I nearly missed this one but, this week is National Chocolate Week in the UK, giving me an excuse (not that I need one) to have just one more square of my fave dark chocolate! And, what’s more, Waitrose’s premium food range, called 1, has a selection of single-origin dark chocolate bars on spesh.  Single-origin means that all the beans in each bar in the range come from one country and from traceable locations and, are marketed by Fairtrade cooperatives. The characteristics of each of these single-origin bars are said to be quite specific to the region from where it originates (I’ve picked Costa Rican, Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Indian, 70% or higher) and, on the inside of the outer card packaging there are some tasting notes for the single-origin chocolate rookie. Chocolate experts have been making bars like this for a long time but, it’s quite unusual to see this approach in a national supermarket. They are currently at an introductory price of £1.64 for 100g, which competes well with some of those other well-known mass-market brands and, they are all deeeeeelishous 🙂

And just in case you’ve forgotten, a few facts on why it’s good to eat dark chocolate…

Cacao is packed full of powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. It also contains an abundance of magnesium and iron and other essential minerals including calcium, sulphur, zinc, copper, potassium, and manganese; vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E; essential heart-healthy fat known as oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat; protein and fibre. Cacao also releases serotonin in the brain which explains while we feel relaxed and happy after eating chocolate 🙂

Go on, tuck in – it is National Chocolate Week after all!