Love It, Like It, Hate It: Valentine’s Chocolates!

Valentine’s Day is today, but some of us may still be picking up a last minute treat for our Valentine’s sweetie. And – spoiler alert – a typical heart-shaped box of chocolates packs in nearly 1,000 calories and more than 120 grams of sugar!  So if you’re looking for something that heart-shaped sweet that’s also GOOD for your sweetie (or at least not terrible!), you’ll want to tune in to today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it as we Get the Skinny with Molly on her top picks for Valentine’s sweets.

 

LOVE IT!

 

Living Raw Truffles – raw, vegan, GF

  • Ingredients include organic cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut oil, agave, cacao nibs…
  • Per truffle: 60 calories, 9 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar (Molly’s favorite: Kickin’ Cayenne Truffles)

 

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries – no sugar added, vegan, GF

  • Four ingredients: Swerve, coconut oil, 100%  dark chocolate, and strawberries.
  • Super simple: Combine 1/2 cup coconut oil with four ounces of 100% dark chocolate bar, broken into pieces.
  • Heat on stove, stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add one cup Swerve Sweetener, stirring until thoroughly dissolved.  Drizzle over frozen strawberries and it'll harden within seconds.

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

Ghirardelli Valentine’s “Dark” Chocolate Squares & Dove “Dark” Chocolate Promises

  • Not really “dark” chocolate; Dove Dark is 60% cocoa according to the company
  • Nutrition info per piece: 60 calories, 5-8 grams carbs, 4.5-6 grams sugar
  • First ingredient is sugar

 

Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar

  • 55 calories and 4 grams sugar per square
  • First ingredient is bittersweet chocolate (cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter), followed by bacon, sugar, sea salt

 

 

HATE IT!

 

Heart-Shaped Skittles, Starbursts

  • 34-46 grams of sugar in every palm-sized plastic heart!
  • Sugar & corn syrup are first two ingredients
  • Artificial food dyes red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, blue 1

 

 

Sugar Free Chocolate & Dark Chocolate (e.g. Whitman’s and Russel Stover’s Sugar-Free Chocolate)

  • 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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