ALL NEW!!! Help us select our new truffle flavors and WIN!

It’s that time of the year again. Fall has hit (well not Los Angeles but the rest of the country!) and soon it will be Halloween followed by Thanksgiving. And it’s when we at Intentional Chocolate, come out with our intentional truffles. This year we will be offering not only our 4 pack but also 2 packs of truffles! And with a new artisan handmade truffles you cannot go wrong with these holiday gifts!

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But we want to know what four types you all are interested in having. We’ve narrowed it to 7, now we need you to help us choose. We will choose 3 of you who response to us either here or on Facebook by receiving a 2 pack of our truffles!

So here are the choices:

 

Chocolate Wellness WINNERS!

Thank you all for sharing your love on how chocolate is used in your wellness routines. My little chocolate wellness treat usually consists of a few pistoles of Intentional Chocolate at night as setting the intentions for good rest and sweet dreams along with a cup of ginger tea, to melt the pieces on my tongue.

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I will share a few of the wonderful entries we received–

“I eat your chocolates as a fix to my chocolate needs and it uplifts me. Thank you!!!” — How wonderful!

“I find that dark chocolate of at least 70% helps with headaches probably by opening up the blood vessels and calming my blood pressure down.” — Yes, a lovely calming effect!

And the WINNER:

“When I’m stressed out and feel like I’m about to panic, I would eat dark chocolate while listening to calming meditation music while breathing slowly for about 15-20 minutes. I find this will usually bring me back to task at hand with a more positive attitude.”

Thank you Sau-Ming Lee for your entry. Please email ashley@intentionalchocoalte.com with you address for your free bag of chocolate (wellness!) and as a bonus we will send you a link of our chocolate meditation, as it sounds like you would love that!

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As part of our partnership with DBSA we have been providing chocolate meditation tasting kits to support groups around the US. Please read for a lovely story of wellness…

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“Your gift of the chocolate meditation kit was very timely as the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) challenge for the month of July was to find ways to relax and prevent stress from building up.  Here at the Recovery Cooperative of Muskegon we are a peer run drop in center for people who live with a mental health diagnosis.  At our DBSA meeting today we had two staff and five members attend.  We began our group today by practicing chocolate meditation.

These are the comments from the people who participated:  I loved the flute music, enjoyed it, this was a relaxing way to get ready for group, I enjoyed it but thought the chocolate was bitter, this is a good way to calm down from anxiety.

Again, thank you so very much for the gift of the chocolate meditation kit.  We all enjoyed it very much and thought it was a great wellness tool.  We plan to practice chocolate meditation again at future meetings.”

DBSA-Logo-Horiz-Bluehttp://www.dbsa.org for more information.

Tell us how you enjoy chocolate for wellness and be entered to win a free bag of chocolate!

Walk a little longer and farther by eating Dark Chocolate!

Chocolate again comes in with another potential health bonus!!

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Polyphenols — compounds found in cocoa — may reduce oxidative stress and improve blood flow in peripheral arteries. “Polyphenol-rich nutrients could represent a new therapeutic strategy to counteract cardiovascular complications,” said, Francesco Violi, M.D., study senior author and professor of internal medicine at the Sapienza University of Rome.

In a pilot study of patients with PAD (14 men and six women, ages 60-78), study participants increased their ability to walk unassisted after eating dark chocolate, compared to when they ate milk chocolate. After eating the dark chocolate, they walked an average 11 percent farther and 15 percent longer (almost 12 meters/39 feet farther and about 17 seconds longer) than they could earlier that day. But distance and time didn’t improve after eating milk chocolate.

The improvements were modest. Still, the benefit of dark chocolate polyphenols is “of potential relevance for the quality of life of these patients,” said Lorenzo Loffredo, M.D., the study’s co-author and assistant professor at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.

 

To read the full study click here.

 

The Don’ts of Chocolate Tasting

The Don’ts of Chocolate Tasting (this was written on  the C-Spot)

We’re often asked to lead formal tastings which we conduct on special occasions.
Most of these tastings affairs are, bluntly, just a ‘tarding up of the consumer: “now here’s how you eat chocolate: first, look at it by opening your eyes; second, smell it by breathing in thru your nose; third, listen to it by perking up your ears; next, bite it…” ad nauseam. People need nanny-style potty training like the Pentagon needs another explosive device.
Chocolate is a direct hit – it’s an easy to “get”.
But since you asked, here are a few quick “don’ts”.
Don’t:
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Instead turn off your internal chatter & let the melt flow into an effortless attention that will freely interpret & translate a bar’s manifold flavors, without work, as relaxation sets in, taking on a meditative-trance aspect akin to mushin no shin, the Zen expression for “zoned”. That’s what the chocolate melt—literally / physically, figuratively / metaphorically— is all about.
Take a deep breath, inhale the perfumes & harmonize with the bar like that bird clasped in the hand—too loose it flies away, too tight, you’ll crush it.
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Some proscribe chewing, for instance. Chew or let it melt on your tongue? Consider both – between alternate tastings or even together—because both have their strengths &, moreover, each reveals a different side of the flavor.
Chocolate, after all, embodies a full sensory experience—often an overload—engendering intimacy. So whatever feels good… use your body intelligence. Besides, it’s your chocolate.
…wait for the right moment.
Some cocoa gurus proclaim that certain times of the day are optimal for critical tastings.
Others say only after you’ve cleared the palate with some kind of slimey gruel or a proper hi-colonic (k, we jest on that one).
Our take: People link chocolate to sex since it carries that oozy body-melt & contains trace amounts of aphrodisiacs (such as PEA – phenylethylamine, the “Love Chemical”, an adrenal-related compound that is also naturally created within the hypothalamus of the brain & is released to flood the brain during orgasm, producing that warm glow).
Whether morning or midnight, sex can be good any time. The outdoor variety, for instance, under the midday sun when the senses are fully awakened.
Spontaneity… whenever the moment seizes & moves, carpe chocolatum, in sync with Roberta Flack’s “that’s the time, I feel like makin’…”

Memorial Day Rememberances

Memorial day serves as a reminder of the men and women who died in duty serving our country. The holiday began after the American Civil War to commemorate the soldiers lost in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day extended to honor all Americans having died while in service for our country.

If you are looking for a way to give back, consider USA Cares.

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USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is focused on three main areas:

- Removing the financial barriers that prevent veterans from receiving treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is saving the lives of veterans and restoring families.

- Removing the financial barriers that prevent veterans from securing employment.

- Providing emergence family services to veterans and active duty service members who sustain a significant reduction in pay because of their service.