Dark Chocolate

Perfect Keto Chocolate Bar Options

Write about my chocolate addiction? Yes, please!

Let’s get down to introductions, if we haven’t met, I’m Lyndsay, in addition to being a keto enthusiast, my second occupation is a chocoholic. At any given time, you can ask to check my purse and it is highly likely you will catch me with dark chocolate in my purse or back pack. If I show up empty handed, there is a good chance that I just finished it moments prior.

I take my chocolate addiction pretty seriously and consider my opinion pretty reliable overall, as I’ve done my fair bit of travel and always seek to eat the local chocolates wherever we go. I love bringing different dark chocolate bars to dinner parties as the dessert option and love seeing how much people enjoy a good quality piece of chocolate, and even better is paired with a full bodied red wine.

Not all chocolate is made equal and you’ll realize as you rid your body of sugar, your taste buds start to change and you can’t handle the sweetness that white sugar or sugar alternatives like agave will bring to your palette.

I can remember trying 85% dark chocolate before going keto and I couldn’t swallow the stuff, and would have to serve it with a heaping spoonful of natural peanut or almond butter to enjoy it but just months into this new way of eating, I had a new-found appreciation for the hint of sweetness that a good quality bar will bring and the actual flavor of the cocoa.

I’m not sure what I would experience with the taste if I had a milk chocolate bar today but knowing how much sugar goes into those bars, I am sure I would feel a bit overwhelmed with the overpowering taste of sugar.

What to expect as you keep reading is a focus on dairy-free dark chocolate. As you may have read in my prior posts, I have been allergic to the casein in milk since birth and have not eaten much of it in my life, most only from cross contamination. What I mean to say here, is I have no business writing a review on low-carb milk chocolate as I have no experience eating it.

Because fat is an important component of the Ketogenic diet, you will often find that sugar-free dark chocolate has milk fat in it. Boo for me and others with the same digestion issues but the great news is, there are lots of chocolate producers that see the value is making a vegan product and I am thankful for that!

Having chocolate as one of the loves in my life, you can assume that one of the deciding factors on me switching to keto was the fact that chocolate is encouraged on a ketogenic diet.

What I look for in a Good Chocolate:

  • At least 70% cocoa solids, but I prefer 80% and above.
    • With this much cocoa solids you can be certain that it contains less sugar and more antioxidants
  • Dairy-free, a true dark chocolate should not have any milk solids in it, and with my allergy I won’t take any chances on a bar with milk in it
  • Nuts because I like the additional crunch and flavor in the bar and I think chocolate pairs nice together with an almond, macadamia or peanut
  • Only a few ingredients, such as cocoa, vanilla, salt, sugar
  • Fair Trade, this is a personal choice but I like knowing that the farmer who produced the beans was paid fairly

Sugar-Free over Not?

Here’s the thing, when something is sugar-free, it means they are something to substitute for the sugar, otherwise the chocolate will say 95% or 100% chocolate. There is no reason to state it if it just doesn’t contain it.

With sugar-free there are some common alternatives, one being stevia or erythritol which is for the most part fairly harmless from a digestion standpoint but then there are the others, two I can think of are chicory root and the other is Maltitol.

Chicory Root, often on the label as Inulin: is a root fiber that is naturally sweet and contains zero-calories and zero-carbs. It is a perfect way to naturally sweetened Chocolate or desserts in general. I have nothing negative to say about this product except my own personal experience with it and after a quick google search, I’ve learned this is a common side effect. I’m talking about gas! and a lot of it. Chicory root is broken down in the large intestine, which may be the cause for the excess gas and discomfort.

Maltitol: is a sugar alcohol, which is low in calories and carb, and your body only absorbs 50% of the carbs, so it is a common sweetener used in low-carb foods, however there are common side effects of Maltitol as it is extremely hard on your digestive system. Those side effects include diarrhea, stomach pain & excess gas. The other negative thing about Maltitol is that it can have an impact on your blood glucose levels.

So if you find that these sugar-free sweeteners bother your tummy too, you might decide that just buying chocolates that have a high cocoa content are the way to go vs. looking for a sugar-free chocolate bar.  Higher the cocoa content, lower the amount of sugar which = lower carb.

 

Favorite Brands

Here are a list of brands that happen to be some of my favorites in no particular order:

Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Bars: NON-GMO, Fair Trade certified, gluten-free certified, stevia sweetened, & vegan.

Endangered Species Panther, Dark Chocolate (88%): Grown ethically-traded cocoa beans from small family-owned farms

Equal Exchange Organic Extreme Dark Chocolate Bar (88%): Vegan & Soy-Free, Fairly Traded & USDA Certified Organic

Alter Eco – Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate (85%): Organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, carbon neutral, and sustainably sourced.

Macalat Chocolate (70%): Macalat is Certified Organic, Dairy free, Gluten Free, Stevia Free and Bitter Free. It’s a super creamy chocolate and I learned that I enjoy the flavor so much when I suck on it like a candy and it melts like milk chocolate in my mouth. Just like I did when I was a kid!   And lastly I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they include organic mushroom extract in their blend!  I am big on taking Reishi and Chaga mushrooms for so many reasons.  This steps them above the rest. It’s quickly become my favorite. You can only buy it on their website here.

macalat chocolate

These happen to just be 5 of my favorite chocolate bars but there are so many other products and companies out there that make amazing chocolate bar products. I say never stop being curious about new chocolate as you never know where you will find your next favorite!

Where to Buy

You can normally find good high-quality chocolate at specialty food stores, some grocers and Amazon of course! Click on this link to be directed to my all time favorite dark chocolate bar with almonds and sea salt. Best darn thing I’ve ever eaten! Endangered Species Chocolate Bar, Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Almonds. mmm mmm good!

My Favorite Snack Ideas for Chocolate:

So I am not going to win any awards with these creations and I am pretty sure you all have the first one covered, like who doesn’t dip their chocolate in peanut butter right? But have you tried number 2?

  1. Dip it in peanut butter
  2. Melt it in microwave, stir in Almond butter and walnuts

A treat I missed when I went keto was a rice krispies, chocolate and peanut butter treat and this completely hit the mark for me. The walnuts take on the crunch from the rice krispies and the nut butter and chocolate are the same as original recipe. I urge you to give it a try!

 

 

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “Perfect Keto Chocolate Bar Options”

  1. This is a great and informative post about chocolate bar. I’m been searching for a good chocolate ( especially dark chocolate). I always bought the chocolate which are too sweet for me. This is indeed what I look for and thank you so much. I look forward for your new post and I will share your post. Cheers!

    Regards
    Jaden

    1. Thanks Jaden! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Glad you saw some keto chocolate bars that you would like to try! Hope you enjoy them as much as me!

  2. Hi Lyndsay
    I have to admit that I stopped on the site because of chocolate. I got educated on chocolate, keto diet and why I can no longer enjoy a chocolate bar that I have enjoyed in the past. Sugar. I have not eaten anything with added sugar in over 20 years. I read your bio and can relate. Great post, thanks for sharing
    bbyard

    1. Hi Beverley, thanks for the comment! You were smarter than me 20 yrs ago but thankfully I learned too! Glad you enjoyed the post and got value out of it!

  3. Nice instructive article. I love chocolate and I probably eat some that has to much sugar in it. Thanks for the suggestions, I will probably try one when I’ll have a craving. Nice page and I never heard about Keto diet, so I will read your other articles.

    Sincerely,
    Carole

    1. Hi Carole, Thanks for stopping by and writing! I’m glad you found value in this article. I’m glad you found my site as a great introduction to the ketogenic diet. I hope you learn what you need to know about it, but please send me a note if you have any questions. I have tons of mouth watering recipes to add in due time.

  4. Thanks for putting together a review on chocolate. I used to have such an addiction to sugar-laden milk chocolates, but thankfully since going keto, I learnt that I can tolerate dark chocolate and now prefer it over the milk chocolates. I have learnt here that inulin and chicory root are the same thing and it’s possible side effects, I had no idea they were the same lol. I too avoid foods with maltitol as often as possible, since it’s not a natural sweetener. Being in Australia, I have to keep an eye out for which chocolates I can get and I agree, the higher the cocoa content, the better since I have gone sugar free. Thanks for putting this together, very helpful :).

    1. Hi Kathleen, Thanks for for your comment. I am happy to hear that you found the information helpful! I find it interesting to watch people who love milk chocolate completely switch to loving dark chocolate once they are on the ketogenic diet. It is really interesting how your palette changes once you rid yourself of the sugar. And just a comment on Chicory Root and Inulin, not all inulin is chicory however often times it is. In my experience, when it is made from another source, it will often call it out on the label. I find the only kind I cannot tolerate in chicory and I have tried! 🙂 – Thanks again for stopping by!

  5. Justina Wolfe

    I always love to run across another chocolate lover since I have a serious addiction as well! But I have never tried keto chocolate although it sounds good. I’m sure I would have to get use to the different flavor and it would definitely be so much healthier than my milk chocolate bars I’m eating now.
    And you mentioned that you like nuts in your chocolate, I personally think there’s no better chocolate than when it includes nut or rice crispies.
    Thank you for sharing this, I might even try the ones you recommended yet, and I’ll let you know when I do!

    1. Hi Justina, that is great, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.  I completely agree with you on having crunch in my chocolate. Only my chocolate though, I don’t share the same sentiment in my ice cream 🙂 for another post, but glad to hear that you and I share the common love for chocolate. Just makes life better!  Look forward to you letting me know how you enjoy some of these keto approved chocolates.  By the way, if you like crispy rice in your chocolate, try that recipe that I included under My Favorite Snack Ideas for Chocolate: with the chocolate, almond or peanut butter and the walnuts.  you will be shocked how much this will resemble the crispy rice  consistency.

  6. Being vegan and having those cravings for sweets, I have always searched out options. Dark chocolate is something that I crave but always have found it very bitter. I am going to look into the options you have provided in this review. How did you ever get over that taste? Or do you just like the flavor of dark chocolate? I am working on finding the right mix. Any advise would be great! Thank you for your information!

    1. Hi Jim, I have been dairy free almost my entire life, so dark chocolate is all I have known, but I have eaten “rice milk” chocolate and it was way too sweet for me. But since being on the ketogenic diet, I have went from liking 70% dark to enjoy 90% and I believe it because I have cut out all sugar, so my pallet has changed.  But if you enjoy chocolate, I promise you that it will be hard to not enjoy this one: Endangered Species Chocolate Bar, Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Almonds. This is my favorite and the sea salt balances the bitter taste that you are referring to.  It is the right balance of a perfect chocolate bar.  Give it a try, you can get them online but also at Whole Foods and other health food stores if you have one close to you.

  7. Another chocoholic here! I don’t think a day can go by that I don’t have chocolate of some sort. And I also love dark chocolate and think anything below 70% cocoa is too sweet.

    My husband gives me Ghiradelli chocolate squares for every anniversary and birthday along with a bottle of my favorite wine. The man knows me well!

    1. HI Janelle, I love hearing that, makes me heart warm that your husband does that for you. He sure knows the path to your heart… chocolate and wine! tempted to give you my address if he treats your friends as good? 🙂 Thanks for your comment!  Love to hear these stories.

  8. Hi Lyndsay,

    Your article is very informative.

    I love dark chocolates and usually have a piece or two after my dinner.

    Melt it in the microwave! I never thought of doing this for a snack. It sounds yummylicious and I am going to try it out. I am sure my daughter will give it two thumbs up.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sharon

    1. Hi Sharon, I’m happy knowing that we both share the common grounds of dark chocolate. I too eat it everyday! Definitely try melting it in the microwave and adding some nuts and a nut butter – I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Thanks for your comment, loved hearing from you.

  9. Excellent thread. I have being doing Keto for 2 decades. My career has been in the organic food sector, developing and producing new products. I have been developing and refining an organic sugar free dark chocolate that fits the Keto profile and discussions in this thread. The brand is Macalat Chocolate Wizardry. It will be included in the October Keto Krate. I sell direct to consumers, only. Happy to send a sample.
    John

    1. Hi John, Thanks for taking the time to write! You have a very interesting profession, one that I would have dreamed of being in one day. Product creator, especially when it involves CHocolate 🙂 I’d absolutely love for you to send me a sample. Could you email me at lyndsay@lyndsaymullaney.com and I will do the same to ensure we connect. Thanks John and I am really looking forward to trying your product! ~ Lyndsay

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