Sunday, July 14, 2019

Chocolate Related Recalls for July 14, 2010

This one makes me sad because it involves a brand we liked here: PROBAR!

PROBAR Recall

PROBAR LLC of Salt Lake City, UT has initiated a voluntary recall of select flavors and lots of Meal® bars, including Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Original Trail Mix, Wholeberry Blast and Superfood Slam due to the possible presence of undeclared milk and soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected products. No other PROBAR® products are affected.

This voluntary recall involves select Meal® bar flavors in 3oz. packages distributed nationwide and Canada to retail stores and online. The following lots of PROBAR® Meal bars are included in the recall:

LOT #29109 PROBAR: MEAL: Chocolate Coconut EXP APR 19 2020 | UPC: 853152100346

LOT #29123 PROBAR: MEAL: Chocolate Coconut EXP MAY 03 2020 | UPC: 853152100346

LOT #29119 PROBAR: MEAL: Original Trail Mix EXP APR 29 2020 | UPC: 853152100018

LOT #29121 PROBAR: MEAL: Wholeberry Blast EXP MAY 01 2020 | UPC: 853152100025

LOT #29122 PROBAR: MEAL: Superfood Slam EXP MAY 02 2020 | UPC: 853152100070

LOT #29119 PROBAR: MEAL: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip EXP APR 29 2020 | UPC: 853152100322

LOT #29126 PROBAR: MEAL: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip EXP MAY 06 2020 | UPC: 853152100322

Simply Real Bar (Canada) Chocolate Coconut LOT # and EXP “Best Before Meilleur Avant 20-MA 03-0634” | UPC: 853152800666

Lot Codes and expiration dates for individual bars are printed on the back of each wrapper.

PROBAR learned of the issue after receiving a complaint of an allergic reaction in a consumer after eating a PROBAR: MEAL Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar. Our investigation determined that an ingredient potentially contained milk and soy. To date, PROBAR has received this one report of illness.

Consumers can call 1-800-921-2294, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT, or email returns@theprobar.com for more information and how to return the product for a full refund.

PROBAR’s® highest priority is the safety and quality of its products, which begins with organic, plantbased, real food ingredients. The company is working in close cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fully resolve this issue. To maintain its promise of all products being dairy-free, vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten Free and kosher, PROBAR is taking all necessary steps to eliminate the ingredient from all production immediately and it will not be used in any flavors moving forward.

About PROBAR

PROBAR® is the creator of delicious and convenient, organic whole superfoods that power active lifestyles and official partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Co-founded in Park City, UT by avid trail runner, Jeff Coleman, PROBAR® was created with one mission in mind: to craft a plant-based, organic nutrition bar for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts that delivers performance and tastes delicious. All PROBAR® foods, including PROBAR Meal® On-the-Go Bars, Protein Bars (formerly known as “Base”), PROBAR live® Bars, PROBAR Bite® Bars and PROBAR Bolt® Energy Chews are vegan, Non-GMO Project

Verified, Certified Gluten Free and kosher. Since its inception in 2003, PROBAR® has stayed true to Jeff’s original passion for plant-based whole superfood nutrition as the foundation for optimal performance, and making real food convenient, sustainable and tasty for all. So, whether you’re training for a marathon, mountain biking, hiking or simply need to refuel between work meetings you’ll be satisfied and energized to power through. PROBAR® is available nationwide at natural, conventional and specialty stores as well as online at http://shop.theprobar.com/

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Chocolate Kick in the Mouth

We cover all types of products here on The Chocolate Cult from pure chocolate and food or drinks with chocolate to cosmetics and paper. We've looked at "medications" or mood altering products as well though I believe that for some of us, your Chocolate Priestess included, pure darker chocolate is by its very nature mood and mind altering. Today we're going to look at AWAKE Caffeinated Chocolate squares. I was sent these via the Amazon Vine program for free from the brand AWAKE Corporation in exchange for a review on Amazon, this article is an unexpected bonus; no other form of compensation was received for this honest sharing of my experience with the product.

This comes in a huge box of 50 pieces. On the top, the image marked "actual size" was really the size of the pieces. Yes, each piece claims to have 1/2 of a cup or 50mg of caffeine in them. Below the nutritional label in smaller print,we are told that Usage: 4 piece per day maximum. For me, who does not use caffeine outside of chocolate, even one piece is a lot. For comparison, when I looked up details, the average caffeine reported for chocolate varies by the amount of dark chocolate and the brand recipe but here caffeine is listed on the nutrition facts so we know it must be lower. The average I found was in the lower teens mg for the same amount of chocolate. 1/2 of of these gave me an immediate caffeine reaction in my vision, feeling of energy, and feeling in my head.

The pieces are cute, aren't they? The is adorable while on the box it seemed a bit angry; color makes a bit difference. It is thick and makes a loud crunch when I take a bite and a softer sound with the first 2-4 chews. The chocolate isn't bitter, it is actually creamier than I was expecting but as I chewed the darker chocolate flavor built up. Overall a rather average chocolate flavor, not bad, not great, just good. I could see someone  handing it out at a break for volunteers or at the workplace but I'd be worried about just setting it out in a bowl or breakroom for folks to take because of the caffeine involved.

Tell me, Reader. Would you try this product? Would you use it to replace a coffee break or to add an energy bump to your day.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Does Moo-Phoria Bring Euphoria for Ice Cream Lovers?

July is National Ice Cream Month and the 3rd Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day so to celebrate let's look at a new line of products from Ben & Jerry's, their Moo-Phoria line of light ice cream., P.B. Dough. I got this free pint of one of this new line with a coupon I got through my phone company, Credo, where we've been members for almost 25 years. They were not expecting this review so no form of compensation was received for this fair and honest evaluation.




There has been a flood of new lower calorie or even low calorie ice creams recently particularly in the pint sized offerings. I remember eating ice milk frozen treats with my mother as a child so the desire for yummy cold treats is nothing new. However, many of these brands, particularly the one promising high protein but lower calories, taste horrible. I'll just go without rather than eat more calorie or yucky tasting ones.

Moo-Phoria is not high protein nor does it claim to be low calorie but compared to the average pint of Ben and Jerry's with similar flavors and ingredients, the pint I tried is about the half the calories. This means this P.B. Dough pint has 640 calories not around 1200 calories. If you split it with another person, even better in terms of moderation.




The look is dark brown with a light reddish tint when I removed the lid. The scent was immediately cocoa which faded over time. The flavor was darker chocolate yet creamy in terms of the chocolate ice cream component of this treat. I ate the top off of the pint without encountering any cookie dough or a peanut butter flavor.

Ben & Jerry's Moo-Phoria P.B dough Ice Cream
About five bites into this frozen treat I found this, the small ball of peanut butter cookie dough which tastes very much like a less sweet version of that type of cookie that I've made many times at home. The ice cream tends to melt before you chew up the dough but I also found tiny chips of chocolate in the dough which was a happy surprise. The two flavor blend well but happily the darker chocolate was dominant.


Like all Ben & Jerry's ice creams, this is made with organic and fair trade certified ingredients. The flavor was excellent, some of the best light chocolate ice cream I've had in my lifetime. I would be thrilled with a pint of just this chocolate ice cream. This definitely earns a Sacrament Status which is rare for ice creams because the cold tends to dampen the flavor. Great job, Ben & Jerry's!

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