The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

<p>At Max Brenner, we understand that chocolate = happiness. And while the emotional benefits that come with chocolate indulgence are undeniable— sheer bliss, eyes rolling back in your head, uncontrollable utterances of “yum” and “oh my goodness”— chocolate also has an array of health benefits.</p> <p><span id="more-1863"></span></p> <p><strong>Chocolate is packed with antioxidants<br /> </strong>Flavenoids, a disease fighting antioxidant, is a major element in dark chocolate. These antioxidants have high anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. Also found in fruits, vegetables, and red wine, flavanoids are known for their many health benefits, including increased blood circulation according to a recent <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/" target="_blank">study</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/20152605_BYO-Chocolate-Cake_Max-Brenner-2.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1510" src="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/20152605_BYO-Chocolate-Cake_Max-Brenner-2-1024x682.jpg" alt="20152605_BYO Chocolate Cake_Max Brenner-2" width="604" height="402" /></a></p> <p><strong>Chocolate may reduce pain<br /> </strong>A <a href="http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2009/20091014-pain.html" target="_blank">recent study</a> by the University of Chicago Medicine found that rats respond less to a hot stimulus while they are eating chocolate than they do in the absence of chocolate. This might help explain why nothing else in the world matters when you’re in the midst of eating a bonbon.</p> <p><strong>Chocolate helps your brain stay active and healthy</strong><br /> Scientists at Harvard Medical School <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264551.php" target="_blank">found</a> that drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate a day may prevent memory decline, and preserve blood flow to working areas in the brains of older people.</p> <p><a href="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/20152605_Licorice-Milk_Max-Brenner.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-1654" src="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/20152605_Licorice-Milk_Max-Brenner-1024x682.jpg" alt="20152605_Licorice Milk_Max Brenner" width="604" height="402" /></a></p> <p><strong>Dark chocolate can help you lose weight<br /> </strong>If you’re trying to lose weight, a small amount of dark chocolate can help. <a href="http://livehealthy.chron.com/effects-dark-chocolate-reducing-weight-5330.html" target="_blank">Researchers</a> from the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate is enough to satisfy peoples sweet teeth, reducing cravings for larger amounts of sweet, salty, and fatty foods. If you’re dieting and in dire need of something sweet, a bit of dark chocolate can go a long way.</p> <p><strong>Chocolate can help reduce stress</strong><br /> Dark chocolate has been linked in many studies to reduce stress levels. <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-chocolate-stress-reducer-5506.html" target="_blank">Scientists</a> from Switzerland found that anxious people who ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced their stress hormone levels significantly.</p> <p>So yes, eating some dark chocolate to cope with your problems IS scientifically recommended.</p> <p><strong>Chocolate helps protect your skin from the sun<br /> </strong>Because of dark chocolate’s high flavanal content, it  has been shown to protect people’s skin from burning in the sun. A <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/">study</a> found that after 3 months of eating chocolate high in flavanols, subjects’ skin were more resistant to sunburning.</p> <p>So the next time you’re planning  a trip to the Caribbean, make sure to prime your body with extra dark chocolate!</p> <p>See Mom, chocolate <em>is </em>good for you!</p> <p><a href="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/climate-change.gif"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-376" src="http://maxbrenner.com/wp-blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/climate-change.gif" alt="climate change" width="243" height="185" /></a></p>

Amazon to the Max!

<p>Chocoholics rejoice! You’ve asked and we’ve listened! We’re so excited to announce the launch of our new Amazon shop. No matter where you are in the U.S., we have your chocolate fix covered. With just a few clicks, you can now shop for all of your favorite Max Brenner Chocolate – anytime, anywhere.</p> Read more >

A Spring Fling You Won’t Regret

<p>You can feel it in the air – the birds are beginning to chirp and daylight is lasting a little bit longer. The inviting warmth of springtime is upon us! And what better way to celebrate this gentle, laid back season than with our NEW spring menu! From the tantalizing Nacho Skillet to a fun and delectable Doughnut Party – these are dishes (and experiences) you’ll fall for fast!</p> Read more >

Cold Weather, Warm Bellies

<p>Oh, winter. We’re all wishing for a swift end to these bitter cold months. Sure, the occasional snow dusting may be a pretty sight &#8211; but frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions are absolutely chilling. Enter: Comfort food. Cozying up and catching up with our loved ones over warm, hearty dishes is the perfect way to cope with the worst winter weather. </p> Read more >

Your New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Dark Chocolate!

<p>For the New Year, we have a sweet resolution for all of you chocoholics: eat more dark chocolate, anytime of the day, whenever you need it. Don’t skip chocolate as part of your new diet, but instead make it a part of your new diet.  Sounds easy enough, right?</p> Read more >

Max Brenner’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

<p>While the first 20 years at Max Brenner have been chocotastic we are so excited to be entering the next decade and celebrating our “platinum” anniversary. So how exactly did Max Brenner celebrate such a huge anniversary? </p> Read more >

Max Brenner Invites You to Share YOUR Chocolate Love Stories!

<p>As Max Brenner approaches our 20th Anniversary, we are taking a step back to reflect on all the chocolate magic that has transpired in our shops &amp; restaurants around the world. From our first retail location in 1996, to our first Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in 2000, to our recent celebration of World Chocolate Day 2016, our mission to share our chocolate love story has always been the guiding light.</p> Read more >

Handmade Charity: Max Brenner Shares More Than Just the Love of Chocolate

<p>Recently, to give back to our community, we hosted Handmade Charity’s first NYC event at Union Sq. Children got a chocolate pizza tutorial from our Food and Beverage director, Jay Son, as well as a candle making class.  They had an amazing and moving time, and were able to share the joy of life (and chocolate).</p> Read more >

World Chocolate Day 2016: #EatYourSelfie at Max Brenner Union Square

<p>Although every day is chocolate day at Max Brenner, this year on July 7th for World Chocolate Day we wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for all the chocolate love that we receive every day. To celebrate with a twist, we commissions artist Taylor Martin to create the first ever Max Brenner edible #EatYourSelfie chocolate portraits!</p> Read more >

Max Brenner&#8217;s Limited Time Menu

<p>Max Brenner’s Limited Time Menu<br /> Did someone say… summer? Yes, the warm weather is here and we’ve put together a special limited time menu for all our beautiful Max-o-holics. Come in and try our new seductive seasonal plates in our NYC, Boston and Philadelphia restaurant before it’s too late!</p> Read more >

How To Make Homemade Mac &#038; Cheese Tips + Recipe

<p>It’s no secret we’re known for our chocolate. But all Max Brenner aficionados know that our rich and mouthwatering savory dishes also bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard. Our Really-Cheesy Mac &amp; Cheese is definitely one of these meals.</p> Read more >