Sales of Chocolate Gifts rise as Health Benefits are Revealed

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Every time scientists come up with new health or beauty benefits of chocolate our sales of chocolate gifts rise.

And why not? Considering its many benefits a little of what you love and often, can only be a good thing. Chocolate subscription services are a brilliant idea because you can buy a gift that keeps on giving. A regular supply of chocolate coming through the letterbox is a chocoholic’s dream!

Chocolate health benefits

Many studies have been done over the past few years indicating health benefits that can be attributed to the consumption of chocolate.

The antioxidants contained in chocolate (epicatechins and flavanols) assist with blood flow and lower hypertension. They also reduce the risk of coronary attacks and strokes.

Consuming chocolate protects our skin from the harmful rays of the sun reducing the wrinkle effect and therefore giving us a better complexion.

A recent study revealed that eating a small amount of chocolate 5 times per week can lower our Body Mass Index (BMI). The treat also reduces cortisol levels which in turn lowers our stress.

Research from Finland suggests that chocolate consumed during pregnancy decreases stress in mothers. Babies born to expectant mothers in Finland were found to smile more frequently if Mum has eaten chocolate whilst pregnant.

These health benefits combined give us the “feel good” and “look good” factors.

Using chocolate gifts healthily

Cocoa has been found to reduce inflammation in mice, following research carried out at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. If the same applies to humans, it is possible that drinking cocoa as a regular part of your diet may diminish some of the symptoms of diabetes. However, here are some guidelines for using cocoa and chocolate healthily.

  1. Dark chocolate contains sufficient flavanols to enhance your health
  2. Ordinary milk chocolate may not contain sufficient polyphenol to make any difference. Milk and sugar content may also negate any beneficial effects.
  3. Cocoa is best made with milk but for health benefits use the skimmed variety. Put sweeteners in it if desired rather than loading it with sugar.
  4. Around 30 grams of chocolate eaten per day is recommended to keep your heart healthy and reduce your stress.

As a comfort food chocolate has little to equal it. However, like many other foods it should be consumed in moderation.

Letterbox subscription services

Individual chocolate gifts or letterbox subscription services are available from Love Cocoa. Help someone look and feel better by having a regular supply delivered to them monthly. With a range of milk and dark chocolate, you can pick and mix. Visit the Love Cocoa website to check out what we have to offer.

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Disappointed with the delivery

I bought the chocolate bars as a gift as I had bought some at an earlier time, although I like the idea of it. It was disappointing for my friend to not have received the next day. If I was guaranteed next day delivery I would order again.

Thanks for your feedback Yvonne, is really useful. We try and keep our product as affordable as possible offering 1st Class Royal Mail for free (over £15). Since we emailed we have now added a next day guaranteed delivery option and charge cost price for this service.
Subscription v Retail

James something to be aware of: I can buy three bars for £12 in my local wine shop ( Therapy of Wine )
Same thing only costs me 1p less through my subscription.....

Thanks for your feedback Robert. Unfortunately at the moment we have to charge postage on the subscriptions under 15 pounds. We will try and create more subscription options which will avoid this postage charge.
80th Birthday Gift for a Quaker

The gift was very well received and the whole family enjoyed the experience of 'cadbury' chocolate. Beautifully packaged and delivered with no fuss.

Thanks for lovely review Lea, glad the chocolate bars were well received gift :)
Sea salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

Found it to be a crisp & tastey bar. Tends to bring out the cocoa. Never tried this taste before but would purchase again.

Glad you liked this John. The Sea Salt is our favourite bar and is up for an award :)
Chocolate Heaven

The chocolate is absolutely amazing. I think when you read the ingredients list and learn about the refined sugar-free element you possibly prepare your mind for an inferior but healthier alternative. This blew my expectations out the water. This is hands down most of the most elite, superior and exquisite chocolates I have ever tasted. So pure, so creamy and the flavours options are insane. I also sampled to 70% Ecuadorian which was unbelievably creamy and like nothing I have ever tasted. I will definitely be back for more. Please, Please, Please enter this for some of the industry awards. This should definitely be celebrated!

Thanks very much for the review Ryan, glad you liked the chocolate!