My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the July-August 2000
edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month,
you'll find recipes, tips, and recommendations on chocolate
specialties. This edition features some old summer favorites
while I take a bit of time for a special project.
Recommendation of the Month: This
one is something of a departure for me. I know that soy is much
in the news these days for its multitude of health benefits,
and it is equally true that there are any number of people who
now turn to soy as an alternative to dairy products. I've tried
soy milks in the past, but I was never able to find one I liked
- until now. Zen Don
(the name means "magic potion") is a family-run business
that makes soy milk in 4 varieties: plain, vanilla, cappuccino,
and chocolate. Theirs is the only chocolate soy milk I know
that really tastes like chocolate, and I buy and drink it occasionally.
They also make soy pudding in banana and chocolate flavors (I'm
still a holdout for dairy in my puddings).
mascot is a panda named Su Lin, and the company is concerned
with the preservation of these wonderful creatures. At present,
distribution is nationwide but spotty; for the most part, the
products are carried in natural foods stores (and in some Ralphís
supermarkets on the West Coast). Check out the site at www.zendon.com
for much more information, including frequently-asked questions
about soy. The soy milk is certified organic and contains nothing
artificial, as well. I know that a lot of my readers may be
resistant to the idea of incorporating soy into their diets,
but Zen Don just
might make you change your mind!
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