. How do people think these things up?

Karen said...

LOL.. I like this! Ask my how much I love chocolate.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Okay, okay...if it helps the world I'll have chocolate for breakfast!

WannabeVirginia W. said...

Obliterated my sugar free chocolate last night. For some reason, it taste so much better.

Cara Smith said...

Sweet!!! Now I have an excuse for eating so much Easter candy...I was saving the environment! Hello!

Will Burke said...

We've been waiting for a scientist who's even cooler than the lad who found penicillin in bread mould -- behold, the Chosen One!

Simply Suthern said...

I can see the commercial for the new fuel.

E Coli, It not just for making you have the runs any more. After you run the the restroom you can run to the bank the store or work.

Now they will be able to slap an alternative fuel tax on chocolate.

Tracy said...

Hooray! I don't feel so guilty about buying those chocolate covered raisins this weekend. And won't the air smell so much better once the chocolate cars take over? Bless you for sharing this. I no longer fear the future! :-)

MommyLovesStilettos said...

Cause I needed another reason to eat chocolate and make my ass bigger. Ha!

Eva Gallant said...

I feel so much better about my chocolate habit!

confused homemaker said...

I always knew chocolate was amazing this only confirms it.

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

My jeans will never fit me again. Thanks EVER so much for egging me on, JM!! ;) Actually I rather enjoyed my Lindt gold bunny (as you probably saw from my FB profile) yesterday. Although he wasn't so much nibbled as devoured... but I did whisper to him as I mentioned. It was all very yummy and disturbing.

foolish heart said...

I never need an excuse to eat chocolate...but I'm glad I have one on hand now!

ellen abbott said...

One more reason why that chocolate bunny's days are numbered.

Michael Rivers said...

Thanks for passing on this valuable information!! Now I'm off to buy a Snickers.

Erin said...

As if I need another reason to cram any more chocolate into my fat mouth....Sheesh!

Aging Mommy said...

Well you already know that I am wholeheartedly contributing to saving the environment having read about my Easter Egg stash and ever so light obsession with chocolate!

As Birmingham in the UK is the birthplace and home of Cadbury chocolate I am sure it is no coincidence that chocolate waste products were investigated for alternate use, but mixing with E coli to make hydrogen - whatever will they think of next?!?!

Bossy Betty said...

OH, I am so on this! I am doing it for my country and for science. It's not like I liked eating that 20 pound bunny....

Christine Macdonald said...

I'd leave a longer comment, but need to get a piece of chocolate.

xo

Kristina P. said...

I am going to bathe in chocolate now!

Dumblond said...

I'm not crazy into chocolate...
But caramel?!! Holy crap, if there is ever a scientific breakthrough that proclaims caramel will solve the world's energy crisis, then all the scientists need to do is come see me. I've got them covered. In caramel.

yonca said...

I have more reason to eat chocolate now:)

Mommy Lisa said...

Totally makes me want these yummy little chocolate bites I got at Target the other day...

Choxie caramel bites that were a mix of white dark and milk chocolate around various types of caramel - mmmmm the dark chocolate and caramel with sea salt!!!!

kathryn said...

Oh, yum. And what would we do without your insightful, up-to-the-minute scientific breakthrough news?

Who needs CNN when I have JennyMac?

(I'm seriously considering a 15-second spot on network tv with that catch phrase.)

I know...I'm a freakin' genius. I'm still gagging over the germ-infested-currency post. You're having quite an effect on me...

Eric said...

This is the best news ever.

My favorite: Belgian Cote d'Or milk chocolate bar with hazelnuts (the ones with the little elephants on them).

Eric said...

This is the best news ever.

My favorite: Belgian Cote d'Or milk chocolate bar with hazelnuts (the ones with the little elephants on them).

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Okay, so I am feeling a little better about the Toblerone I stole from my neice's basket yesterday. A child can not properly appreciate Toblerone, so I felt I was doing a service to all chocolate lovers in the world!

Jen said...

This is awesome. Bring on the chocolate easter bunnies!

Vivienne said...

If they could only figure out a way to use the fat deposits in my ass we could power Tokyo for a week!

obladi oblada said...

Im feeling a little empty inside, I think I need to postitively contribute to society a little more.....Im off to the vending machine.

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to tell my best friend, who's way more of an addict than me. I'm just a lover of chocolate. I wonder if there are specific companies who contribute to this new fuel source? I'm such a nerd. I'll shut up and eat my chocolate now. :)

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to tell my best friend, who's way more of an addict than me. I'm just a lover of chocolate. I wonder if there are specific companies who contribute to this new fuel source? I'm such a nerd. I'll shut up and eat my chocolate now. :)

Intense Guy said...

...and there you have it... chocolate is officially green now...

:)

Herding Cats said...

BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!! Last night, I indulged in merlot chocolate fudge sauce with strawberries. Good to know I did my part to save the world ;)

The Boob Nazi said...

So that butterfinger I just ate was for the good of the planet? yeesss

Aunt Juicebox said...

Hey, they should pay us to eat the chocolate. Or at least give us a bulk discount.

sharonheg said...

Cool beans! Thanks for letting me know. Off to find a Hershey bar....

Pricilla said...

Hmmm and here I thought you were going to talk about erm, goat gas.

We goats are the largest producers of methane on the planet - well us and our bovine friends anyway.

The publicist does all she can to help promote the chocolate industry.

Grand Pooba said...

Well, you can't argue with science!

nom nom nom

A Year on the Grill said...

I am green...

with chocolate envy

HalfAsstic.com said...

That? is wonderful news! However, I am having significant problems getting over the fact that there is "waste" at a chocolate factory. That just seems wrong somehow... Makes me want to stand up and shout, "I'll eat it!"

Stephanie Faris said...

EXACTLY. If I forget to recycle something, I'll just eat some chocolate. Plus, didn't they find last week that one dark square of dark chocolate a day prevented some kind of health problem? Was it heart disease?

My name is PJ. said...

Really good dark chocolate...the expensive stuff....is really good for you in small amounts. And at the going rate, small amounts is all you can afford. ;)

M-Cat said...

Now, thanks to you, I will erase any guilt I may have had about yesterday's chocolate consumption.

Now, I am not a chocolate lover by any means, it needs to be a sub flavor - not a prime flavor so all the peanut butter sugar crap that was mixed with it, well, let's just say....... I should earn a Nobel Peace Prize for my contribution

Joann Mannix said...

Between the good news about wine and its aid in weight loss and now this, I am a happy woman.

I think I'll pull out my dark chocolate pomegranate drops now. I'll be all set in the healthy and environmental department.

Ellen said...

I was looking for a reason (other than Easter) yesterday to justify my chocolate indulgence(s). THANK YOU!

http://firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

Baloney said...

Thank you for the justification. Can you teach it to remove the flab off of my thighs? That would be nice.

leigh said...

I like the way you think.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I love this sort of news! I was going to leave a nice long comment, but I feel compelled to go eat chocolate instead!

Ed said...

You ladies and your chocolate.

Summer said...

Just thought you should know...Because of sharing this information with me, you are now included in my will. ;)

The Urban Cowboy said...

What is it exactly about chocolate and women? I really want to know.

Teddy Started It said...

Well I must be in the running for some kind of Nobel prize or something...for doing so much more than my part on the chocolate consumption front;D

Interesting stuff - and a wonderful justification (not that I'd ever need justification where chocolate is concerned.)

Little Ms Blogger said...

Sniff, sniff...Sadly, I'm not a huge chocolate fan and have been known to get headaches from eating it.

I guess, I just get a windmill and rely on wind power...

Tiffany said...

I feel so much better about all that Easter candy then. :)

ViennaGirl said...

All the scientific data I need! lol.

Mighty M said...

Do chocolate Twizzler's count? I hope not because I hate Twizzlers! :)

T!nK said...

i love you for this.

my thighs have given up hope.