Start-up business Beyond Dark has revealed its first product a dark chocolate it claims contains up to three times more antioxidants than rival brands.

The new Drops of Pure Pleasure chocolate, rolling into specialist retailers now, is made with 70% cocoa (rsp: 95p/35g pack of chocolate droplets).

"A high proportion of the natural antioxidants in dark chocolate are usually destroyed during the production process, but this is not the case with our product, thanks to a special ­production process," said director Kevin Nester.

Further products were in the pipeline, he said.