A tribute to the bounty and beauty of nature, this chocolate bark is studded with nuts, seeds, and berries and flavored with the warmth of ginger and cinnamon. Adding sweet paprika and chili also gives an interesting kick to a winter favorite. Cut back on the red pepper flakes if you prefer a less spicy version. Chocolate contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid, that helps our brain produce serotonin. Eating chocolate is a delicious way to get a mood boost, which can help lift our spirits when sunlight levels are low.
Food of the gods
In the taxonomy of plants, the cacao plant, from which chocolate is derived, is called Theobroma cacao. Theobroma comes from the Greek “food of the gods.” Cacao comes from the Mayan word for the plant.