Love It, Like It, Hate It: Dark Chocolate!

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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, which of course means all things chocolate! But even when it comes to just dark chocolate, there can be a wide variation in sugar and health benefits. So in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on which types of dark chocolate are packed with nutrients, and which varieties are really just dark-ER milk chocolate!

 

LOVE IT!

Bittersweet Confections 74% Chocolate Bark

  • Local NOLA-owned company
  • Available in: salty bark, spicy bark, pop rock bark, nutty bark, trail mix bark, and pistachio/rose petal bark.

 

Chocolove Extra Strong Dark Chocolate Bar

  • At least 70-77% cocoa
  • Per ounce: 150 cals, 11-15 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 6-10 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter…

Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content – e.g. PASCHA, Divine, Theo, TAZA - Clean ingredients, nothing artificial

 

 

LIKE IT!

Mo’s Dark Bar by Vosges – Dark Chocolate with Uncured Smoked Bacon & Alderwood Smoked Salt

  • 62% cocoa
  • Per ounce: Approximately 155 calories, 15 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 11 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include dark chocolate, uncured bacon, sugar, sea salt

 

Lily’s Dark Chocolate

  • 55% cocoa, Stevia sweetened – no added sugar.
  • Per ounce: Approx. 130 cals, 15 grams carbs, 8.5 grams fiber, <1 gram sugar
  • Ingredients include: unsweetened chocolate, inulin, erythritol, stevia…

 

Dove Dark Chocolate Promises

  • 60% cocoa
  • Nutrition info per piece: 41 cals, 4.5 grams carbs, 0.5 grams fiber, 3.5 grams sugar
  • Ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy

 

 

HATE IT!

Dark Chocolate M&M’s

  • 40 % cocoa | Ingredients: semisweet chocolate, sugar, cornstarch

 

Russel Stover Sugar Free Dark Chocolate (as well as Dark Chocolate Hershey Kisses, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, etc)

  • 5% cocoa
  • Per ounce: approximately 150 calories, 16 grams carbs, 0 sugar, 14 grams sugar alcohols,
  • Ingredients include maltitol, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin, sucralose
  • Label states that “excessive consumption may cause a laxative effect”

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