Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Sugar Free" Chocolate Options: Simply Lite Dark Chocolate

Even though I’m against New Year’s resolutions, as I believe that January 1 is just another day, a lot of people make them. A common one is to cut back on sugar.*** Maybe this is yours, and you still want to be able to enjoy some chocolate. You certainly have lots of options available to you at most supermarkets. But which ones are worth it?

I’m here to help. Aren’t I always?

I’ll be reviewing a few “sugar free” chocolate bars this week, which I call “sugar free” because many of them have OTHER sugar-like substances. While you can read the nutrition label for yourself to decide whether or not a bar will help you meet your goals, it won’t tell you anything about the taste.

But I will tell you all about taste. And texture. Starting with the Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar from Trader Joe’s, which is 70% cocoa solids.

This bar weighs in at 100 calories and 8 grams of fat for a 25 gram serving, and is sweetened with maltitol. For reference, most dark chocolates have about 500-550 calories per gram, so a 25-gram serving of this bar as opposed to most dark chocolate bars will save you about 20-35 calories. Not a lot, but it’s something, assuming you can tolerate maltitol.

But what about the TASTE? This bar features a strong vanilla flavor and a coffee undertone, and the relatively mild and pleasant taste lingers for quite a while. The texture is actually exceptional for a 70% cocoa bar, and is not grainy at all. To be honest, I would eat this chocolate regardless of the nutrition facts, and it’s a pretty solid dark chocolate bar. If you have friends who are sugar sensitive, let them know about this bar, it might help them enjoy chocolate more often.

And I want everybody to enjoy chocolate as often as possible.

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?

***NOTE: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. If you are unsure of whether or not this product is appropriate for you, please consult with a medical professional.


  1. That chocolate looks really good!

  2. hmm I wonder if that is available here? Looks quite tasty!

  3. I made a resolution to lose 58LBS over the next 280 days, because that is the day I turn 30.. Wow I cannot believe that. Here is my post about my new goal in life http://ashandlewplus2.com/2011/01/01/280-days-to-a-new-me-lew-that-is/
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  4. I've actually found quite a few tasty sugar-free chocolates, but they do amuse me for, as you say, they're still high in calories and sat fat if that's something you care about. (I, clearly, don't very much... :P)

  5. @fitchocoholic It is quite good - I really wouldn't be able to distinguish it from another mid-range dark chocolate.

  6. @Lisa (bakebikeblog) Unfortunately, since it's a Trader Joe's label, I don't think it's available in Australia. Shame, because it's also gluten free.

    1. Victoria, Simple Lite is not a Trader Joe's product. I believe it originally showed up there first. All my local supermarkets carry it. Trader Joe's price is by far the cheapest!

  7. @Lew (ashandlewplus2.com) Best of luck with your efforts, Lew - it's a long, hard road but you will feel much better at the end.

  8. @Hannah I guess for some people, they have to specifically watch sugar. Maybe if you are very sensitive to blood sugar spikes? I had to go sugar free for a while because of my teeth. Not fun. Not fun.

  9. I love them. However, the bar I purchased was 4 100 calorie servings, so you have to be careful.

  10. @Anonymous This is true, there is minimal calorie savings. But when my teeth were in trouble, I really had to avoid traditional sugars, so these kind of bars helped a lot.

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