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Its all about chocolate and cocoa with a conscience.

Slimmers usually cut it from their diets…


Substances called flavanols in cocoa work like blood pressure-lowering drugs called ACE inhibitors. Flavanols stimulate the body to produce nitrous oxide in the blood, which helps open up blood vessels.

Researchers found regularly eating cocoa lowered blood pressure. But 1 per cent of people had stomach aches from over-indulging.

A study in the Journal Of Psychopharmacology found people who had a 42g dark chocolate drink a day felt more content than people who did not.

Dietitian Junee Sangani explains: “The improvement in mood that people can get from eating chocolate comes from the release of serotonin and endorphins – the feel-good chemicals – in the brain.”


more on: Why you should eat more chocolate – NZ Herald


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“People buy with their eyes, not with their mouths,” she says.


via How to tell the difference between fine and bulk chocolate | Eat Sip Trip


Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: What Does This Label Really Mean?


Countless artisanal chocolate bars bear the label “bean to bar”. Chocolatiers will proudly point to it as a sign of quality. But what does it actually mean? Does it represent quality? And how does it relate to specialty, fine, and craft chocolate?

Read on to discover the answers to all these questions, as we take a tour of the cacao supply chain from farm to consumer.



via Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: What Does This Label Really Mean? – Perfect Daily Grind


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Meet the Ocelot Chocolate Bar Family — Design Caledonia | Design Scottish

After much consumption of Ocelot Chocolate post Christmas period we thought it was time to get our hands on some of Scotland’s tastiest chocolate for you, our fab customers. Ocelot chocolate is based in Leith and run by the lovely couple pairing Ish and Matt. These guys produce craft chocolate

Bron: Products: Meet the Ocelot Chocolate Bar Family — Design Caledonia | Design Scottish


 Ish & Matt Broadbent: Ocelot Chocolate

Ocelot Chocolate is run by newly married couple Ish and Matt Broadbent, who left their jobs as chefs to pursue their dream of running their own business and making the most delicious confectionery.

From their workshop in Edinburgh, Ish and Matt hand make chocolates using the highest quality organic and fair trade produce, combining their passion for art and graphic design to create a unique brand already loved by many.

Ish: We set up the business entirely on our own, with just modest savings, so we have grown one piece at a time- building up our equipment when we can- a very hand-to-mouth existence, but one that makes us value what we have and how far we’ve come. We’ve made sacrifices- we waved Goodbye to fancy phones, haircuts, clothes, meals out, and said Hello to being hermits for two years. We also started the business one week after getting married, so it hasn’t been the most romantic first couple of years and we still haven’t had our honeymoon, but ultimately we’ve made our dream a reality, and we feel very proud.


Bron: Ocelot Chocolate – Future Positive


Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater

We’re used to paying about $1 for a bar of chocolate. But that price undercuts the farmer, the flavor, and the finesse that it takes to make good chocolate. To understand why many craft chocolate makers have adopted the direct-trade model — and higher prices — let’s look at how Big Chocolate works with farmers.

An excerpt from ‘Bean to Bar: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution’

Bron: Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater


De waarde van goedkope chocolade 

De prijs van een reep chocolade is, ook met Fairtrade, dermate laag, dat veel, vooral Afrikaanse boeren, geen menswaardig leven kunnen leiden.

Bron: De waarde van goedkope chocolade – ClearChox

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