Tags: chocolate

Browsing Whole Foods the other day (you might think I live in a grocery store the amount of times I go food shopping…) I knew I wanted some chocolate.  No, no, not wanted….needed some. I tried to look for a bar of milk or white chocolate on sale (sorry Dark chocolate- my heart goes to milk or white!) and then I spotted this cute bar – Moo Chocolate Milk Chocolate with Graham Cracker. The kid in me couldn’t pass up on the cute cow on the front, and well, I do love the combination of milk chocolate and graham crackers!! So, regardless of the price ( I think it was 3 dollars) I picked up a bar.

The bar itself isn’t as long as other bars of chocolate are,  and was shorter than the size of my hand. I saw that the ingredients were natural, even made with organic chocolate as it stated on the wrapper, and it had 2 servings  a bar. So perhaps a bit more expensive than other bars I might have chosen, where I could have 3 servings for 2 dollars. But that’s not a big deal, it’s only a buck, and I’d rather have organic whenever possible.

Anyway, here’s how the bar looked. I was a bit disappointed- where’s the graham cracker!?!?

Yea, I could certainly see the graham cracker.

But it looked as if there was hardly any in there at all. It looked more like crumbs of graham crackers were scattered throughout rather than a nice chunk as the picture depicted on the cover.

Whatever, I thought. Let me just taste it.

Upon the first bite I thought, wow this is SWEET! I love sweets and sugary treats (I have a love hate relationship with chocolate frosting 😉 ) but I feel chocolate is different. I feel like it has to be sweet, but also rich. This chocolate was a very prominent tasting milk chocolate, with a vanilla flavor, and a good deal of sweetness. It was smooth in consistency (minus the graham cracker parts). The flavor reminded me of those store-bought chocolate bunnies I usually get on Easter. Really kind of sweet, but still pretty good.

The graham cracker aspect, however, was disappointing. If I hadn’t known it was graham cracker, I wouldn’t have been able to tell. It added just the slightest crunch, but hardly any flavor. And like I said before, it was sporadically scattered throughout the bar.

Overall, this chocolate was ok. It wasn’t amazing, and was a bit too sweet for my preferences, but hey, that didn’t stop me from eating the whole bar =)  The flavor and consistency reminded me of those Crunch bars. It was pretty good, but I don’t know if I would buy it again. 3 1/2 stars

IF you could mix ANYTHING in your chocolate bar, what would you pick? I would do tons and tons of peanut butter chips with dried banana chips as well. Mmm 🙂

26 Jun 2011, Comments (8)

Chip’n Dipped Milk Chocolate Pretzel Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ok, how could I honestly pass this bar up and NOT buy it? Milk chocolate and pretzels? together? in a chocolate bar? Needless to say it took me all of .05 seconds to contemplate whether I should buy it or not. I think the end choice is obvious.

Immediately upon arrival at my house, I opened up the bar. I was craving chocolate (that’s an understatement, when am I not craving chocolate?) and was sure this would do the trick.  Here’s what it looked like (the bottom of the bar). I was actually surprised at the appearance of the bar with the lumps of pretzels, I was expecting almost shreds of pieces of pretzels throughout the bar.

There were pieces of chocolate clearly without any pretzels. It was almost as if they layed pretzels out on a conveyor belt and then put chocolate over it and cut it into a rectangle. There also were no “squares” of chocolate throughout the bar, which I kind of missed. There was no typical “3 squares after breakfast, 3 squares after lunch, 3 squares after dinner ” deal. Now it was more of, let me just eat half of the bar now… 😉

However, on a positive note, this bar was really, really good. A creamy, sweet chocolate that melted in my mouth. It was super smooth and had a slight vanilla flavor. The pretzel was nice and crunchy, and when eaten with the chocolate it was absolutely irresistible. Just like chocolate covered pretzels that I used to eat when I was little. Very good.

Overall, I liked it! I just wish there were smaller pieces of pretzels scattered throughout the bar rather than the huge chunks which left some of the bar with no pretzel at all. 4 stars

Fill in the blank. My favorite food combination is chocolate and ________. I think mine is obviously peanut butter 😉

22 May 2011, Comments (6)

Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein powder

Author: Healthnuttxo

I was sent two free packets of Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein powder in Chocolate and Vanilla, courtesy of Andrea from Sunwarrior (thank you!!).

First off, I was impressed. This raw, vegan protein had a LOT of protein for one little packet, and very little calories and only 1 gram of sugar! Perfect for a diabetic like me!

I came home from the gym the other day, and thought it would be appropriate to give it a try. I went for the vanilla first, and mixed it with vanilla almond milk by hand. Although it mixed fairly easily, I thought it was a little difficult to get all the bumps out, and it was a little chunky. However, the chunks didn’t really bother me because they dissolved very quickly in my mouth, and almost had a velvety texture. The drink was really good! Sweet, but not too sweet, and a good vanilla flavor that was probably enhanced with the vanilla almond milk. It kind of reminded me of a vanilla milkshake! 4 stars

Next up, the chocolate. Since I had a little trouble stirring last time, I thought I would try a blender. I also thought it would be a good idea to add some ice, so it was super cold and frothy, and chocolate almond milk to enhance the flavor.

However, ice was a bad idea. Perhaps I added too much, although I only added about 4 or 5 cubes, or perhaps this protein poweder just doesn’t mix well with ice. Who knows- but I got a very icy, chunky shake. The flavor was somewhat diluted, but chocolatey nonetheless, also probably enhanced with the chocolate almond milk. The result wasn’t very sweet at all, and I think I liked the vanilla better. I got a taste of the powder before I mixed it up, and it was sort of like that chocolate powder one can use to make chocolate milk.  3 stars

I’d be interested in trying both of them again, but without the ice for the chocolate flavor!

Have you ever had Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein powder? How do you prepare it?

Also- have you ever tried it with ice, and how did it turn out?

9 May 2011, Comments (11)

Luna Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’ve seen this bar in the stores for a little while now, but for some reason never picked it up. Finally, the opportunity came the other day when I was hungry and on-the-go, so I needed a little pick me up. This was perfect to satisfy me, and not slow me down with  my hectic schedule! That’s what I like about Luna Bars- they have protein and vitamins/minerals, but are also tasty and easy to eat. They don’t fall apart or get ruined if they end up being smooshed in the bottom of my bag, either. (;

I opened up the bar, I really love the design! Even a friend of mine said it was one of the “prettiest” bars she had seen from Luna. Here’s how it looked

There was a chocolate layer on the bottom, followed by the “soy” part, and then a light coconut topping. At first bite, I noticed it didn’t have that thick of the middle soy layer as the other bars do, and actually, I thought this bar was thinner than the other bars I have had in the past. I didn’t find it to be incredibly sweet, and I found the coconut flavor to be mild.

The bottom layer had a milk chocolate, slightly salty flavor. The coconut flavor was not overpowering or really overly noticeable at all, and had a sweet yet salty flavor. The top layer, had a white chocolate flavor, with coconut undertones. I thought it tasted similar to the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bar. I also thought the coconut had a bit of an off flavor.

Overall, not bad. I do wish there was a more predominant coconut flavor. I also needed a glass of water to drink with this, as it has that “salty” flavor to it!  3 1/2 stars

Have you had this bar yet? What did you think?

1 bar is 190 calories, 7 grams of fat (4 saturated), 25 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

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!

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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*

12 Nov 2010, Comments (2)

Chocolite Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

I hope we all know my love with peanut butter by now, as it’s creamy, salty, savory, and just  delicious. And when paired with chocolate? What could be BETTER?! How about when it’s gluten free, sugar free AND has protein? Hmm… I like the sound of that!

The other day I was hungry, and in the mood for something both savory and sweet. So I grabbed this bar, and decided to give it a try. I opened it up and saw a somewhat thin bar, coated with chocolate. I took a bite and was very surprised. Peanut Butter? Where!?!

After I chewed it for a while, I did taste a slight bit of a peanut-ty aftertaste, but no where near what I had hoped and expected to taste. In my opinion, this was a chocolate covered caramel bar, with a little bit of peanut flavor. The chocolate was sweet, and the caramel was chewy but not too chewy-so pretty good. It was tasty, but a bit of a disappointment for me as I was really hoping for some delicious peanut butter!

Overall, I give this 3  stars. It’s a good bar, especially if you like caramel and chocolate, but I really wanted some more peanut butter flavor! Like those delicious peanut butter cup patties I had from Chocolite before! I do like that it was sugar free and gluten free, as well as providing a good amount of protein as well.

What’s your favorite Protein Bar? Please leave me a comment below! 🙂

1 bar is 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar ( 4 grams of sugar alcohols)  and  9 grams of protein.

*I was given this bar to try for free from Health Smart Foods/ Chocolite*

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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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Hopefully you have all heard of the Oikos Chocolate & Caramel greek yogurts, that are 110 calories each and are absolutely delicious. If not, I have tried and done a review of them here.

And if you HAVEN’T tried those yogurts, you can enter for your chance to win coupons for 2 free multi-packs, and MORE!

Well, I got an e-mail from Miss Bicchieri over at Stonyfield Farm, and they are hosting an “Organic Chocolate Indulgence” giveaway. From the e-mail I was sent, the giveaway includes…

–    1 coupon for a free Green & Black Organic Chocolate Bar

–    1 sample of Numi Organic Chocolate tea

–    1 Dagoba/Eco Lips Organic Chocolate chapstick

–    1 Skinnyskinny real cocoa organic soap bar

–    2 free coupons for Chocolate and Caramel Oikos multipacks

–    Recipe card set featuring Chocolate Cheesecake, as well Oikos spatula”

Ok. That, sounds, AWESOME! Especially if you are a fan of chocolate! 🙂

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Watch a YoTube video on this website and leave me a comment about something you learned. For example, the e-mail suggested making a comment about organic farming, or organics in general.

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Combining two of my favorite things- chocolate and cashews, is Yumnuts Naturals. This company makes these snacks without any artifical colors, flavors or preservatives, no added oil, and they are gluten free. They come in 6 flavors, Sea Salt, Spicy Cajun, Toasted Coconut, Honey , Chocolate and Chili Lime. According to the website, “Nuts contain the protein, smart fats, like oleic acid, and essential minerals to help us perform at our best. We use the best natural ingredients to create a product with a simple ingredient statement that is both healthy and yummy. We start with premium jumbo cashews and use a special flavoring technique to add a delicate dose of delicious seasonings that ensures that every Yumnut, in every batch is truly yum.”

The folks over at Yumnuts Naturals sent me the Chocolate Slow Dry Roasted Cashews to try, and I was so excited! I opened the bag up once I received them, and had a few. I can certainly agree with the “YUM” aspect of this product! These were awesome! I especially liked that the cashews were pretty big- and there weren’t a lot of halves or pieces in the bag. Each buttery tasting cashew was covered with a sweet, light chocolatey coating, that gave a little bit of a crispy crunch to the outside. Really delicious, and what a snack! It satisfied both my hunger and my sweet tooth, and it certainly was hard to put away the bag after having some of these!

These get 4 1/2 stars in my eyes. Absolutely delicious and just a great alternative when you want something both savory, satisfying AND sweet!  The ONLY reason these don’t get 5 stars is because they have added sugar, but is still only 6 grams of sugar per serving.

*You can try these Yumnuts Naturals for yourself! From now until JULY 29th 2010, you can get 25 % discount off your purchase from the website when you put in the coupon code NUTS25 * How great is that! 🙂

1/4 cup is 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 12 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Dry-Roasted Cashews, Honey, Sugar,  Cocoa Powder, Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin.

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