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In what must be the nation’s favourite themed week, Chocolate Week returns for an 11th consecutive year between October 12th-18th, giving us the chance to indulge our sweet tooth and celebrate all things chocolatey. To kick-start the celebrations, we’ve compiled some of our favourite chocolate facts and come up with a few ideas of our own about how to best celebrate the week!
Reverse the Decline in Letter-Writing with Chocolate-Flavoured Stamps!
In 2013, Belgium issued a special range of stamps that smelt and tasted of chocolate to celebrate some of their best known chocolatiers. The aroma of chocolate was infused in the stamps, which were then coated in a chocolate-flavoured varnish.
Make Chocolate Available on Prescription!
Dark chocolate contains magnesium, iron, and potassium amongst other essential minerals, and has been proven to be effective in preventing heart disease. Research has shown that eating good quality dark chocolate every day reduces your risk of heart disease by a third. It also contains serotonin, phenylethylamine (the ‘love chemical’) and endorphins which can relieve pain and stress. Whatsmore, the smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, increasing relaxation. So it’s great for mental health too! With those kind of medicinal qualities, chocolate should be handed out like, well, Smarties. However, for dark chocolate to be beneficial, cacao or chocolate liquor should be the first ingredient listed, not sugar. So candy lovers, take note.
Make Chocolate-Flavoured Toothpaste available!
Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth which can help protect against tooth decay, according to a study carried out by researchers at Osaka University, Japan. Researchers found that some parts of the cocoa bean thwart mouth bacteria and tooth decay. Unfortunately for us, it’s the husk of the cocoa bean that contains the most beneficial ingredients, and these don’t tend to be used in normal chocolate production. However, if some clever person could create a chocolate-flavoured toothpaste from the husk, that’d surely help improve the teeth-brushing habits of the nation.
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Issue Chocolate Ration-Packs for Students!
Research suggests that dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Studies have also found that dark chocolate can improve our ability to see in poor weather, and promotes lower blood pressure, which has positive effects on cholesterol levels, platelet function, and insulin sensitivity. So instead of banning chocolate bars in lunch boxes, perhaps we should be issuing pupils and workers with mini bars of quality fair-trade dark chocolate.
If, like us, you appreciate fine chocolate, head to London’s Olympia between 12-18th October 2015 where some of the UK’s best independent and artisan chocolatiers will be showcasing the best of British chocolate, and enjoy it, guilt-free.