Categories: candy

20 Feb 2011, Comments (2)

EnjoyLife boom CHOCO boom bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Chocolate! Nothing is better than chocolate. Ok maybe peanut butter, but there’s room for debate on that one. ANYWAY, EnjoyLife sent me some boom CHOCO boom bars to try for free. I already reviewed the Rice Milk with Crispy Rice variety here, and thought it was pretty good. Today’s review is on the Dairy-Free Rice Milk Bar and the Dark Chocolate Bar.

Both these bars are free of nuts, soy, dairy, gluten, wheat, fish, shellfish,  and eggs as stated on the wrapper. They are also both vegan.

I tried the dark chocolate one first, although hesistantly. As you probably know, I’m not a huge dark chocolate fan. I love the health benefits, but not a fan of the bitterness (Why can’t milk or white chocolate be as healthy as dark chocolate!!!??) I DID like how cute the squares were. Here’s a picture

So, I took a bite of the square, which was rather thick and had a nice bite to it, and was pleasantly surprised. Not as bitter as I thought it would be! It was creamy, actually kind of sweet, and there was a vanilla aftertaste as well. Pretty good! 3 1/2 stars

Next up, the Dairy-Free Rice Milk bar. At first this one was smooth and sweet, but as I continued to eat it, I noticed it had some kind of an aftertaste. Hmm. Have you ever had sugar free chocolate? I have, and I always noticed it had some sort of an aftertaste which was similar to what this bar had. Also what I found odd was that I could almost taste milk in this bar, despite the fact that it was dairy-free. Bizarre. It was OK, but not my favorite. 3 stars

Well, look at that! I actually liked the Dark Chocolate one more than the Dairy-Free Rice Milk bar! Go figure 😉

Dark Chocolate boom CHOCO boom bar– 1 package is 200 calories, 15 grams of fat ( 9 saturated) 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Dairy-Free Rice Milk boom CHOCO boom bar– 1 package is 230 calories, 17 grams of fat (11 saturated), 21 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

If you could invent your own chocolate bar, what would it have in it? I would have a peanut butter filled milk chocolate bar with bits of banana in it. MMM!

as you can see... I helped myself to about half the bar =)

What’s Valentine’s Day without some CHOCOLATE?

Reviewing one of my favorite types of chocolate today… white chocolate! I’m also a fan of milk chocolate, but whenever I see white chocolate, it feels special, and it’s just so yummy!

I bought this bar the other day at Whole Foods, I believe it was on sale for 2 for $5.00, so I thought why not? I opened the bar to find that the squares were rather small, and had a nice, sweet vanilla aroma. It sort of reminded me of Easter time, when there’s a lot of chocolate bunnies and other treats around the house.

So I broke off a few squares and indulged. Mmm. Now this is really good white chocolate!! Super smooth and buttery in consistency, sweet without being sugary tasting, and a great vanilla flavor. I liked that the flavor was light enough so it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, but rich enough to make a few squares all I needed to  be satisfied. Delicious! 4 1/2 stars.

12 pieces (40 g) is 230 calories, 15 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams o fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

15 Dec 2010, Comments (1)

Divine White Chocolate with Strawberries

Author: Healthnuttxo

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So, I went to Whole Foods the other day [shocking, I know.. =) ] and they were handing out free samples of chocolates. Why not? I thought. How could I turn down a piece of natural chocolate? I opted for the White Chocolate with Strawberries, as it seemed interesting. I ate a small piece, and really liked it, so I bought a bar, and took it home( I also REALLY liked the wrapper- how pretty !!)

In fact, the entire ride home I couldn’t wait to eat it. I ate it so fast when the samples were given out, I felt as if I didn’t really get to enjoy it. No worries- I mean I DID have an entire bar waiting for me…

I opened it up, and noticed little squares of chocolate making up a rather large bar. Pale white/beige in color, but as I broke off a square there were a bunch of pinkish-red spots within the chocolate- alas! The strawberries!

I broke off a piece and ate it. Mmmmmm. Honestly, even if you don’t like white chocolate, I think you’ll like this. Why? Because- it doesn’t even taste like white chocolate- it tastes like STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM! Immediately when I tried it I thought of strawberry icecream, with vanilla undertones. Creamy and sweet, with just the slightest bit of texture from the peices of strawberries. Just absolutely delicious.

This is getting 5 stars from me. Hands down the best white chocolate I have ever had. It’s not the healthiest thing to eat given the high calorie and fat content, but it’s a ver indulgent and very delicious chocolate. I’ll take this for my Holiday treat!

10 blocks (42 grams) is 220 calories, 12 grams of fat (8 saturated), 25 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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Introducing, one of the most allergy friendly bars I have probably ever eaten. Enjoy Life sent me some of their boom CHOCO boom bars to try for free, one being the dairy-free rice milk with crispy rice bar. This bar is soy free, dairy free, nut free, gluten free, and according to the back of the wrapper, “they contain NO: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish. Also made without casein, potato, sesame, and sulfites”. How’s THAT for a chocolate bar?

So of course, I was a bit iffy to try it. I mean, milk chocolate is usually what I eat and like, and this bar had NO dairy? Hmm..

So, I opened up the wrapper and saw 4 rather large squares of chocolate. I took the plunge and took a bite and…

mmmmmm. 🙂

Sweet, creamy, delicious. This has no dairy? I would have never known! A great chocolate flavor, a great milk chocolate flavor (minus the milk of course), and really good. There weren’t a ton of crispies in it, which I actually liked because I feel as if sometimes the add-ins take away from the actual chocolate. But the crispies themselves tasted like white rice crispies, and left a little bit of an aftertaste.

Overall, 4 stars. Delicious! I think that anyone might like this bar, and it’s great that it caters to people with special dietary needs. It is a bit high in saturated fat (10 grams per package), and sugar (16 grams per package), but then again, it is candy, and probably not meant to be eaten every day.

1 package  is 220 calories, 15 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

What’s your favorite type of chocolate bar? Please leave me a comment below! 🙂

Evaporated Cane Juice, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter, Natural Chocolate Liquor (non-alcoholic), Rice Chips (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), Rice Milk Powder (rice syrup powder, rice starch, rice flour, salt, carrageenan), Salt.

24 Nov 2010, Comments (0)

P.O.P. Candy

Author: Healthnuttxo


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Mmmm. Candy.
While I can’t say that I hate candy (that would be lying), I CAN say that I don’t appreciate it when there are trans fats, artificial flavors, preservatives or other additives and fillers in candy. I think it takes the “sweet” part out of eating a “sweet treat”.

But, with P.O.P. Candy, their candy is all natural, and the ingredient list for the things I tried really isn’t even that long. I got to try several of the Butter Crunches, along with the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar that P.O.P. Candy sent me to try for free. While I can’t say they are necessarily healthy, I do think they are a better option than some candies that may have not-so-good for you ingredients.

Anyway….On to the taste!

I tried the following Butter Crunch samples- Almond, Rosemary Almond, P.O.P. Mix, Pistachio and Pecan. Each of the crunches had generally the same sweet base/flavor, with variety with the add-ins, such as the nuts. They were crunchy, but not so hard like it was hard to bite on. They were sweet, buttery, and smooth, and left a very rich feel in the mouth. The Almond variety had a nice toasted almond flavor, that also added a little bit of crunch. The P.O.P. Mix was one of my favorites, sweet salty, with also a slight burnt nut flavor, but tasty! The Pistachio tasted slightly sweeter than the rest, and the Pecan variety had buttery and crunchy nuts. Of the 5 samples I was sent, I didn’t like the Rosemary Almond flavor- it had a little bit of too strong of a rosemary flavor for my preferences.

Then I tried the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar. All I could say was deeeeeee-licious! It wasn’t a very typical granola bar, as I coulnd’t really break it easily with my hands or pull it apart. It had the sweet buttery crunch, with crunchy nuts and then chewy pieces of fruit. What I didn’t detect, really, was any granola or any chai tea flavor (?). I was confused, but I still really enjoyed it. The raisins were plump, juicy and sweet, and the nuts added the saltiness and a nice crunch.

Overall, the butter crunches as a whole I would give 4 stars, but the Rosemary Almond flavor would get 2 stars. The Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar would also get 4. The reason the butter crunches and the granola bar do not get 5 stars is, obviously, they are candy so they are not the most nutritious things one could be eating. But, I think it’s fine in moderation! 🙂

I didn’t have access to every nutritional information, but I was sent the information for the Almond Butter Crunch.

57 grams is 330 calories, 25 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Almonds, Butter (cream, salt), Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup (Organic Brown Rice, Pure Filtered Water), Salt.

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Mmmm..chocolate. Nothing quite satisfies like a good piece of melt-in-your mouth chocolate does, in my opinion. And what about when chocolate has some added benefits, such as probiotics and calcium? Hmm…

Well, Attune makes Probiotic Wellness Bars in a variety of flavors, including the Dark Chocolate variety. I read the package, which said it had “5x the live cultures in yogurt” and “was an excellent source of calcium”. I also noticed that this bar (20 grams) had 3 grams of fiber and only 80 calories. How’s that for a piece of chocolate?

I opened up the package and saw two decently sized squares of chocolate. Very dark in color, a very dark brown. When I broke a piece it had a nice snap to it, but that could have been because I put it in the refrigerator : )

I tasted a piece, and, whew! This bar is bitter! I normally like milk chocolate (and I love white chocolate as well!), but occasionally I’ll have a piece of dark chocolate. This particular dark chocolate was rather bitter at first, and then as I let it melt in my mouth, the bitterness was toned down a little, and a more creamy, slightly sweeter chocolate emerged.

Overall, 3 stars. I love that it has probiotics in it, is only 80 calories, and has both calcium and fiber, but it was a bit too bitter for me. I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter as well.

*I received this bar to try for free from Attune Foods*

28 Oct 2010, Comments (2)

Chocolite Chocolate Pecan Cluster

Author: Healthnuttxo

So far, I’d say I’m a fan of Chocolite Chocolates. Not only are they relatively low-calorie, but they are also quite tasty! My favorites have been the Caramel Cashew Protein Bar and the Peanut Butter Cup Patties.

Which are we reviewing today? Chocolite Chocolate Pecan Cluster! This package had 2 pieces in it, at 30 calories a piece. They also had six grams of fiber per piece, and 0 grams of sugar per piece.

I opened up the package and saw two chocolate covered clusters, roundish in shape with a somewhat bumpy texture. One of them I saw the caramel oozing out of the package, so I assume that one got a little smushed 😛 I liked that each cluster was a pretty decent size, maybe about a little bigger than a half-dollar in circumference, and quite thick in width as well.

I took a bite, and well, I couldn’t stop chewing! This seriously has SO much caramel! If you are a fan of caramel, I would highly reccommend these! I sort of wasn’t even expecting a ton of caramel, since it was called a “Chocolate Pecan Cluster”, although the picture does depict a good amount of caramel coming out of the cluster on the package. Other than the caramel, which actually was pretty good it was just rather chewy and had that stick-to-my-teeth feel, the chocolate part was very good. It had a smooth and sweet milk chocolate taste. I was a little disappointed on the pecan part, as although I do believe there were little bits and pieces of pecans throughout the cluster, it was lacking in pecan flavor- one of my favorite nuts!

Overall, I give this 3 stars. It was pretty good, and I liked that there were 0 grams of sugar per serving. However, I do like the flavor of caramel, but not so much the consistency. If it was a bit less chewy, perhaps I would have liked it more.

1 cluster is 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.

* I was sent this product to review for free from Chocolite/Health Smart Foods.

What’s a Golden Smacker?

Well, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure. Sure it looked tasty- anything involving milk chocolate has to be good to me! But, according to the website, “This smacker is covered in a creamy milk chocolate and is the perfect all-natural treat for those who love the combination of honey, peanut butter, oats, and milk chocolate!”

Well, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. I DO like “honey, peanut butter, oats, and milk chocolate!”

So, I opened up the package and was quite impressed- it was actually pretty big, and it reminded me of an oversized peanut butter patty. I took a bite and found that it was sweet, but not sugary sweet. It had more of a mild honey flavor. The milk chocolate on the outside was smooth, with peanut butter on the inside. There was also I believe crisp rice on the inside of the patty, which kind of took away from the peanut butter flavor. I sort of wish the crisp rice wasn’t there, and it was just milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Otherwise, a nice treat. It is a tad high in fat, 10 grams per Golden Smacker, but it does have 6 grams of protein! If I’m going to eat a treat, there might as well be some protein in it to help keep me full! I give it 3 1/2 stars overall.

1 Original Milk Chocolate Golden Smacker is 190 calories, 10 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

*Question* What’s your favorite chocolate and peanut butter combination? I like to have peanut butter on chocolate muffins 🙂


*I was provided this product from Betty Lou’s Inc. to try for free*

9 Oct 2010, Comments (0)

Chocolite Chocolate Chip Brownie Bites

Author: Healthnuttxo

Who likes brownies? Or, maybe the question should be, Who doesn’t like brownies?

🙂

Unfortunately, the majority of those sweet, lovely brownies usually have a lot of sugar and are high in fat. So, as an alternative, what about Chocolite Chocolate Chip Brownie Bites? I was sent a package of these to try from Chocolite/HealthSmartFoods, that had 3 bites in one package. The single serve package had FIVE grams of fiber, and four grams of sugar. Hmm.. Would this live up to a fresh outta-the-oven brownie?

While it wasn’t exactly like a fudgy, moist brownie, they were pretty good. Each bite was about the size in circumfrence of about a half-dollar, maybe a bit bigger. There was a sweet chocolate coating on the outside, with a slightly dry kind of crunchy inside. It was soft, chocolately, and had a slight vanilla taste. It kind of reminded me of the flavor of chocolate ice cream! I also think the name fits perfectly- Chocolate Chip Brownie- it also certainly reminded me of a cross between a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie.

Overall, 4 stars. I like that it was low in sugar, had 5 grams of fiber per 3 brownie bites, and was pretty tasty. On the downside, there are 3 grams of saturated fat for 3 brownie bites, and 5 grams of total fat. I do also wish that the inside was a bit less dry, but it was still good nonetheless.

Question- Which do you prefer, chocolate chip cookies or brownies? I would say I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie girl !

3 Chocolate Chip Brownie Bites is 90 calories, 5 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.


Figamajigs! I think this company is great- combining healthy fruit and tasty chocolate and other treats with their products.

The company sent me some of their products to try, including the Figamajigs Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Bar with Almonds. According to the wrapper, this bar is “all natural, low fat, high in fiber, high in anti-oxidants”. Sounds like my kind of a chocolatey treat!

The bar is 40 grams, and about the size of my two fingers in both length and width. It’s actually quite dense and chewy. There is a thin layer of chocolate on the outside, which I really didn’t know it was dark chocolate until I looked at the wrapper! It really wasn’t that bitter as I am used to having when I eat dark chocolate, and I was quite happy. The overall flavor is VERY fruity- you can certainly taste the fig! It has a rather piecy consistency, and sort of stuck in my teeth as I chewed it. However, I really enjoyed it! It’s sweet, chewy and quite enjoyable. The almond pieces didn’t really add or take away from the taste, and provided a very slight crunch if anything.

Overall, I give this 4 stars. I liked that it combines fruit and chocolate, and has 4 grams of fiber and 150 calories per 40 gram bar! It is, however, a tad bit high in sugar, but very tasty! =)

1 bar (40 grams) is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Figs, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor processed with potassium carbonate, cocoa butter, butter oil), Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla, Sugar, Almonds, Invert Sugar, Canola Oil, Natural Flavor, Cream of Tartar, Salt).

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