We know that dark chocolate yields great health benefits. To reap the most rewards, try one (or all!) of these three chocolate bars, selected by Women's Health magazine for their high-cacao (the stuff containing life-affirming anti-oxidants) content:
* La Maison du Chocolat Cuana. $11 for a 4.16 oz. bar, but heavenly!
* Godiva Demitasse. $39 for a sweet 16 oz. package.
* Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate. $2.50 for a 3.5 oz. morsel of one very dark recipe.
* Scharffen Berger Extra Dark. $7 for a box of 12 squares. Share this with a glass of red vino and someone you love.
For an alternative to the chocolate bar, those watching their diet could give the new Right Direction Chocolate Chip Cookies a try. They're high in soluble fiber and plant sterols, both shown to reduce bad LDL cholesterol.
Also, FYI, if you're dazed and chocolate-crazed and only have access to a convenience store, take note that one (repeat: one) Hostess chocolate cupcake has only 180 calories and 6 grams of fat. But heed my warning: there's little, if any, natural ingredients in those things, and ingesting one is the equivalent of consuming, I dunno, motor oil. So know the risks before you gobble the reward.