Sweetly synonymous with love, indulging in delicious chocolate triggers feel–good chemicals, hence the reason chocolate is often referred to as the ‘love drug’, the ‘happiness drug’ and the ‘pleasure drug’. Whilst devouring chocolate places high on our ‘most pleasurable activities to do list in life’, most of us know that as much as we’d like to, we can’t eat chocolate all-day every day due it’s sugar content, or so we thought…
Thankfully, the Cape Town based brand of natural chocolate, GD Chocolate (formerly known as Gayleen’s Decadence), offers gourmet-quality indulgences that will leave your taste buds satisfied and your conscience clear. Unlike many confections on the market that use artificial sweeteners and preservatives, that can wreak havoc on your body, GD Chocolate’s range are made from natural ingredients, free of dairy, preservatives, refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This coupled with the fact that GD Chocolate’s are sweetened with only the finest quality of raw unadulterated honey which contains no chemicals, making them the perfect guilt-free chocolate treat. All products are UTZ certified.
GD Chocolate is thrilled to announce that they will be extending their range of delectable individually hand crafted soft-centered chocolates and decadent slabs. Whilst many of their favourite slabs remain the same in taste and flavour (7 different variants which are all numbered), the soft centered chocolates rebranded as GD Buttercups are available in 5 different variants (3 original flavours and 2 new ones which are Almond butter and Vanilla). Both the slabs and the Buttercups will be introduced in beautiful new packaging.
From natural nutrients and enzymes to antioxidants and antibacterial qualities, unadulterated pure honey, a key ingredient in GD’s range boasts a variety of health benefits:
- High level of antioxidants helps with heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Promotes both body and digestive health
- Strengthens the immune system
- Helps to eliminate allergies
- Reduced glucose levels
~ The face behind the brand ~
Whilst working for a company promoting a healthy food lifestyle, Gayleen learned a great deal about healthy living and after introducing a whole food diet – no dairy, meat or preservatives (but still enjoying a glass of wine and chocolate treat), she felt the positive effects on both her body and her life.
Being the creative that she is, Gayleen started spending every evening after work in her kitchen experimenting with raw ingredients and new treats. After much encouragement from friends and colleagues, Gayleen started selling her treats at regular weekend markets. At the time, there weren’t many ready-to-eat ‘raw’ items in the shops, so her stall became very popular. However, It wasn’t until Gayleen started to experiment with chocolate, filling them with different kinds of soft fillings like mint, ginger and orange, that GD was born!
The demand for her chocolates with their soft fillings increased to the point where the way forward would be to directly supply the chocolates to select shops. Her creative pastime now had the potential to become a full time enterprise, and after a few months, she took the final plunge and resigned to pursue her chocolate dream.
GD is available at Wellness Warehouse, selected Spars, Health shops and Pharmacies, Deli’s and online stores.
Price of slab: R53.00 (on shelf now)
Price of Buttercups: R20.00 (on shelf mid-June)
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