A couple years ago, I did a roundup of my favorite dark chocolate brands, but with so many newcomers on the market, it is time for an update!
I chose these brands because they:
- have high levels of cocoa (it should clearly state a percentage of 70% or higher).
- are sweetened with a better natural sweetener, such as coconut sugar, monk fruit, maple sugar, honey, or stevia instead of cane or beet sugar.
- don’t contain dairy (milk, milk powder, etc.).
- are brands that I personally consume.
While they may be harder to find in mainstream grocery stores, I guarantee your local health food store or Whole Foods is overflowing with options. Plus, you could also get them online (my preferred form of grocery shopping for dry goods – they are shipped straight to your door, no schlepping involved).
Eating Evolved Primal Chocolate
I am in LOVE with this brand. The packaging, the taste, the ingredient list…what’s not to love?
Made with organic cacao, organic coconut sugar, and organic coconut butter.
When I need chocolate chips for a recipe, I just chop one of these bars up.
They also sell cups – like coconut butter cups, and banana cups. Coconut is my personal fave.
Find in stores or online. Use that link for 10% off, and enter the code mariamtmt for the special gift of the month. (Which is currently a free package of the Banana Cream Coconut Butter Cups in March).
I LOVE Lakanto, as it is sweetened with monk fruit – which is 0 glycemic, meaning it doesn’t spike your blood sugar at all- making it even better than coconut sugar. You’ll notice that this chocolate is 55% cacao…which ordinarily I wouldn’t touch, but because there is no processed sugar of any kind in it (not even coconut sugar) and is instead sweetened with a fruit, the lower percentage is OK.
This tastes really good, but interestingly, unlike the other bars, which I could easily eat in their entirety, I find I only want to eat about half or even less of these bars at a time.
I haven’t seen it in stores, so I get it online. About $6/bar.
This was one of the first brands to use coconut sugar, although they now appear to be using palm sugar instead, which is different. I do find that these are more widely available in stores than some of the other bars mentioned. Made with simple ingredients and containing 72% cacao it’s a better choice than most other bars on the market.
It tastes pretty good, and I like the add ins, such as orange almond or coconut.
Find it in stores or online. About $5/bar.
Hu Kitchen bars are sweetened with coconut sugar, and have very interesting flavor combos: Hazelnut Praline, Cashew Butter and Pure Vanilla, Almond Butter and Puffed Quinoa, and Crunchy Fig.
A more premium brand, they are absolutely delicious, although they are a bit pricey.
They are usually $7-8 in stores, but I found them for $5.45 and change on Thrivemarket.com (they have a ton of other healthy and organic groceries, plus offer free shipping over $49).
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Do you have a favorite healthy dark chocolate brand? Share it in the comments below!