I mentioned yesterday that I give all keto bars a pass. If I want a treat, I just head for good dark chocolate.
There are several reasons for this.
- It tastes good
- It’s very high in fat so it promotes satiation
- Dark chocolate is not full of rubbish ingredients
- Really dark chocolate, 85% cacao and above, is reasonably low in carbs
- It’s full of antioxidants
- It contains phytonutrients called flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory
- It contains theobromine which can help fight inflammation
There are several sites that claim dark chocolate may fight cancer, may help with mental cognition, may help blood sugar levels, etc. I can attest that the latter claim is completely untrue for me. As I’ve written before, I can only have a square a day or dark chocolate will raise my blood glucose. My view of these claims concerning cancer et al. is that it is too early to tell. There has not been enough research carried out yet.
So for me, if I want a treat, it’s a square of really dark chocolate with a cup of coffee. These are my five favourite dark chocolates.
Lindt Excellence Dark 90%
This bar has a wonderful taste, and it always surprises me how smooth it is in my mouth. It does not have much bitterness and has a great smack of vanilla too.
When you think of all the rubbish that goes into most keto bars, it is comforting to know that big companies can still make very good products with only a few ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Low Fat Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Vanilla, Cocoa Solids: 90% minimum.
Not for the faint of heart. If you’re not used to dark chocolate, this probably is not the one to start with. That said, this is the smoothest 100% cacao chocolate I have every tasted. It is also very reasonably priced. Ingredients: 100% cacao.
Green and Blacks Dark 85% Organic
I don’t have this one very often because of the higher sugar content. Also, I can’t trust myself when it’s in the house. Dark chocolate is a bit like wine with the different tasting notes and the uniqueness of different grapes. It’s the same thing when I take a bite of this chocolate. It is unique and delicious.
Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Raw Cane Sugar, Vanilla Extract.
Willie’s Cacao Dark Chocolate San Agustin 88 Colombia
This is another one I can’t be trusted with. It’s like it says on the box: dark cherry notes. I love this chocolate and the strong hint of cherries really makes this one unique. If I have this in the house, it disappears. It’s a bit pricey though.
Ingredients: cocoa mass, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar
Lidl 95% Cacao
Don’t try finding this one outside of Lidl. J.D. Gross is a house brand exclusive to the supermarket. Given that this bar is significantly cheaper than all the ones above, I have to say it holds its own in taste. This is my “go to” chocolate at the moment. It tastes good if your used to strong, dark chocolate like I am. There are no big tasting notes here. I just get hit over the head with cacao.
Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder. Cocoa Butter, Sugar.