Friday, April 26, 2013

Treat Yourself: BeeAlive Chocolate Honey Mints

Growing up, I loved all things mint chocolate. Favorite ice cream? Mint chocolate chip. Favorite candy? York Peppermint Patties. My mom even used to sneak a little peppermint in my hot chocolate at Christmastime.

Truth be told, I still love all things chocolate and mint. But now that I'm older and wiser (that's my story and I'm sticking to it), I realize that I should not be consuming my favorite childhood treats every day. I'm a firm proponent of everything in moderation, but try to stick to a diet of whole foods as close to their natural state as possible.

That's why when we introduced Chocolate Honey Mints at BeeAlive, I could not wait to get my hands (and tastebuds) on them. At BeeAlive, we only use natural ingredients in our products -- and the Chocolate Honey Mints are no exception!

These unbelievably scrumptious candies go back to the bare basics. With only three ingredients -- honey, dark chocolate and peppermint oil -- there is absolutely no room for any artificial fillers,  preservatives or refined sugar -- only pure, all-natural ingredients. It’s that simple and they are that good! With that assurance, you can feel free to indulge guilt-free. More healthy awesomeness? Chocolate Honey Mints contain less than 37 calories a piece and are dairy- and gluten-free!

Chocolate + Honey + Mint = The Perfect Combination

You, too, probably love the classic combination of mint and chocolate. Like me, you probably love honey. But... all three together? Believe me when I tell you we have found the most delicious way to combine these ingredients to give you a decadent, rich, HEALTHY treat.

The solid honey crème center adds just a little sweetness to find harmony with its unsweetened pure dark chocolate coating, while not interfering with the peppermint flavor. Each piece is soft and melts in your mouth, and is rich enough to satisfy your sweet tooth with just one or two! Chocolate Honey Mints make a delicious after-dinner mint or sweet treat any time!

Heavenly... AND Healthy

Did you know that each ingredient in BeeAlive Chocolate Honey Mints is a superfood? They each have health benefits that allow you to do your body some good while doing the same for your tastebuds!

Dark Chocolate:
We know you've heard the great news: Dark chocolate is good for you! -- well, in moderation, of course :) Dark chocolate's reputation is on the rise as scientists study cacao's nutritional components. Studies have found that not only does delicious dark chocolate contain powerful antioxidants, beneficial chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, and healthy fats; it appears to reduce the risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. As if those benefits aren't enough, it also produces happier children... which can reduce your stress!

Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint is one of the world's oldest herbal remedies, with archaeological evidence dating its use back at least ten thousand years to ancient Egypt. The botanical name of peppermint is mentha piperita. Not to be confused with peppermint extract, peppermint oil is derived by steam distillation from the peppermint plant, which grows in North America and Europe. It contains menthol, the element responsible for its heady fresh, minty scent and notable cooling sensation when touched or tasted. Peppermint is believed to have excellent antimicrobial, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. Peppermint oil has been used to help various health conditions, such as indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea and irritable bowel syndrome. As you can see, when part of a healthy diet, peppermint oil can be very beneficial.

At BeeAlive, we are experts on bees and trust confidently in the power of bee products. We've posted about honey as the healthiest sweetener and how to know if your honey is really honey, but honey is known for a plethora of other benefits. For example, it is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium and iron. Honey is also believed to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as contain many potent antioxidants.

So, there you have it -- the heavenly AND healthy characteristics of BeeAlive's Chocolate Honey Mints! Now that spring has sprung, the season of gift-giving is here. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, with graduations, weddings and other special occasions following close behind. BeeAlive Chocolate Honey Mints as part of our Sweet Spring Collections make the perfect gift for a loved one... or to "treat yourself!"


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