- Golden Rule – you can have your chocolate any time during the day, but you must take time to truly enjoy your indulgence – don’t just scarf it down on the run.
- It must be a dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% Cacao.
- You can have up to 100 calories per day.
So which kinds of dark chocolate do you prefer? I started out buying a bag of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises because I’d seen them referenced in either the Cinch book or Shape magazine book review, I can’t recall which, but then I discovered that they do not meet rule #2 of a minimum 70% dark (they are 63%). Plus, after comparing them to a few other varieties, I found that they tasted very artificial in comparison. More about this later…
Sooo, I set off to check out other options. First, I checked the organics section at Kroger, and they had quite a selection, and all at a pretty hefty price tag of about $4 per bar. After much debate, I selected a few different kinds of Endangered Species Chocolate bars – blueberry, raspberry almond, and mint. There were several other brands, but I knew this one was pretty good because I’d tried the regular 72% dark in my first attempt at the Core phase (and devoured the whole bar in 2 days). Plus, as a huge fan of turtles, it was very hard for me to get past the packaging…
Next, I headed to the candy aisle to check out their selection. They actually had a nice variety of gourmet chocolate bars from Godiva, Ghiradelli, Lindt, and more. Once again, much debate ensued, and I decided to go with my old favorite – Godiva. Afterall, I already have $12 in chocolate from my first stop, so let’s not go overboard. Speaking of overboard – if you ate this entire bar, how many calories do you think that would set you back? I bet you didn’t guess 600 calorie and 42 grams of fat! Yep, to stay under the daily max of 100 calories, you can have 1 small square. Yikes. I’ve been majorly over-indulging for years! Hence, I am here with you, blogging about my new nutrition adventure.
Naturally, a taste test is in order. So I had 1 piece of each. I expected to like the Dove chocolates best, but surprisingly, they were my least favorite and tasted a bit artificial when eaten right after the others. The Endangered Species chocolate has great flavor, but is slightly chalky consistency. I liked the Raspberry & Almond bar best. Then I had the Godiva bar and it was definitely the best of the 3. Great flavor, smooth consistency, and not too bitter like a lot of dark chocolate.
So the winner is GODIVA 70% DARK! A couple people have recommended the Green Black brand, which I have seen but not tried, so I’ll get that next and see how it compares to my Godiva.
OK, so I’m going to go ahead and admit that I’ll be taking a day off from my diet today. My office is having a culinary party and are taste-testing some new menu items for our new seafood restaurant called Marlin & Rays, which includes all of the desserts. I think this is one of those experiences that should be enjoyed. I have an 8-mile run scheduled for tomorrow, so I will no doubt burn it all off again and start fresh again. More recipe testing and pictures coming this weekend.