Chocolate News

Happy National Chocolate Day! December 28, 2020


Sweet deal! Drinking hot chocolate makes you smarter, study shows


Hot chocolate makes you a smarter and faster thinker, according to new research. In a study of 18 men, researchers at the University of Birmingham found that drinking cocoa improved participants’ ability to quickly solve a series of complex mental tests. The team chalked up the heightened sharpness — including that subjects finished tests up to 11 percent faster — to the brain-boosting compound flavanol, which is found naturally in chocolate, according to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Ferrero To Build Its First North American Chocolate Manufacturing Center In Bloomington, Illinois


Ferrero North America, part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, today announced plans to build a new chocolate manufacturing center in Bloomington, Illinois. It will be Ferrero’s first chocolate production plant in North America.

The Healthiest and Easiest Ways to Get Your Chocolate Fix


If you don’t satisfy the craving with healthy chocolate snacks, you may end up binging on chocolaty sweets that will ruin your mood and add to your waistline. While there are many health benefits attributed by the cacao bean, the added ingredients to make chocolate (processed sugar and often dairy) are unhealthy. Check out these 10 healthy snacks, here.

Chicago candy icon Fannie May celebrating 100th anniversary with new flavors, redesigned stores


A beloved Chicago chocolate and candy icon celebrates a hundred years in business this year. Fannie May has more than 50 stores in the Midwest – most of them in Illinois. As part of their anniversary, they’re re-designing stores and adding a few new flavors.