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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

Marisa from Trim the Fat always features these as a part of her snacks and now she even has them as a part of her Blogoversary giveaway. I was not the lucky winner, but that did not stop me from trying them out.  From the box, you can already tell that these are chocolate crisps similar to the shape of Pringles. I was expecting chocolate crisps the size of Pringles so I was slightly disappointed that they are a mini version — about 1/2 the size of a regular Pringle chip. The taste reminds me like Nestle Crunch bars, except much thinner. There are “crisps” in it just like in Nestle Crunch. Of course, I am assuming that the closer version will be the Milk Chocolate variety of these chocolate crisps. Half a serving of 6 pieces is a nice little treat already and only 110 calories worth in chocolate. Small portioned chocolate makes me happy. Thin chocolate is surprisingly very enjoyable.

Perfectly segregated into 3 sections with 12 piece in each little cabby. I have trouble remembering which side faces up and chocolate ends up on the floor. I may or may not have practiced the 5 second rule. Only 3 serving per box so these go pretty fast if you are not the only one eating these. My box was attacked by a hungry beast and did not stand a chance.

No artificial color or flavors and no preservatives.

On the box:
We’ve got a delectable sweet treat. Our dark Chocolate Crisps are wisp of rich, Belgian chocolate, curved for visual interest, and infused with crunchy bits to add some texture. These Crisps are definitely in!

One serving is of 12 pieces (42g) is 220 calories, 5 WW, 13 grams of fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecitin, natural vanilla flavor) Puffed Rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt, calcium carbonate, rapeseed oil, soy lecithin) Cocoa Solids 57% minimum.

Retails: $2.49 per 4.4 oz @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.49
Calories: 210 per serving (12 pieces)
WW: 5

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Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 88%

Picture 240This has got to be the darkest dark chocolate I have ever tired to date. A whopping 88% cocoa dark. Barely even sweet which I am not really use to for chocolate. Silky smooth, with an intense dark chocolate richness, but has a slight bitter aftertaste. Satisfied my chocolate craving, but not my sugar craving. Don’t really need 1/2 a bar to be satisfied. I was content with 1 to 2 square and each square is about 30-ish calories.  The whole bar consists of 15 squares that you can break apart and enjoy.  The more I ate it, the more I enjoy it. I thought dark chocolate is suppose to be good for you, but I was surprised that there are 12 grams of saturated fat per serving. Planning to melt this and make some pseudo Edible Arrangements with this since I think the sweetness from the fruit will pair nicely with this extreme 88% cocoa.

From the site:

Extreme Dark Chocolate (88% Cocoa Content)
This 3oz. dark chocolate bar is made with all-natural, shade-grown, ethically traded, single-origin extreme dark chocolate. At 88% cocoa content, it is one of the highest cocoa content chocolate bars available with a smooth, not overly bitter flavor. The black panther image and information is printed on recycled 30% post-consumer FSC certified paper. The chocolate is ethically or fairly traded guaranteeing the workers fair wages and humane working conditions. This product is also certified Kosher by Orthodox Union, vegan by Vegan Action and gluten-free by Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Inside specially marked HOPE wrappers, look for a code to earn HOPE points at itstimeforhope.com where you can win coupons, gift cards and charitable donations.

Dark Chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or higher), like our Extreme Dark Chocolate bar, has been found to have many health benefits. The more pure and natural the dark chocolate, the better.

On the Endangered Species Chocolate website, there is a current promotion going on for the Organic Bliss 1.4 oz bars. Only 0.49 cents each. Great way to sample all 4 flavors to find the one you like the best. Flavors include: Organic Dark Chocolate with Blueberries, Smooth Organic Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate with Cherries, and Organic Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter.

Get your chocolate fix while helping out the Endangered Species too! 10% of net profits donated to help support species, habitat and humanity. Good cause.

One serving of 1/2 bar (42 g) is 210 calories, 5 WW, 20 grams of fat of which 12 grams are saturated, no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate, [Chocolate Liquor, Unbleached Water Filtered Beet Sugar, Soy Lecithin, and Vanilla]

Question:

How dark do you like your dark chocolate?

Personally, I think I am more of a 72% to 78% cocoa content person.

Retails: $2.69 per 3 oz bar @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (won Leftovers for Lunch giveaway)
Calories: 210 per 1/2 bar
WW: 5

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No Pudge Brownies

NoPudgeAfter seeing Marisa over at Trim the Fat enjoy her delicious No Pudge brownie for dessert, I whipped out my own box of No Pudge that has been sitting in my pantry for months. The blogging world introduce me to No Pudge, but I never got around to baking it. I followed the direction on the box and poured 2/3 cup of non fat plain yogurt along with 1 tsp of vanilla extract (you can use 2/3 cup of non fat vanilla too). At first, I thought there would  be no way that 2/3 cup of yogurt is enough moisture to make the mix turn into a batter. I followed through and kept on stirring and stirring. Eventually, the mixture DID mix and the batter became really thick and “fudgey”. I poured the mix into a pan that I sprayed with non-stick spray and  baked for 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the No Pudge baked, I basically “cleaned” the bowl by scraping every bit of the chocolaty batter into my mouth.  The batter was FREAKING amazing. OMG. So chocolaty and good. At this point, I was super excited to try the baked goods. I couldn’t help it, fresh out of the oven, I ate 3 pieces. No Pudge really lives up to it’s standards for being just as delicious as full fat brownies. I could not tell that these  are fat free and a fraction of the calories as regular brownies.  The center pieces are moist and chocolaty. The sides are a little harder and chewy. Can’t wait to try these with ice cream. You can make single servings with No Pudge by adding 2 tablespoon of mix with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and microwave for 1 minute. Since I love the batter just much as the baked brownies, I can’t wait to try it out the single serving way with my next batch. I heard baking single serving in a ramekin renders good results too.  One should really follow the directions and tips on the box. I tried to wing it and cut the brownie sheet without cooling it in the fridge and without running water on the knife after each cut and I end up butchering my brownie pieces. T_T My brownie squares turned out uneven because brownie were sticky and stuck to my knife. In pieces, but still delicious. Fresh out of the oven, I found it easier to cut. After cooling at room temperature, I’d suggest you follow the directions on the box. No Pudge offers flavors such as Cappuccino, Raspberry, Mint and Original. Trader Joe’s only offers the original flavor and I am content with that. Love that Trader Joe’s sells them for way cheaper than other grocery stores. I’ve seen them go for $4-$5+ bucks elsewhere. One serving (1/12 package) is 120 calories, 2 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 100 milligram of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Retails: $2.89 @ Trader Joes
My Cost: $2.89
Calories: 120 per serving (1/12 of box)
WW: 2

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Kopali Organics: Mango, Mix & Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

KOmango [640x480]Kopali Organics has a wonderful array of organic and delicious products. I got to try out their organic mango, organic mix and their organic dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I have to say that I am really impressed with Kopali Organics.

The Organic Mango is 100% real fruit with organic mango listed as the one and only ingredient. No added sugar and no preservatives, but these are naturally sweet. The one portion size package is great for a grab-and-go snack without having to worry about overeating. The entire bag is 140 calories, 2 WW, no fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 34 grams of sugar (natural fruit sugar), and no protein, but also packed with 35% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 10% calcium, and 8% iron (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). They are better than any dried mangoes I’ve ever had because they tasted so natural.  These are so wonderful that I am tempted to just slice up some mangoes and stick them in the oven right now!! (T_T very unsuccessful)

Organic Mix includes superfoods like goji berries, mulberries, wonderful nuts like pistachios and tasty treats like cocoa nibs. Blended into a trail mix-esque package, they pack quick a punch in the nutritional forefront. Only those four ingredients are required to create this delicious mix. One serving is 120 calories, 2 WW, 6 grams of fat (2 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 37 milligram of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein with 25% vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 4% calcium, and 10% iron (based on a 2,000 calories diet). Love the mix and it taste wonderful in my yogurt mix.

Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso beans are a great pick-me up in the middle of the day when you have no access (or too lazy to make) to a cup of coffee. Coffee beans are normally grown with tons of pesticides, so I like to go organic with coffee whenever possible. I like how big the coffee bean are. Good quality dark chocolate with good quality coffee beans makes a heck of a good chocolate covered espresso bean. One ounce  is 120 calories, 2 WW, 7 grams of fat (4 grams saturated), no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Koplai organics is a great company. All of their products are organic, sustainably harvested and fairly traded with a lot of them being gluten free and vegan friendly. Their resealable portion sized package is great for the ladies to keep in their purse or stash in your gym bag. Their ingredients are all natural as well as short and simple. Like their motto, their products are “Good for you, good for the farmers, and good for the earth.” Check out their website for more exotic products. With 4 organic dried fruits, 5 chocolate covered superfoods, and 1 superfood mix to choose from, there is bound to be one that suits even the choosiest eater.

Retails: Varies @ Wholefoods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 120 to 140 per serving
WW: 2-3

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Nonni’s Cioccolati Biscotti

NonniBiscottiI never thought I would be a biscotti lover. I’ve picked up a bag from Trader Joe’s in the past, the ones in the white “lunch bag” type packaging, and was unimpressed. Nonni’s has turned me into a biscotti fanatic. As much as I like to break them apart and eat it by themselves, biscottis are truly meant for dunking in a good cup of coffee. They are individually wrapped to maintain freshness and the size is just perfect. There were so many varieties to choose from, but I settled for the Cioccolati. The biscotti itself is crunchy without begin too hard, with bits of almond embedded and a light layer of chocolate on the bottom. Once you dunk the biscotti in your coffee, you can see it soaking up the drink. The biscotti becomes soft to the bite without being soggy and the temperature of the drink melts the bottom layer of chocolate just perfectly. It was so delicious I did not want it to end. Just a quick dunk is all that is needed to soften the biscotti. One biscotti is 110 calories, 2 WW, 4.5 grams of fat (2 gram saturated), 20 milligram of cholesterol, 70 milligram of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. I’ll have to admit that these are not the best thing for you nutritionally, but they are too good to give up. If you guy know of a “better-for-you” biscotti out there, please let me know.

Retails: $3.00 on sale @ Ralphs
My Cost: $2.00 w/ coupon
Calories: 110 each
WW: 2

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Country Choice Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip & Raisin Cookies

chocolatechipThe second line of products Country Choice Organic sent over were these lovely oatmeal cookies in both Chocolate Chip flavor and Oatmeal Raisin flavor. The cookies are pretty small and left me wanting more. I dug into the chocolate chip flavor first. Soft-baked with sweet chocolate chips embedded into the oaty cookie. The softness of the cookies makes it very easy to break apart. Taste great by itself, but extra home-baked feeling when you warm it up and enjoy it crumpled on anything your heart desires. I like the oaty texture of the cookie. I tried it out on some yummy morning oats and it was delicious. One cookie is 100 calories, 2 WW, 4 grams of fat, 1 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. I wished these were higher in the fiber department, but I guess I can compensate somewhere else. The oatmeal raisin cookies were equally as scrumptious. The raisins were plump and sweet. Delicious!

Retails: $8.25 for 2 pack  online @ Country Choice
My Cost: Free
Calories: 100 calories
WW: 2

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Souffles

02-26-09_1912Mmmm…. Chocolate Souffle. I was feeling a little bleh today so I went treasure hunting inside my freezer. I found this Trader Joe’s Chocolate Souffle. Yummy. It is ready to bake and comes with its own ramekin. I popped in the oven for 20 minutes and out came a VERY DELICIOUS treat. All puffy, chocolaty, and yummy. I like how the texture came out. Soft in the middle, with melted chocolate goodness in the top middle, and a slightly harden top. Absolutely divine. Each souffle is 270 calories, 6 WW, 16 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of sugar. Not the most healthiest thing around, but it was really good. I like how I know exactly the damage I am doing, unlike ordering dessert from a restaurant and having to guesstimate the calories. Overall, this is a nice treat once in a while and there is only 2 in a box, so it goes away pretty fast.

Retails: $4.99 at Trader Joes (box of 2)
My Cost: 4.99
Calories: 270 calories each
WW: 6

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