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Celebrating National Chocolate Day with Lily’s Sweets!

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! National Chocolate Day is July 7, which means it’s time to celebrate one of the world’s best sweet treats: chocolate. Nobody needs an extra reason to eat chocolate, but if you and your family are particularly passionate about the cocoa confection, then you’ll want to celebrate!

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This year I am celebrating with Lily’s Sweets; premium chocolate bars and baking chips. Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate has all the indulgence you crave but with a lot fewer calories. They use only the finest non-GMO ingredients, including genuine, Fair Trade certified cocoa. All Lily’s bars and baking chips are certified gluten-free. 

What sets Lily’s apart?

  • Stevia-sweetened (less than 1g of sugar per serving)
  • Fair trade
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan (select products)
  • Available in chocolate bars, snack bars and baking chips/bars

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Cynthia and Chuck named Lily’s Sweets after Chuck’s niece, Lily, an inspired – and inspiring — young lady and childhood brain cancer survivor. Since being diagnosed at age 7, Lily has been raising money for other kids battling cancer, and Cynthia and Chuck are proud to honor Lily’s bravery and commitment to aiding others by contributing a percentage of profits each year to non-profit organizations that provide services to children with cancer and their families. As for Lily, she is now in her teenage years, has celebrated her 5-year anniversary of diagnosis and remains cancer-free and dedicated to helping others in need. In addition to supporting children’s cancer causes, Lily’s Sweets is further committed to operating ethically and sustainably. 

You can find Lily’s Sweets online at Amazon as well as hundreds of retail locations across the country including; Whole Foods Market, Star Market, and Stop and Shop.

Healthier chocolate from a company with a heartfelt mission – indulgence has never tasted this good! 

But why restrict yourself in celebrating Chocolate Day? If you eat good-quality chocolate or chocolate treats in moderation, then any day can truly be Chocolate Day, even while you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. For those who are true lovers of chocolate, the celebration of Chocolate Day knows no bounds.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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New Limited Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry Bar is Perfect for your Valentine

Chocolate is one of the most widely given gifts on Valentine’s Day and Dicky Taylor Chocolate has come out with a new limited Valentines Day bar for all you lovers out there. Made with 72% Madagascar chocolate, and paired with organic freeze dried raspberry and organic vanilla coconut palm sugar, makes for a delectable treat. 

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Dicky Taylor’s approach to chocolate making is very hands-on. They are committed to making the best chocolate they know how. Over time, as their knowledge of the process of making chocolate has grown, the process has become more and more complex. The current methods are a result of study, research, experimentation and trial-and-error. And the goal is to constantly be improving their chocolate as well as recognizing any shortcomings. 

Dicky Taylor Chocolate sources the finest fairly-traded cacao and perform all the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into delicious chocolate, all in a small factory in Eureka, California. This entire process takes approximately three weeks to complete but allows for the making some of the finest chocolate possible. By using organic cacao and organic cane sugar, and by not cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the process, they are able to leave out vanilla, additional cocoa butter or other emulsifiers, in hopes of capturing and highlighting the subtle flavor nuances in the cacao sourced from around the world.

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Dicky Taylor Single Origin Vanilla Raspberry will only be available for a limited time. To purchase this flavor, or any Dicky Taylor Chocolate, click here to find the retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Introducing Enjoy Life Foods ProBurts Bites

Enjoy Life Foods’ newest allergy-friendly product line, ProBurst Bites, are protein-rich, truffle-like bites that boast 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving. ProBurst Bites are the ideal high-protein snack,  post-workout eat, and great for traveling or keeping in your desk drawer for that afternoon snack attack.

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These truffle-like bites have a creamy, smooth chocolate center and hard exterior. A crunchy blend of seeds and spices, the flavors are bold. ProBurst Bites are available in 4 flavors:

  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Mango Habanero
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter 

ProBurst Bites do not have a chalky, artificial after-taste of most high protein products out there on the market. These Bites are delicious and indulgent and packed with nutrients; you would have no idea it was a healthy treat! What more could you ask for? 

I love that the Bites are bite size! With three bites per serving, it’s an easy way to add protein into your diet and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. 

ProBurst Bites are available to purchase online and will be hitting store shelves soon!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Davidson’s Organics tea-infused jellies and chocolates

Davidson’s Organics, the first certified organic, fair trade, and specialty tea company in the US, introduces organic tea chocolates and tea-infused jellies to its product line of over 400 tea varieties. The new products were launched this year, the same year Davidson’s Organics celebrates it’s 40th anniversary. 

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Tea lovers with a sweet tooth will love the new tea chocolates. The tea chocolates are a meritage of Indian and South American delicacies, combing third-generation cacao beans from Esmeraldas, Ecuador with traditional tea leaves from Darjeeling, India. Davidson’s tea chocolates maintain the integrity and health benefits of the tea, as leaves are sprinkled throughout a 65 percent cacao Arriba blend.

Flavors include Earl Grey Lavender, Classic Chai and Coconut Vanilla. Earl Grey and Classic Chai are both made from black tea, rich in antioxidants and caffeine. The rooibos base of Coconut Vanilla can be used as a stress and insomnia reliever. This infusion combines a South American delicacy with a timeless tea tradition, creating a luxurious treat for all tea and chocolate lovers to delight in. The tea flavor is definetly there, but in no way overpowering.

Davidson’s tea jellies are made from brewed organic tea blends, organic cane sugar, and pectin. They complement fine cheeses, meats, crackers and deserts.

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Flavors include Earl Grey, Classic Chai, White Pomegranate and Coconut Vanilla. The rooibos base in White Pomegranate is said to have cancer preventing properties.

Every tea, every spice and every herb used in any of Davidson’s blend derives from small tea producers or small disenfranchised farmers throughout the world. All products are Certified Fair Trade, Organic, and Kosher. So, what product will you try first?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Alter Eco Organic Fair-trade Chocolates

Alter Eco is a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, including delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles, Bolivian Royal quinoa, heirloom Thai rice and Mascobado cane sugar. All Alter Eco products are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free.

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Alter Eco’s newest chocolate flavors including, the Dark Salted Burnt Caramel chocolate bar, Sea Salt Truffles and Salted Caramel Truffles!

Alter Eco organic, fair trade truffles are crafted with the pure, good-fat-rich superfood, coconut oil and with no preservatives, no soy lecithin and no palm kernel oil. These little bundles of yummy decadent joy have everything you love in a truffle but now with everything that’s good for you and the planet. The new Sea Salt Truffles are both salty and sweet. There is a subtle crunch of Ecuadorian dark chocolate studded with mouth-watering Fleur de Sel de Guérande. Then the smooth-as-silk creamy chocolate center melts just melts in your mouth.

Alter Eco’s Large Dark Chocolate Bars are available in 11 flavors:

  • Dark Salted Brown Butter
  • Dark Cacao
  • Deep Dark Sea Salt
  • Dark Twist 
  • Dark Quinoa
  • Dark Almond
  • Dark Velvet
  • Dark Chocolate Toffee
  • Dark Mint
  • Dark Blackout
  • Dark Salted Burnt Caramel

You can purchase at Whole Foods Market and natural food stores nationwide. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

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Moonshine Chocolate Fudge Bars

Earlier this month my mom introduced me to The Chocolate Moonshine Co. She met the owner at a trade show and he gave her a box of samples for me to try (thanks mom!).

 The Chocolate Moonshine Co. has been making gourmet fudge and chocolate items for over 25 years.They offer 33 flavors of Artisan Fudge Bars all which are gluten free and egg free! 

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The flavors range from black raspberry and pink lemonade to tiramisu, toasted almond and birthday cake! 

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The chart was nice, but it was hard to tell some of the flavors as they didn’t all match up to a description. Some were easy to determine while others left Jeremy and I wondering what we were eating! I do have to say, we did enjoy all the flavors we tried. Jeremy loved the hazelnut (I’m not a fan) and I loved the toasted almond and tiramisu. The chocolates come in boxes and make great gifts!

You can create your own box and order 

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John Kelly Chocolates are always gluten free!

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John Kelly Chocolates, Hollywood’s gourmet chocolatier, makes high-quality, all-natural, handcrafted chocolates and gourmet fudge. JKC offers a wide range of decadent collections including artisan chocolate bars, salted caramels, walnut caramel clusters, chocolate-covered nuts and chocolate-dipped fruit —each wrapped in beautiful packaging and boasting unique flavors perfect for gifting or personal indulgence.

If that isn’t enough to get your drooling, then does knowing that all John Kelly Chocolates are gluten free?! All of products are gluten-free except for the Shortbread Cookie. All JKC products contain dairy except for the solid dark chocolate bars. All of products contain sugar, except for the Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Almonds. 

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I recently tried JKC’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate & Caramel with Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate with French Grey Sea Salt. Both were to die for! John Kelly Chocolates are handmade in small batches with all natural, premium quality ingredients, which is evident after the first bite. I just wish I had more to eat!!  

If you don’t live in California, don’t worry! You can purchase JKC online and you can find John Kelly Chocolates at retail locations throughout the country. To find a location nearest you, click here

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Briskbars are the first gluten free plant-based energy snack bar!

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Briskbars is a new kind of energy bar made with clean ingredients. Briskbars energy comes from plants, not from sugar or unhealthy chemicals.

Made without excessive sugar, obscure chemicals, artificial ingredients or preservatives common to so much of the prepared food on the market, Briskbars is especially developed for those who need an extra source of energy but do not wish to fill their bodies with chemicals and preservatives.

Briskbars combines guarana berries and the maca plant to help you stay alert and focused without any suspicious ingredients or unnecessary sugar. Maca, which grows in the mountains of Peru, is known to reduce tiredness and stress. Guarana berries, native to Brazil, have a stimulating effect due to their high-caffeine content.

If you are used to other sugary energy bars, Briskbars are are bittersweet and slightly sweet from the coconut. Briskbars are vegan, gmo free, gluten free, kosher, soy free, dairy-free, nut free (except coconut) and low in sodium.

The first flavor, and currently only flavor on the market, is 70% dark chocolate & coconut. It is bittersweet and only has 4g of sugar per bar, 100 calories, 5g protein, and 6g fat (mainly coconut and dark chocolate fat. 

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Ingredients: Desiccated coconut, pea protein crisp (pea protein concentrate, Chicory root fiber, brown rice flour [rice flour & rice bran), seeds (sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, sesame seed), brown rice syrup, organic 70% dark chocolate (organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter), whole grain brown rice protein, cocoa (processed with alkali), water, guarana, grape juice concentrate, rice syrup, maca, brown rice, sunflower oil, agar, natural flavor. Contains 7.3% Organic Dark Chocolate. 

You can purchase Briskbars in packs in packs of 4, 12, 30, and 70 with free shipping here

 

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Royal Hawaiian Orchards Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts

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The holidays are in full swing – shoppers are merrily filling the malls, families are hosting joyous get-togethers, and ‘tis the season for snacking on sweet chocolatey indulgences! But indulging doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy all while enjoying yourself. Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, creator of nutritiously delicious Hawaiian island harvested macadamia nut snacks, has just launched new gluten free rich dark chocolate, better-for-you snacks: Royal Hawaiian Orchards Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts.

Available in three delicious flavors, the delectable dark chocolate covered roasted macadamia nuts are an irresistible treat for the holidays that boast a plethora of health benefits including being a great source of energy, high in monounsaturated fats, low in cholesterol and carbohydrates, and a quality source of healthier fats. A well-rounded snack any time of day, one handful has eight percent of daily fiber intake per serving for a better-for-you snack on-the-go. Flavors include:

  • Dark Chocolate Blueberry Acai – a rich blend of deep blueberry and acai berry perfectly complimented by a dark chocolate exterior
  • Dark Chocolate Blackberry Goji – notes of tart blackberry and goji berry that pair perfectly with chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mango – sweet tropical flavors for a mouthwatering fruit and chocolate snack

Royal Hawaiian Orchards Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts are Non-GMO Project Verified, OU Kosher, and free of gluten, wheat, sulfites, and artificial ingredients.

Though deliciously sweet, macadamias nuts are also a healthy, nutritious, and all-natural addition to a well-balanced diet. Macadamias are a high source of protein and rich in a number of components that contribute to well-being, such as fiber, phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins. Macadamias are also cholesterol free and have a favorable fatty acid profile that is comparable to olive oil. The macadamias contain 80% monounsaturated fat (the good kind!), which lowers overall cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol while raising levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Macadamia nuts can be a healthy substitute for foods rich in saturated fatty acids.

Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Nuts are available at retail locations across the country. To find a store location nearest you, click here

What other healthy snacks do you keep around during the holiday season? 

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Attention Chocoholics! Annie B’s Chocolate Caramels are Now Even Better

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 6.30.13 PMAnnie B’s Caramel Company Has Taken Their Famous, Handcrafted Caramels to a Whole New Level with New and Improved Chocolate Caramel. They just released a new and improved chocolate caramel made with cocoa instead of flavoring that is taking their chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and chocolate sea salt caramels to a whole new level of heavenly chocolate delight!

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Annie B’s family-owned caramel company has been handcrafting delicious caramel for over 30 years. Each individually wrapped caramel is made using simple, local ingredients like brown sugar, water, corn starch, butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, inverted sugar and natural flavor. The result is absolutely scrumptious caramels. Annie B’s caramel is slow cooked in copper pots through small-batch cooking. Each piece is made by hand with the exception of cutting and wrapping of the caramels. 

The improved chocolate caramels boast a much deeper chocolate flavor, closely resembling dark chocolate, making it a true chocolate lover’s delight! And the best part, all Annie B’s products are all natural and gluten free!

  • Chocolate Caramels: Chocolate and slow-cooked caramel collide in this two-bite wonder. Rich cocoa infuses buttery caramel with just enough flavor to be a bit naughty. Because sometimes you need to go a little wild and eat two of the BEST things together at the exact same time. 
  • Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels: Caramel, chocolate and sea salt make for a delicious combination. Dark cocoa flavor brings a decadent complexity and the addition of crunchy bits of sea salt intensifies their mouthwatering appeal. 
  • Chocolate Raspberry Caramels: Chocolate Raspberry Caramel was my least favorite, although Jeremy loved it. Less tart than blackberry and sweeter than red raspberry, you can taste the ripe, juicy berries, which pair are mellowed by chocolate and buttery caramel. 

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You can purchase Annie B’s caramels online and in retail locations nationwide. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.