Saving The Rainforest Chocolate Bar

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Last night, Ben and I went on a late night run to our local Kroger supermarket. As I was perusing the all-natural foods aisle, I of course zoned in on the chocolate. We were looking at the prices and shaking our heads, when we came across this delicious chocolate bar that was on sale for $2. Two dollars for a gourmet chocolate bar –let alone an all-natural gourmet chocolate bar –is well worth the price to me! So we brought this little treasure home.

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So what is this candy bar called? It’s called Endangered Species Chocolate, and is the Natural Sea Salt and Lime kind. They had several other flavors, such as almond butter, coconut crème, blueberry vanilla crème, raspberry orange crème, and even lavender mint crème. But, the sea salt and lime sounded really tasty. And it was! I loved that the chocolate bar was rich, and unlike other chocolate bars, didn’t taste waxy (that’s because there is no paraffin in this chocolate bar). It was dark chocolate, but it didn’t taste super bitter, a bit surprising for a bar that contains 72% cocoa. It also wasn’t super sweet, which was nice. The lime crème was amazing! The sea salt wasn’t too heavy, and give it just the right amount of zing, and the lime wasn’t too overpowering. All in all, this candy bar deserves a 5 out of 5 for taste.

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When you open the wrapper, it becomes really apparent that the back of the wrapper (not the foil, mind you) is a mini-flyer, filled with fun facts about the Fischer’s Lovebird, which is the bird displayed on the front of the candy bar. I thought it was really fun to read as I nibbled on chocolate. It’s very interactive, and I could see a lot children and adults enjoying the read as well.

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Here are some quick facts about the health and “greenness” of this chocolate bar. This candy bar is Non-GMO certified, Vegan Certified, Gluten Free, Kosher, and Ethically Traded. It contains organic ingredients, and is all natural. The cocoa used inside this candy bar is RainForest Alliance Certified, and the palm oil used is harvested using sustainable methods that protect current farmland and the rainforest. 10% of profits from this candy bar are donated to protect and preserve wildlife. How cool is that? I think it’s pretty sweet. 🙂

If you have a Kroger nearby, it might be a good idea to run out and try one, as its on sale. This bar is available at several others stores, and online, if Kroger isn’t in your locale. Either way, I’d definitely recommend it!

My Inspiration: This blog post was inspired by Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole, as she often posts delicious pictures of Japanese treats. I figured, why not post one about an all-natural sweet? 🙂

 

 

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How To Meditate With Chocolate!

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For me, in order to feel indulged, I need to eat things that I love. And at the top of that list is chocolate. I love chocolate, and I need it to feel content. This being said, it can be easy to get out of control with my eating. It is important that I eat healthy, so I can take care of my body. So, I have developed a little exercise to help me control my chocolate consumption, eat healthy, and feel pampered at the same time: I do a chocolate meditation:

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Turn the lights off and put on some soothing music. Candlelight is great, but not necessary.
  2. Dress comfortably, preferably in something with soft fabric.
  3. Lay across your bed, couch, or wherever you feel most comfortable.
  4. Take one chocolate –yes one –this is important, and bring it up to your nose. Take in the delicious smell of chocolate.
  5. Gently scrape a thin layer of chocolate off with your teeth. Let the chocolate melt on your tongue. Take your time.
  6. As you continue to do this, enjoying thin slivers at a time, imagine you are somewhere luxurious. Sometimes I imagine myself on the beach, with waves of salt water lapping against my bare feet. Sometimes I imagine myself in a sumptuous palace, filled with ornate artwork, and servants catering to my every whim. It doesn’t matter what you imagine, as long as it is a pampering daydream.
  7. When you finish your chocolate, slowly get up. Take the sense of contentment with you as you finish up your day.

This helps me to renew and connect with myself, enjoy my chocolate, and make healthy eating decisions the rest of the day. And now, I connect chocolate with a sense of accomplishment, rather than guilt.