Monthly Archives: May 2018
Next time you’re feeling a bit stressed, but a hot bath or gym session seems a little bit too much effort, reach into the chocolate stash, instead. It’s good for you, honest.
A new study has found that eating chocolate can actually lower our stress levels, according to Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Centre in Southern California.
The found that eating dark chocolate, particularly with a high percentage of cacao, can reduce stress levels and inflammation, as well as improving mood, memory and immunity. Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can benefit our brain and heart health, the researchers said.
And the higher the level of cacao, the happier we become, the researchers say. So indulge. Who
Posted: May 14, 2018|
Allergies and food intolerances are no fun. But when it comes to chocolate – there’s usually a way.
For most allergies, it’s more obvious. For example, if you have a nut allergy, you’re probably already pretty clued-up on what chocolate you can have. But intolerances are different from allergies in that you won’t have an allergic reaction, exactly, but your body will let you know in some form or another that it doesn’t like what you’ve just given it. Perhaps you get headaches, an upset stomach or rashes on your skin.
So here’s a bit of advice how to navigate some of the most common intolerances – so you can relax and enjoy chocolate, without having to worry.
Chocolate contains caffeine, albeit in low amounts. If you’re very sensitive
Posted: May 14, 2018|
It can be really difficult sometimes to walk the line between being a nice person, and eating all your chocolate to yourself. This is because we’re expected to share; it’s impossible to indulge in chocolate within a 10-metre radius of anyone without either offering them some, or running away.
As soon as the sound of the wrapper opening turns heads, you have to decide what type of person you want to be: a sharer, or someone who stops getting invited to events. (But gets to keep all their chocolate to themselves.)
But there are some ways to try and get around having to share your favourite chocolate, when you really just want to keep it for yourself. Here are your options:
Pretend it’s terrible
If you’re a very good actor, there’s a small chance you can take a bite of your chocolate and convince everyone it’s
Here at Choc on Choc, we love a good cause just as much as we love chocolate. And now we’ve joined up with card retailer Funky Pigeon to combine the two.
Funky Pigeon have launched their Believe in Happy campaign in support of mental health awareness week, to encourage people to open up about their mental health and tackle stigma. And to support such a brilliant campaign, we’ve designed some delicious chocolates to help spread the word.
The campaign is being spearheaded by the Funky Pigeon’s graphic designer Amy, who received a supportive card from her Grandma while she had post-natal depression and realised we send way more “Get Well” cards for physical illnesses than mental illnesses.
Inspired by this, Funky Pigeon are launching a product range full of messages
Posted: May 09, 2018
It’s almost Father’s Day! And what better way of showing your appreciation than with the gift of chocolate? Whether your dad’s the sporty type, a foodie or a handyman, we’ve got you covered.
The Sporty Dad
Whether he’s down the gym every weekend or dragging the whole family out for walks, we have a few treats lined up to suit the active dad.
Why not treat him to our delicious chocolate kettlebells? They’re made with delicious Belgian milk chocolate, and as a bonus, 15% of each sale goes to Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association.
Posted: May 09, 2018
As the sun starts to make an appearance, we’re already dusting off the flip-flops and stocking up on sun cream. But one of the best parts of summer is, of course, the barbeque – and there’s no excuse for not having some chocolatey recipes at the ready for the next sunny Sunday afternoon.
The chocolate banana
Take one banana, preferably more towards the riper side than unripe, and peel it, place it on some tinfoil, and cut it right down the middle. You’ll want to make sure the banana is still attached, so only cut halfway down. Take some chocolate buttons – white, milk, or dark – and slot into the cut, all the way down.
Carefully wrap the tin foil over the banana so it’s covered, then place on the barbeque for a few minutes. You should open it up to a baked banana filled with delicious, melted chocolate. Add