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April 4, 2010 – 5:24 pm

National Chocolate Day

- Posted in Extended Portfolio, Marketing related, Polystyrene Uses by Fran

Giant Wonka bar straight from Made in Hollywood's polystyrene factory.

Giant Wonka bar straight from Made in Hollywood's polystyrene factory.

When you take away the religious element of Easter Sunday, you could be forgiven for thinking that the day is devoted to the consumption and worship of all things chocolate.

The major brands, like Nestle, Cadburys and Mars, and the smaller artisan chocolatiers all do their best to get their products onto the shelves so that we can savour their chocolatey wares. They are mainly egg-shaped and wrapped in packaging designed to entice us into a sweet-tooth nirvana, but beware: an over-indulgence may result in your jeans not fitting or extra visits to the dentist.

Supersized selection of Nestle confectionery brands

Supersized selection of Nestle confectionery brands

However, it isn’t all bad news. A recent study conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Nuthetal found that people who ate six grams of dark chocolate a day lowered their risk of  heart attack and stroke by 39 percent.

Dark chocolate’s health benefits come primarily from two kinds of ingredients: antioxidants and flavenols. Antioxidants are used by our bodies to reduce damage caused by free radicals, and flavenols can make the muscles in blood vessels widen, which reduces blood pressure. Unfortunately, milk chocolate is less beneficial. When milk, fat and sugar are added to the milk chocolate mix, milk binds some of the antioxidants so that they can’t be used by the body, and both the milk and the sugar add calories.

Giant Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate bar

Giant Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate bar

So, with that slightly bad news, our suggestion is to buy a polystyrene bar of chocolate! It will look good, it won’t make a gooey sticky mess when it’s warm like chocolate, and you won’t be able to eat it so you’ll keep your teeth and figure for longer. We will eventually have a National Polystyrene Chocolate Bar Day, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.
Actually, I’m going to have a Dairy Milk bar and prepare to face the consequences.
What is your chocolate bar of choice or  favourite brand and, do you have a magic chocolate moment?
Please comment with your suggestions.

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4 Comments

  1. ashton

    Posted April 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    thats my wee cosin on the skates

  2. Fran

    Posted May 3, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks Ashton,

    She did a great job showing how big the chocolate bar is.

  3. Cosmetic Veneers

    Posted January 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    “but beware: an over-indulgence may result in your jeans not fitting or extra visits to the dentist” Extra visits can be prevented with a dose of healthy brushing and flossing after the consumption of sweets.

  4. Fran

    Posted January 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment & advice Cosmetic Veneers.
    We fully agree, the phrase: ‘prevention is better than cure’ comes to mind.