I eat chocolate every day. It makes me happy. Dark chocolate (70 per cent or more) really is good for you (honest!). I could not live without it and here are 10 reasons why you should eat more chocolate (without binge eating it, obviously!):
1- It makes you feel good. Do you need any more reasons?
2- It is full of antioxidants which help your body fight disease.
3- It could reduce the risk of heart disease.
4- It can reduce the risk of stroke.
5- It is full of minerals like potassium, zinc and a 100g bar of 70% dark chocolate provides over 65% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of iron.
6- It could improve your memory. A survey conducted over 40 years revealed that people who chocolate had a tendency to perform better in memory and cognitive tests than those who did not.
7- It can reduce cholesterol.
8- It can reduce anxiety by releasing endorphins.
9- It is good for the brain.
10- It tastes too good not to be eaten!
As a chocolate lover, I used to stick to Swiss chocolates or French chocolates made by chocolatiers, but I discovered Hotel Chocolat about six years ago and for the very first time, I experienced chocolate goodness like never before in this country!
When Hotel Chocolat started making their Easter eggs over ten years ago, experts were advising them to make the shells as thin as possible and to display the chocolates on the outside. Guess what they did? The exact opposite! They made thick shells and hid all of their chocolates inside! Their mantra is ‘More Cocoa, Less Sugar’. I love their innovative vision and the fact they are not trying to do what everyone else is doing. These guys are trend-setters, not followers!
On that note, the lovely people at Hotel Chocolat asked me to choose a treat for one lucky reader, and I went for The Easter Goody Bag.
How to enter the giveaway:
You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us why you love chocolate.
Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 21 March 2016. Good luck!
– The prize will be supplied directly by Hotel Chocolat.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– All opinions and photographs (other than the prize) are my own.