Chef and chocolatier James Clarke has recently launched his delicious dairy free vegan chocolate truffles. The company is called HOC’s Chocs named after his son Harry. He decided to launch the business when he found out his nephews were both allergic to dairy.
The luxury chocolates are perfect for gifts and wedding favours.
Whilst James is working on lots of exciting new flavours he sent me these to try:
- Tumeric and lime
- Salted orange
- Stemmed ginger
The chocolate is extremely smooth and you wouldn’t know they are dairy free. They contain healthier natural ingredients for example coconut oil. The chocolate truffles are dark but not at all bitter or overly sweet. James has perfected the sugar balance.
The healthy side to chocolate
Dark chocolate is packed with plant metabolites called flavonoids. Flavonoids are know for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are:
- Anti viral
- Anti cancer
- Anti inflammatory
- Anti allergic
James chose the other ingredients for their health benefits too.
Ginger contains gingerols which are antiinflammatory and renown for soothing our digestive system.
Is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice.
Orange and Lime
Both are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium. Vitamin C helps support our immune system and boosts our complexion. Potassium keeps our heart healthy.
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Why do we love chocolate so much?
Dr Rozin has studied chocolate extensively. Chocolate is more than just a tasting experience, we enjoy the way it feels, the associations and memories it creates.
Chocolate triggers the neurotransmitter dopamine to be released, this alone is very powerful at explaining why we crave chocolate. Dopamine contributes to our learned reward circuit in the brain, so it is released when we experience something pleasurable, and this makes us want to eat chocolate again. When we feel good after chocolate the next time it reinforces the belief that chocolate makes us feel good.
The combination of cacao, sugar and fat is very comforting to us (Dr Rozin). We also associate chocolate with love and romance which is intrinsically linked to sex. From an evolutionary perspective we’re here to survive and reproduce so if chocolate helps us to survive and win over a potential mate it’s not surprising it is a very popular food!
What are the benefits of chocolate?
There’s lots of evidence to suggest that chocolate is a calmer stimulant than caffeine alone (Emily Dean’s, 2015). Flavonols in high doses have been found to improve mood over 30 days (Pase et al. 2013). They also improve neuron regeneration and have repaired damaged to LTM.
A study by Loma Linda University found that eating 48g of 70% cacao chocolate reduced stress and lowered inflammation, it improved mood, memory and enhanced neuroplasticity (the brains ability to adapt the role of neurons).
If you’d like to find out more visit https://hocschocs.com
James is also offering free postage.