I am a chocolate lover. After gastric bypass you're "not supposed to" eat lots of things, including highly concentrated foods like chocolate or candy.
I laugh in the face of that rule. Repeatedly.
What? No, honey, I'm not over here eating Skittles and tasting the rainbow. I am a hypoglycemic. I can't.
I am seeking out the best-tasting, best quality "sweets" that are unlikely to put me in a coma.
One of these foods has turned out to be dark chocolate. A disclaimer for the faint of pouch: I didn't start eating naughty foods until about 9 months to 1 year post op.
Not all versions will do, because some make me very ill, very quickly, even with low-sugar counts. (I'm talking even with my three-bite rule, I might have the heart pounding sick dumping with a small treat, so there are some I will avoid entirely.)
I have a new love, a new chocolate love: I have a small tin of tiny 70% bitter dark squares.
Description of the product
70% cocoa - A blend of Criollos and Trinitarios cocoa beans from South america. -
Bitter dark chocolate Grand Cru revealing exceptional power and long lasting flavour.
Its intense taste is highlighted by flowery notes.
Yes, please. These little squares of delight are not bitter, in fact they are creamy and JUST the slightest bit sweet to me.
But, there's probably good reason for this:
Valrhona has the reputation of being just about the best chocolate in
the world. The company prides itself in using the highest quality cocoa
beans and creating couvertures with unique and complex flavors.
Ingredients: cocoa beans, sugar, soy lecithin, natural vanilla
Specs: 71% cacao, 13.8% sugar, 48.4% fat
I have been noshing on other dark chocolate bars and squares, but none have been tasty enough (aside from that Godiva 10 sugar gram bar, it's the sweetest I have ever tasted for a dark bar, not sure why it's so sweet?) to share with you, they are all bitter and tangy, in fact I usually melt them into coffee - or - only have one taste because they are too intense and gritty. But, these other bars have all been grocery store finds, you won't find me in a candy-shop, the real crack is too close. Although, I can buy this exquisite chocolate online, locally. It's not cheap, not all all, but it's worth every lick.
This was gifted to me to try - via a chocolate distributor - had I known she had this I'd have been all over it years ago. :) CATHY! PAGING! YOU! NOW! I seriously just thought chocolate = sugar = no. But, not so much. There's very little sugar in deep deep dark dark chocolate you see.
- Product - Valrhona Guanaja Chocolate
- Purchased - Freebie from my mom via a chocolate company.
- Price - Unknown.
- Pros - Deep, dark, delightful chocolate. A little bit of love in your face.
- Cons - Getting sucked into the abyss of CHOCOLATE websites looking at the vast array of low-sugar choices and wanting to drown in it.
- Rating - Pouchworthy within limits.