Worst Things About Chocolate

Sorry, but filling your sweetie up with gross additives and tons of nutrient-deficient calories doesn’t sound so sexy to me does it sound sexy to you? Although it’s true that dark chocolate is full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and has been shown to provide mental and cardiovascular benefits, these bonuses don’t extend to the low-quality candies you mindlessly pick up in a drugstore on your way home from work.

It may appear like a well-intentioned gesture, but your loved one isn’t going to be happy with you once they read these nasty facts about certain Valentine’s Day candies. My vote that you stick to the flowers, spa treatments, and homemade cards instead.

Most of It Is Made With Alkalized, or “Dutch,” Chocolate

cocoa spice

Cocoa powder is naturally acidic, and this can be a major flavor turnoff for many people’s palates. Thus, most American candy manufacturers process their cocoa with alkali, a process known as alkalizing or “Dutch processing” the chocolate. This results in a more mild-tasting, neutral cocoa. There’s just one problem: this technique significantly reduces levels of the main antioxidant that lends its anti-inflammatory properties to chocolate. And when we say significantly, I’m talking a nearly 90 percent decrease in these flavanols, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. So don’t try to justify another piece by referencing chocolate’s known benefits.


Sorry, but Chocolate Is Probably Not an Aphrodisiac

couple in bed sad

Unless you’re eating super dark chocolate, which may help turn you on, don’t rely on that box of wax-coated chocolates to be a libido-booster. Most factory-made chocolates are low in the antioxidants that can increase your energy and sexual desire, and chocolate isn’t the magical aphrodisiac we think it is. In fact, according to a 2006 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, when adjusted for age, women who reported high chocolate consumption had similar levels of sexual desire and satisfaction than those who reported low chocolate consumption.


White Chocolate Is Barely Even Chocolate

various chocolates

White chocolate is a little like white, refined flour: they’re both over processed and devoid of nutrients. The only “chocolate” part of white chocolate is cocoa butter (the rest of the treat is milk solids, milk fat, and a sweetener), and even that ingredient typically loses any traces of antioxidant properties during a “deodorizing” step. Without the dark cocoa solids, white chocolate doesn’t contain any antioxidant flavanols or gut-healthy prebiotics, which help reduce inflammation and fight weight gain. It also lacks the ability to stimulate the euphoria-inducing chemicals that real chocolate does, including serotonin.


Chocolate Triggers Loss of Consumption Control

godiva chocolate heart valentines box

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling out of control when gifted a chocolate box. It’s a combination of construction and the nature of chocolate itself. First, the variety of flavors entices you to try each one and eat more than you had planned. Second, the combination of sugar and cocoa in chocolate make it hard to stop yourself from going back for seconds. According to a 2011 Drexel University study, this dynamic duo is extremely addictive, and just tasting chocolate can trigger feelings of euphoria, just like addictive drugs can. As a result, you may feel a loss of control when gifted with a box. Even if a food is considered healthy, portion control is still key.


You May Get a Stomachache

woman holding stomach

You didn’t plan for this to happen, but as we just explained, it’s almost too easy to overeat those creamy chocolates. Whether it’s because they’re bite-size, downright delicious, or we get caught up in the holiday-esque moment of Valentine’s Day, many of us can miss certain satiety cues that we’ve eaten enough. As a result, you could suffer from the post-overindulgence stomach ache of pain, gas, and indigestion.


You Might Experience Acid Reflux if You Eat Too Much

man holding chest in pain

It’s unfortunate but true. Chocolate is one of a group of foods that causes your lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle that normally works to keep the acid down in the stomach) to relax. As a result, it causes the acidic stomach contents to travel back upwards and gives you a burning sensation in your chest, aka heartburn. It’s all thanks to two compounds in chocolate, caffeine, and theobromine, which weaken your lower esophageal sphincter. Something tells me having chest pains wasn’t on your checklist of sexy V-day activities.


You’re Eating More Sugar Than Chocolate

sugar spoon

After looking at all the popular Valentine’s Day candy sold in drug stores, we found that the average serving size of chocolate contains over 21 grams of sugar. Although serving sizes range from one piece to three, when I took a look at nutritional information per gram of candy, most pieces of chocolate were made up of more than 50 percent sugar. In other words, you’re eating more sugar than you are chocolate. That’s not so sweet if you ask us.


High-Sugar Chocolates Can Harm Your Immunity

sugar sick valentines

Since chocolate is so bitter, manufacturers love adding sugar to it. But sometimes, they go a bit overboard. Consider this: If you eat just 10 pieces of Ghirardelli’s Dark & Strawberry squares (three times the recommended serving size, but hey, it could happen), you’ll be consuming just shy of 100 grams of sugar. It sounds extreme, but a 2015 study found that consuming this amount of sugar could drastically decrease the number of white blood cells (your immune system’s first responders) in your body. Even if you don’t eat a whopping 100 grams in a single sitting, just eating the three squares will set you back 29 grams of sugar or 58 percent of your recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Too much of the sweet stuff can lead to issues that range from dental cavities to insulin resistance and metabolic disease.


You’ll Consume a Lot of Calories

woman eating chocolate bar

Thanks to being high in fat and sugar, chocolate is usually very high in calories. And you know the drill: eat more calories than you burn and you can pack on the pounds. That being said, one day of indulgence isn’t likely to break your clean-eating streak.


You May Be Consuming a Carcinogen

palm fruit oil

Palm oil, a vegetable oil that contains mostly saturated fats but also polyunsaturated fats, comes from the palm fruit. Although a well-researched 2015 review published in the journal World Journal of Cardiology found that palm oil can be consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet without concern of its limited effects on cholesterol levels, a different conclusion was reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, similar to the U.S.’s FDA). In May 2016 and after reviewing a study published in the world-renowned journal Nature earlier that year, the organization claimed that palm oil “generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant [palmitic acid] than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius.” The EFSA did not recommend consumers to stop eating it—yet—and are now looking into the potential risks.


Or a Banned Substance

chocolate candies

A few V-day heart-shaped boxes (like those from Russel Stover and Elmer) still list partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) among their long list of artificially-manipulated ingredients. In this case, you can see the heart-shaped box as a sign that you should watch your heart health. PHO is a type of man-made trans fat that the FDA has banned from being used in our food beginning in 2018.


You’re Not Eating Quality

hershey chocolate valentines day triple

If your standards are high for your partner, you should at least maintain those high standards for the candy you’re about to gift him or her. Candies like York Peppermint Patty Hearts and Hershey’s XOXO bars contain an ingredient called PGPR in their bite-size candy bars. Instead of using high-quality cocoa butter as a fat and emulsifier, lower-grade candy bars use PGPR (Polyglycerol polyricinoleate): a yellowish, viscous liquid of fatty acids. It’s cheaper to manufacture the candy with this ingredient than to use the real stuff, so the quality gets sacrificed for quantity in this situation. 


You Could Be Eating Insects or Mouse Poop and Hair

mouse eating

Excuse my language, but yes, the FDA actually allows mouse poop in your food—although, they do use a pretty scientific term for it, “mammalian excreta.” According to their guidelines, trace amounts of the brown stuff, up to 10 mg per pound, can be found in cocoa beans. At least you can take solace in knowing there are over 450,000 milligrams in a pound, so that’s a very small fraction. Additionally, you’re only allowed a single rodent hair per 100 grams. That’s comforting—I guess. Want to be grossed out even more? The FDA has a pretty lax upper limit on insect pieces: 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate. Apparently, an average chocolate bar contains 8 insect parts. Yuck. Part of this gross fact makes sense, though, since cocoa beans are harvested and then fermented on-site outside in large wooden vats.


Your Sugar-Free Chocolate Can Be a Laxative

bathroom stall

Think you’re safe having just one more of those sugar-free chocolates? Think again. Because chocolate is already high in calories thanks to the energy-dense cocoa butter or vegetable oils added to emulsify the cacao solids into a creamy bar, many manufacturers opt to include zero-calorie sweeteners like maltitol. When eaten in excess (which can be likely when you think a food is “healthier” for you since it doesn’t have sugar), this sugar alcohol effectively acts as a laxative and can cause stomach pain, excessive internal gas, and flatulence. That just put a damper on your night.


Final Thoughts

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Why Chocolate IS Popular On Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day is only 5 days away I thought why not throw in a  Valentine’s post. Today I talk about and discuss why chocolates are so much more popular on February 14th. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here to learn all about Gluten Sensitivity.


February 14 will soon be upon us, and while many people will choose cards, flowers, or jewelry as gifts to give those they love for Valentine’s Day, chocolates are a perennially popular way to show someone you think they’re special. Heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates are a relatively recent tradition, but the bond between chocolate and love actually goes back thousands of years.

Hold on to your sweet tooth as you read on to find out exactly how and why we give each other chocolate on Valentine’s Day.


It Starts With An Ancient Tradition

Mayan chocolate

The Mayans very clearly appreciated the magic of chocolate as they drank it, first roasting cacao beans and then grinding them into a paste that was mixed with chiles, cornmeal, and water. In addition to using chocolate in religious ceremonies and savoring it at the end of feasts, they were the first culture to make the connection between chocolate and love. Some Mayan wedding ceremonies included a ritual where the bride and groom ceremonially sipped chocolate.

So there you have it, the first big display of chocolate and love coming together.


Introducing An Aphrodisiac

Chocolate in different forms

The Aztecs also prized chocolate and traded with their Mayan neighbors to obtain it in vast quantities. Sixteenth-century ruler Montezuma II allegedly consumed chocolate in vast quantities in order to stoke his libido. Spanish explorers were quick to realize the appeal of chocolate though, and mixed cacao paste with cinnamon and cane sugar to cut the bitterness.


From Britain With Love

Heart box chocolates

Although chocolate became popular throughout Western Europe after its introduction by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, it was so expensive that it was mostly consumed by the wealthy. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that British company J.S. Fry & Sons created the first-ever chocolate bar by combining cacao powder and sugar with cacao butter. Within a few years, filled chocolates became wildly popular, with Fry & Sons competitor Cadbury introducing the first box of chocolates—dubbed the “Fancy Box”—in England in 1861.

Just seven years later, the company produced its first heart-shaped box of fruit, ganache, and nut-filled chocolates in time for Valentine’s Day gifting. Because the decorative boxes could be used to store love letters and other mementos long after the chocolates inside had been eaten, they proved to be thoughtful as well as toothsome gifts.


Thinking inside the box

Box of chocolatesGiving chocolate on Valentine’s Day proved just as popular in the United States as it was in Britain. Hershey’s introduced its petite, romantically named Hershey’s Kisses in 1907, and the iconic yellow Whitman’s Sampler debuted in 1912. Whitman’s even turned to movie stars like Jeanne Crain and Elizabeth Taylor to promote their sweet treats.

Meanwhile, chocolatier Russell Stover began marketing their distinctive line of heart-shaped boxes—which to this day include the petite Red Foil Heart” and the lace-covered “Secret Lace Heart”—across the Midwest in the 1920s before expanding to be the number-one boxed-chocolate brand in the United States.


Chocolate reign

Chocolates and flowers

Wondering what to get your sweetheart this February 14? Go ahead and say you love them with chocolate, because that’s what everyone else is doing. If history is any predictor, chocolate will outshine cards and flowers this V-Day, as it’s always done.

According to data gathered by Nielsen, Valentine’s Day candy generated $695 million in sales in 2017—and chocolate played a major role. In fact, Americans spent $11 billion on chocolate throughout the year.

So, when it comes time to show the ones who make you feel all warm and fuzzy how much they mean to you, there’s a good chance you’ll be saying it with some chocolate. And if anything, you’re just honoring an age-old, very sweet tradition.


Final Thoughts

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How To Use Leftover Candy Canes

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 20! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 18 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-19

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Twinkling lights, the smell of Christmas trees, and Winter Cocktails are among the most welcomed delights of the season,(Besides all the good holiday related junk food) 🙂 Oh, and let’s not forget candy canes—who doesn’t love,  love those! Which is why we stock up on the stuff the one time each year every store seems to carry them. But buying 10+ boxes of the minty, sweet treat has a downside: the leftovers ( you would only have that many boxes if you put candy canes on your Christmas tree)? There are often buckets worth—even after they’ve been hung on the tree, stuffed in everyone’s stocking, and fastened to all of your holiday cards. Sound like your yearly struggle? Rest easy; I’ve got you covered with some great candy cane crafts and recipes.


Spike Your Whipped Cream With It

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Whether you’re dolloping it over fruit, a bowl of ice cream, or into your latte, whipped cream can benefit from a minty makeover. Whip your own cream and sprinkle the swirled candy bits at the end before using it as a creamy topping.


Make Candy Cane Pops

Candy cane oreo pops

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Insert decorative sticks into Oreo creme, dip the Oreo into melted white chocolate, and then coat with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday treat you haven’t thought of making yet. The subtle vanilla flavor of the cookie met with the refreshing zing of peppermint will make a sweet snack the whole gang will love.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


 No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles

Chocolate candy cane truffles

Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake

Use leftover candy canes by crafting decadent truffles dusted with the wintry sweet. This recipe starts with cream cheese, peppermint extract, and chocolate base before it’s refrigerated until set and then rolled in the crushed candies for added color and flavor. You can even wrap these cute little treats in cellophane and gift to your best pals.

Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


Make Minty Marshmallows

Marshmallows in a bowl

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You’ll need to top off your hot cocoa with a giant marshmallow, but why settle for store-bought when you can easily make your own? Start with food genius Alton Brown’s marshmallow recipe on Food Network, and then dust the crushed candy canes on top of the ‘mallows before cutting them into perfect squares. You can even gift leftovers to friends and family.


Napkin Holders

Candy cane on plate

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Rather than opting for your usual holiday napkin rings, use twisted candy canes instead. If you have any leftover candies that are still intact, try hooking the arch over the middle of a rolled-up napkin before placing on your holiday table for some festive flair.


Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Chocolate candy cake cupcake

Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake

All you need is a quick devil’s food cake mix and a few other pantry staples to create a rich chocolate cupcake that serves as a perfect base to peppermint frosting. Psst: the frosting is 100 percent homemade, so you know it’ll be just as delicious on its own as over the cupcake. This recipe calls for adorning the frosting with crushed candy canes for a delectable and decorative twist.

Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


 Chocolate Snowflake Candy Canes

Chocolate snowflake candy canes

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Got some extra candy canes that aren’t broken? Continue ringing in Christmas spirit by whipping up these white chocolate snowflake candy canes. All you have to do is dip half of the candy cane stick into a mixture of white chocolate chips and shortening before sprinkling over some white pearl and snowflake sprinkles and allowing them to cool and harden. Yum!

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


Craft Candy Cane Oreo Pudding Cups

Candy cane oreo pudding cups

Courtesy of Lil Luna

These cute little pudding cups are perfect for entertaining or a cozy night in. All you need is a white chocolate pudding mix, candy cane Oreos, candy cane bits, and Cool Whip. Then, you layer all of your ingredients into mini cups and voila!

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


 Bath Scrub

candy cane scrub

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Instead of eating your leftovers, use them to make a candy cane-infused scrub. To make a batch, pour four cups of white sugar, one cup of olive oil (or another non-comedogenic oil with a similar consistency), a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and a quarter cup of finely ground candy canes into a mixing bowl. Then stir it up!


Bake Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Peppermint sugar cookies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Sugar cookies are great on their own, but any tried-and-true classic can use a little makeover from time to time. These sugar cookies benefit from a thick vanilla frosting that’s bejeweled with candy cane pieces.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


Bake Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint brownies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Everyone (well, almost) loves the combo of mint and chocolate, and these peppermint brownies embrace the duo to the fullest extent. Warm, fudgy brownies are met with an invigorating crushed candy topping that adds crunch and texture.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


Reindeer Ears on Cookies

Candy canes in glass

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Nothing marks the beginning of the holiday season better than the grocery store invasion of peppermint-themed treats. That’s why we’re loving the idea of decorating homemade holiday desserts with the candy.


 Candy Cane Soap

candy cane soap

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In the mood to channel your inner Martha Stewart? Whip up some homemade candy cane soap! (It’s easy to make—promise!) Start by melting a block of clear glycerin and a block of white glycerin in separate bowls. Then, mix in red food dye and peppermint essential oil into the clear glycerin. (A few drops of each work.) After that, pour a thin layer of the melted white glycerin into a cake mold or small pan and let it sit for about two to three minutes. After it’s somewhat solid, pour a layer of the red glycerin on top and then continue alternating with the red and white glycerin every few minutes until the mold or pan is filled. Then top off your soap with a generous coating of crushed candy cane, which is a great exfoliant.


Throw Back a Candy Cane Cocktail

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If you’re looking to up your bartending game, forgo serving up basic drinks like spiked eggnog and opt for surprising your guests with a round of candy cane vodka shots. Luckily, you only need three things to prepare this festive elixir: candy canes, a small bottle of vodka (about 25 ounces), and a coffee grinder or food processor. Here’s what you need to do: grind 12 candy canes until they’re eroded into superfine crystals. Then, pour the candy powder into the bottle of vodka, make sure the cap is tightly screwed, and shake away! (You can even save some of the crushed candy to rim the glasses with later on!) Then, let the vodka sit for a half hour, shaking every now and then. Once the liquid is candy-cane-red, serve it up in shot glasses or a sleek martini glass.


Peppermint Hot Cocoa

candy cane hot cocoa

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This winter, spruce up your favorite hot beverage with some minty goodness! To make a mug of decadent hot cocoa, add one cup of your milk of choice into a saucepan with two ounces bittersweet chocolate, and simmer over low heat. Once the chocolate is melted, add one tablespoon sugar and a ½ teaspoon peppermint extract to the pot and stir. Once it’s all dissolved, pour it into your fave mug, swirl on some whipped cream, and then garnish the top with crushed candy canes. If you prefer taking the easier route with premade hot cocoa mix, choose my best Hot Chocolate.


 Peppermint Popcorn

peppermint bark popcorn

Courtesy of Cooking Classy

What’s better than binge-watching all of the Home Alone movies in one sitting? The answer: having a big bowl of peppermint popcorn beside you! Spike your popped kernels with a layer of melted white chocolate and some candy cane crumble. Oh, and you might want to whip up an extra batch because you’re totally not going to want to share this!

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy


Crack Fudge Peppermint Bark

peppermint bark

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Give your gingerbread cookie and peanut butter blossom recipes a break, and concoct a batch of crunchy peppermint bark instead. The best part—aside from the taste? It’s beyond easy to make. All you have to do is melt dark chocolate, slather it onto a sheet of parchment paper, and let it solidify in the fridge. Once it’s hardened, drizzle on a layer of melted white chocolate and then drop a handful or two (or three… no one’s looking!) of candy cane chunks for fresh flavor and a festive pop of color. Easy peasy!


Try Pink Peppermint Bark Macarons

Pink peppermint bark macarons

Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Besides croissants, macarons are the next best thing the French bestowed on us. Give your favorite fancy dessert a wintry twist by adding crushed candy canes into the creamy ganache.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


Rim Glasses With Candy Canes

Green holiday cocktail

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Remember that martini we suggested shaking up and that hot cocoa recipe you jotted on your list? Well, if these two beverages have anything in common, it’s that you can easily jazz them up by rimming the glass or mug with crushed candy canes. Just pulverize the candies in the blender, use your finger to coat the rim with a syrup (like maple syrup) and dip into the crushed candy.


Scoop Into Homemade Nice Cream

candy-cane-ice-cream

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Adapt your favorite nice cream recipe into a delicious, holiday-approved dessert by sprinkling crushed candy canes into the blender. Whether you choose to go with banana and cocoa mix or a traditional vanilla bean dessert, you’ll want to scoop it into a cone and toss some candy canes on top for a refreshing twist on rainbow sprinkles.


Bake Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Death by chocolate peppermint cookies

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

If you love devil’s food cake, you’re gonna love this recipe idea. All you have to do is bake up a decadent chocolate cookie, dip it in dark chocolate, sprinkle it with some crushed peppermint candies, and drizzle with white chocolate. The minty peppermint will help cut the richness of the dark chocolate.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.


Make Homemade Thin Mints

Peppermint bark cookies

Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Instead of unwrapping a thin mint, try DIYing your own this holiday season. The chocolate sugar cookies are super easy to make, and they come out of the oven extra thick while the white chocolate coating gets a double dose of peppermint from the extract and crushed candies.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Make a Minty Milkshake

Candy cane chocolate milkshake

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Got a tub of vanilla ice cream, milk, and leftover candy canes? Blend the three ingredients into the best milkshake ever. You can even add some unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolatey boost and garnish the cup with a mint leaf. Mmm!


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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The Best Christmas Products That Come Out Every Year

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 19! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 18 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-18

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Just because you can’t always bring yourself to say “no” to the limited-edition gingerbread cookies and holiday candy you see at the store, it doesn’t mean your belly must start resembling Santa’s. It’s totally possible to get in the spirit of the season while maintaining your trim waistline; you just need to know which packages to grab and which ones to leave at the grocery store.

Since no one wants to spend time reading nutrition panels in the supermarket’s overcrowded holiday section (seriously, it’s a scary place to linger), I’ve done all of the research for you. Commit some of my top picks to memory so you can get in and out of the store unscathed. Or better yet, snag them online!


LÄRABAR Snickerdoodle & Gingerbread

 

Nutrition: 1 bar, 190 calories 8-9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0-30 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 17-18 g sugar, 4 g protein

Thanks to Larabar, you can finally indulge in your favorite holiday cookie flavors without a massive sugar rush. While there are 17 to 18 grams of the sweet stuff per bar, the sugar is all the naturally occurring kind from things like dates and raisins. Plus, these things are beyond tasty—nab ‘em while you still can!


Birch Benders Gingerbread Spice Pancake Mix

 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup mix (two 4” pancakes), 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein

While this ginger-infused pancake mix is a bit high in sugar, thanks to the addition of cassava starch there’s a bit fiber and protein, too. To even the fiber to sugar ratio a bit further, go light on the syrup and top your hotcakes with finely chopped pecans or walnuts and enjoy a scrambled egg or two on the side.


Goldfish Fun Holiday Colors Baked Cheddar Crackers

 

Nutrition: 55 pieces, 140 calories 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 3 g protein

While these cute little crackers don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, they won’t do your body much harm, either. To give their tiny fish their vibrant holiday hues, Pepperidge Farms used things like turmeric extract and watermelon juice concentrate—not chemicals. With that in mind, this is definitely a salty snack that gets the green light. To boost its staying power of your snack, mix the fishies with some raw nuts and pair the mixture with a small piece of fibrous fruit.


KIND Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spice

Nutrition: 1 bar, 200 calories, 15 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein

With so many delicious, low sugar bars on their roster, it’s easy to see why—and this seasonal snack is no exception. Flavors of hazelnuts, cashews, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon join together to create a snack bar that will delight your taste buds while fueling your body right. Get a box for you and a second one to use as healthy stocking stuffers. The gift of health is one that everyone on your list is sure to love.


Enjoy Life Foods Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Nutrition: 2 cookies, 120 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein

The healthiest gingerbread you’ll have this season will likely be homemade. But in the packaged food realm, these come pretty darn close. Despite the fact that most of these cookies are filled with sugar (as is the case with almost every cookie), they still have less than 5 grams of the sweet stuff a pop—which is pretty impressive. I also love that Enjoy Life uses ingredients like millet and buckwheat flour to sneak in a bit of nutrition.


Tic Tac Christmas Candy Cane

Nutrition: 1 piece, 1.9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

Since you have to constantly chomp, gum can make your tummy bloat. I  rely on mints to freshen my breath. These super-cute candy cane Tic Tacs are sure to brighten your day and your smile every time you pop one into your mouth. And for less than 2 calories each, they can’t be beat—so long as you don’t down too many at once, at least.


BoomChickaPop White Chocolate Peppermint

Nutrition: 1 1/4 cup, 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium 18 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein

Compared to things like candy and cookies, this peppermint and chocolate topped popcorn isn’t half bad. And the divine flavor makes it totally worth its not-exactly-low sugar count. This is definitely a must-try but probably not something you want to go back for seconds of.


Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes Pure Butter Cookies

Nutrition: 2 pieces, 150 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein

The only things that go into these low-sugar cookies are wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt making them an obvious Eat This!


Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

Nutrition: 1 tea bag, 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

The only thing better than a cup of belly fat-incinerating Tea? One that’s infused with orange peel, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, that’s what! The super cute box is definitely a bonus, too. Just look at those bears hard at work in Santa’s workshop!


Califia Farms Pure Almond Milk Egg Nog

Nutrition: 4 fl oz, 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein

 It does have about fifty percent fewer calories than the typical eggnog, I can’t deny that eggnog in general just isn’t a great pick. Sip it if you must, but know that you’re better off eating your calories than sipping them.


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The Best Christmas Chocolate

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To be ranked a “best” Christmas chocolate, you had to be under 21 grams of sugar—the sweet stuff’s been linked to weight gain, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. While calories and fat also factored into our rankings, having more natural ingredients (and fewer ingredients, at that), earned certain chocolates that may have had higher calorie and fat counts more points. Having more quality calories will benefit you far more than fewer calories loaded with artificial additives, especially when those calories are from antioxidant-rich cocoa.


REESE’S SNOWMAN

REESES SNOWMAN

PER ¼ SNOWMAN (35 G): 180 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 3 g protein

Reese’s lovers rejoice—although Reese’s Bells got axed from the Nice List, there’s two ETNT approved holiday varieties. The first is this Reese’s Snowman, which is free of trans fats and nutritionally superior to the Bells (when you eat ¼ of the Snowman that is—that’s the serving size, and stick to it).


REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER TREES

REESES PEANUT BUTTER TREES

PER 2 PIECES: 170 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 4 g protein

And your best Reese’s option is… these Reese’s Trees! You can indulge in one for just 90 calories, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of sugar!


LINDT MILK CHOCOLATE SNOWMEN

LINDT MILK CHOCOLATE SNOWMEN

PER 4 PIECES: 220 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 3 g protein

If you’re one of those people who love giving oversized holiday-shaped chocolates as presents, try downsizing it this year. These mini Lindt Milk Chocolate Snowmen are just 55 calories a piece. Whether or not the recipient decides to eat the full serving is up to them, but at least the nutrition comes from quality ingredients. 


GOLD EMBLEM CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

GOLD EMBLEM CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

PER ⅓ CUP (38 G): 200 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 2 g protein

Despite a lengthy ingredient list, these Chocolate Covered Pretzels are low in calories and won’t tap out your fat and sugar banks. They’re the perfect treat for any salty and sweet fan.


GHIRARDELLI SQUARES PEPPERMINT BARK

GHIRARDELLI SQUARES PEPPERMINT BARK

PER 3 PIECES: 190 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 2 g protein

Peppermint bark may be a festive holiday staple, but unless you can limit yourself to just a square or two, it’s a slippery slope–especially if you’re trying to survive the holidays without love handles. Just three squares have nearly as many calories as an entire bag of Reese’s Pieces and an extra gram of saturated fat.


KIT KAT MINT MINIATURES

KIT KAT MINT MINIATURES

PER 5 PIECES (43 G): 210 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (2 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 2 g protein

Take a break from shopping with one of these Kit Kat Mint Miniatures. They pop right into your mouth and contain peppermint oil, a weight loss superfoods. In fact, researchers conclude that by adding mint to your diet, more of the fat you consume will be metabolized, as opposed to steadily making your pants tighter.


HERSHEY’S MILK CHOCOLATE SANTA

HERSHEYS MILK CHOCOLATE SANTAS

PER 1 BAR (34 G): 170 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 2 g protein

Not a fan of mini? Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Santa is perfectly portioned so that you can indulge with boundaries.


GHIRARDELLI HOLIDAY IMPRESSIONS CHOCOLATE MILK & DARK

GHIRARDELLI HOLIDAY IMPRESSIONS CHOCOLATE MILK AND DARK

PER 3 SQUARES (39 G): 210 calories, 12 g fat (7.5 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (0 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 3 g protein

Although we have listed the nutritional profile of three Ghirardelli Holiday Impression squares in order to keep our comparisons uniform, the actual packing serving size is only 1 square. If you have the self-control, that’s just 70 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar per individually wrapped square.


GHIRARDELLI SQUARES PEPPERMINT BARK WITH DARK CHOCOLATE

GHIRARDELLI SQUARES PEPPERMINT BARK WITH DARK CHOCOLATE

PER 3 SQUARES (39 G): 200 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (2 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 2 g protein

You already know that peppermint is a lethal weight loss weapon, but did you know that chocolate can actually help you burn fat? Chocolate boasts powerful natural chemicals called flavanols that have been found to help lower blood sugar and also decrease body fat, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


RUSSELL STOVER CARAMEL SANTA

 

PER 1 PIECE: 160 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 1 g protein

I doubt Russell and Clara Stover were making these caramel Santas when they began their candy business in their home in Denver, Colorado in 1923. However, they’ve become a popular festive treat that would earn Mrs. Claus’ approval.


THEO DARK CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER TOFFEE

THEO DARK CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER TOFFEE

PER ½ BAR: 210 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (3 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 3 g protein

This Dark Chocolate Nutcracker Toffee bar is made with organic, wholesome ingredients—aka food that was not made in a lab. According to a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research, regularly consuming small amounts of high-quality chocolate fights stress that can lead to weight gain.


RUSSELL STOVER MARSHMALLOW SANTA

RUSSELL STOVER MARSHMALLOW SANTA

PER 1 PIECE: 100 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 g carbs (14 g sugar)(all other nutritionals unavailable)

Your best Santa chocolate bar option is this Russell Stover Marshmallow Santa. It’s just 100 calories and has just 14 grams of sugar. Plus, marshmallow and chocolate? No brainer.


THE #1 CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE IS… MADELAINE CHOCOLATE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

MADELAINE CHOCOLATE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

PER 1 PIECE: 50 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 1 g protein

It’s rather fitting that at the top of my Nice Chocolate List is this Chocolate Countdown to Christmas Calendar. Each window reveals a 50 calorie milk chocolate wrapped like a Christmas present. It seems a little counterintuitive, but to really take control over your cravings you’ve got to indulge in them—slowly, one day at a time! And to blast even more belly fat, pair the cup with a cup of Tea. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). The tea’s combination of caffeine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) seems to set fat cells up for defeat.


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The Worst Holiday Chocolates

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All year long I eat healthily, and then Christmas comes along and I turn into a candy-loving kid again.  I’m like how you would say?  A reverse Santa Claus. He stuffs kids’ stockings. I unstuff them—and then stuff my mouth.

Even those of us who don’t often eat candy find it hard to resist the minty, chocolatey goodness of the holidays, forgetting all about our plans for rapid weight loss. (Get me near a tin of chocolate bark and we turn into a woodchuck.)

But candy is unique in its ability to make us fat. Because it’s so high in sugar and devoid of fiber, candy gives us a much faster sugar rush than any food found in nature. As a result, our bodies can often overreact, pumping out more of the sugar-management hormone insulin than we need. Then two things happen, neither of them good: First, insulin grabs all of that sugar and looks for someplace to store it, most often as belly fat. And second, by stealing too much sugar from our systems, it creates a sugar crash: a sort of hunger rebound that sends us back to the party try for more chocolate bark.

So instead of going all Grinch on you, I took a hard look at the nutritional info on every sort of Christmas candy that might be rolling down your chimney this year and ranked them best to worst (comparing the nutritional profiles and quality of ingredients to equivalent serving sizes). Now, when you reach into the kids’ stockings, you’ll know you’re setting yourself up for a Merry Christmas, not a flabby New Year.


HOLIDAY CHOCOLATES

As a general rule avoid anything that’s labeled “made with chocolate,” “chocolaty,” or “chocolate-coated,” which indicate the presence of partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, harmful dyes like Yellow #5 and Red #40 and artificial flavoring. Cocoa’s waist-whittling effects do not extend to the fake stuff.


FIRST… THE WORST

REESE’S BELLS

Reeses bells candy

PER 4 CANDIES (38 G): 190 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 3 g protein

Reese’s Bells, Reese’s Bells, Reese’s not all the way. Although there are a few on my Nice List, these guys are definitely naughty. Anything listed with partially hydrogenated oils AKA trans fat, which have been banned by the FDA, is a no-go.


DOVE PEPPERMINT BARK DARK CHOCOLATE SQUARES

DOVE PEPPERMINT BARK DARK CHOCOLATE SQUARES

PER 4 PIECES (40 G): 210 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

Although Dove advertises this product as a bark, there really just artificial dark chocolate bite squares. Even more disappointing is the presence of trans fat. Did I mention the first ingredient is sugar?


DOVE SILKY SMOOTH SNOWFLAKE PROMISES CHOCOLATE ASSORTMENT

DOVE SNOWFLAKE PROMISES CHOCOLATE ASSORTMENT

PER 5 PIECES: 200 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 2 g protein

These Silky Smooth Snowflake Promises may be innocent when you eat just one, but after five you’re looking at 200 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat and 19 grams of sugar—that’s as much sugar as you’ll find in 10 Butterfinger BBs. And if you have any food allergies, avoid purchasing these snowflake chocolates at all costs. They’ve recently been recalled due to mysterious Snickers popping up inside their bags. If you’re a fan of the caramel nutty chocolate bars this may seem like a bonus, but for those suffering from any nut allergies, it should not be taken lightly.


KIT KAT HOLIDAY CANDY BARS

KIT KAT HOLIDAY CANDY BARS

PER 1 FOUR PIECE BAR: 210 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 3 g protein

Unwrap one of Kit Kat’s cutesy holiday wafers and you’ll find Santa smiling back at you. You’ll also find 22 grams of processed sugar and 7 grams of saturated fat. Don’t even think about having more than one, unless you own a big red suit.


CRUNCH JINGLES

CRUNCH JINGLES

PER 6 PIECES: 210 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (0 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 2 g protein

Sadly the only thing that will be ringing when you pop these bell-shaped candies into your mouth is your blood sugar alarm. This is jingle hell. To easily burn off any of these candies—without spending hours in the gym.


HERSHEY’S CANDY CANE KISSES

HERSHEYS CANDY CANE KISSES

PER 9 PIECES (42 G): 220 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (0 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 3 g protein

Hershey’s candy cane mint candies add antioxidant-rich and appetite-suppressing peppermint oil to the traditional milk chocolate kiss. But despite their potential weight loss ingredient, I can’t ignore the artificial dyes, words “artificial flavor” and corn syrup in their ingredient list (or the steep sugar and fat counts).


BRACH’S PEPPERMINT CHRISTMAS TREE NOUGATS

BRACHS PEPPERMINT CHRISTMAS TREE NOUGATS

PER 41 G: 160 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (0 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 0 g protein

Although these Nougats are super low in fat, their first ingredient is corn syrup, followed by sugar and several artificial dyes.


ANDES PEPPERMINT CRUNCH CANDY

ANDES PEPPERMINT CRUNCH CANDY

PER 4 PIECES: 200 calories, 12 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

“Andy’s Candies” was changed to “Andes Candies” after the chocolate’s creator discovered men were not too keen on giving their lovers candy with another man’s name on it. We’d avoid them for another reason: Just a few bites have more sugar than 10 jelly beans.


SEASONAL SWEETS MILK CHOCOLATE SANTAS

SEASONAL SWEETS MILK CHOCOLATE SANTAS

PER 6 PIECES: 220 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 26 g sugar)

Chocolate and Santa are both 100% kid approved and since they’re mini, your child (or you) can enjoy six—but try stick to three instead.


HOLIDAY MINT M&M’S

HOLIDAY MINT MMS

PER 1.5 OUNCES: 210 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 2 g protein

M&M’s might be tiny, but their ingredient list is far from it—they’re filled with over 10 different color dyes including Red 40 and Yellow 5. This is rather alarming considering Europe has required foods with artificial dyes contain warning labels since July 2010 as a result of the discovery that they may cause hyperactivity in children.


WHITE PEPPERMINT M&M’S

WHITE PEPPERMINT MMS

PER 1.5 OUNCES: 210 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 2 g protein

Meet White Peppermint, Mint M&M’s sibling. Peppermint has a nearly identical nutritional profile to Mint aside from one thing: With two more grams of fat and one more gram of saturated, it’s naughty, not nice.


GUITTARD SMOOTH ‘N MELTY CHRISTMAS MINTS

GUITTARD SMOOTH N MELTY CHRISTMAS MINTS

PER 7 PIECES: 200 calories, 10 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (0 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 1 g protein

With partially hydrogenated oil, bloating whey, and a slew of artificial dyes and flavors, these Melty Mints are worse than a lump of coal. Hydrogenated oils are detrimental to heart health and have been linked to both high cholesterol and inflammation. you’d be better off drinking a Coke.


FERRARA CHOCOLATE FRUIT BURST MILK CHOCOLATE ORANGE

FERRARA CHOCOLATE FRUIT BURST MILK CHOCOLATE ORANGE

PER 5 SLICES: 240 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 26 g sugar, 1 g protein

Unlike the citrusy fruit it’s named after, this is one orange that won’t help you lose weight. Thanks to whole milk powder and cocoa butter, it’s got 14 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated). That’s a lot of fat for only about ¼ of the chocolatey orange!


 THE #1 WORST CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE IS… A TIE!

CHRISTMAS JUNIOR MINTS

CHRISTMAS JUNIOR MINTS

PER 16 PIECES (40 G): 170 calories, 3 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 32 g sugar

JUNIOR MINTS PEPPERMINT CRUNCH

JUNIOR MINTS PEPPERMINT CRUNCH

PER 15 PIECES (40 G): 170 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 g sugar

Tied for the naughtiest chocolate, these two Junior Mint flavors are under 200 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving but boast a whopping 32 grams of sugar. Within 24 hours of eating added sugar, your body is flooded with elevated levels of triglycerides, which universally lead to one thing: belly fat.


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Best Of Pinterest (Holiday)

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah ,or Kwanzaa you’re looking forward to this year, odds are your holiday menu is already in the works. Instead of whipping up your tried-and-true and, dare I say it, stale recipes, why not try your hand at something new? To help you gain some cooking inspiration, Pinterest mined its data to dig up its top tried holiday recipes of 2018.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie pin

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Why buy the store-bought stuff when you can whip up a glorious pumpkin pie at home in less time than it will take you to pick one up at the supermarket? This fall favorite from Live Well, Bake Often calls for warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and it is loaded with a sweet filling made of real pumpkin and evaporated milk. Want to shorten the prep time even further? You can opt for crafting the base with a store-bought pie crust instead of baking your own (we won’t tell).

Get the recipe from Live Well, Bake Often.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies pin

Gimme Some Oven/Pinterest

Whether you’re leaving them out for Santa—or for your cookie-monster alter ego ( mmm cookies) that awakens at midnight—these chocolate crinkle cookies from Gimme Some Oven will hit the spot. They call for ingredients you probably already have stocked in your pantry, and they make a tasty snack when paired with a tall glass of milk (or dairy free milk) You’re going to want to dole these bad boys out to everyone on your nice list this year, but we’re totally not judging if you decide to hoard them all to yourself.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie pin

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I can almost guarantee that making this delicious Dutch apple pie from The Diary of a Real Housewife will be a crowd-pleaser come the holiday season. Warm, caramelized apples are met with a crunchy spiced topping, making for a combo that’s too tempting not to slice into for seconds.

Get the recipe from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies pin .

Bless This Mess Please/Pinterest

Finally unravel the ribbon on that box of cookie cutters your in-law gifted you by whipping up a batch of these festive cookies from Bless This Mess. The subtle flavors of ginger and cinnamon are bound to please even the pickiest of palates, and the cut-out cookies serve as the perfect op to bond with the little ones.

Get the recipe from Bless This Mess.

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Christmas tree spinach breadsticks pin

It’s Always Autumn/Pinterest

Spinach and cheese are one of our favorite combos, especially when paired with fluffy dough that’s shaped into a noble evergreen. Pinterest users tried this winning recipe from It’s Always Autumn nearly 600 times and saved it about 386,000 times. What are you waiting for?!

Get the recipe from It’s Always Autumn

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Coffee That Tastes Like Chocolate

Welcome back to another post I just want to take a moment and say hello if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been here for a while. I also want to take a moment and say I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving? Did you eat good food, have good conversation and had a good time indulging in all the good food and treats?

I come back the day after Thanksgiving with a coffee post. For those who have off until Monday lucky you for those of us that don’t it’s business as usual and I don’t know about you but I need a cup ol’ cup of or maybe 2 or 3.

To learn how coffee can taste like chocolate and actually be healthy and good for you please keep reading.


This chocolate coffee I am talking about isn’t witchcraft it’s called nitrogen brew—or nitro brew for short—and it lives on barista countertops in a contraption that looks similar to a beer tap. The keg, filled with cold brew coffee, is attached to a pressurized tap that infuses the brew with nitrogen gas, which makes the coffee bubble up, giving it a creamy chocolaty taste that’s been described as being similar to chocolate milk or in my opinion like a chocolate candy bar. And after giving it a try myself, I have to agree. Nitro brew boasts an underlying chocolaty flavor and tastes much smoother than traditional iced coffee. The foam at the top also adds a pleasing texture and seems to help cut through coffee’s naturally bitter taste.

Nitro coffee doesn’t boast any health benefits the conventional variety doesn’t carry, but since it’s naturally rich, you’ll probably be able to drink it sans milk or sugar (or in my favorite fashion almond milk no sugar and 1 pump of SF Vanilla Syrup in cold foam style)—which is good news if you’re trying to get a flat stomach or just into better shape. If you typically take your daily coffee with a quarter-cup of whole milk and a pack of sugar, axing the add-ins will save you 350 calories a week. That adds up to over five pounds off your frame over the course of a year! Now that’s a buzz I can get behind.


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The Best Hot Chocolates

Happy Halloween! Today’s post will be in orange and black to celebrate today being Halloween. If it’s too hard to read let me know and I will change it back to normal. It’s officially time to unpack our wool sweaters and oversized scarves and search the internet for the best hot chocolate you can warm up with. After all, frigid early mornings and cozy nights in just calls for hot cocoa. And it’s hard to argue with the fact that half the fun of drinking the wintry beverage is making it.

That’s why I got some taste testers to taste and teste five popular boxed mixes to find the absolute best hot chocolate mix. (For reference, we used 2 percent dairy milk as the base.) Skip the usual cup at your local 7-Eleven, and make a mug at home with their top pick. Mmmm!


How They Were Graded 

List checkmark boxesHere are the three metrics we used to determine each hot chocolate mix’s final grade.

Nutrition

Because most mixes didn’t vary too much across the nutritional board, my taste testers didn’t consider this metric too heavily. After all, hot chocolate is an indulgence (or it should be).

Consistency

Is the texture creamy enough to complement the milk, or does it fall flat? Did the unexpected aftertaste ruin your comforting experience?

Taste

Of course, taste is their top determining factor and we docked major points for mixes that lacked the cocoa notes we crave.


From Worst… To Best

Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Mix

Swiss miss milk chocolate hot cocoa mix

PER PACKET (39 G): 160 calories, 2 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 1 g protein

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Their Verdict:

In retrospect, this mix tasted way better as a kid—They said that their adult palates craved something richer. One taste tester said that this mix “smelled nostalgic,” while another proclaimed that it “tasted like a snow day.” However, this hot chocolate reminded them of our childhood, but the aqueous consistency resembled a mix that was stirred into water (although they used “regular” milk and almond milk), and the artificial aftertaste made this pick less tasty when compared to its competitors. Rather than boasting a pronounced cocoa flavor, Swiss Miss relied mostly on sugar and vanilla undertones to form its flavor base.


Nestle Classic Rich Milk Chocolate

Nestle classic rich milk chocolate hot cocoa mix

PER PACKET (20 G): 80 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), <1 g protein

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Their Verdict:

Although it didn’t coat the mouth, Nestle’s classic hot chocolate mix was richer than the Swiss Miss envelope. They can probably chalk that up to the higher fat content in Nestle: Nestle boasts 2 grams of fat per 20-gram packet, while Swiss Miss boasts the same amount of fat per almost double the serving size (a 39-gram packet). Nestle’s cocoa gave a pleasant flavor, with no particular flavor note sticking out. One of my taste testers proclaimed that this mix tasted just like your average milk chocolate bar.


ShopRite Instant Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa With Mini Marshmallows

Shop rite milk chocolate hot cocoa

PER PACKET (28 G): 110 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), <1 g protein

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Their Verdict:

Surprisingly enough, this grocery-store find trumped two ubiquitous, classic boxes—but only marginally. Although the mix was just as excessively sweet as Swiss Miss, ShopRite’s powder boasted the perfect touch of salt, which helped balance out the sweetened cocoa. The taste was comparable to the leftover milk in a bowl of Cocoa Puffs—yum! All in all, the milky chocolate flavor was neither too rich nor underwhelming, and the mini marshmallows added a nice contrasting texture and subtle vanilla flavor to this mix.


Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Godiva hot cocoa

PER 3 TBS: 130 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 1 g protein

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Their Verdict:

Out of all the offerings they taste-tested, Godiva’s milk chocolate hot cocoa was concocted with the cleanest ingredients, which was definitely noticeable with every sip. We commend the chocolatier for producing a spot-on cocoa flavor, but I really wished that the drink’s texture was more decadent. Something tells me that Godiva’s dark chocolate hot cocoa mix might be more up their alley than the milk chocolate version.


Land O Lakes Chocolate Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix

Land o lakes cocoa classics supreme chocolate hot cocoa mix

PER PACKET (35 G): 140 calories, 2.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 3 g protein

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Their Verdict:

Land O Lakes’ mix completely set itself apart from its competitors, thanks to its super decadent, authentic taste. This mug was velvety and coated the mouth (likely due to the addition of coconut oil), and the relatively high sodium content highlighted the rich cocoa notes. Whether you’re entertaining guests, whipping up a cup for your kids before bedtime, or just enjoying a warm mug on your couch, Land O Lakes Chocolate Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix will deliver the comforting cocoa you crave.

 


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? I know that It’s only October (Happy Halloween). Hot chocolate is something that is sold all year round. I personally enjoy hot chocolate in the winter during a snowy night (i know cliche). I figured since tomorrow is November first and the weather is slowly getting cooler (depending on where you live where I live it’s in the low 70’s) why not give all of my hot chocolate peeps a hot chocolate post. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. 

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The Best Store-Bought Chocolate Cupcakes

We Tested 5 Chocolate Cupcakes, and This Is the Best One

When you’re craving a treat that’s decadent and satisfying, nothing satisfies a cocoa craving better than a chocolate cupcake. With thick frosting blanketing a fluffy cake, and perhaps even a squiggly white icing drizzle, the perfectly-portioned treat makes for a tasty, pre-portioned dessert. To find the best cupcake in your local grocery store, I had some friends taste-tested five different chocolate cupcake brands and crowned only one king or queen. See which pick you should sink your sweet tooth into.


 How I Graded Them

List checkmark boxes

Here are the three metrics I used to determine each cupcake’s final grade.

Nutrition

Let’s face it: My friends are not noshing on chocolate cupcakes because of their nutrition—these treats are for dessert purposes only! While nutrition wasn’t our top determining factor when it came to ranking these sweets, They favored brands with the least amount of sugar to help break ties.

Taste

Chocolate cupcakes should boast a rich cocoa flavor that’s obvious, but not sickly sweet. Plus, we shouldn’t have to swig an entire glass of milk to eliminate any off-putting aftertastes.

Texture

Moist and fluffy is how I like my cupcakes. Dense, sticky treats get the boot.


From Worst… To Best

 

Hostess Chocolate Cupcake

Hostess chocolate cupcake

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 165 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 175 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18.5 g sugar), 1 g protein

 Verdict:

Hostess’ package comes with two mini cupcakes, which boasted a chunky chocolate cake and the signature squiggly line piped with white icing. Considering Hostess is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous packaged snack brands, we expected the flavors to taste authentic and homemade. However, they were met with much displeasure after the first bite. The chocolate flavor was beyond artificial, and the aftertaste was completely off-putting. One of my taste testers asserted that the cupcake tastes just like pure frosting.


Duncan Hines Perfect Size For 1 Chocolate Lover’s Cake

Duncan hines perfect size for 1 chocolate lovers cake

Nutrition: Per pouch: 300 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 380 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (2 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 4 g protein

 Verdict:

My friends applaud Duncan Hines for shunning artificial preservatives and colors in its ingredient list, but this mug cake didn’t live up to our expectations. They liked that the prep was easy: You just add three tablespoons of water along with the contents of the pouch into a microwave-safe mug, stir, and nuke it for a little over a minute. The minimal effort resulted in a portioned cupcake that boasted an inconsistent texture—it was both airy and sticky—and a way-too-subtle chocolate flavor. Considering one cupcake contains 300 calories and 32 grams of sugar, They expected this pick to be more flavorful and indulgent.


Entenmann’s Chocolate Creme-Filled Cupcake

Entenmann's chocolate creme cupcakes

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 155 calories, 5.5 g fat (1.25 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 26.5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18.5 g sugar), 1 g protein

 Verdict:

Upon unwrapping and sinking Their teeth into Entenmann’s creme-filled chocolate cupcake, the overall consensus was that it tasted like a glazed doughnut. The frosting that coated the top overpowered any other flavor notes, while the cake’s texture was soft and moist. Our taste testers agreed that this pick was lackluster and forgettable. It was aptly deemed “not binge-worthy.”


7-Eleven Chocolate Cupcake

7 eleven chocolate cupcake

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake (½ package): 200 calories, 7.5 g fat (2.25 g saturated fat), 305 mg sodium, 34.5 g carbs (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 1.5 g protein

 Verdict:

7-Eleven’s Hostess knock-off was surprisingly lightyears tastier than its twin. While the frosting was oddly glittery and the cake was a bit oily, the flavor did not disappoint. The convenience store cupcake was perfectly moist and rich, and the chocolate flavor was pronounced by the higher sodium content and caramel undertones. If you’re choosing 7-Eleven’s pick over Hostess’, just note that it contains significantly more calories, sodium, and sugar per cupcake. If you’re in need of a chocolate fix, split this two-packer with a pal.


Tastykake Chocolate Bells

Tasty cake chocolate bells

Nutrition: Per 1 cupcake: 210 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 2 g protein

 Verdict:

A thick and velvety coating covers a light and fluffy cake, and the combination was oh-so-perfectly decadent that we were actually delighted to polish off the entire treat. The cupcake’s creamy filling was rich without overwhelming the palate, and it helped balance out the rich chocolate. Tastykake has been baking their treats in Pennsylvania since 1914—arguably before Hostess materialized its famous cupcake recipe—and has become a hit ever since. If you’ve got a hankering for cocoa and need a quick sweet treat, you won’t regret this classic. 

 


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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