I was lucky enough to make chocolate and get a tour of one of Boulder’s local brands earlier this month – Good Day Chocolate! Started by a double board certified doctor and surgeon, Good Day Chocolates are fair trade high quality chocolates with all natural, non-gmo nutracueticals (like turmeric, vitamin D3, probiotics, or sleepy-time melatonin) – making for some good chocolate with benefits! With chocolate this good, it’s hard to just eat one!
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Boulder is a thriving hub for natural foods brands. It’s inspiring to have all this entrepreneurial spirit bubbling in my own backyard! Earlier this month, a few of the local bloggers and I got the chance to visit one of Boulder’s own – Good Day Chocolate. We learned about the company’s story, their mission, and even learned to make chocolate!
Good Day Chocolates was started by a double board certified medical doctor and surgeon, Andy, and his long time friend Simeon in 2012. Andy initially started making lollipops for his medical practice but soon recognized a need for responsibly dosed vitamins and dietary supplements. I think vitamins are so much better in chocolate anyways! Fast forward to today and the company has 6 different “benefits”, some genius packaging (seriously, how this packaging clicks closed never ceases to amaze me), and a whole lot of chocolate!
Making the newest “flavor” of Good Day Chocolate
My favorite part of the tour was making Good Day Chocolate’s newest “flavor” of chocolate – probiotic! This chocolate combines rich fair trade dark chocolate (um, yum!) with 1 billion CFU’s (colony forming unit) of Bacillus Coagulans, a form of probiotic which is proven to improve gut bacteria. Each piece is the equivalent of the probiotics in half a kombucha! I don’t know how I can limit myself to one piece…
We started our chocolate making adventure by melting fair trade dark chocolate in a double boiler. A double boiler is a pan or bowl containing the chocolate that sits over, but not touching, another pan containing boiling water. This method allows the chocolate to melt over gentle heat. Gentle heat is the best way to melt chocolate and sugar crystals to ensure a smooth and rich chocolate experience. Using too high heat will cause your chocolate will seize up and become grainy – so this method is important. Doesn’t it look dreamy?
Mixing the chocolate and probiotic was the easy part. Andy poured us all bowlfuls of chocolate and provided us with dry probiotic powder. Whip it up like my friend Alicia from Eat Your Way Clean and you’ve got some tasty probiotic chocolate on your hands. Literally.
What do you do when you have a bowl full of delicious probiotic chocolate and fruits handy? Naturally, we make chocolate covered probiotic strawberries.
# Food Coma.
I loved getting to know the team at Good Day Chocolate and tasting the candy coated treats myself. I’ve been really loving the energy and sleep “flavors” recently (ha, go figure!) In addition to making really great chocolate, Good Day Chocolate is doing it’s part to make the world a better place. The sleep chocolate is currently a part of a scientific study to aid kids with migraines and the energy chocolates are a potential aid for people with ADHD. In addition, Good Day Chocolate donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each box to Smile Train, an international charity determined to helping kids with cleft lips and palates which can cause difficulty eating, breathing, hearing and speaking. Truly, good Day Chocolate is doing it’s part to make sure everyone can have a Good Day! Currently, the best place to find Good Day Chocolates is on their website – www.gooddaychocolate.com). I hope you’ll enjoy these chocolates with benefits as much as I did!