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Evaporated cane juice, natural chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic), non-dairy cocoa butter.
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Why You’ll Love Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
There are three things in the world that no one should live without—love, happiness, and chocolate. Unfortunately, for many with dietary allergies, the last one on the list can often be a no-go due to the use of common ingredients that can cause an unwanted reaction. Enjoy Life decided to change that, creating the no. 1 allergy-friendly baking chocolate in America.
Their premium, semi-sweet chips are free of:
That means everyone at the table can now enjoy cookies, brownies, fudge, and other homemade goodies. Or, eat these sweet mini chips straight out of the bag for a tasty chocolate fix that only has seven grams of sugar in each tablespoon-sized serving.
What is semi-sweet chocolate?
There are generally four different classifications of chocolate:
- White chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- Semi-sweet chocolate
- Dark chocolate
The main thing that differentiates each type is the percentage of natural cocoa powder versus the fatty cocoa butter in each product, both of which come from beans from the cacao tree.
White chocolate is essentially just cocoa butter with sugar and milk added in. On the other end of the spectrum, dark chocolate has little amounts of cocoa butter and more solid cacao that produces a more bittersweet taste. Semi-sweet chocolate, then, is situated right between milk chocolate and dark chocolate in both makeup and taste.
Potential health benefits of semi-sweet chocolate
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips are not only allergen-free, but are also a healthy alternative to many of the sugar-laden products for sale. Enjoy Life makes their version solely with evaporated cane juice, natural (and non-alcoholic) chocolate liquor, and non-dairy cocoa butter.
Each serving has just seven grams of sugar and five grams of total fat, and has zero trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium. There are also amounts of protein, fiber, calcium, and iron in each spoonful. So, contrary to popular belief, chocolate doesn’t have to be bad for you—especially given the research that has turned up some positive benefits of eating cacao on a regular basis.
- Reduced risk of stroke: In 2011, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology linked chocolate to a reduced risk of stroke. Researchers found that women who ate at least 45 grams of chocolate per week had a 20 percent decrease in stroke occurrences than women who ate less than 20 grams a week. Similar results have been shown in men as well. The article points to antioxidant-rich flavonoids in chocolate as a possible reason, saying, “Flavonoids appear to be protective against cardiovascular disease through antioxidant, anti-clotting, and anti-inflammatory properties.”
- Better heart health: Chocolate—particularly dark or semi-sweet chocolate—reduces blood pressure and lowers levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which together helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Fighting diabetes: Although it should be enjoyed in moderation, chocolate overall has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. This allows the body to consume more sugar before blood sugar levels will be raised, thereby reducing the risk of contracting diabetes.
- Skin protection: While bathing in chocolate could get messy, it turns out that the sweet stuff is actually quite good for the skin. Eating it releases more flavonoids into the system that can protect the skin from UV damage.
- Mood enhancer: In news to probably no one, chocolate will put you in a good mood. Eating it in moderation can help to fight off mood swings and reduce bouts of depression by triggering dopamine and anandamide reactions in the pleasure centers of the brain.
- Better blood flow: Cocoa is known to have anti-clotting properties that help the blood thin and move more freely through the body. This improves blood circulation and, when increased flow is directed at the brain, it can also amplify sight and thought processes.
Treats made with Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
There really isn’t anything that chocolate chips wouldn’t taste good in—try adding to:
Here are some of Thrive Market’s favorite recipes using Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips. Because they are miniature, they melt down even better for ooey, gooey cookies, muffins, and more.
Go big or go home, right? This oversized chocolate chip cookie is the size of a small pizza and tastes just as good sliced up and served warm. To make, you’ll need a 9-inch cast iron skillet, sprouted white wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda, butter, sugar, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, and a good dose of Enjoy Life’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips.
Great for tea parties, parting gifts, and hot cocoa season, these chocolate-dipped spoons are incredibly easy to make. Just melt a bag of Enjoy Life’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips in a bowl in the microwave, then dip plastic spoons in and top with crushed candy cane, candied ginger, nuts, or even more chocolate chips.
Zucchini? What zucchini? This may be the biggest covert operation in food. Though the squash is used to make these muffins super moist and healthy, raw cacao powder, dark chocolate baking chips, honey, vanilla, and a banana add in the sweetness. The best part—they’re Paleo-friendly and gluten-free.
Is it a popcorn ball? A rice krispie treat? A baked trail mix bar? Trick question—it’s actually all of the above. This super nutritious, kid-friendly recipe pairs dark chocolate chips with sprouted popcorn, pecans, coconut chips, dried fruit, honey, almond butter, and some spices for a treat you can eat on the go or save for dessert.
More about Enjoy Life
Enjoy Life Foods was the first company to receive independent gluten-free certification from the GFCO in 2005, and ever since has become recognized as one of the leaders for creating tasty snack foods that are free of the eight most common allergens—among them milk, soy, egg, and nuts. Today, Enjoy Life Foods offers 46 different allergy-friendly products, including cookies, cereal, snack bars, seed and fruit mixes, baking chocolate, chocolate bars, and snack chips that allow anyone to enjoy their favorite foods without restriction.
Reviews For Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
Based on 25 Reviews
My kids immediately used these (without my permission) to make some chocolate chip pancakes. They were quickly forgiven when I realized they were delicious. I will just have to buy more.
- Nina M
best dairy free chocolate by far!
Fantastic deep chocolate flavor! Wishing I had purchased more than just one bag.
Dairy and soy free was enough for me to try these. They are my favorite chocolate chips to bake with! Delicious
Hands down waaaaay cheaper than other places locally.
These are fine for cookie projects... but they don't melt as well as other chocolate. They also have sugar.
Great Chocolate for Baking (.. and snacking!)
I've been using these chocolate chips for a while now for any recipe which calls for them. I also on occasion if a bag is open snack on them :-). The chocolate is good and doesn't upset my stomach like other chocolates which contain ingredients such as soy and dairy. And what I love most is the price I can get them here on Thrive.
Love the gluten free option for yummy treats!
Not as good as the Mega Chunks but still awesome
Don't be scared by what isn't in these chocolate chips, but by what is. I'll admit, gluten free, soy free, dairy free didn't sound appetizing to me but I tried them at the recommendation of a friend. They are the best chocolate chips I've tasted and worth the price
My go-to chips
I use these in baking, and in banana pancakes. Wouldn't be caught without them.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Bits
Love this. No soy is important for me.
Fantastic, tastes like regular choc chips
Love these choc chips! Great for baking, as a dessert topping or plain by the palm full.
I use these in pancakes, ice cream, etc. - wonderful to have in the natural food pantry.
I do like this as a good option. It is not the most ideal, but is tasty and safe for my GF kids. I am able to purchase this item at a better price at my local shopping location. I really like the simplicity of the ingredients! However, it is not labeled organic or fair trade. Absolutely (as of today) would buy it again.
My favorite treat!
I keep a bag of these in my desk at work and have one small handfull when I need a sweet treat. They are divine! It is so hard to find soy free chocolate and this brand does not disappoint!
Not a fan
These are way too bitter to be appetizing. If you like dark chocolate, go for it. If not, these chocolate chips are not for you.
I love baking cookies and pastries, but since going vegan I've had to get a little creative. One of the things I missed most was chocolate chip cookies. I'm so happy my friend told me about these!!
I've tried carob chips before, and they were that disappointing taste of *almost* being chocolate, but not quite. These taste like chocolate, and actually have coca butter in them, so they have the right texture as well! I've even started to eat these by themselves as a snack, and put them in my trail mix.
- Jody Pittman
Good for those sensitive to peanuts.
My wife loves baking chocolate chip cookies for my daughter. However, she is always very cautious about the brands offered in the grocery stores because our daughter is allergic to peanuts.
I ran across this brand last week and found this chocolate to be nut and peanut free..perfect for my daughter! In addition to that, it is free of gluten, lactose and GMO's.
We did find that it had a slight waxy texture, but all of the other benefits rule out the competition.
- Darnell Washington
Simply the best
I don't have any allergies but my partner is both lactose intolerant and has a gluten allergy. My mother is lactose intolerant too and she recommended these chocolate chips for a sweet snack that we can share. She uses them for baking, but my partner and I love eating them right out of the bag, or melting it into some almond milk for yummy, dairy and gluten free stove-top hot chocolate. The mini morsels are so cute and perfect for a chocolate fix, and they melt easier because they're tiny. I expected them to taste different somehow (read: worse) than regular chocolate, but it was not the case at all. Super delicious, and a worry-free treat for me and my boo! Perfectly semi-sweet with a rich chocolate taste, and a smooth, melt-y texture that's different from the cheaper, waxy-feeling chips.
Better When Melted or Baked
I cant have casein so these chips are for me!
Because these chips are dairy-free they do not melt in your mouth. I do find that if you add them on top of brownies and bake them, they melt just fine. I actually prefer them this way. I have also had success on the stove-top, in a pot, melting it into a sauce. This also helps with aroma therapy! I can't wait to use these in my gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe.
- A. Powell
Excellent Flavor & Texture
I am an avid baker and these chips beat all others. Their small size means they melt very quickly on your tongue which releases a burst of creamy, sweet, chocolate flavor. I prefer to mix them into brownie recipes as a way to disperse the chocolate more evenly throughout the batter. That way, the eater gets a consistent amount of delicious chocolate chip flavor in each bite.
These are great chips. They have no waxy taste.
Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips. Like the name says you will enjoy these chips. They are gluten free, dairy
free, nut free, and soy free. They have a Great Taste.
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
These are great chips and have great flavor, not waxy like a person buys in a store.
- Thrive User
Best Chocolate Chips!
I love the small size and they are big on flavor!
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