Accompanying increased consumers interest in personal wellbeing has been a growing demand for premium products. At the same time consumers are also increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of products. Guilt free indulgence (even for an innocent pot of dark chocolate spread) therefore requires speaking to health as well as to environmental and ethical priorities.
How does this relate to a typical indulgence of chocolate spread? Especially given the rise of premium, healthy and ethical snacking that has occurred during lockdown. Studies show consumers are making more conscious decisions, opting for healthier sweet treats during lockdown. Consumers do not think of chocolate as they think of fruit and vegetables. But although dark chocolate is an indulgent treat, it can still be a healthy treat.
Chocolate begins with the cacao tree, (Theobroma cacao). It grows within 20 north and south of the Equator in a mix of hot temperatures, rain and shade. Each tree bears oval fruits or pods and within each pod are 30 – 50 seeds, or cacao (or cocoa) beans.
After harvesting the cacao beans they are fermented, dried and roasted before being ground into cocoa mass. Both cocoa powder and cocoa butter are products of cocoa mass. Cacao refers to the tree, pod and bean or seed. When the cacao bean is processed it’s then known as Cocoa.
Dark chocolate’s bright future
Dark chocolate spread is made using only cocoa mass, cocoa butter and sugar. For milk chocolate a fourth ingredient, milk power is added. White chocolate on the other hand does not contain any cocoa mass. It is made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk powder, so some do not consider it a true chocolate (or want any talk of Chocolate spread in conjunction with it).
Due to high cocoa content, dark chocolate contains iron and magnesium and is also a source of protein. So this indulgent product does offer some health benefits.
Cocoa goes into our Rich Baobab Chocolate Spread. It’s the key ingredient that goes into making dark chocolate. Our spread is therefore also able to offer the same health benefits of dark chocolate. This is in addition to the amazing health benefits already offered through its other ingredient, baobab fruit pulp. Baobab’s health profile includes nine essential minerals and vitamins.
These support the immunity system, provide for metabolic processes and energy production. Baobab also contains high levels of dietary fibre which promote good gut health and support the digestive system.
Without any doubt, Chosan’s Rich Baobab Chocolate Spread certainly provides consumers with the indulgent treat they are craving and lots more. A clean, rich, full, (earthy) taste, it is a premium, healthy chocolate spread that does not compromise on flavour.
The growth of the premium snacking trend
Over lockdown, stuck at home we have all increased our snacking routines. We have also refocused our attention on our own wellbeing and want healthier, premium products. Healthier alternatives to snacking which growing in popularity also include chocolate. Willing to pay more for healthy, natural products, conscious consumers crave chocolate that tastes good and does good. Just like Chosan Baobab Chocolate Spread.
A delicious pot of dark chocolate spread overnight oats
Here’s a delicious recipe you can make with the well kept secret of Chocolate Spread with baobab (from Chosan of course). It works well as a tasty starter to the day – a delicious, protein rich, slow releasing energiser. It’s even better as a scrumptious treat at the end of an action-packed day. It tastes amazing and is dead easy to make. Our recipe (courtesy of @OrganicAlex) makes 8 pots.
- 50g oats
- 20g goji berries
- 20g pecans
- 190g Baobab Chocolate Spread
- 20g pistachios
- 20g nibbled almonds
- 400ml Coconut Cream
- 30g coconut oil
For this recipe you’ll not need any special equipment, though you will need a pot to put the overnight oats in. It should also only take around 15 minutes to prepare and over to chill in the fridge.
- Combine oats, goji berries, pecans, pistachios and nibbled almonds (For a nut-free version, replace pecans, pistachios and almonds with seeds (pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, golden linseeds, hemp seeds. chia) of your choice) and share between 8 small pots.
- Pour coconut cream, Baobab Chocolate Spread and coconut oil in a bowl and blend until smooth.
- Pour over the oat mixture in the 8 pots and leave in fridge overnight.
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