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Treat Yourself to Good Health
TIDBITS: Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier energized the delicious world of chocolate when it introduced Spa Chocolate™, a seven-piece collection of all-natural handcrafted dark chocolate creations handpicked for those looking for a daily chocolate indulgence. Today, chocolate lovers can enjoy 21 days of guilt free-indulgence with Spa Chocolates Weeks 1, 2 and 3. In fact, when eaten in moderation, Spa Chocolate can become a satisfying part of a balanced, healthful eating plan. Slowly eating a luxurious piece of chocolate, savoring the textures and flavors, can help people make it through the morning, afternoon or evening without overeating.
Bissinger’s has collaborated with Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA, president-elect for the American Dietetic Association, to handpick healthful fruits and nuts for both Spa Chocolate assortments. The ingredients in Spa Chocolate could potentially reduce the risk of cancer, slow the aging process and contribute to overall improvement in cardiovascular health. The dark chocolate used in Spa Chocolate is good source of antioxidants, which neutralize oxygen free radicals produced by the body’s metabolism. These free radicals can damage or destroy healthy cells, thus making a food’s antioxidant power very important.
A key Spa Chocolate ingredient is Bissinger’s traditional dark chocolate. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently tested Bissinger’s dark chocolate to determine its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating. The ORAC scale gauges a food’s antioxidant level, which in general terms is the ability to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Bissinger’s learned its dark chocolate has an ORAC-per-gram 167, that’s more than 35 points higher than most dark chocolates on the market! This ORAC level is six-times higher than blueberries, a known fruit high in antioxidants with an ORAC per-gram level of 24. In addition to its traditional dark chocolate, Bissinger’s 60 “B” dark chocolate in Spa Chocolate Week 2 has an ORAC per-gram of 261 and ups the ante in Week 3 as Bissinger’s 75 with a ORAC value of 347!
ONE WEEK AT A TIME:
Each piece of Spa Chocolate is designed to limit calories and is made with healthful ingredients. Spa Chocolate Week 1 has an average calorie content for each piece of just 58 calories and only 7 net carbs. Here’s a week-by-week and day-by-day look at Spa Chocolate:
WEEK 1: MONDAY: Blueberry Cup – This all-natural dark chocolate indulgence is filled with whole blueberries. With the flavonoids in the dark chocolate and the antioxidant properties in blueberries, the Blueberry Cup is a perfect combination to help aid in the prevention of heart disease and may enhance short-term memory. TUESDAY: Naturals Black Sesame Crunch – A delectable center composed of black sesame seeds serves as the core for this treat, which is surrounded by Bissinger’s famous dark chocolate. Black sesame seeds are rich in Vitamin E, a known antioxidant. WEDNESDAY: Almond Acorn – Encased in dark chocolate, this treat includes a tasty almond surprise. Almonds have been known to be high in fiber content and may aid in reducing the risk of heart disease. THURSDAY: Blackberry Ganachè Truffle – A delicious and creamy blackberry center enveloped with Bissinger’s dark chocolate. Blackberries are a great resource of Vitamin C, folate and antioxidants. FRIDAY: Bissinger’s “B” 60 Dark Chocolate – Simplicity at its best – this signature “B” is a solid dark chocolate disc with a 60% cocoa mass and an ORAC per-gram value of 261. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
SATURDAY: Molasses Chip – This piece is a crisp molasses middle surrounded by Bissinger’s dark chocolate. Along with the antioxidant rich dark chocolate, the black strap molasses is a natural source of minerals. SUNDAY: Chocolate-Dipped Apricot – A slice of heaven, this chocolate-dipped apricot offers a healthy dose of beta-carotene, which may help slow the aging process, reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and reduce the complications of diabetes.
Spa Chocolate Week 2 has an average calorie count of 51 and 4 net carbs.
MONDAY: Cranberry Pecan Cup – This delicious cup combines both sweet and tart in one delicious bite! With the antioxidant benefits provided from the rich dark chocolate combined with cranberries’ reported ability to cleanse the body of harmful pathogens, the Cranberry Pecan Cup runneth over with health benefits! TUESDAY: Naturals Sunflower Crunch – Each piece of Bissinger’s Naturals Sunflower Crunch consists of a crunchy sunflower seed core enveloped by Bissinger’s delicious dark chocolate! Did you know that sunflower seeds, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, are almost 90% heart healthy unsaturated fats? This treat is becoming the latest trend in on-the-go, good for you snack food! WEDNESDAY: Soy Nut Butter Truffle – Imagine a smooth, creamy center enclosed in even richer chocolate and you have Bissinger’s Soy Nut Butter Truffle. The soy center contains omega-3 fatty acids that researchers believe are great for the heart. THURSDAY: Green Tea Ganachè Truffle – Bissinger’s collection of truffles just became even more interesting with the addition of the Green Tea Ganachè Truffle which contains a hint of lemongrass for a great flavor. Scientists believe that green tea promotes cardiovascular health and aids in bone density among countless other possible health benefits. FRIDAY: Bissinger’s “B” 60 Dark Chocolate – A treat so nice that Bissinger’s included it twice! Present in both Spa Chocolate varieties, the heart-healthful Bissinger’s “B” 60 Dark Chocolate provides high levels of antioxidants, with an ORAC per-gram of 261, with a great chocolaty taste!
SATURDAY: Naturals Walnut Crunch – You can finally knock out bad cholesterol by eating something you will love: Bissinger’s Naturals Walnut Crunch. Walnuts host a powerhouse of nutritional benefits including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and have been proven to significantly lower total cholesterol. SUNDAY: Key Lime Meringue – Boasting a dark chocolate that contains six times the antioxidants of blueberries, Bissinger’s has combined its celebrated chocolate with Vitamin Crich key lime meringue to create a light, tasty treat that is a perfect way to end your week! WEEK 3: Spa Chocolate Week 3 has an average calorie count of 57 and 4 net carbs. MONDAY: Pear Cinnamon Truffle – Start your week off right with this delightful combination of pears and cinnamon drenched in dark chocolate. Pears can be a good natural source of potassium, necessary to metabolism and nerve impulse transmission. TUESDAY: Naturals Almond Crunch – You’d never guess from the taste of it that this delightful mix of crunchy roasted almonds and melt-in-your-mouth Bissinger’s chocolate is good for you, too. Science suggests that almonds may help reduce the risk of heart disease. WEDNESDAY: Raspberry French Truffle – Indulge in the pleasures of chocolate the way the French do with this decadent-tasting delicacy of creamy raspberry surrounded by dark chocolate. Raspberries may be one of nature’s most beneficial fruits, full of vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron and loads of fiber. They also possess an excellent ORAC value. THURSDAY: Pomegranate Passion Fruit Acai Truffle – A blending of exotic tastes -- passion fruit and pomegranate together covered in rich dark chocolate. Pomegranate can help prevent oxidation of LDL, bad cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. But taking it one step further, Bissinger’s adds the high-intensity antioxidant power of Acai berries which are rich in B vitamins, fiber, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. FRIDAY: Bissinger’s 75 Intensely Dark Chocolate – You’ll thank God it’s Friday as soon as you bite into this velvety-smooth, rich dark chocolate loaded with antioxidants. Dark chocolate has been shown to contain antioxidants that can help to discourage aging and aid in preventing several diseases. Ours has an ORAC value of 347.
SATURDAY: Naturals Pumpkin Seed Crunch – Do your childhood memories of eating roasted pumpkin seeds one better with this memory-evoking mix covered in Bissinger’s antioxidant full-dark chocolate. Seeds of change: pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, which can lower blood cholesterol levels, and are packed with the nutrients you need to maintain good health.
SUNDAY: Chocolate-Dipped Ginger – The combination of the tangy, spiciness of ginger combined with the rich, sweetness of Bissinger’s chocolate will not only delight your taste buds, but it’s healthy, as well. Ginger is known throughout the East for its ability to calm while providing energy. Coupled with Bissinger’s antioxidant rich dark chocolate, this is a new world favorite.
PRICING/ WHERE TO BUY: Spa Chocolate retails for $14.95 per box and is available at upscale spas, select Whole Foods Markets, Bissinger’s retail locations, online at www.bissingers.com and through the national catalog at 800.325.8881. ABOUT BISSINGER’S:
Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier has been handcrafting fine confections for more than 350 years. The Bissinger family began creating their fine delicacies in 17th-century Paris, and at that time European nobility, heads of state including Ludwig of Bavaria and the Rothschilds were all loyal Bissinger’s enthusiasts. Bissinger's confections were once enjoyed by King Louis XIV and were served as a gift by Napoleon Bonaparte to his beloved Josephine upon his return from battle. In fact, Karl Frederic Bissinger, the company's namesake, was named the Confiseur Imperial, or "Candy Maker of the Empire," for excellence in the confectionery arts by Emperor Louis Napoleon.
Karl Bissinger left France in 1845, bringing his loyal master candy maker and all of the Bissinger family candy making secrets to the United States near Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1927, his son, also named Karl, opened the Bissinger’s candy making kitchens and first Bissinger’s shop in Saint Louis on McPherson Avenue. That historic store, just blocks from the new Bissinger’s: A Chocolate Experience, will close this summer, but a replica will be re-built in the popular City Museum, for chocolate lovers of all ages to enjoy for years to come.
Bissinger’s handcrafted confections can be purchased at its four retail locations (three in St. Louis, MO and one in Edina, MN), through national catalogs, by calling 800.325.8881, or visiting us online at www.bissingers.com. A handful of Bissinger’s products can be found locally at Straub’s Fine Grocers, across the country at select Whole Food Markets as well as upscale spas and resorts. Bissinger’s headquarters is located at 3983 Gratiot Street in St. Louis, Missouri. ###