Lily’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar

Hey! I’m still here!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with school winding down, finals and then work, work, work! One thing I’ve learned amidst a busy lifestyle is – amidst chaos, eat chocolate.

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Haha well, that’s what helps me, anyways..

But in all seriousness, you have to make time for yourself. You should never be to busy to sit, take a breather, and savor the moment.

But back to the deliciousness – hands down one of THE BEST chocolate bars I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate!

Taste: A+++

This bar is sweetened with stevia (and for those of you who don’t know me – I’m a huge stevia advocate! I’ll save the deets for another post but it’s my sweetener of choice). I was so surprised at the sweet richness of this bar. The stevia was a great complement to the coconut, which on its own has a slight sweetness. It had a velvety texture and was quick to melt in your hands (that was my excuse for eating it so fast…I didn’t want to get my hands messy 😉 ). It is 55% cocoa, so it is not too dark.

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CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE dwindling down to the last few bites.. 😦

Presentation: A

Fun designs, nice small chocolate blocks for portioning (aka making me feel like I’m having more chocolate!).

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Price: Seriously who cares how much it is when a bar is this delicious? 😉

But for those of you who want to know, it the bar normally runs around $3.99-$4.99 for 3 oz. , but I got mine on sale for $2.99 at Giant!

I think this would be a great chocolate bar for anyone who is trying to transition away from milk chocolate or the mainstream brands because it is simply so enjoyable! They also have different flavors such as Rice, Almond and Original. I’m hoping they come out with more!

Lily’s, you have a customer for life. My heart and stomach is yours! I encourage you to try this product!!

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100% indulgence is right.

Trader Joe’s Organic Stone Ground Salt & Pepper Dark Chocolate

Word of the day: clutch. According to Urban Dictionary, there are several definitions of clutch, but I am using it as defined: Exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.

as in “Trader Joes is clutch when it comes to unique, affordable chocolate!”

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Taste: B+

This chocolate was definitely easy to eat. It was light, but with a chalky texture. It actually reminded me of sand, but in a melt in your mouth sorta way! Sounds unappealing for chocolate, but it wasn’t bad at all. The only thing that threw me off was the pepper. I don’t think I could have this as a dessert because after each bite I had to have a baby carrot to cleanse my palate…and get rid of the spicy, scratchy feeling at the back of my throat! Don’t be taken aback, it’s definitely worth a try!

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What I loved most about this chocolate is that is only has four ingredients: organic cocoa nibs, organic cane sugar, organic cracked pepper and kosher salt.

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The simpler, the better!

Presentation: A

I liked how it was pocket sized and travel friendly (I know…chocolate IS travel friendly, but girl jeans have small pockets and this one fit in mine okay?).

Price: A

This chocolate circle was $1.49 at Trader Joe’s for 2.6oz. Most of their 3 oz bars are $1.99, so that works out to be around .66 cents an ounce, and this worked out to be about .57 cents an ounce. I’d say that’s a pretty nice difference. And its also not too much chocolate, share it with a friend…that would be clutch : )

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Talk to me: Have you tried this TJ’s Salt & Pepper Dark Chocolate? Would you?

Newman’s Own Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are like a steamy love affair – so wrong but it feels so right. I mean, who doesn’t feel a little guilty when eating a slice of peanut butter chocolate pie, or a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake? Seriously, it’s just too good. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so either.

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I mean chocolate and caramel? Child’s play. Chocolate with nuts? Innocent. Chocolate cups with a gooey peanut butter center!? Just plain raunchy.

Taste: A
These ain’t your mainstream Reese’s peanut butter cups.As soon as I bit into this bad boy I was greeted by a gooey, salty, rich peanut butter filling.

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Not too dark chocolate melded with luscious creamy peanut butter, you already know I’m giving this an A. Biased? Maybe.. 🙂

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Presentation: C
Okay I am pulling myself out of this peanut butter chocolate covered daydream and giving this a C. Standard packaging is a bit boring.

Price: A
I love how they give you 3 cups, because I’m so used to only getting two from Reeses! So it was a pleasant surprise when I opened the package. But keep in mind these are smaller cups, so I think it may balance out. Every grocery store I’ve been to had them for $1.99, which I don’t think is a large price to pay for a little chocolate peanut butter bliss.

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I like to play with my food.

Ethical Bonus! I’ve taken this straight from the Newman’s Own Organics website:

Newman’s Own Organics has made a commitment with the launch of our new chocolate bars and cups to pay a premium above and beyond the current market price for Certified Organic Cocoa Beans that is tied to the Fair Trade market price of Organic Cocoa Beans.

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The USDA Organic Seal assures that at least 95% of the ingredients are organically certified.

The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal guarantees that the cocoa used in our Signature Series was grown on farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainable farming, protecting soil, waterways and wildlife habitat as well as the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities.

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Divine’s Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate

I’ve been on a roll with Divine’s chocolate lately…it was on sale at Wegmans, and then while I was walking to class the other day, I noticed my university was offering it in vending machines! And for how much? Two bucks! So tight. Best believe I stocked up on that.

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Taste: A

Ever so slightly lighter (at 68% cocoa minimum) than my usual 70% dark chocolates, this was smooth and sweet (sweeter for a dark chocolate lover). The almonds added a crunchy texture and the sweetness of the currants cut the bitterness of the dark cocoa. It was a bit softened because it was kept in my backpack in my warm car, but I think that actually helped! The bar wasn’t melty, but bendy…if you have ever experienced that with your chocolate. Haha. I think I might have a new way to enjoy chocolate. Anyways, I certainly recommend this crunchy, fruity bar to anyone!

I mean, just look at that texture…

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Look at it!!

Presentation: A

Like I’ve said in my previous reviews of Divine’s chocolate, this is no different.

Price: A/B

Well, if you go to a college that sells this chocolate in a vending machine for $2 bucks, then you got yourself a nice deal pal. However, I have a feeling most of you lovely readers will be getting this from a supermarket, where it ranges from $2.50-$4.

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Ethical Bonus!

Divine’s slogan is “Heavenly Chocolate with a Heart” and as I stated earlier the script within the wrapper not only explains how the company was started, but also how it is a Fair Trade Certified company.

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One more time 🙂

Reader Feedback: Have you tried any of Divines chocolate? Tell me what you think of them.

Wegman’s 72% Dark Chocolate

I always have emergency chocolate on hand. My coworkers always make fun of me, but seriously, you never know when you might have an uncontrollable chocolate craving! To prepare for those special emergencies, I like to stock up on affordable, dark chocolate, such as Wegman’s 72% bar.

Taste: B

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Although this is 2% more cocoa then the Divine’s dark chocolate bar’s I’ve reviewed in the past, I feel like I can taste the sweetness a bit more. Maybe because the quality of the cocoa is not as high? Or possibly because there is a hint of vanilla? Or both. Anyhow, I think the bit of vanilla really helps accentuate the sweet side of this chocolate. This chocolate is easy on the palate, and not too bitter, which is surprising for its cocoa content. It’s hard to explain how I can taste the difference in quality though, but I’ll try: think of those cheap, foil wrapped, dollar store chocolates you might get for Easter compared to a Godiva. Don’t take it the wrong way though! This bar is not like that bland Easter chocolate…the quality is just different, catch my drift? If you are used to dark chocolate, you might like this. If not, maybe give it a try, it’ll only set you back $2 bucks.

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Only five ingredients. I love seeing this on ANY food label – the simpler the better.

 

Presentation: C

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I like the effort with the Mona Lisa, but lets be honest, its sorta blah, and just not my style.

 

Price: A

$1.99 for a 3oz. bar, score!

 

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried Wegmans 72% Dark Chocolate? If so, tell me what you think!

Divine’s Mint Dark Chocolate

Ahh I got a whiff of minty freshness as soon as I tore open the wrapper!

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Taste: A

 

Unlike their Orange and Ginger flavor, this mint specks in this bar are crunchy and light, so you don’t have to worry about them sticking to your teeth and trying to wedge them out with your tongue! The chocolate was dark and smooth, and the crunchy bits of mint added a great texture without taking away from the experience. It was a light velvety smooth, and almost evaporated in your mouth. I find it amazing that Divine can accomplish this with dark chocolate. This is great for a peppermint lover, but if you don’t like mint, stay away!

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Presentation: A

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Just as I said in my previous post, I like their eye catching designs and gold foil (who doesn’t like shiny things?). The designs apparently are traditional west African symbols that are used on hand made crafts and each has its own meaning. It’d be interesting to know what each meant (probably subliminal messages…EAT ME, HERSHEYS SUCK ETC).

 

Price: B

 

$2.50 – $4.00 a 3.5oz. bar, depending on where you buy from.

 

Ethical Bonus!

Divine’s slogan is “Heavenly Chocolate with a Heart” and as I stated earlier the script within the wrapper not only explains how the company was started, but also how it is a Fair Trade Certified company.

 

 

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried Divine’s Mint Dark Chocolate? If so, tell me what you think!

Divine’s 70% Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Orange

Wegman’s is seriously awesome. Is it wrong that I fantasize about getting locked in the store after they close and just to frolic around and try all the products they have? No…I can’t be the only one. Anyways, they have a grand selection of chocolate in TWO different sections; the normal candy aisle and their ‘natural food’ section. Nice! They had these Divine chocolate bars on a 2 for $5 deal so I decided to give em a try.

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Taste: B

Dark, rich, and melt in your mouth chocolate. I always felt like I could taste a difference in quality dark chocolate and the more mainstream dark chocolate. The taste is dark, but the texture is light and smooth and almost evaporates. However I was not a fan of the ginger and orange flecks getting stuck in my teeth. It was a nice flavor combination, but when my tongue got preoccupied licking the hard gumminess of the ginger and orange bits, it took away from the enjoyability (I think I just made up that word?) of the chocolate.

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Presentation: A

Nice eye catching designs on the wrapper, the gold foil is a plus and there is a story behind it all! Read about how the company was founded while you enjoy this bar.

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Price: B

The price ranges from about $2.50 to $3.25 for a 3.5oz. bar if you get it from a supermarket like Wegman’s or Whole Foods, unless your in a fancy chocolate store where they can be up to $4.

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Ethical Bonus!

Divine’s slogan is “Heavenly Chocolate with a Heart” and as I stated earlier the script within the wrapper not only explains how the company was started, but also how it is a Fair Trade Certified company.

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried Divine’s 70% Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Orange? If so, tell me what you think!