If you know me at all, you know that I love chocolate. If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life, chocolate would be it.
Usually I make my own desserts to make sure they are a healthy treat. However, I do like the convenience of a dark chocolate bar… especially when on vacation. I like to have dark chocolate on hand so that I’m less likely to eat junky sweets.
So, as an excuse to try a bunch of chocolates, I’ve decided to try some chocolate I hadn’t tried before and share with you all some of my all time favorites, as well as my new favorite chocolate bar. The things I do for my readers. 😉
When choosing a chocolate bar I try to stick with the following:
1. the darker the better: The darker the better. I avoid anything 70% or less in order to get more of the benefits of the dark chocolate and less of the sugar.
2. processed sugar free: To me the best chocolate bar has no refined sugar. But if it has sugar in it I would prefer non-GMO.
3. soy free: I avoid soy due to it’s possible estrogen mimicking effects. Soy lecithin is in many chocolate bars. Check out this post by Food Renegade if you would like to know a little more about soy lecithin and why I avoid it.
4. organic: I prefer organic anything, of course, for obvious reasons. If it’s organic it will have less pesticides and less likely to have GMOs.
5. great taste! If it’s dark, processed sugar free, soy free, and organic but taste like crap I’m not going to eat it… no matter how healthy it is.
So here are some bars that fit in most of the above requirements and why I like (or don’t like) them.
1. Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate Bar. This is one of my favorite chocolate bars. I like that I can get it from Target and it’s relatively inexpensive. It’s not organic and it has sugar however it’s EXTREAMLY low in sugar. So low that it doesn’t make me feel crummy and I don’t hesitate eating the small amount I need to fix my chocolate sweet tooth. I usually only eat this for a special occasion. My hubby surprises me with one of these bars from time to time when he wants to spoil me. This chocolate bar is smooth and just sweet enough for my dark chocolate loving self. The ingredients list is minimal. And it’s soy free!
2. Pure7 Dark 80% cacao. While this bar has slightly higher sugar than than Lindt 90% I love that this bar Fair Trade Organic and is sweetened with Fair Trade Organic honey. I also love that I can’t taste an overwhelming honey taste like most sweets that are sweetened with honey. I’ve only had this bar once. I broke it up in pieces and added it to some homemade trail mix and it was wonderful. It’s not bitter at all and very smooth. I highly recommend this bar to anyone who wants a good chocolate fix. And the bar has 1.5 servings so it’s easy to portion control. I bought my Pure7 bars on Thrive. I love Thrive Market but I wish I could find a local store that sells this bar. It’s one of my favorites.
They sell Pure7 Dark on amazon but it’s far too expensive.
I just found out they make a bar sweetened with stevia leaf. I will have to try that one out and let you know how it is. It’s 92% dark and has zero grams of sugar per serving!
3. Green and Black 85% Dark Chocolate. A friend of mine recommended this bar to me, and I’m glad she did. It’s an organic bar sweetened with cane sugar so GMO free. It’s also soy free. I enjoy the smooth and sweet taste of this bar. It’s sweeter than my usually 90% dark bar so I don’t need much. I like melting a couple pieces of this bar and mixing it with my homemade almond butter to pour over desserts.
4. Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate: This is not my favorite chocolate bar but I thought I would weigh in on this one since I did buy it once. I like the ingredient list and that it contains fair trade organic non GMO ingredients. There is no soy and it’s relatively low in cane sugar. But it has a kind of fruity-bitter-sweet taste to it that’s just not what I’m looking for in a dark chocolate bar. Others might like it, but I would pick another bar over getting this one again.
5. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks: I bought these for baking with for my hubby and friends. They are higher in sugar than the chocolate I normally eat. They only have 7 grams of sugar per serving but a serving is only 1 TBS. I thought I would give them a try for the sake of reviewing them since they are soy free. This is one of the only brands of chocolate chips out there that is soy, wheat, and dairy free. They are way too sweet for my pallet (eating alone) but they are good when baked in baked goods. I wouldn’t buy them for myself. I usually make my own chocolate chunks. But for anyone who likes sweeter chocolate (like my husband) or doesn’t want to take the time to make chocolate chunks, these are a must have baking staple.
6. Lulu’s Chocolate Aztec Crunch: My new FAVORITE bar! This one is sweetened with coconut sugar which is lower glycemic and less processed. I bought this from Thrive.com and they sell it on amazon as well. I also found their website as well and it’s still pricey for a chocolate bar ($3.33 for a 2 ounce bar) but you aren’t going to find such a high quality bar in most grocery stores… that tastes good too. I love that this bar has a smooth taste but has some crunch (from the cacao nibs). It’s sweet but not too sweet and has a really nice dark flavor. Lulu’s chocolate sells other flavors too but I have yet to try them.
If I had to pick a favorite chocolate bar this would be it! It’s raw, vegan, soy free, organic, faire trader, gluten free, sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar, and best of all… delicious! I highly recommend this bar. I can’t wait to try some of their other flavors.
This one is pricier than many of the dark chocolate bars in stores BUT for the ingredients and taste it’s worth it. If money were no option I would eat one of these every week. 😉
7. Theo Pure 85% Dark Chocolate: I bought this chocolate bar on thrivemarket.com for $2.85 a bar. They also sell this bar on amazon for more than twice the price (or about $4.16 a bar if you get a 6 pack). While the Theo bar does have processed sugar (which I usually avoid) I thought this bar was worth mentioning because it’s relatively low in sugar and the sugar is non GMO organic. The entire bar is organic non GMO and contains no soy so that is a plus as well. At 85% dark, this bar is healthier than most dark chocolate bars in stores today. This bar had great reviews on thrive. I found that it had a good flavor. It was sweet but not overly sweet and smooth but not as smooth as other bars I have tried. I think it would make a great sometimes treat if you are not avoiding all sugar. It would be perfect broken up in homemade trail mix or as chocolate chips to sweeten up homemade cookies or pumpkin bread.
When I have the time, I prefer to make my own chocolate treats. That way I know for sure the ingredients are the best. Check out my sweets recipe page if you want some recipes for sweets (most of which include chocolate) without the processed sugars. When I am in a hurry, or on the go, I grab one of my favorite dark chocolate bars. Do you have a favorite dark chocolate bar? If so, feel free to share in the comments below.
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