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Candice Puthawala Serves Up Chocolate That Works Like a Superfood

Kelly Phillips Badal | May 1, 2019 | Food & Drink

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After nearly two decades in the high-stress fashion world brought ’s body to the brink of breakdown—including a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) during fashion week—chocolate became her unexpected savior. Specifically, high-quality cacao sans sugar, paired with natural ingredients and superfoods. It’s a recipe she came up with while earning her plant-based chef certification at PlantLab. Last year, Puthawala debuted Beauty Bar Chocolate ($12), a treat with 83 percent organic raw cacao sweetened by monkfruit and packed with adaptogens and pearl collagen. The Willy Wonka-esque wellness blend is meant to relieve stress and fatigue, help balance hormones and make skin glow—yes, all in one fudgy square! Now the brand’s second bar has launched, with a key addition: 100 mg of CBD ($18). “CBD works like an adaptogen, calming the mind and reducing stress,” says Puthawala. It’s been part of her own wellness journey, along with following a candida diet and meditating. And amazingly, Puthawala’s MS symptoms have disappeared. “Eating chocolate, running this business, trying to find peace—it really has healed me,” she muses. Now that’s sweet.



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Photography by: Jaida Bentley