Tags: dark chocolate

Finally!!! Someone has made an almond butter cup instead of a peanut butter cup! Don’t get me wrong… I’m all about the peanut buttah, and just jumped on this whole almond butter bandwagon rather recently. However, it’s refreshing to see almond butter be a star in a product other than just a jar. Now…when will they make powdered almond butter…? But that’s another story.

The kind folks at Buddha Chocolate asked if I would like to try their Raw Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups. Obviously I obliged. I am a Type 1 Diabetic on a rather strict diet, with little wiggle room for sweets. However, an occasional bite of a treat I think is healthy for both my sanity and my sanity. (Did I say that twice?)

I got one single cup, and then a package of two cups, with one to eat and one to share (awww).

I opened the single one, wrapped generously in a pretty gold foil.  It’s a decently sized piece of candy, with the circumference almost being my entire palm. Its vegan, fair trade, dairy free, gluten free, and soy free, 78% cacao, and made in Brooklyn according to the label.

The chocolate part is quite bitter, so hopefully you are a dark chocolate fan if you decide to try these. It has it’s sweetness, but the potency of the bitterness of dark chocolate overwhelms the sweetness. The cup however, is very soft and smooth, and almost melted in my hand as I held it. The almond butter on the inside was the perfect compliment. Salty and a teeny bit gritty, it provided a good amount of flavor and really gave it a salty kick.

Overall, I like em! Dark chocolate really isn’t my thing (milk> white > dark in my opinion) but it was still enjoyable. I think especially if you like dark chocolate you will enjoy these. A nice take on the traditional peanut buttah cup! 3 1/2 stars

Here’s the nutritional facts. The ingredients are Cacao, almonds, coconut, palm crystals, mesquite, vanilla bean, and Himalayan Crystal Salt.

Ohhhhhhhhh man. Who knew they even MADE popcorn like this right? Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip KETTLEcorn? That’s like chocolate on top of amazing-ness….Am I right?

I got this bag for free from the company, but I highly recommend you go out and buy yourself one. Seriously.  There are no words for this popcorn besides that it’s one of the best things I have ever eaten (have I ever lied to you before???)

You want sweet? check. You want salty? check. You want CHOCOLATE? check! You get all three! (Ok…now onto the review, since I’m starting to sound like a TV Advertisement (“but that’s not all!!…” ;] )

The sweet and sugary tasting kettlecorn was crunchy and also had a bit of saltiness going on. Almost every piece of popcorn had some chocolate on top of it. The chocolate coating was rich, smooth and sweet, and just the perfect addition to the kettlecorn. It did have a dark chocolate flavor, but was also sweet enough that a milk-chocolate lover like myself could enjoy it.

This popcorn was like a twist on chocolate covered pretzels. So many delicious flavors, all in one! And seriously addictive. I would be lying if I told you I only had one serving (jokes!). Good thing the serving size was rather decent, I weighed a nice portion of it, and it was only a little bit over 28 grams (the serving size).

On the down side (womp womp), this snack is kind of high in sugar ( 12 grams per serving) and saturated fat ( 4.5 grams per serving). BUT, it’s so good! Eat in moderation (and…don’t eat the whole bag in one sitting!!) and you are good to go. This is a must try! 4.5 stars

If you could drizzle anything on popcorn, what would it be? Uhh peanut butter and jelly popcorn anyone?? (hints to you, Popcorn, Indiana!)

I think I should start off by saying I don’t like dark chocolate.  I will eat it, but I find it too bitter, hardly sweet, and just unenjoyable for my taste buds. My taste buds much prefer milk chocolate, and white chocolate (with my FAVORITE white chocolate review here!) Nutrition courses via an accredited online college for people who have decided they want to
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So, before eating this, in the back of my head I thought, aw man, DARK chocolate? Boo! But who am I to judge based on the name? Who knows what it will taste like? It could be cookie heaven.

And it was…

As you can probably see, it was a bit crumby, and broke apart very easily. Kind of like the other gluten free cookie by Fabe’s. It was dense, and a bit “piecy” as I chewed it, but wow was it DE  LIC  IOUS. And yes, delicious is three words now, you didn’t know that? ; )  (kidding). Literally, this cookie melted in my mouth as I ate it. It was very sweet, and tasted like a brownie. Or just like chocolate frosting. Actually, how about a brownie WITH chocolate frosting on it. SO GOOD!

Seriously, Fabe’s knows how to make cookies. Yes, there are some crumb issues going on, so I wouldn’t reccommend eating this while your wearing white or at a friend’s house who can’t stand crumbs anywhere. In fact, I advise you don’t eat this cookie at that friends house, or I predict he or she will be very angry at you. However, feel free to eat it on your way out the door because you can’t wait until you get home. It’s that good. It’s so good I made up an imaginary friend for you who doesn’t like crumbs. Your welcome.

ANYWAY, this one gets 4 1/2 stars. Again, the crumb/consistency of the cookie is a bit off, but the flavor is right on. And the nutritional facts will set you back 280 calories if you polish off the whole cookie (hey…don’t point your finger at me. I only ate 3/4 of the cookie this time! =) ). Regardless, I think you should try this if you have the chance to!

I got this cookie to try for free from the company.

Calling all chocolate icecream fans– you are in for a special treat! 🙂

First off, please dont be discouraged by the words “Goat’s Milk”-it makes quite a fantastic icecream! As I was absolutely amazed by the Vanilla Snowflake, I decided to try the Deep Chocolate as well with a coupon provided by LaLoos

I opened up the small container and saw a dark brown, rich ice cream. I scooped some out, and even though it had sat in my freezer for a little while, it was soft as butter. In fact, it was so easy to scoop out with a spoon- I was impressed! I tasted a little bit- wow, this was good! It reminded me of what a dark chocolate icecream would taste like. Rich, sweet, just a teensy hint of that dark chocolate bitterness flavor. It was soft and smooth in texture, almost fluffy like soft serve. It also sort of reminded me of the texture of an ice cream, but the chocolate flavor of a chocolate ice. Delicious!

Overall, I think if you like dark chocolate you would certainly like this icecream! I’m giving it 4 stars, because it’s really quite good. In fact, I ate mine right out of the container- for taste testing purposes, of course ; ) It is a bit high in sugar, but I do like that it has 5 grams of protein per serving. Nice!!

1/2 cup is 160 calories, 6 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite flavor icecream? I’ll always be a fan of strawberry and cookie dough!

29 May 2010, Comments (0)

Sweet Riot Peaces Flavor 65 and YumBar 65

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Sweetriot- perhaps you have heard of them,or perhaps not. Either way, they are a company that makes chocolate indulgences in an earth friendly manner. According to the website,

“We are creating a sweet movement to fix the world. 🙂 We’ve started by sourcing our cacao directly in Latin America, using recyclable, reusable packaging which features emerging artists, and by only using all-natural, healthy ingredients for our dark chocolate ‘peaces.’ ”

Wow- cacao straight from Latin America- cool!

Sweetriot sent me 2 of their products to try- the YumBar 65, which is a dark chocolate bar (65% dark chocolate) with their signature cacao ‘peaces’ in the bar. They also sent the actual ‘peaces’ in flavor 65 as well, which is 100% dark caco covered with 65% dark chocolate in  a cute little tin.

Let’s start with the YumBar 65. It’s gluten free and dairy free, and vegan as well. It’s a square bar, with 4 smaller chunks or squares. Each square is about 48 calories, according to the package, and is actually quite thick. A happily broke off a chunk and put it in my mouth. Whew- bitter dark chocolate! Not really sweet at all, but very powerful, deep cocoa flavor. It was kind of cool with the little crunch due to the ‘peaces’, and was rich. The texture was a hard chocolate, not soft or “melty”. The taste kind of reminded me of bittersweet chocolate chips I used to buy when I made homemade chocolate chip cookies- how they would taste bitter before cooked, and then sweet once cooked in the cookies ! ( I never quite understood that..)

Onto the tin of chocolate covered cacao, flavor 65. These are dairy free, gluten free and all natural. They resemble chocolate covered raisins, and they are a TON of them in the tin. The tin, by the way, is really pretty! It has pretty artwork/designs on it, which makes it extra appealing. I popped one of the nibs in my mouth- WOAH again! This is some serious dark chocolate.  While the outside of the nib was smooth, and slightly sweet chocolate, the inside crunchy cacao piece was BITTER! Very crunchy, very strong. If you like love dark chocolate- I would reccommend this flavor!

Overall, while I love the concept of the company and think that the products are great, the dark chocolate just isn’t working for me. Too bitter and too strong for my palate- but if you are a dark chocolate lover, I would give these a try. I do like the concept of the company as a whole, and I like the cacao nibs in the conveinent tin. Each ‘peace’ is only 1-2 calories! How’s that for a chocolate fix? But for me, I give the products 3 stars. Perhaps I can see a future with these if they ever invent milk chocolate products- that’s more my style 😉

1 YumBar is 190 calories, 14 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Cacao Nibs, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin and Natural Flavor.

1 tin of ‘peaces’ is 140 calories, 12 grams of fat, 13 carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Cacao mass, sugar, cacao beans, cacao butter, soy lecithin, natural vanilla, glaze. Cacao solids: 65% min.

Hey- I have an idea. Let’s post another review about CHOCOLATE! I can’t get enough! Maybe that’s why I can’t sleep lately… is it the caffeine? (Just Kidding!)

Anyway- Nugo is a brand that makes a bunch of products that are suitable for many different lifestyles. According to the pamphlet I was sent along with some yummy bars from the company, they have..
“Nugo Family – Low Glycemic
NuGO Organic- USDA Certified Organic
NuGo Dark- Real Delicious Dark Chocolate
Gluten Free- Soy, Wheat and Dairy Free
KeriBar- Fruit and Fiber
Smarte Carb- Sugar Free”

Wow- so many options! Of the products I was sent, I recieved the Nugo Nutrition Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate and Nugo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar. What I like about both of these bars is that they incorporate chocolate in a healthier way- these bars are both good sources of protein, all natural, and relatively low in fat and calories. I’m ready to try ’em!

Nugo Nutrition Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate- this one had a chewy texture, kind of like a cross between a Rice Krispie Treat and a Luna Bar. It was actually pretty sweet, too. However, there was not much of a peanut butter flavor (aw, man!), and come to think of it, the chocolate flavor isn’t too strong either. However, the “lightness” or both flavors compliments each other- one flavor doesn’t really outshine the other. There is also a smooth and sweet layer of milk chocolate on the bottom. The taste overall kind of reminded me of peanut butter M&M’s- a salty sweet mix of peanut butter and chocolate. 3 1/2 stars

NuGo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar- From the first bite- you can DEFINITELY taste the mocha flavor in this bar! I agree with the website’s description, which states, “Coffee Lovers, meet your new favorite gourmet snack”. If you like coffee, and you like chocolate, you WILL like this bar! You can even smell the mocha aroma after opening the package. Seeing as I’m not too much of a coffee drinker, I was actually surprised I liked this bar as much as I did. It’s COVERED in smooth dark chocolate, that wasn’t too bitter, which I liked. It’s chewy, but still has some texture and a bite to it. Again, it reminded me of a chocolate covered Rice Krispie Treat. It was sweet, and actually pretty good. This one gets 4 stars, and although it has 10 grams of protein, I think I’ll treat it as more of a “healthy candy bar” than a protein bar. (It’s also vegan and dairy free!)

Overall, I approve. These bars are all natural and offer a little something for everyone. What I don’t like is that some of the bars have corn syrup (boo!), and are a bit high in sugar. But, I’d still like to try the NuGo Chocolate Chocolate Chip flavor- that one sounds right up my alley- and some of the KeriBars (the fruit and fiber bars) if I ever see them in stores by me.

*Have you ever tried any NuGo bars? If so, which ones?

Nutrition Bar Peanut Butter Chocolate- 1 bar is 170 calories, 3 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein.

CRISPED SOY NUGGETS (ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, RICE FLOUR, MALT AND SALT), SWEETENED CONDENSED SKIM MILK (BEET SUGAR, WATER, MILK SOLIDS NONFAT AND MILK FAT), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, MALT EXTRACT AND SALT), MILK CHOCOLATE (DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, WHOLE MILK POWDER, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOYA LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER), AND VANILLA), CORN SYRUP, OATMEAL, BROWN RICE SYRUP, FRUCTOSE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, PEANUT FLOUR, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, PEANUT EXTRACT, ACACIA GUM, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, GUAR GUM, NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR.

NuGo Dark Mocha Chocolate Bar- 1 bar is 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, 30 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein.

Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla extract), Soy Crisp Nuggets (isolated soy protein, rice flour, malt and salt), Rice Crisp (rice flour, sugar, malt extract), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Sugar, Whole Oats, Soy Protein, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Acacia Gum and Natural Coffee Flavor.

25 May 2010, Comments (2)

Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate

Author: Healthnuttxo

I’m on a chocolate fix tonight- can’t you tell? 😉

Another great company, Endangered Species, makes all natural and organic milk and dark chocolate. What I really like about their company is that 10% of their net profits are donated to ,according to the wrapper,  ” help support species, habitat and humanity”. So I can feel good about my chocolate while I’m eating it (did I mention that this Dark Chocolate bar is organic, too?).

Endangered Species sent me this bar of Organic Dark Chocolate to try, with used Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa, and is 70% cocoa. That’s some dark chocolate we’re talking about here!

I opened up the wrapper (which was so pretty, by the way. There was a pretty blue butterfly on the top- so elegant!) and broke off a piece. The first thing I noticed was how pure and clean it tasted. It was really good. It was a nice change to have something without a chemical or sugar-sweet aftertaste. Just. Good. Chocolate. Wow- perhaps I’m starting to like dark chocolate more than I thought?! The notorious “bitterness” of dark chocolate was there, but not overpowering. It was definietely a chocolate to savor, and to slowly let melt in your mouth.

Overall, I give it 4 stars. The company rocks, and this chocolate is also gluten free, and vegan. If you like dark chocolate, I think you will enjoy this bar!

1 bar is 200 calories, 17 grams of fat (10 saturated), 18 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Dark Chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla).

Last day to enter the  YOUBAR giveaway!!

Fan of Dark Chocolate? Then you need to check out Nibmor! They made chocolate that is all natural, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, organic, raw AND has no refined sugar! According to the website, “At NibMor we believe that the food we eat should be as simple as possible. That means using ingredients made by Mother Nature, not someone in a lab coat.”

Now that’s what I like to see- food at it’s finest. If I’m going to eat candy, I want the candy to be PURE!!

Anyway- Nibmor asked if I wanted to try their chocolates, and sent me a Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Dark Chocolate bar. I’m not much of a dark chocolate fan, but these seemed different. They were just so PURE sounding, I couldn’t resist! So, I actually was a bit excited to try these, and recruited my mom as well (the chocolate lover of the family) to give them a try.

First off, the texture is so different than any other chocolate bars I’ve tried. It’s SO soft- almost like it’s “melted”-but it’s not! Like really, I’m used to the types of chocolate where you have to break it and then hear a “snap!”, but no snap here! Just smooth, chocolatey goodness.

Original Dark Chocolate- A deep cocoa flavor, with both a slight vanilla and slight “berry” taste. Unique! But good, too! It was silky smooth, and almost “cool” tasting. It didn’t have much of a bite to it (like I said before), but was enjoyable. It’s very rich, and you don’t need more than a square for some satisfaction.

Dark Chocolate with Almonds- smells AWESOME! Again, the texture is great, smooth and silky. It had itty-bitty almond pieces scattered throughout, but other than that, didn’t provide much almond flavor. It was pretty much the same as the Original Dark Chocolate bar, but just with the almonds. However, still pretty good!

Overall, I approve! Including i’m not an avid dark chocolate fan, these were actually quite enjoyable. I like that you actually get a decent portion as well without a TON of calories or sugar. I also love that there isn’t any refined sugar, and that they are raw, vegan, gluten/dairy free, and according to the package, “As Close to Nature as it Gets!”. I’m giving these bars 4 stars– I hope one day they come out with milk chocolate or dark chocolate with peanut butter! Wouldn’t that be yummy!

Original Dark Chocolate- 31 1/2 grams is 120 calories, 7 grams of fat (4 saturated), 13 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Cacao, Raw Vanilla, Sea Salt, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier).

Dark Chocolate with Almonds- 31 grams (half of a 2.2 oz bar) is 130 calories, 8 grams of fat (3.5 saturated), 12 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Cacao, Organic Raw Almonds, Raw Vanilla, Sea Salt, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier).

Last day to enter the  YOUBAR giveaway!!

 

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? 🙂 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.

choice

Who doesn’t love cooooookies!? Especially chocolate chip. Especially soft baked chocolate chip cookies. I’m drooling thinking about them… 🙂
What we don’t love? That Mom’s home-made cookies are often heart attacks disguised in cute little circles, or that store bought deli cookies have a TON of fat, OR that the cookies you would  buy in store have more ingredients than you can pronounce or should even have to eat.

Never fear, that’s why IM here! I found Country Choice organic soft baked cookies. They claim to have a “homemade taste”, are “soft and chewy”, and have no trans fats and are whole grain. These can’t possible be tasty you say? WRONG. They come in 5 flavors, Oatmeal Raisin, Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Oatmeal Cranberry, Double Fudge Brownie, and the one I picked, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.
So how does it taste? Well it sure is soft. And, well, chewy! It’s really good. And i hate to sound like an ad for the cookie, but they do taste homemade! It’s normal cookie size, about the width of a jar lid of peanut butter or mayo. The cookie breaks and falls apart easily. They come in individual packages (THANK GOD- i would totally eat the whole box if they didn’t!), and i left one in my bag and needless to say it turned to cookie crumbs. *oops!* That’s okay, i just sprinkled it on some vanilla fro-yo for an extra treat! 🙂 The cookie part has a slight cinnamon/honey taste, and has that “just came out of an oven” taste to it as well. My favorite part was the dark chocolate chips. They were REALLY good, and sweet!
Overall, i like these. My only complaints is that although whole grain, they only had 1 gram of fiber, and they also contained refined sugar. But, you win some , you lose some. I’d pick these over chips ahoy or my mom’s (sorry ma!) any day!

1 cookie is 100 calories (yay!), 4 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. These are also wheat free (yay again!!)

Organic Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Organic Sugar, Organic Dark Chocolate Chips (Organic Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin and Organic Vanilla Extract. May Contain Traces of Milk.), Water, Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Organic Honey, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Whole Grain Oat Flour, Organic Whole Eggs, Leavening (Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Corn Starch, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Soy Lecithin, Organic Cinnamon.
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