Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate Company introduced a new generation of chocolate -- "functional chocolates" designed to use the natural health qualities and neurochemicals of the cocoa bean to enhance the consumer's pleasure of eating chocolate. Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate is introducing a line of functional chocolates that contain more of the natural and healthy elements of the cocoa tree.

"We are heartened by the recent scientific studies that demonstrate the functional and health related qualities of chocolate. Studies at the University of Scranton have shown chocolate to be a more effective anti-oxidant, molecule for molecule, than Vitamin C or E. Pennsylvania State University has shown that chocolate raises the 'good-cholesterol' HDL while lowering the bad cholesterol LDL. Add to these beneficial qualities selected chocolate chemicals that effect mood or behavior and you create 'functional chocolate,"' states James Walsh, President of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate. "We introduced the first of these chocolates, the 'Love Truffle' on Valentine's Day. With its Essence of Cacao® which includes extra PEA (a precursor to improved mood from increased endorphin production), Theobroma, and a boaster of botanicals like Damiana and Ginseng the Love Truffle produced a genuine lover's 'high."'

The current annual retail sales of the chocolate and confectionery market in the United States is 25 billion dollars. The National Confectioners Association predicts that the addition of the functional foods category could drive the entire food and drink market up by 17.6 billion dollars annually.

"Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate has been the leader in innovation in the chocolate industry since its inception in 1993," says Walsh "the chocolate industry has been slow to respond to the potential of the functional foods market. We are proud to be the chocolate company that heralds the future of chocolate and health. Additional products in this line will be enhanced chocolates to address PMS, Happiness, Energy, Intelligence, and Healthy Hearts."

With the successful introduction of the Love Truffles, the company has begun its national rollout to be completed by the end of the year.

Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii with plantations on the Big Island of Hawaii is the industry leader in the production of premium varietal chocolate.