Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite, especially when it has stuff in it - like nuts, caramel, etc. And lucky for me, chocolate is actually good for me! It's a great source of antioxidants, but the beneficial effects of that can definitely be hampered by all the sugar in many mainstream brands of chocolate.
Sugar isn't evil and is fine for now and then, but I eat a lot of chocolate. So I was excited to hear that there's a brand of stevia-sweetened chocolate on the market: Coco Polo!
The chocolate is sold as full-sized bars, like the one in the center of the above photograph, but I also got a bunch of small, sample-sized bars to review.
They put an emphasis on natural, whole foods, focusing their chocolate bars on non-GMO ingredients and keeping the ingredients list nice and short (extremely rare in low sugar products).
They have both dark and milk chocolate varieties.
|Coco Polo Dark Chocolate Varieties|
The bars were very variable in how much of the 'extra' ingredients they had in them. The dark elderberry bar sample didn't have a single elderberry in it! It was a small sample size, however, so the full-sized bar probably (hopefully) has more. The cacao nib bars on the other hand, were studded with plenty of flavorful nibs.
|Dark with Cacao Nibs|
The flavor combinations were tasty, even if the extra ingredients were sparse. But what decides whether chocolate is good is ultimately the quality of the chocolate in the bar, not of the extra ingredients (they're 'extra' for a reason).