If someone offers you mushrooms at a party, you might assume the night is about to take a weird turn.
But shrooms are multifaceted, and brands have been tapping them for more PG purposes. Namely, they’re taking over a sweet new sector: chocolate.
Functional mushrooms are thought to offer an array of health benefits — from boosting your immune system to helping you focus — sans magic.
And they’re being mixed and melted into confections by a crop of tasty businesses:
- Fungirl’s chocolate bar is spiked with lion’s mane mushrooms, promising mental clarity and decreased anxiety.
- Wellness brand Alice sells tinned mushroom chocolates for specific needs, from deep sleep to better focus.
- Vehicle Mushrooms makes coffee and chocolate bars from red reishi, chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane mushrooms.
And it’s not only fungus-focused companies: Traditional chocolate brands are introducing mushroom options to their product lineups as well, per The New York Times.
This idea isn’t new…
… In fact, it’s ancient. Mushrooms have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to treat ailments, and the practice of mixing cacao and mushrooms can be traced back to Mesoamerican cultures.
The silver, fungus-covered lining? Mushrooms might offer us much more than a good night’s sleep: They could also be an answer to our food sustainability woes.
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