The 7th of July marks World Chocolate Day – the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious chocolate, or make your favourite chocolate recipe. We’ve rounded up our favourite products and recipes for you to try, as well as fun facts about chocolate that you can share with family and friends as you treat yourselves to these delicious sweet treats!

What’s so great about chocolate?

The obvious answer is that it’s delicious, right? Whether you’re a fan of dark, milk or white chocolate (dairy-free, of course), there are some hidden benefits to eating this sweet treat. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a study in 2016, which found that chocolate consumption in older people may lower the risk of cognitive decline.

The study had over 400 participants in Portugal, each of whom was over the age of 65. The results found that those who ate a moderate amount of chocolate – for example, one chocolate snack per week – decreased their cognitive decline by up to 40 per cent. Though the study didn’t differentiate between the effects of milk and dark chocolate (so best to assume that both have positive effects!).

Now you can enjoy eating these products knowing that you can treat yourself, and your health!

Our favourite chocolate picks:

Mr Organic Dairy-Free Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Mr Organic have expanded their product range with this new vegan-friendly hazelnut spread. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, stirring through your morning porridge, or even eating from the spoon. This is great for those who want to have a chocolate spread that is free from refined sugars, and without any artificial additives. Available in Waitrose, £3.50.

Rhythm 108 Hazelnut Praline Bar

If you’re looking for a healthier, mid-afternoon pick-me-up, this could be the solution. These are organic, gluten-free and high in fibre. Each bar has only 7g of sugar – all of which is natural – meaning you can snack on this guilt-free chocolatey bar without compromising on that sweet hit. You can find these in the free-from section at Sainsbury’s for around £1.25 each, or if you’re out and about, BP petrol stations stock them too.

Hotel Chocolat 65% Ecuadorian Vegan Supermilk

A vegan take on their popular Supermilk range, this 65 per cent cocoa bar is made with coconut and coconut blossom nectar. Another great option if you’re looking for refined sugar-free chocolate, with no artificial sweeteners. Hotel Chocolat takes great pride in using ethically sourced cocoa from their plantation in St Lucia, and with over 100 shops stocking it, you’ll be able to get your hands on this sumptuous sweet quite easily. Available in their 3 bars for £10 offer, or priced at £3.95 individually.

 

Recipe picks:

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite chocolate recipes, below. From macarons, to cheesecake and a decadent peanut butter and chocolate tart, there’s something for everyone! So why not throw on an apron and get baking this weekend, all in aid of World Chocolate Day? There’s never been a better excuse!

Don’t forget to send in pictures of your PlantBased creations for a chance to be featured in the magazine! Get in touch via social media, use the hashtag #PBCreations or email us at editor@plantbasedmag.com.

 

Biscoff Chocolate Cheescake

Biscoff Chocolate Cheesecake

French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart 

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