Remember those big, frilly heart-shaped boxes of candy, back in the early days of woo-ing? Well, we are grown-up ladies now and don’t need to wait for anyone to buy us a sugar-rific token of their affection—though we wouldn’t turn any down.
Eating dark chocolate daily (but not going all binge-y) is good for your heart, your brain power, and your sleep cycle.
Why not express your high regard for your fabulous self this February by giving yourself something sweet and not too decadently indulgent? Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants (especially if you choose 65 percent cacao content or higher) and is known to have loads of health benefits: Eating dark chocolate daily (but not going all binge-y) is good for your heart, your brain power, and your sleep cycle.
The Best Chocolates Money Can Buy
We’d like to suggest these relatively healthy options, and one decadent variety, too, because sometimes we all need just a bit of excess.
- Bulletproof Chocolate Fuel Bars: Have you heard about Bulletproof Coffee, a kind of buttered morning brew that supposedly teaches your body how to better utilize dietary fat? Well, this is the company’s best-selling chocolate bar—sugar-free 78 percent cacao dark chocolate liberally sprinkled with crunchy Himalayan sea salt, with enough MCT oil in it to keep you feeling happily sated.
- Goodio: Vegan, with no refined sugar, Goodio chocolate hails from Helsinki. The company uses coconut palm sugar, which has a low glycemic index, to sweeten their bars and uses local ingredients like wild blueberries, sea buckthorn (a kind of berry), and cranberries.
- Green & Black’s: Organic, ethically sourced chocolate is a very good—but then again, so is the taste of Green & Black’s candy. They make an array of flavors … and it’s wicked hard to choose between Toffee and the Hazelnut-Currant options. Maybe one of each?
- Pascha: Pascha’s chocolate is (deep breath): vegan, organic, GMO-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, tree nut-free, and peanut-free. Of special interest is the 70 percent cacao dark chocolate with lucuma bar—lucuma is a fruit from the Andes with a caramel-y flavor that is used to replace half the regular amount of sugar in the company’s bar … intriguing!
- Taza: A pioneer of ethical cacao sourcing, Taza is one of the least-processed chocolates you can find, with stone-ground cacao for a classically crafted bar. It’s also kosher, certified organic, and gluten/dairy/soy-free. But let’s focus on flavors instead, because that’s what will delight you on Valentine’s Day—there’s an array, from Coconut to Espresso to Raspberry and more.
If you are in the mood to abandon all this talk of health and have something with no redeeming qualities other than its power to elicit a cry of “OMG, this is amazing,” maybe you want to order a box of Watson’s famous Sponge Candy, which they describe as “crispy, tender chunks of caramelized spun sugar drenched in our wonderfully creamy chocolate.” It’s almost criminally good.