Bitter Sweet Chocolate, The Barracks, Petrie Terrace

It was Natascha Mirosch's tip that led me to Bitttersweet at The Barracks and their new range of antioxidant chocolate.

Owner Ann Atkinson told me she started stocking the chocolate for a customer who was recommended by a London doctor to try it after she had a car accident.

It's exceptionally rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of natural cocoa flavanols straight from the cocoa bean.

The list of benefits from eating Acticoa chocolate is a dream come true - as if anyone had to convince me to eat more chocolate.

But here they are -
  • protect the body against the negative effects of free radicals (brought on by stress, air pollution, etc.) and help to make you feel great and in top condition;
  • daily consumption of 17g ACTICOA™ dark chocolate (which contains 500mg of cocoa flavanols) for two weeks helps maintain healthy blood pressure;
  • helps keep your powers of concentration and memory in top condition;
  • plus (better and less expensive than botox) the increased blood flow and better hydration ensure that the skin remains soft, smooth and supple and the chances of developing wrinkles and crow’s feet are reduced. Hooray!
The Acticoa web site has a cute gadget that shows the different amount of antioxidants in different foods from cucumber to wine.

Surprisingly, since it's really good for you, the chocolate actually tastes good too. It has a rich, intense dark chocolate flavour with just a hint of bitterness. I bought the dark chocolate bits but there's also a milk chocolate variety. It cost $10 for a largish packet.

The display case at Bittersweet is filled with the most delicious chocolates all hand made by Ann herself in between sharing shop duties with her daughter. You may have come across Ann's previous shop - Ann's Truffles on Given Terrace in Paddington.

Bittersweet also has some very luscious Easter eggs made from Callebaut cooverture. The half shell eggs can be filled with selection of chocolates and come in three sizes $45, $60 and $90.

Bottom line: It's not for the financially stretched but sometimes who cares? Spend your bonus here!

Bittersweet, The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace. p 3367 3323.