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The surprising benefits of chocolate

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World Chocolate Day

Chocolate is nostalgic. It’s universal. It brings joy. That’s why over 1 billion people eat chocolate every day, and why today is dedicated to the celebration of all things chocolate.

Happy World Chocolate Day!

Whilst you might think of chocolate as just a treat, it actually has some surprising health benefits. Of course, that’s assuming you choose a high-quality dark chocolate – we can’t promise that the vegan Kit-Kat will transform your health!

The Benefits of Chocolate

It’s a mood booster. Chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels, which are chemicals responsible for happiness and well-being.

It’s good for your brain. Dopamine also plays a key role in thinking and planning, so a chocolate break might help to keep you focused in that big meeting!

It’s good for your health. High quality dark chocolate is a source of minerals like iron and magnesium, which promote gastro-intestinal health. It’s also a source of antioxidants, which can help protect you against certain types of cancers.

It’s good for your heart. Chocolate may improve blood flow, blood pressure and may even reduce the risk of heart disease.

It’s good for your skin. Did you know that cacao can help protect your skin from the sun? Now, we’re not recommending that you venture out without a suitable SPF, but a little extra protection from UV is always welcome!

A Fairer Choice

How do you get the most out of this wonderful ingredient? Well, high quality, plant-based ingredients are essential. Not all chocolate is made equal, and high-sugar milk chocolates aren’t going to do your health many favours. Likewise, the chocolate industry has sadly been tied to poverty, child labour, and poor environmental practices. So buy Fairtrade when you can.

The raw cacao used in our products is sourced from Fairtrade growers so that the ingredients are of the highest quality, and the workers are paid a fair wage for their efforts. So, not only is our cacao good for you, it’s good for everyone involved!

We thought that a little inspiration with our chocolate flavoured products might give you something new to try on World Chocolate Day…




PERFORM is our complete blend of plant proteins and BCAAs, which helps your muscles recover after exercise and gives you a boost of essential amino acids. The benefits of cacao work really well with protein; promoting energy, health and mental wellbeing.

Add to your shakes, cakes, or bakes, for 25g of protein per serving. Our raw cacao flavour is as delicious as it is healthy!

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MAGIC Raw Hot Chocolate


Tough day? Feeling low? Reach for the MAGIC. MAGIC Raw Hot Chocolate contains 40% raw cacao powder along with Ashwagandha and Reishi mushroom.

Adding this delight to warm plant-based milk is the perfect way to destress after any long day. It is specifically designed to promote relaxation, wellbeing and lower your stress levels, and the Ceylon Cinnamon gives a comforting touch too.

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Need More Inspiration?

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

MAGIC Chocolate Bliss Balls

MAGIC Chocolate Bliss Balls

Chocolate Walnut Caramel Bars

Chocolate Walnut Caramel Bars

Discover our recipes

Sources: 7 proven health benefits of dark chocolate

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