Getting kids to take their medicine–and grown-ups too, for that matter–is tough this time of year. With winter colds and flu going around, so do remedies for getting rid of nasty coughs.

British researchers say if you’ve got a persistent cough, try reaching for chocolate.  Can you say “Best. News. EVER?”

They studied more than 160 patients, randomly prescribing either codeine cough syrup or a chocolate-based medicine called ROCOCO.  What they found is a significant improvement of symptoms in two days in patients taking the chocolately medicine, compared to cough syrup.  They think it’s because chocolate is stickier, forming a protective coating on the throat.

So, now those researchers are recommending sucking on a piece of chocolate if you’ve got a nagging cough! Now THAT’S good news!