Not Just Tofu

Shopping: Matisse Chocolatier

In Cool Stuff, Editorial, Products on December 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm

A GREAT gift!

If you are like me,  you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday to give to the teacher, bus driver, doctor, etc…  Nothing says thank you like a box of chocolate.  My office sent me the best platter of handmade chocolates from Matisse Chocolatier located in Englewood, NJ. 

Why chocolate?  Dark chocolate does not only taste good but is good for you, in moderation.  Matisse does not only make quality chocolates, they include healthy ingredients into their handmade dark chocolate products.  Not milk chocolate but dark chocolate has been reported to have antioxidants.  What are antioxidants?  Antioxidant are molecules that are capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules.  Simply put, antioxidants are important in fighting free radicals which are known to cause cancer cells. 

Some of Matisse’s dark chocolate products are the barks with cranberries, almonds or orange peel.  Almonds are the preferred nut suggested to those who are dieting because combined they satisfy the craving for something sweet while providing fiber which fills your hunger longer.  So if you know a nut lover, get them dark chocolate covered almonds to provide that mid day pick up. Why cranberries?  Why not cranberries should really be your question.  Besides tasting so good, cranberries are an antioxidant too.  Dried cranberries, otherwise known as craisins, provide natural complex sugars found in fruit which will provide longer lasting energy than processed sweets. I know orange peels are the part of the fruit you throw away.  Not so fast, orange peel is known to lower cholesterol, help relieve digestive problems and contains as much vitamin C as the juice. 

So this year when you want to give a gift, give one that not only taste good but is good for you.  Let the people in your life know that you want them to stay in your life by giving something you would buy yourself.  What is a holiday without having people to share it with?  On the other hand, if you want to splurge and just eat something that taste really good; I suggest that you try the chocolate covered potato chips.  I know it sounds odd, but it will be even more odd that you won’t try them.  Have I ever stared you wrong?  Enjoy your holiday NJT Family.

Matisse Chocolatier
260 Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
201.568.2288
w2w.getfreshchocolate.com
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