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Posts from the ‘Chocolate’ Category

5
Dec

Salted Galapagos Turtles

Chocolate caramel turtles – the unbeatable combination of roasted nuts combined with creamy caramel enrobed in chocolate) were one of  three foods (the other two being a slice of cheese on my toasted bagel with lettuce, tomato, and red onion; and bread pudding) that made me think twice about changing my diet from vegetarian to completely plant-based.

I could certainly enjoy nuts and dark chocolate on a vegan diet but caramel which is typically made with milk and butter was out of the question. After much soul searching, I made the leap anyway and went through a brief period of mourning until I discovered Lagusta’s Luscious Salted Galapagos Turtles – which turned out to be better than the chocolate turtles I gave up! Read more »

30
Oct

Nuttzo® Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Squares

When I was young I could never decide which was better:  chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal cookie dough.  When I grew up I still couldn’t decide if one was truly better than the other so after contemplating this dilemma for the better part of five decades, I had this breakthrough moment where I thought why not combine all three to make the ultimate cookie dough snack treat. Read more »

22
Oct

French Broad Chocolates: The Buddha Collection

French Broad Chocolates – an Asheville, North Carolina-based company that includes a chocolate factory, a chocolate bar library (French Broad Chocolate Boutique), and a dessert restaurant (French Broad Chocolate Lounge) in the heart of downtown – also makes the most decadent, beautiful, and scrumptious chocolates called The Buddha Collection. With no dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, eggs, or corn syrup, The Buddha Collection is beloved by vegans and omnivores alike. Read more »

20
Sep

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Chocolate Pecan Bars are rich, moist, crunchy dark chocolate nutty bars that will remind you of a chocolate pecan pie (without the corn syrup) although my daughter says these gooey treats taste like cookie/candy bars. In fact, these bars were born of a “disastrous” mistake made when I added too many pecans to a chocolate pecan pie recipe with the idea that more is better. Read more »

12
Jul

GOODBITES® Cookies, Macaroons, and Bites

When your brain is telling you to eat something “beautiful, delicious, raw, and healthy,” turn to GOODBITES® – snacks made by a California-based company that believes “all food – even snack food – can and should be nutritious and delicious.” Organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and plant-based, GOODBITES® Cookies, Macaroons, and Bites have no added sweeteners, artificial flavors, colors, or additives. No dairy, no eggs, no soy, no junk, ever! Read more »

20
Jun

BuckWhat Noshes

There are some foods you can nosh to your heart’s content……

Buckwheat is actually a gluten-free seed and not a wheat or grass as its name suggests.  Popular in Russia and China, buckwheat is starting to gain popularity among the health conscious in the United States due to its nutritional content. High in protein, buckwheat is rich in complex carbohydrates, iron, selenium, zinc, dietary fiber, and four B-vitamins. Read more »

8
Jun

Organic Figgy Pops

When your snack is this real, freedom is yours.

Made in Nature should win an award for the most original and fun snack name – Figgy Pops – but what they really deserve is an award for is for making one of the best organic unbaked energy balls on the market. Figgy Pops are bite-sized super snacks made with organic fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices. If nature made candy, then Figgy Pops would be growing from trees but instead we can thank Made in Nature for combining the best of Mother Nature’s most delicious gifts to make Figgy Pops. Read more »

16
May

Augie Granola

The granola section in many grocery stores is starting to look like the cereal aisle of a Grand Union circa 1980 but instead of cereal, the shelves are filled with every type of granola known to mankind. Most people are thrilled with all the new choices of this traditional breakfast food though there are some naysayers who claim the last thing we need is another artisan granola.  Not so and I’ll tell you why. Read more »

15
Jan

Rogue Chocolatier

Chocolate is universally loved by many but dark chocolate is the most under appreciated decadent indulgence in the world. As a die-hard confirmed milk chocolate lover for decades (yes, hard to admit but true), I didn’t know what I was missing. Friends would insist that acquiring a taste for dark chocolate was like acquiring a taste for good wine and that I should give dark chocolate a chance. So, I did and gradually I fell in love….truly, madly, deeply in love with dark chocolate. Read more »

18
Dec

John Kelly Dark Chocolate Bars

Our solid chocolate bars are a testament to our belief that the best chocolate can only be achieved with a dedication to artisanal techniques and attention to detail.That’s why each bar is packaged in a beautifully designed box. And each bar is made with fair trade chocolate and all-natural ingredients. They are all non-GMO, soy free and gluten-free.

John Kelly Chocolates of fudge bar fame has branched out into some seriously good dark chocolate bars in four dairy-free varieties: Read more »