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May 11, 2016

Little Secrets

by Anne Paddock

No artificial ingredients, flavors, or colors. No corn syrup. No diggity. No doubt.

Little Secrets are often described as the healthier version of the M&M. With no artificial anything, Little Secrets are “knock-your-socks-off” delicious bite sized candy coated chocolate bits. Crunch through the bright candy shell and taste what real candy is: rich, sweet, and crunchy all at the same time.

Based out of Boulder, Colorado, Little Secrets believes the words “natural” and “delicious” can and should absolutely go together. So, they source fair-trade certified cocoa, vanilla and the best ingredients to let you in on a “little secret” – they are really, really good at making candy coated chocolate with natural ingredients (including the crunchy outside coating colors made with fruit and vegetable extracts).dark-chocolate-Little_Secrets

Little Secrets makes seven flavors to choose from, four of which are vegan and dairy-free:

  • Dark Chocolate Rich & Creamy:  Dairy-free full-bodied dark chocolate with a rich and creamy center.  Made with dark chocolate, sugar, dried cane syrup, coloring (includes red cabbage juice, fruit juice, and vegetable juice), gum arabic, and confectioner’s glaze, these Little Secrets are red and purple.Little_Secrets_Dark_Chocolate
  • Salted Peanut Dark Chocolate: Roasted peanuts, sea salt, and dark chocolate make this winning dairy-free combination. Made with dark chocolate, roasted peanuts, sugar, dried cane syrup, coloring (includes turmeric oleoresin, spirulina extract, gum arabic,and confectioner’s glaze, these Little Secrets are bright yellow and blue.
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry:  Sweet, tart raspberries and dark chocolate just go together in this dairy-free candy. Made with dark chocolate, dried raspberries, natural flavor, sugar, dried cane syrup, coloring (includes red cabbage juice, beet juice, beta carotene), gum arabic, and confectioner’s glaze, these Little Secrets are red and purple.Little_Secrets_Dark Chocolate_Raspberry
  • Dark Chocolate Peppermint: A seasonal dairy-free red and white candy, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Little Secrets are made with dark chocolate, sugar, dried cane syrup, gum arabic, coloring (beet juice, beta carotene, titanium dioxide (a natural occurring mineral used as a whitener), peppermint oil, natural flavors, and confectioner’s glaze.dark-chocolate-peppermint-homepage

The remaining three flavors – Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate Smooth & Creamy are not dairy-free or vegan but contain the fair-trade certified and natural ingredients.

With two sizes to choose from – 5 ounces (about $4.99 and 1.5 ounce (about $1.99) – Little Secrets can be purchased nationwide at grocery and retail stores including Target, Whole Foods Markets, Earth Fare, Sprouts, HyVee, Heinen’s, and more. See the company website for a complete listing of retail and on-line sources:

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