Scientists Created Chocolate That Could Reduce Wrinkles And Improve Skin

You already knew chowing down on a chocolate bar was a fix for a stressful day, but an English laboratory alleges it might also benefit your body.

Biotech company Lycotec's newest project is the chocolate bar Esthechoc.

It's so packed with antioxidants, its developers actually believe it can improve skin, according to Daily Mail.

The sweet treat, called the "world's first beauty chocolate," is set to debut next month at London's Global Food Technology & Innovation Summit.

Dr. Ivan Petyaev, Esthechoc's creator and former Cambridge University researcher, told The Telegraph clinical trial participants saw significant benefits from a daily dose of chocolate.

He said,

We're using the same antioxidant that keeps goldfish gold and flamingos pink. In clinical trials we saw that inflammation in the skin starting to go down and the tissues began to benefit. We used people in their 50s and 60s and in terms of skin biomarkers we found it had brought skin back to the levels of a 20- or 30-year-old.

Each tiny bar weighs in at only 7.5 grams, and reportedly contains around the same amount of the antioxidant flavanol as chocolate bars more than 10 times Esthechoc's size.

Cambridge Chocolate Technologies, the company marketing Esthechoc, also claim it contains as much astaxanthin (an anti-inflammatory) as a 10-ounce serving of salmon.

And for all its health benefits, each 72 percent-cocoa Esthechoc bar only contains a diet-friendly 38 calories.

But, here's the bad news: The chocolate, which has yet to hit stores, has an undisclosed price tag.

Lycotec will look to sell the product through luxury retailers, targeting successful 30-something women who like to treat themselves while keeping a trim waist.

Lycotec hopes the Fountain of Youth is actually filled with chocolate.

The jury's out on Esthechoc until its release in March.