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Wholly Mole!



Wholly Mole!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.12

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    adobo, cloves, cumin, hershey, mood-lifting, pipian, pumpkinseed, rojo, tomatillos, verde, world-renowned, yellow-green, chilies, value, cilantro, poblano
     content words:    Sweetest Place, Central America


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Wholly Mole!
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Many cultures value chocolate as a sweet treat. It's featured in many favorite dessert recipes. The Swiss are world-renowned for their rich chocolate candy. Hershey, Pennsylvania, is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth" for its candy heritage! There's no doubt that we love our chocolate.
 
2     One culture took chocolate to a new level. No longer a dessert item to be savored after a meal, this culture added spices to chocolate and then poured it over their chicken dinners! That culture came from Central America.
 
3     The Hispanic culture gave us mole sauce. No, not mole [MOHL] as in an underground rodent, but mole [MOH-lay], a dinner sauce featuring the mood-lifting ingredient known as chocolate!

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