I’m devoting a whole post to chocolate and chocolate drinks because we are coming up to Easter! You might be addicted to chocolate, but you can have Easter chocolate that’s actually good for you…YAY!!!!
Coco Polo chocolate is one of the few chocolates that I can eat in good conscience because it’s completely sugar-free. For most of us, a little sugar is fine, but if you can eat your chocolate without it, even better!
Even most of the darkest chocolates contain sugar. They have to, or they would be unspeakably bitter. Coco Polo, however, uses Stevia and Erythritol to sweeten their bars, and the joy is that you cannot taste that it’s stevia at all! Typically I don’t like foods or drinks sweetened with stevia because there can be a strange aftertaste, however, it’s quite the opposite with Coco Polo – even their dark chocolate tastes exquisitely creamy and rich. You know how many chocolates with a 70% cacao content taste slightly bitter, even with added sugar? Their 70% cacao bars taste smooth, and the texture is silky. Their “Dark Almond” and “Dark Cacao Nibs” are a family favorite – or should I say, addiction!
Another favorite brand is Lily’s Sweets dark chocolate bars. They are sweetened with a little Stevia and a little Erythritol. I have to say their dark chocolate crispy rice bar is just about my favorite chocolate bar ever. I always keep one in my fridge, and indulge in a couple of squares after dinner. The smooth, velvety chocolate melts in my mouth leaving the crunchy rice nuggets – WOW!!!!
BTW – exercise great caution with both of the above chocolates if you have dogs because xylitol and erythritol is very poisonous to our four-legged family members.
I have had a really good look around for sugar-free chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies, but I don’t like the ingredients of any of the ones I found (LMK if you have any luck), so you might want to give a little one one of the above bars along with a little Needle Felted Bunny (I fell in love with these!)
Oh, and just in case you are a hot chocolate-lover, here’s another product that you might like to check out: Neal’s Yard Remedies has this stunning organic cocoa blend with vitamins and adaptogens. It’s simply delicious when blended with steamed plant-based milk. And Four Sigmatic carries a number of crazy delicious cacao blends with different medicinal mushrooms – I’m addicted!