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Unsweetened chocolate, inulin, dextrin, erythritol, cocoa butter, milk fat (rbst free), stevia extract, organic soy lecithin, natural vanilla, and natural flavors.
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Why You’ll Love Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Bar, Original
Chocolate doesn’t always have to be the bad guy. Sometimes it actually can be good for you, especially if you indulge in the semi-sweet dark chocolate that comes naturally from the seeds of the cacao tree. This type of chocolate has been known to reduce blood pressure, stimulate the brain, and maintain heart health. How sweet is that?
Lily’s Sweets takes all that goodness and stuffs it into each morsel of their fair trade certified dark chocolate baking chips. Sweetened only with stevia, a plant-sourced sugar substitute, there’s no added enhancers, which makes these chips a healthy way to bake cookies or amplify pancakes. Because of their simple makeup, Lily’s Sweets’ chocolate chips are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
Nutritional value of Lily's Sweets Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
Lily's Sweets baking chips are no ordinary sweet treat. They have zero grams of sugar in the entire bag and also provide a dose of fiber and protein in each serving. Even better, a serving also provides six percent of the daily recommended value of iron, which is great for vegans who can’t get iron from animal products.
Dark chocolate has been the focus of much research in the last several years, as many look to find positive benefits that can help rationalize eating it on the regular. And the good news is that scientists and experts have found many. Whether eaten alone or as part of a recipe, dark chocolate can lead to a number of healthy outcomes, such as:
- Reducing the risk of stroke. In 2011 and 2012, a pair of highly cited Swedish studies confirmed that eating chocolate can reduce the risk of a stroke. Both men and women who consumed a large quantity of chocolate (about 45 grams a week) lowered their risk of stroke by 19 percent over those who didn’t eat much at all.
- Improving heart health. Dark chocolate is a well-known “supplement” for heart health. It lowers blood pressure and bad LDL cholesterol, and even reduces a person's risk for heart disease. Dark chocolate is also helpful in reducing inflammation, which can lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Staving off hunger. Although heavy amounts of chocolate are not recommended for dieting, eating in moderation does lower a person's desire to eat. Chocolate is relatively rich in fiber, which in turn provides a full feeling. That makes it a good snack between meals.
- Nixing that persistent cough. Next time you’re sick, skip the cough syrup and reach for some dark chocolate instead. It contains an ingredient called theobromine, which reduces the sensitivity of the vagus nerve. This is the part of the brain that triggers a small itch in the throat leaving you with the urge to cough.
- Making you happier. Of course eating chocolate makes most people happy, but there’s more to it than that. Chocolate encourages increased serotonin production, which boosts mood and fights depression, and can even reduce stress levels.
- Stimulating the brain. Cocoa has anti-clotting properties that thin out the blood and make it easier for it to flow throughout the body, particularly to the brain. This can result in a more alert and awake feeling. A British study even confirmed that those that ate chocolate did better in mathematical tasks. So, the next time you feel stressed about an upcoming test or presentation, just eat some chocolate.
What is stevia?
Lily's Sweets uses stevia to enhance their dark chocolate baking chips, rather than opting for traditional sugar, which can have a negative impact on the body. So what is stevia? It’s a sugar substitute that comes from the leaves of a plant known as Stevia rebaudiana. It was approved for use as a sweetener by the FDA in 2008. That’s because the leaves contain steviol glycosides, which have been found to be 150 times as sweet as sugar, making it a more effective option. Stevia also has a negligible effect on blood glucose, which is why it’s a popular ingredient for dieters looking to control carbohydrate intake.
Cooking with dark chocolate baking chips
While chocolate tastes just great all by itself, it also works well in many recipes. In particular, dark chocolate baking chips like those provided by Lily’s Sweets can be melted down for use in a variety of desserts, sauces, and dips. Here are just a few of our favorite uses:
Great for tea parties, parting gifts, and hot cocoa season, these chocolate-dipped spoons are incredibly easy to make. Just melt a bag of Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Baking 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.
Other fun uses for dark chocolate chips:
- Make your own trail mix
- Melt and drizzle on top of fruit
- Melt and pour over crackers for a sweet coating (just wait for it to dry)
- Add into chili for a special secret ingredient
- Mix and blend with hazelnuts for homemade Nutella
- Melt and pair with spices to make instant mole sauce
- Add to your favorite smoothie for a sweet burst
Reviews For Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Bar, Original
Based on 3 Reviews
This is hands-down the best chocolate bar I have ever consumed (as far as plain chocolate goes).
No, it's not "diet"; it's not fat or dairy free. But for people who like something sweet now and then and still need to control their sugar levels (I'm hypoglycemic and use stevia in my koolade, and never drink anything with sugar in it), this chocolate bar is just...simply....AMAZING.
Probably knocks off about 1/3 of the calories, so don't think it is a diet product. But no added sugar is so much better, and Stevia is a natural sweetener.
Just writing this review makes my mouth water!
One of the values states Vegan - product contains milk fat... this is not dairy free or considered vegan. But their dark chocolate is very delicious! I do love this company, I just hope no one was mislead by the values.
Really good chocolate
I wasn't sure what to expect with Stevia sweetened chocolate but it was very good. I will be ordering it again for those moments when I have a chocolate craving.
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