What: Lindt 85% Cocoa EXCELLENCE Bar
How It Tastes: Nothing like the chocolate bars you’re used to. While other bars give you a hint of the true rich, earthy taste of cocoa beans, this bar brings it front and center. With notes of sweet stone fruits, one or two squares is all you need to get an immediate fix for even the most stubborn chocolate craving — without derailing your weight loss efforts.
Eat This! Because: This bar earns the label “excellence." The cocoa in this darker than dark treat isn’t adulterated with processing or excess sugar. In fact, there are no scary emulsifiers like soy lecithin commonly found in chocolate, and a couple squares satisfy without setting off an urge to overeat. In fact, while other dark chocolate bars can pack up to 14 grams of sugar per serving, this one boasts an unrivaled five. As if that weren't enough of a reason to swap your signature selection in favor of this superior bar, this one packs a surprising amount of protein and fiber thanks to Lindt’s dedication to keeping the ingredients minimally processed.
Best Way to Eat It: The intense flavor makes this bar the perfect way to end the day. The flavor lingers, so you’ll cap off a day of healthy eating with a sweet treat you can enjoy guilt-free. If you love the health benefits of this bar but can’t quite take the robust flavor by itself, pair it with some berries for a no-mess snack reminiscent of chocolate-covered strawberries.
Secret Ingredient: Non-alkalized cocoa powder. Alkalization is the processing that most cocoa powder goes through to lessen that bitter, earthy taste characteristic of the darkest varieties. But it’s also a process that strips out all the health benefits of the cocoa bean the powder has in its truest form. Tempted to be better and reach for the 90%? Don’t! Lindt alkalizes the more concentrated bar, making the 85% the bar with more benefits.
Nutrition: 4 squares: 230 calories, 18 g fat (11 g sat fat), 15 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein