Chocoholics, unite! If rich chocolate is your favorite pick for desserts, late-night nibbles, or movie theater snacking, then you’re in the right place. From peanut butter cups worth savoring to mini chips that are perfect for baking, Thrive Market is your one-stop shop for all things chocolate. Our mission to make healthy eating more accessible isn’t just focused on your regular meals—it extends to snack time, too. And while we all know eating candy isn’t exactly the same thing as noshing on fresh fruit, today’s health-conscious brands are infusing treats with better-for-you ingredients that’ll make you feel a whole lot better about getting your chocolate fix.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Chocolate isn’t just a crave-worthy sweet, it can also pack a nutritional punch, especially the darker varieties. Here are some of the many benefits of dark chocolate.
- A little goes a long way. A high concentration of cocoa means it’ll help satisfy cravings without overindulging.
- Studies have shown dark chocolate may help support healthy blood pressure, as well as blood flow to the brain.
- 70 percent dark chocolate and higher contains beneficial nutrients such as zinc, iron, and magnesium.
Top Chocolate Candy Brands
Looking to add to your chocolate stash? These are the best brands to stock up on.
Nut butter devotees flock to Justin’s for its travel-ready pouches, creamy consistency, and cleaner ingredients. That means no excess sugar or additives. The company was started by a vegetarian who was looking to fuel an active lifestyle, and has grown into a beloved brand offering everything from classic nut butter jars to chocolate cups.
Lulu’s is known for using raw, unroasted cacao that’s wild-harvested from Ecuador. A direct relationship with farmers means fair trade practices are a key aspect of Lulu’s business model, ensuring farmers are paid a fair wage to harvest the wild cacao by hand. On the sustainability front, the packaging is either compostable or 100 percent recycled and printed with ink derived from vegetables.
A favorite gluten-free brand, Enjoy Life has been in business for almost 20 years. It was founded in 2001 and launched with 12 allergy-friendly products that customers couldn’t get enough of. In 2005, Enjoy Life became the first company to receive gluten-free certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).
Best Soy-Free Chocolate Candy
Enjoy your chocolate fix, sans soy, with these top picks.
Unreal Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Make your next indulgence an unreal experience with these chocolate cups made with rich almond butter. The treats are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free to accommodate a range of diets.
Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips Snack Pack
Each of these 1-ounce packs make portion control a breeze. Nibble on them as-is, add to cookie recipes, or stash a bag in your purse for the movies. The chocolate chips are free from major allergens like gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts.
Unreal Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems
You’ll love the superfood crunch of crispy quinoa in these chocolatey gems. Blended with fair trade certified vegan dark chocolate, the non-GMO ingredients are naturally colored with vegetable extracts.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Candy
A gluten-free diet doesn’t mean chocolate is off limits. Stock up with the best gluten-free chocolate candy on Thrive Market!
Justin’s Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
They might be mini, but these chocolate peanut butter cups are every bit as addicting as the original. Made with organic milk chocolate, organic peanuts, and organic cane sugar, there’s also 5 grams of protein per serving.
Lulu’s Chocolate Organic Salted Caramels
If you love salted caramel, just add chocolate for a top-notch dessert. You’ll savor this rich candy as it dissolves on your tongue. Eat at room temperature for the best caramel-like texture.
Free2b Dark Chocolate Mint Cups
The refreshing flavor of mint pairs perfectly with rich dark chocolate. These cups have a short ingredients list featuring 60 percent dark chocolate, organic peppermint oil, and cocoa butter. This candy is free from seven top allergens, and the cocoa is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Facts About Chocolate, Plus Easy Recipes
From a dark chocolate and milk chocolate showdown, to the best recipes to enjoy while you indulge, the blog has everything you need to celebrate chocolate.
Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate
Color isn’t the only thing that makes dark chocolate different from milk chocolate. This guide breaks down two of the most popular types of chocolate so you can make an informed decision about which is best for you.
Drinking Chocolate 3 Ways
If you’re inclined to drink your chocolate (and we believe you should be), here are three recipes to make ASAP.
How to Celebrate National Chocolate Day
It happens every October 28th, but you can celebrate chocolate anytime. Here’s the scoop on the history behind this food holiday, plus some of our favorite ways to enjoy it.