When the first child was young, he was mistaken for a deaf person.

When he was three years old, he sent his first child to kindergarten.

However, within a few days, an urgent interview request came from the teacher.

The child does not respond at all to the teacher's words.

I was born in Finland, but my mother was a foreigner, so my child's learning speed was very slow, but the teacher didn't seem to understand this well yet.

The teacher suddenly made an opinion that it would be better to have a hearing diagnosis from a specialist.

At that moment, I used my wits and said,

"Chocolate?"

and whispered.

Suddenly, the boy nodded his head.

The magic word 'chocolate' solved the child's hearing controversy with a more powerful oriental medicine than any diagnosis.



The true magic of chocolate that raises 'tension' just by hearing words begins the moment you put it in your mouth.

Levels of dopamine and serotonin that make us feel happy, opioids and endorphins that relieve pain and pain, and phenylethylamine that make us feel love all rise in our body.

If a person who broke up with a lover chews chocolate instead of chewing on the pain of a broken heart, it is likely to act as a first-aid kit.



During the ancient Mayan civilization, when humans first began to eat the cacao tree, cacao was used more as a medicine than as a food. Miraculously, when eaten, it was used as a tonic, and it was a panacea that relieved toothache and fatigue and even relieved fever. At that time, the cacao tree was considered a precious and spiritual tree, and the fruit was even used as a currency substitute at one time. In the 18th century, Swedish botanist Linnaeus, who was well aware of this historical background, gave cacao the scientific name Theobroma, which means 'food of the gods'.



Have you ever seen an expressionless meme of Kimi Raikkonen, a famous Finnish racer in F1 (Formula 1), floating around the internet? There is no change in facial expression when sad, happy, losing, or winning. Hence the nickname 'Ice Man'. In the eyes of the world, his appearance may seem strange, but in Finland it is perfectly normal. There is a joke in Finland that there are only three cases in which people who laugh in public are crazy, drunk, naughty, or a tourist American. It's a bit exaggerated, but Finns are stingy when it comes to laughter. However, 'God's food' chocolate has the power to open even the closed smiles of these Finnish Icemen.



However, in this case, the chocolate must be from Finland as much as possible. When it comes to chocolate, Finns are completely 'gukppong'. Most of the people believe that the best chocolate in the world is milk chocolate made by 'F' in Finland, and they are very proud of it. Not all chocolates taste heavenly even though they are made with cacao, the 'food of the gods'. If vegetable oils such as palm oil are included, the taste deteriorates and the content of cocoa butter should be 30%. The cacao variety is also important. Company F's chocolate meets all these requirements.




Just as Koreans suffer from withdrawal when they can't eat kimchi abroad, Finns seem to suffer similar symptoms if they can't eat this chocolate. Along with rye bread, chocolate is the food that Finns living abroad have been waiting to receive airborne from their homeland. On my last visit to Korea, a Finnish acquaintance handed me a bag full of chocolates to give to my daughter who is studying in Korea. The daughter I met in Korea was handed over the bag as if it were food made by her mother herself and wrapped in a bag of barley.



This milk chocolate from F Company has long maintained the No. 1 position in the power of Finnish brands. From the outside packaging, the blue color that symbolizes Finland's country and nature calls for a sense of patriotism. It seems that it was destined to become the 'national chocolate' from its appearance. This chocolate first went on sale in 1922, and next year will be 100 years old. Almost everyone in Finland has been eating this chocolate since childhood. Perhaps their fathers and grandfathers did as well. You may like it because it is a familiar taste with memories, but the biggest reason is that the taste itself is excellent.



Recipes that have not changed for 100 years are kept under tight security in a company safe, just like Coca-Cola's top secret recipes. What is currently known is that the world's highest quality Arriba cacao beans from Ecuador are used, and that one chocolate contains three glasses of raw milk (mass-produced chocolate usually uses skim milk powder). Is there a lot of raw milk in it? It is also characteristic of this chocolate that it melts in your mouth. Not being too sweet can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. It's because you can eat too much. There are people who have never tried it, but no one has ever tasted it. So when I go to Korea, I always have this chocolate in my luggage. For my family and friends who are waiting for this chocolate with me.



There is one secret hidden in this secret recipe. The founder's son saw an Englishman he knew worried about his son-in-law's serious eye disease, so he mobilized all his personal connections to introduce him to an ophthalmologist. Thanks to this, the British son-in-law did not lose his sight, and in return the British man who worked in the confectionery industry gave him a secret Swiss chocolate recipe. After that, the company was able to grow into a conglomerate by making a huge hit with chocolate made according to the recipe, and Finnish people were able to taste premium Swiss chocolate without going to Switzerland. Chocolate that is hard on the outside but melts softly in your mouth and Finnish people who don't smile well but are warm and simple like a real country have a strange resemblance to each other.




< Making Chocolate Balls >


'Chocolate balls' are the most popular desserts and snacks in Northern Europe. It tastes even better when served with coffee or tea. The great advantage is that anyone can easily make it without an oven. Nordic parents often make it with their children. Chocolate balls were first invented in Sweden during World War II. At that time, there was a shortage of flour, so there was an urgent need for a new snack that replaced oatmeal.



In Finland they are called kookospallot (coconut balls), in Sweden they are called chokladbollar (chokladbollars: chocolate balls), and in Denmark they are called havregrynskugle (havregrynskugle: oatmeal balls). It can often be found in Nordic cafes and bakeries, and in Sweden in particular, it is loved by the public to the extent that May 11 is celebrated every year as 'Chocolate Ball Day'. Better results can be achieved by using high-quality cocoa powder. If you use unsalted butter, you can add a small amount of salt.



Ingredients (20 servings)


- 300 ml oatmeal


- 100 ml sugar


- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


-

1 teaspoon

vanilla flavored sugar/vanilla extract (optional)


- 100 g butter (slightly softened at room temperature)


- dark coffee (for example, espresso) 2 tablespoons


-coconut flakes 100 ml (other famous available)



how to make


1. Mix oatmeal, sugar, vanilla sugar (vanilla liquid), and butter all together.

(It is convenient to use sanitary gloves)


2. Add cocoa powder to hot coffee, mix well, and cool.


3. After mixing 1 and 2 together, mix well.


3. Take a slightly smaller amount than a golf ball, roll it well with both hands to form a round ball, and then apply garnish such as coconut flakes evenly.



* Put it in the refrigerator and eat it after it has cooled down.



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