Thursday, October 22, 2009

3 Sugar Free Chocolates

Not everyone who wants chocolate can indulge or even practice moderation with the Sacred Substance.  Some of us have medical and health conditions that require us to really watch our sugar intact.  Luckily your Chocolate Priestess herself does not have these concerns but she certainly knows people who love chocolate and have had to give it up.  During the next few months this is particularly difficult as candy commercials rise to all time highs, stores are packed with bags of chocolate, and TV shows spread the joy of making cookies and candies with recipes and decorating ideas.  I want to look at some of the sugar free chocolate on the market today starting with some products from Weight Watchers and Sorbee.

I'd never heard of Sorbee before, Sisters and Brothers, but I got this bag on sale at my local Kroger for $1.19 compared to it’s usual $2.29 price.  This 2.9oz bag has 2 servings of four truffles each.  Each serving has 180 calories, 7g saturated fat, <5mg cholesterol, 2g dietary fiber, 19g Maltitol, 3g protein, and 15% of the daily calcium an adult is recommended.  Now, Maltitol is a sugar alcohol that your body will not treat the same as sugar, in this case in the form of Splenda; it can have laxative effect on the body so don’t eat it large quantities.

Inside are eight individual red foil wrapped truffles that are easy to unwrap.  As soon as they are, a strong scent of cocoa hit my nose.  Chocolate liquor and cocoa butter are the third and fourth ingredients after the Maltitol in two forms but “lowfat cocoa powder processed with alkali” is also on the list.  In other words, several forms of cocoa are in this product. Unfortunately it also wheat, soy and milk products if you have allergy concerns.

Each unwrapped piece looks like it has been molded to try and resemble some sort of flower petals on the top.  These aren’t handmade but mass produced truffle so I don’t expect high quality compared to other truffles revealed in The Chocolate Cult.  The chocolate feels cool to my fingers but they do not start melting with my day heat.  The truffle is just over an inch in diameter and rise up about an inch in height.  Inside the thick shell is a very dry and cocoa heavy center which is just weird.  I’ve never had a truffle with a center harder than the shell and certainly not powdery.  It is very cocoa tasting, not really chocolate, not refined or smooth enough in flavor or texture to be chocolaty.  It isn’t bad but it isn’t great either and certainly I’m not tempted to eat much of it.

There were two servings, or six pieces, of these turtle-like candies in the 3oz bag of Weight Watchers “Pecan Crowns” that I bought when they were on sale at a local CVS.  Each serving has 160 calories made up of 6g saturated fat, <5mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 9g dietary fiber which really surprised me, 10g sugars, 2g protein with 2% of the daily iron and 4% of the daily calcium an adult needs.  If you are on the Weight Watchers program, one piece, 1/3 of a serving equals 1 point you can spend per day.

The Weight Watchers brand is created by Whitman’s Candies and have a warning about over consumption causing a laxative reaction even though I don’t see any substitutions on the ingredients list that explains why.  The first ingredient in that list is milk chocolate and the candies once unwrapped from their individual gold foil bags have a solid milk chocolate smell.

I can see the nuts poking out all over the candy but they are thoroughly covered by the milk chocolate.  Biting into it I discover a very chewy and tangy caramel filling that quickly overpowers the chocolate and the pecans. The result is disappointment since in The Chocolate Cult we primarily are concerned with the chocolate.

I also purchased these Weight Watchers “Double Chocolate Mousse” candies from my local Kroger at some point in the past when it was on sale.  3 pieces = 1 serving = 3 WW Points! with 160 calories, 6g saturated fat, 20mg sodium, 6g dietary fiber, 11g sugars, 2g protein, 6% daily iron.  Very first ingredient is dark chocolate made of chocolate processed with alkali and cocoa butter.  It contains Maltitol so it may have  laxative effect if you eat too much too soon.  1 circle piece measures 1.5 inches across and over 0.25 inches tall. 

It smells very deep chocolaty.  The outer shell crunches a bit and the inner lighter soft center is a bit sweet but over all it has that slightly bitter taste as you’d want from darker chocolate.  No horrible aftertaste as is sadly common in some sugar free chocolates and no let down in terms of cocoa flavor.  This type of candy from Weight Watchers is superior to the previously mentioned product so if you have to chose between the pecans and the mousse, go with the mousse.

Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.

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