YUM YUM YUM
Few things lately have made me as giddily elated as this:
A while back, when I embarked on a no-sugar Paleo-ish diet, I looked high and low for honey-sweetened chocolate for an occasional treat. I was pretty aghast to find that the prices of such chocolate are typically around $3-4 for a one-ounce bar. ONE OUNCE. Plus shipping. I couldn’t find any locally. That was a no-go. $64 a pound doesn’t work on this budget.
At Trader Joe’s on Thursday night, I stopped by their “new products” display and I think I gasped aloud when I saw the above package. Then, I started to hyperventilate. Well, not really, but I was really excited.
When I got to the car, I sampled. These Dark Chocolate Honey Mints are SO GOOD. They’re like junk-free peppermint patties, and an absolute dream for anyone who loves dark chocolate. They’re $3.99 for a 7 ounce package, which isn’t cheap, but compared to all other honey-sweetened chocolate, and many chocolates in general, not unreasonable. That works out to $9.14 per pound. I can work with that.
My package contained 16 good-sized candies. Per the nutrition info, there are 21 g carbs (17 g sugar, 2 g fiber) in three chocolates. Not hyper-low-carb, but definitely workable for any reduced-calorie or reduced-carb diet.
As the package front proclaims, they have only three ingredients: honey, chocolate liquor, and oil of peppermint. The inside is a creamed honey flavored with peppermint. This means that whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free*,
vegan*, vegetarian, refined-sugar-free, or on just about any hyper-restrictive diet, you can eat these. In fact, one of my first thoughts was for a dear friend: one of her daughters is on the Feingold diet, another is gluten-free and dairy-free. I stopped by her home with the world’s smallest gift: Five candies, one for each family member. 🙂 I should have purchased a whole package for her; I was kicking myself for not doing so. But, knowing that candy that fits the diets of her daughters has been really tough to find, I had to share, at least a little. The look on the face of her oldest daughter — the one on Feingold — is imprinted on my memory. She was SO THRILLED. For someone who normally can’t have candy, these chocolates are like GOLD.
Another thought was for my Paleo-inspiration, Kim. I sent her a text and a pic, and she was excited too — she shops at Trader Joe’s all the time and hadn’t seen them before! Having Paleo-friendly chocolate is a rare, rare treat.
The only drawback is that the chocolate itself is wholly unsweetened. It’s plain, pure, dark chocolate, and all the sweetness comes from the creamed honey center. So, you really have to chew these to eat them, or it tastes like you’re licking a square of baking chocolate. I prefer to savor my chocolate slowly, and don’t usually chew. But… I kind of have to make an exception here. Small quibble.
I had planned on eating one a day, but here it is, about 48 hours after I purchased the bag, and they’re all gone. Now, I did share with my friend, and gave one to my hubby, and one to Fiala… But, uh, that means I ate nine of them in two days. That’s not sustainable — too much sugar for me, even if it’s sugar from honey. So, the next package I buy, I’ll have to ration it more carefully.
So, y’all go out and buy some, so Trader Joe’s will keep this product on their shelves forever.
*the package does warn “may contain traces of milk”.