Walk into any convenience store and you’ll be presented with a wide array of chocolates. If all you want is to satisfy your cravings, then any will do just fine. But if you want to reap the health benefits of chocolate, you’ll need to be more selective. Choosing the right one can seem like a gamble though if you don’t know what to look for. So to help you out, we put together some simple health tips for buying chocolate.
The health benefits of dark chocolate are well documented. One study found that eating dark chocolate more than five times a week reduced the risk of heart disease. Many of the health benefits are attributed to the flavonoids that are contained in the cocoa which are powerful antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. When you buy dark chocolate, look for labels that show a cacao percentage of at least 70 per cent.
High quality chocolate has cocoa butter as one of its main ingredients which is an edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Some manufacturers will replace some of the cocoa butter with cheaper vegetable oil to reduce the manufacturing cost. Avoid any chocolates that have additional fats and be wary of labels that contain the terms “chocolatey” or “made with chocolate”.
As you check the cacao content and whether it contains cocoa butter, you’ll also want to check read through the ingredients list. Good chocolate will only use a handful of ingredients. If you see many ingredients you don’t recognise, then it likely uses cheaper alternatives or unhealthier substitutes. Avoid these chocolates and consider purchasing a different kind.
“Dutched” chocolate has been processed with alkali so it’s not acidic like natural cocoa. The treatment gives a milder taste but it also reduces its overall quality and removes many of the compounds that are beneficial for your health. If you are looking for high quality chocolate then it’s better to avoid Dutch processed chocolate.
Chocolate actually has a much longer shelf life compared to other types of foods. Dark chocolate contains fewer milk products so it can last longer than milk or white chocolate (typically about two years). But you should still aim to buy chocolate that was made recently because aged chocolate will eventually lose its quality and taste.
Dark chocolate is already delicious on its own and something that you can easily snack on during a quick break. But if you want to reap even more health benefits, then look for chocolate that contains fruit or nuts, or even a mix of both. A popular item we offer in our store is our Fruit & Nut In Dark which includes almonds, pistachios, apricots, and blueberries.
It may seem like all chocolate is the same but that is not the case at all. If you know what to look for, you can find the perfect chocolate that hits all the spots and enables you to reap the health benefits it brings.
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We're donating to OxFam this year and our goal is raise $10,000. We want to support the people who grow cocoa in some of the poorest countries on earth, such as Tanzania and Madagascar. You can help too, by following this link to our OxFam donation page; https://my.oxfam.org.au/fundraiser/view/5395
Our team of Chocolatiers have been quietly developing the finest collection of Rocky Roads ever produced. Named after roads you might know, the range is made from premium dark, white and milk chocolate blended with fresh marshmallow and such things as roasted nuts, dried berries, candied fruit, real liquorice or amazing turkish delight. Here's a few currently on the shelves;
Tropical Road features dried mango, coconut and cashews in white chocolate
Freeway South includes cacao nibs and pecans in dark chocolate
Country Lane is milk chocolate with pistachio and glaced orange
The Highway is coffee beans and hazelnuts in milk chocolate
Road Less Travelled - a best seller - is dark chocolate with macadamias and ginger
Long & Winding Road has pistachio, orange and blueberries in dark chocolate
Yellow Brick Road is white chocolate with pecans and apricots
Silk Road is milk chocolate with almonds, pistachio and turkish delight
Route 66 is milk chocolate with liquorice and ginger
They're available online or in-store. Can you resist?
Temper Temper Fine Chocolate is giving one lucky person the chance to invent the chocolate bar of their dreams and eat it too!
Interested? All the information you need is in the poster above. Grab a pen or open an email and start describing your creation!
See optional template for your competition entry below. You can print it out, fill it in and drop it into the Temper Temper shop, or otherwise scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries close May 5, 2016.
It's a tough job but someone had to do it...
The Temper Temper and Stella Bella teams sat down one afternoon to decide which delicious chocolate best suited the beautiful wines offered by the respective companies.
We came out with three amazing matches (pictured below):
❤ Chardonnay with Peach & Almond in White
❤ Cabernet Sauvignon with Raspberry in Dark
❤ Pink Moscato with Rose & Pistachio Turkish Delight
All pairings are packaged in a lovey hamper box with optional gift message.
Visit Stella Bella's cellar door to experience or have it delivered to your doorstep at http://www.stellabella.com.au/product/Easter-Hamper?pageID=DB509311-DD85-E56A-8C39-E20848C75516&sortBy=DisplayOrder&maxRows=10&
Do you know how well green tea goes with white chocolate?
Temper Temper and Seven Seas Tea hosted a unique chocolate and tea pairing session in November so as to show people a few magic combinations.
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