Today is World Chocolate Day (July 7)! To celebrate, we’ve scoured the foodie scene for the latest and best bars, snacks and spreads, all with a healthy and/or eco twist!
Our favourite bars…
Montezumas Absolute Black With Almonds (£2.59) was developed after a lot of research and experimenting. The blend of cocoa ensures flavour consistency and, most importantly, avoids the bitter taste common with so many 100% dark chocolate bars. This one is studded with blanched almonds for an added nutty texture.
Prodigy Chunky Chocolate Bars (from £5) are made with
natural ingredients and have significantly less sugar compared to mainstream
chocolate bars, along with up to 30% of the daily recommended intake of fibre.
The Vital Leaf CBD Chocolate Bars (from £4.99) are all created with 73% cacao and flavoured with organic, ethically sourced Fairtrade ingredients. All bars contain 30mg of CBD and are naturally vegan, gluten free and low-glycemic. Choose from Classic Dark Chocolate, Dark Toasted Quinoa Crunch, or Roasted Hazelnut & Sea Salt.
Divine Chocolate Organic Collection (from £2.99) is 100 per cent organic, vegan-friendly and certified Fairtrade. Each bar is made with at least 85 per cent dark chocolate. Choose from Plain, Lemon, Blueberry & Quinoa, Cacao Nibs or Ginger – or try out the whole collection with their Organic Dark Chocolate Bar Set! (£10)
Ombar NEW Salt & Nibs Cacao Bars (£2.99) combine rich 64 per cent cacao dark with fruity cacao nibs and a touch of salt. They are also certified organic, Fairtrade and vegan friendly!
Ohso Dark Chocolate Bars (£4.99) come in seven tiny bars – one per day of the week. Each bar is made with high quality dark Belgian chocolate and micro-encapsulated probiotics, which are live bacteria to improve gut health. NOMO Chocolate Bars (£24 for 12) are all vegan-friendly and free from dairy, gluten, eggs and nuts. Choose from Hazelnot, Creamy Choc, Dark Choc, Caramel & Sea Salt and Fruit & Crunch.
Hotel Chocolat 45% Nutmilk Chocolate Batons (£6.50) are vegan and made using finely milled hazelnuts. Smooth and mellow, at 45% cacao, Nutmilk has all the creamy depth of regular milk chocolate.
Love Cocoa Gin & Tonic 71% Dark Chocolate Bar (£4) is vegan friendly and features rich dark chocolate plus warm notes of juniper. All of Love Cocoa’s products are palm oil free and feature 100 per cent recyclable packaging – plus, each purchase leads to a tree being planted, in the brand’s fight against deforestation.
Pierre Marcolini’s NEW Pastel Collection (from £18) fuses refreshing citrus flavours with smooth house chocolate. These fruity treats are perfect for summer!
More chocolate treats we love…
Squirrel Sisters Cacao Brownies (£22.99 for 16) are 100 per cent natural and contain no added sugar. They are also vegan-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free and high in fibre.
Yacon Cacao Nibs (£9.99) are packed full of antioxidants and sweetened with naturally prebiotic Yacon Syrup. They are the perfect vegan, veggie, keto and paleo friendly snack!
Abakus Foods Chocolate Coated Red Dates (£1.49) are gluten-free and vegan friendly. Red dates (also known as jujube fruit) have been used in herbal medicine for centuries, as they are believed to aid stress relief and calm the mind. They are also naturally sweet, meaning there’s no added sugar.
Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Peanut Butter (£4) is free from refined sugar and contains 80 per cent less sugar than other chocolate spreads! It is also vegan-friendly and a brilliant source of fibre and protein. Plus, it comes in a plastic-free packaging – guilt free snacking at its finest!