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A new line of products for me to try, UNREAL has supposedly “Unjunked” candy, and taken out the “bad” stuff like high fructose corn syrup, additives and hydrogenated oils. I got some free samples from the company asking me to try, and I happily obliged. A “healthier” spin on candy? Sure, why not? ūüôā

Today’s review is of the UNREAL Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar. I’m guessing this is a healthier take on a Snickers bar, for the similar ingredients. First I looked at the nutrition facts. It was by no means a health food, but it was slightly better than the average candy bar. The sugar content was 17 grams for the entire bar, as compared to the 30 grams the website advertises here. However, keep in mind that the UNREAL bar is slightly lighter in weight, thus less calories for it’s smaller size. I definitely think this is a good thing, as it keeps the candy bar from being a high calorie indulgence, but more of a sweet treat to be eaten in moderation that won’t completely derail a diet.

So all that is fun…but how did it taste? It was actually ¬†quite good. Like I stated before, it did taste like a snickers, but I noticed it wasn’t as sugary tasting. It was sweet, don’t get me wrong, but just didn’t have that “I just took a bite of sugar” feel to it, which I liked. It broke apart easily when I took a bite, which was good. It was chewy and had a mild chocolate flavor, and I feel the inner part of the bar had the predominant flavor. The peanuts added a nice crunch and great flavor as well.

Overall, I liked it! I almost wish they came in mini sizes for a treat, because I know I could certainly down that entire bar in one sitting and I do try to abstain from sweets (as a type 1 Diabetic). However, I do like that one bar had 200 calories and 5 grams of protein, and a not too terrible 17 grams of sugar. An everyday kind of thing? No, but certainly a better choice if you need your candy bar fix. 4 stars

27 Oct 2011, Comments (6)

Halloween Tips!

Author: Healthnuttxo

WOO! Halloween is on the way. We all know what that means….CANDY. and lot’s of it!

Now there’s only so much candy you can give away to your co-workers, your family and friends. And well, what’s Halloween without treating yourself to a delicious Reeses or Snickers bar (mini bar, that is!).

Here are some tips I was emailed from Ms. Beppel, on behalf of SELF Magazine- one of my favorite mags!

Six Ways Candy Can Fight Disease and Weight Gain:

1. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Go to the Dark Side: A new study backs up the best excuse ever to eat a Milky Way Midnight: People who ate a little chocolate every day were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, according to the study in the European Heart Journal. Pick a piece of dark chocolate the size of a Hershey’s Kiss.

2. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Scare Up a Daily Splurge: Fans of fruity candy, rejoice! It’s not all about chocolate anymore. People who eat confections of any kind have a lower body-mass index and a smaller waist than their candy-skipping pals, researchers at¬†Louisiana State University¬†find. Balancing healthy eating with the occasional treat is key.

3.      Have a Ball: The corn in that sticky popcorn ball has fiber and antioxidants. Nuke 1/2 cup honey for 10 seconds; add 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips. Pour over 6 cups popcorn mixed with 1 cup salted peanuts. Stir; form into balls; chill on wax paper until firm.

For full list: http://www.self.com/takecareofyou/healthy-candy-slideshow#slide=1

Examples of guilt-free treats for under 200 calories

1. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†4 Dove Dark Chocolate Promises = 168 calories. You get the benefit of dark chocolate’s antioxidant boost, plus inspiring motivational messages to get you in the mood to party.

2.      22  Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks = 150 calories. Sweet and satisfying with no artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

3. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2 Dum Dums = 50 calories. You’ve been sucking on these gluten-free lollipops since you were a kid. Only decision? Cotton Candy vs. Cream Soda.

4. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Halloween Trick Mix = 130 calories. DIY treats that you put together in your kitchen are almost always a better bet, because you can control the ingredients. Mix 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter Puffins cereal with 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots. Bundle them up into individual portion bags tied with black and orange ribbon, and you’ll win the prize for most creative (and healthiest) snack.

5.    For full list: http://www.self.com/health/blogs/healthyself/2011/10/6-guilt-free-halloween-treats.html >

PERFECT! Thank again SELF magazine for some awesome tips. Now, go enjoy yourself this Halloween but be safe! ūüôā

YES! Halloween is almost here!

Time to hand out candy to kids dressed up in ah-dorable costumes, and get props as one of the best houses that hands out candy. We go all out. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, Snickers….you know the good stuff. And not the mini barely more than a bite size- the bigger pieces! Ever since I was little we always handed out “good” candy. And we give a LOT of candy per person. One might call this egg/shaving cream insurance.

Say what?

As in, we hand out yummy candy, so our house doesn’t get egged or ¬†shaving cream all over it. It hasn’t failed us yet!¬†Although I still think we should hand out an apple or two and promote some health.

Just kidding. I want all the apples for myself. HAHA.

Anyway- At Whole Foods the other day I spotted Dancing Deer Baking Co. Peanut Butter Cats and Chocolate Bats cookies. HOW CUTE!!! I thought. And despite the $6.99 price tag (my wallet is still mad at me for that), I bought them.

I took some out, and sure enough, such cute shapes! But…what was up with the “eyeballs”? Some cats/bats barely had any, and some were smeared off…

Ha. The cat one vaguely looks like it has a mustache
from the chocolate crumbs. No? Don’t see it? Alright, maybe I’m crazy…
;  )

I tried the peanut butter one first. Obviously. You know my obsession. It was crunchy but thick, and mildly sweet. But…it tasted like a shortbread cookie, with mild peanut butter flavor. Really. A friend of mine tried one and confirmed the very mild peanut butter flavor, which was rather disappointing to me. I felt like I had to smear some peanut butter on it to give it peanut butter flavor! It definitely made me crave a glass of milk, however, as it was a “dry” cookie.

Next up, the chocolate. This one I liked better than the peanut butter cookie. It was sweet but not too sweet, and almost had a dark chocolate brownie flavor to it. It was pretty yummy! I think it would go great with milk or…a smear of peanut butter. But what DOESN’T taste good with peanut butter, really? Obviously, the chocolate ones were better, as they were sweeter and more flavorful.


Perhaps I’m slightly biased. I dont like cats. Maybe if they made the cats chocolate and the bats peanut butter I would have liked the peanut butter cookies better? ….

Ok no I wouldn’t have, but I’m just saying ūüėČ

Overall, 3 stars. These cookies were ok, but nothing special. And where does the 12 grams of sugar come from!? These really aren’t that sweet! But at 3 cookies per serving, not bad! Although the ¬†7 dollar price tag really hurts. It really, really hurts =(

What candy do you hand out/like getting the most on Halloween? Reeses PB Cups for me!!!

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 ūüėõ 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.

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).

17 Jun 2010, Comments (4)

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Organic Chocolate Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

What’s better than chocolate? Well, in my opinion, few things are better or hit the spot than chocolate.¬†But how about¬†Organic Chocolate? That’s all I could think of!

I was sent some quite interesting and intriguing chocolate to try for free from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and¬†they¬† actually have quite a story.¬†¬†I read the back of the bar of chocolates and found out the company was founded by Katrina.¬†An excerpt on the back of the bars says that “Katrina founded Vosges Haut- Chocolat with the concept of Travel the World through Chocolate in a mission to create a sustainable luxury chocolate experience; to bring about awareness of indigenous cultures through the exploration of spices, herbs, roots, flowers, fruits nuts and the obscure”. Isn’t that cool? ūüôā

Of the yummy chocolate bars I was sent to try, I decided to review the Organic Dominicia Noir, Organic Enchanted Mushroom, and Organic Peanut Butter Bonbon.

Organic Dominica Noir- this one was dark chocolate, with 74% cacao. The smell was a very strong and deep dark chocolate. It was creamy to the touch, and almost melted in your hand. It definietely had¬†a “tang” to it that dark chocolate often has as well, and was very rich. If you like dark chocolate,¬†I really think you will like this bar!¬†I shared this with my mom, who I believe said that it had an almost fruity taste to it, and I agreed. 3 1/2 stars

Organic Enchanted Mushroom- this one was dark chocolate (65% cacao), with walnuts and reishi mushrooms. I’ll admit- before trying this I was thinking…mushrooms? In CHOCOLATE? But honestly, do not be offput by the name mushroom! It really does not add any taste at all, and according to the chocolate bar package, the “Reishi mushroom has played a role in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years”, and “Reishi mushrooms are believed to have a number of analgesic, anti-inflammatory antioxidant and anti-viral properties promoting overall health when consumed”. (I think I’m going to have some of this chocolate with my medicine the next time I’m sick! ) The taste was also rich like the first bar, and a very deep dark chocolate. It wasn’t as creamy, and had little bumps throughout the bar, which I would assume to be the walnuts. I did however, enjoy this one a bit more. 4 stars

Organic Peanut Butter Bonbon- do I really need to say more? Organic + peanut butter + chocolate = yum!!! This one is a milk chocolate (45% cacao) with pink Himalayan salt, Maldon sea salt, and peanut butter. This one is really really good. I loved the sea salt crystals on the actual outside of the chocolate- there weren’t a ton, but just enough to create a contrast between sweet and savory. It really brought out the sweeter parts of the milk chocolate and the richness of the peanut butter. I do wish there was a tad more peanut butter on the¬†inside, sort of like a peanut butter cup, but it was still good.¬†Oh, I could totally eat this whole bar in one sitting, if it weren’t for the 18 grams of fat per 4 squares ūüėĬ† My favorite of the 3, this one gets 4 1/2 stars.

Overall, I enjoyed these chocolates. I love that each bar has a little something special to offer, and there is even a “guide” on the back of the chocolate bars instructing you how to “enjoy an exotic candy bar”! It adds such a nice clean and pure feel and experience to the chocolate bar, and really lets you enjoy it, rather than just eating a chocolate bar like a sandwich or whatever. If you are a fan of chocolate, these are reccommended!!

Organic Dominica Noir– 3 squares (32 g) is 180 calories, 15 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Single Origin Organic Dark Chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter).

Organic Enchanted Mushroom- 3 sqaures (32 g) is 170 calories, 12 grams of fat, 11 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

100% Organic Dark Chocolate (66% cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder), 100% organic powdered Reishi Mushrooms, 100 % Organic Walnuts.

Peanut Butter Bonbon- 4 squares (42 grams) is 250 calories, 18 grams of fat, 18 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

*Milk Chocolate, (*sugar, *cocoa butter, *whole milk powder, *cocoa mass, *vanilla powder), 22% *peanut butter (*dry roasted peanuts, *palm oil, *sugar, salt), salt.
* indicates organic ingredients

18 May 2010, Comments (2)

Surf Sweets Gummy Swirls candy

Author: Healthnuttxo

I have such a sweet tooth (seeing as¬†this is my SECOND candy¬†review/post tonight! Make sure you scroll down to see the second review!)¬†¬†I’m so happy that companies like Surf Sweets make healthier alternatives to traditional candies to help satisfy my sweet tooth but also ease my mind!

Surf Sweets makes organic and natural jelly beans and gummy candies. According to the website, “At Surf Sweets, we love candy! We‚Äôre passionate about making the world‚Äôs most flavorful candy using all natural pure ingredients. We‚Äôre also a company that cares about the health and well-being of our customers and our planet. These values have inspired us to launch a complete line of all-natural, organic gummy candy and jelly beans.”

An added bonus- their products are made without corn syrup, trans fats, artificial ingredients, and preservatives. They also provide 100% of your daily vitamin C needs per serving. How’s that for a candy??

The company sent me a few of their products to try, including the Gummy Swirls. These are vegetarian/vegan, and not only provide 100% daily needs of Vitamin C, but calcium as well. (I can see it now. Kids everywhere saying, “No thanks, Mom. I don’t need to drink my milk today. I can have these candies instead!!” ūüôā )

Each cute drop has colored swirls of orange and pink, and is coated with delicious “sugar” sprinkles. I put sugar in quotes because they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup and fruit juice concentrate, so I’m not sure what factor gives it the “sugary” coating. They are sweet, indeed, but not WOAH that’s SWEET!. They are sweet, in a good way. And addictive too! They are nice and chewy on the inside, and stick to your teeth like a good gummy candy should ūüėČ

Overall, I give these 4 1/2 stars. They are really tasty! I like to suck on them, one by one, and savor each piece (plus that prevents me from eating the whole bag in one sitting!). If you like gummy candy, give these a try! They will satisfy a sweet tooth, and provide some health benefits as well. Take the advice from the bag and “Catch a Wave of Flavor”.- Cute!!

16 pieces is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 29 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Color Added (including Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Turmeric, Annatto), Natural Flavors.

18 May 2010, Comments (1)

Chocolite Chocolate Candies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Time for a CHOCOLATE review!

Chocolite made by Health Smart Foods . 

The company sent me a few of their products to try, and then have quite the selection! I decided to feature the Peanut Butter Cup Patty (how could I not try that one?!), the Chocolate Pecan Cluster, and the Chocolate Coconut Almond candies.

Peanut Butter Cup Patty– WOAH. HOW IS THIS ONLY 40 CALORIES EACH? This is so, good! Each patty has a smooth layer of milk chocolate on top, and on the inside is peanut buttery bliss. Seriously- it’s so yummy. Slightly salty and a little crunchy, the inside is the best part!¬†¬†4 1/2 stars¬†

Chocolate Pecan Cluster- ooohhh, if you like caramel you will like these! A very strong caramel flavor, mixed with smooth and sweet milk chocolate. Very satisfying, gooey and soft. The caramel was VERY chewy and sticky, almost like taffy! However, I didn’t really taste any pecan flavor? Where was it, exactly? But other than that- a creamy treat for sure. I shared my pack with another,¬†and she was begging for more!¬†3 1/2¬†stars

Chocolate Coconut Almond- Very strong coconut flavor, with little flakes of coconut throughout the candy. Sweet milk chocolate on the outside. Again- no real almond flavor, per se, but so good. I’m not even a big fan of coconut, and this one’s a hit with me! 4 1/2 stars

Overall- I like these! 

Peanut Butter Cup Patty- 1 piece is 40 calories, 3 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Polydextrose, Peanuts, Oligofructose, Erythritol, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Calcium Carbonate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose.

Chocolate Pecan Cluster- 1 piece is 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 0 sugars, and 1 gram of protein.

Polydextrose, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Oligofructose, Erythritol, Cocoa Butter, Pecans, Milk Protein Concentrate, Chocolate Liquor, Maltodextrin, Heavy Cream, Glycerine, Calcium Carbonate, Milk Fat, Sodium Caseinate, Natural Flavors, Maltitol Syrup, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Disodium Phosphate, Sucralose.

Chocolate Coconut Almond-1 piece is 35 calories, 2 grams of fat, 7 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 0 sugars, and 0 grams of protein.

Sorbitol, Dehydrated Coconut, Oligofructose, Erythritol, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Caseinate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla, Sucralose.

14 May 2010, Comments (7)

Figamajigs Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy

Author: Healthnuttxo

What’s a Figamajig!?

Figamajigs are a different way to enjoy candy, according to them, it’s “A Healthy and Delicious Way to Enjoy Chocolate”. What could be so healthy about chocolate? Well, these candies are all natural, provide fiber & antioxidants, and are relatively low in fat. They make both bite sized candies and fig bars covered with delicious chocolate. The company sent me some of their goodies to try, and I picked the Dark Chocolate Covered Fig Candy to do a review on.

Now, I’m TOTALLY a Raisinette girl. When we go to the movies, my friends get the popcorn and the nachos, and I get the Raisinette’s candy. It’s my way of eating a “healthy treat” while still indulging. Hey, raisins are FRUIT! So I was super excited to see these. First of all, each bag (40grams) provides a hefty amount of tasty chocolate covered fig pieces. Do NOT be turned off by the word “fig”. I know you’re probably thinking fig= prunes= grandma candy. Uh, NO. These are actually quite good!

Each piece is actually pretty big, if you ever ate the Peanut Butter flavor of the M&M’s, they are about that size. If not, they have the same size of I’d say a dime, but VERY thick! There is a decent amount of smooth and rich dark chocolate coating every fig piece. You can’t even really taste the fig- it tastes just like raisins to me!¬† The fig piece was a bit chewier and grittier than raisins, but still quite good. They were sweet, but not overpowering, and I actually really enjoyed these. Each bag that provides about 20 or so pieces is only 150 calories and¬† 4 grams of fat. How’s THAT for kicking a chocolate craving!

Overall, as far as candy goes, 4 1/2 stars for sure. Antioxidants- check. Fruit- check. Fiber- check. CHOCOLATE-check! Can we say, perfect snack? ūüôā Yes, there is added refined sugar, but I mean it is candy, and FAR better than some other candies you can buy! I can only imagine the possibilities with these- I’m thinking mixed in with Chobani or greek yogurt, or with a trail mix, or even slightly warmed with buttery popcorn (all natural, of course!) . Yum!!

1 bag (40 grams) is 150 calories, 4 grams of fat (2 saturated), 29 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fat, and 2 grams of protein. They even provide 6% of your daily needs of calcium and 15% of your daily needs of Iron.

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

Yea-I’m feeling candy this week. It’s DEFINETELY one of those weeks where I need some sweets!

And what better way to satisfy a sugary-sweet tooth than with a lollipop? I remember my favorites growing up were Charms- the ones with bubblegum in the center- and Tootsie Poponly in the grape flavor- which had a center of a soft tootsie roll. Well- now I’ve moved on to better and more healthier ways to satisfy my craving for a “sucker”. Yummy Earth produces lollipops unlike the commercial brands- no artificial dyes, no artificial colors, no refined sugar and made with real fruit extracts (does that mean if I eat these- it counts as a fruit serving? ūüėõ ) And, aside from all that good stuff, the ingredients are organic, gluten free, vegan, and soy/nut/dairy free. How’s that for a lollipop? ūüôā

The lollipops come in several varieties- SuperSOUR Pops, Strawberry Pops, Fruit Pops, Fiesta Pops, and Vitamin C Pops. I got to try the SuperSOUR Pops and the Vitamin C Pops. Each pop is only 22 calories, and is round/flat in shape. They are about the size of a quarter or half dollar each.

Starting with the Vitamin C Pops- each bag has 3 flavors, strawberry smash, tooberry blueberry, and razzmatazz berry. 1 pop provides you with 25% of your daily needs of vitamin C.

strawberry smash- well if this pop isn’t smashing. I love strawberry flavored pops- and this one doens’t let me down. Sweet and¬† not too tart- reminds me of a strawberries & cream dessert in a lolly. ūüôā

tooberry blueberry- ooh I like this one the best of the 3. It’s sweet with a nice blueberry taste- real blueberry,¬† not “fake” blueberry. It also has hints of grape flavors, and isn’t too tart. It doesn’t leave that “stinging” feeling sometimes lollipops give you on your tongue.

razzmatazz berry- this one has a mixed berry/fruit punch flavor. It is smooth and sweet, with stronger strawberry/raspberry fruit essences.

The SuperSOUR pops has 4 flavors- strawberry smash, sour apple tart, googly grape, and very very cherry. I was hesistant to try these- I’m so not a sour girl. In fact, I used to run my sour WARheads candy under the water when I was younger until all the “sourness” went away and it was all sweet afterwards. But, they, in fact, weren’t really sour at all- they just had a bit more of a kick than the original flavors.

strawberry smash- similar in taste to the Vitamin C variety- but with a bit more tang.

sour apple tart- I liked this one! It has a granny smith apple flavor to it, and it was the most sour of all 4 of the flavors. The tangyness really stayed the whole time eating the lollipop, and didn’t fade.

googly grape- this one is tied for my favorite with the sour apple tart. Normally I HATE grape flavored things (they usually taste like cough medicine…yuck..), but this baby reminded me of my favorite grape Tootsie Pops I used to eat when¬†I was younger. Not tart at all- but a sweet, delicious, grape.¬†

very very cherry- Unfortunately- my bag didn’t have any very very cherry! And I LOVE cherry flavored pops. How disappointing ūüôĀ

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. It’s a much healthier (and more eco-friendly!) alternative to commercial lollipops, and they have no refined sugar.¬†That’s a big plus for me- if I want candy, I like to feel at least a little less guilty knowing there is no refined sugars. They are perfect when I’m in the mood to nosh, but don’t want to blow a big calorie bang, and hit your sweet tooth quite nicely. I just hope that they evenly distribute the flavors better in the future– I didn’t get to try the very very cherry flavor, and only got one googly grape (figures it would be my favorite! >:( ) in my bag.

3 pops are 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein. Each pop is about 22 calories each.
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, and or OrganicRice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar), Natural Flavors, [may contain] Organic Black Carrots, Organic Apple, Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Black Currant, Organic Carrot, Organic Pumpkin.

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