• At Beyer’s Chocolates, they take chocolate accusations seriously. That is why they researched the stereotype that women crave chocolate. And would you believe it? Numerous chocolate studies have been done, and they found this to be true; not only because of women’s impeccable taste (it’s Women’s Month, we can be a little biased) but also because chocolate is genuinely good for your health.

    Chocolate not only smells and tastes good, but it can also boost your mood. When you eat chocolate your body releases serotonin, which will make you feel less stressed, anxious, depressed or emotional. Moreover, when your blood sugar is low and you feel irritable, tired and shaky, eat cocoa-rich dark chocolate as it’s low on the glycaemic index and can stabilise your blood sugar levels.

    By eating a piece of chocolate every day while you are pregnant, you will manage the stress better, and once your baby is born, they will smile more and be happier. It’s also been found that chocolate can improve the foetus’s growth, enhance the placenta and may reduce the risk of developing pre-eclampsia.

    All the more reason to love chocolate this Women’s Day!

    WIN! We’re giving away 5 Beyer’s Chocolates hampers containing:

    Chocolatier’s Turkish Delight

    This collection is a favourite of the Beyers’ Master Chocolatier. Each creamy milk chocolate has a soft rose water Turkish Delight centre, which takes you on an exotic taste adventure.

    Milk Chocolate Hollow Balls

    Looking for a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate treat? When you need a quick chocolate fix, the foiled Belgian milk chocolate hollow balls are the answer to your craving.

    Nougat and Nugu

    These locally made, bite-size bonbons from Coach House are irresistible. The luxury collection includes almond honey nougat and chocolate cranberry nugu.

    Macadamia Honey Nougat

    This luxurious nougat is made by hand, following ancient nougat-making traditions. This silken delicacy is made using the purest honey and is generously filled with chunky macadamia nuts.

    Shortbread Biscuits

    Few things in life are as enjoyable as a delightfully buttery and crunchy shortbread biscuit. There are eight biscuits in the bag, take a bite – they’re impossible to resist.

    Caramel Hearts      

    These deliciously gooey, caramel-filled chocolate hearts will make you go weak at the knees. You can unashamedly treat yourself to this nine-piece collection – because you’re worth it.

    Hampers are valued at R346 each.

    To enter, simply complete the entry form below. Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends 27 August 2017.

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    Photograph by Peter Whitfield.

    You might also like these chocolate recipes:

    Chocolate lava cup (what all of your chocolate dreams are made of)

    Chocolate malva pudding (a traditional South African dessert with a delicious, chocolatey twist)

    Quick and easy chocolate tart (gorgeous and remarkably easy, this chocolate tart is the perfect ending to an elegant dinner party)

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com