“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
The creator of Peanuts certainly understood the allure of chocolate. While all chocolate is delicious, the research is in that dark chocolate, in particular, is really a win-win. Dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa solids, along with less added sugar, and has been linked to improving heart health. In fact, researchers from a recently released study found that participants who drank a mixture high in cocoa performed much better on memory tests (in full disclosure, the study was conducted by the Mars Corporation).
According to the University of Michigan’s Health Center, dark chocolate may
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of blood clots
- Improve mood by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels to the brain
With all the potential value of dark chocolate, just be aware that not all dark chocolate is the same. When buying, you want to make sure that it has upward of 70% cacao content. Be careful of many of the more commercial chocolates which are more processed and are packed with added sugar. Also, chocolate is only as good as its ingredients, so look for chocolates made in small batches and made from fairly traded cocoa beans.
Here at Boroughmakers, we personally test all of our chocolate products for quality and taste (it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it). One favorite (and a perennial bestseller) is our hand-dipped salt caramels. Yum! Another is the honeycomb dark chocolate, made with local honey and dipped in dark chocolate. My memory is better already.