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A national lock-down together with winter descending may have seen some of us reaching for comfort food more often than we should be.  And to be fair, it’s understandable that we have felt the need for some extra sweetness to get us through these rather bitter times.

Something else has happened during lock-down – Gayleen’s Decadence, the artisanal, gourmet chocolate that packs a powerful but delicious health-boosting punch, has re-branded as GD Chocolate and received a stylish new look, with all the good stuff that Gayleen’s many fans love – dairy, preservative, refined sugar and HFCS free, and sweetened only with raw honey.  Furthermore, GD Chocolate recently launched their chocolate Buttercups. Retailing at R20, the Buttercups are a treat-sized favourite that allow you to get your chocolate fix without the temptation to over-indulge. 

GD Chocolate Buttercups are made with 71% dark chocolate and about 80% raw ingredients, providing all the superfood benefits of cacao.  The buttercups are available in five deliciously indulgent soft-centre fillings to choose from – Mint, Mocha-Coffee, Turkish Rose, and newcomers to the range, Almond Butter and Vanilla.

GD Chocolate Buttercups provide the perfect pick-me-up before exercising, and are a great substitute for coffee when the dreaded mid-afternoon office slump kicks in.  And if you’re inclined to share them, they make a healthy yet delicious addition to school lunchboxes or as after-dinner dessert nibbles with friends.

GD Chocolate and Gayleen’s journey started more than 10 years ago, when she adopted a healthier lifestyle but was loath to give up her favoured sweet treat.  She started experimenting with chocolate and soft fillings, and became the first chocolatier in the world to replace sugar or sweeteners with raw honey.

She says, “I was told by other chocolatiers that it wasn’t possible to make chocolate sweetened with honey, and eventually had to have my chocolate analysed to prove that I wasn’t lying!  Not only did honey work, but what started out as a stall at a local market is now a national business, with GD Chocolate now sold at Wellness Warehouse, health shops, pharmacies, deli’s, on-line retailers and selected Spar stores around the country – all thanks to my loyal customers!”

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