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Take a look at the ingredient list of bestsellers Chocolate candy in America, for example, and you’ll see a lot of stuff that you’d probably prefer not to ingest. According CNBC data, M&Ms are the most popular chocolate in America. And according to information from the M&M’s websitethose tasty little bites contain less than desirable ingredients like corn starch, corn syrup, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 5, Red 40 Lake, and more. Long story short, there’s a reason these wildly popular chocolates are also super affordable: they’re made with cheap ingredients.
Luckily, there are plenty of brands that are honest about the ingredients they use and aim to produce chocolate that people can eat with confidence.
Chocolate made with high quality ingredients will include things like sustainably sourced cocoa and low amounts of sugar, while avoiding fillers and weird additives. Read on for our Dietitian Approved List of Chocolates with the Highest Quality Ingredientsand for more health tips, check out 8 chocolate brands that use the lowest quality ingredients.
UNREAL is a great brand with a variety of options like peanut butter cups, chocolate gems, and chocolate bars, and it’s one of our dietitian-approved top picks for chocolates with high quality ingredients. “unreal chocolate is made with fair trade chocolate that is organic, sustainable, and verified by a non-GMO project,” says Lauren Manaker, MS, RDNauthor of First Time Mom Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility.
You can also have peace of mind knowing that “their products contain up to 51% less sugar than the leading brand while being free of artificial ingredients or sugar alternatives,” says Manaker.
Alter Eco is another well-known organic brand that can help people feel confident about what they are eating when they crave chocolate.
“This is an organic chocolate brand dedicated to regenerating ecosystems and empowering farmers, and their ingredients are sourced from farmer-owned cooperatives practicing sustainable agriculture to offer a variety of melt-in-the-mouth organic chocolates. mouth,” Manaker says. “Their products are also non-GMO and totally delicious.”
According to their website, Theo is a company that strives to “contribute to a more compassionate and sustainable world,” and it does so by maintaining “full transparency, stable pricing, and third-party verification.” Not only is this company honest in their processes, they are also honest in their ingredients.
“Theo Chocolate is made from sustainable and organic chocolate, contains no fillers, and is made from non-GMO ingredients, plus it’s soy-free, kosher, vegan, and gluten-free,” Manaker says.
“This company is focused on real, high-quality ingredients in every aspect, from real, fair-trade cocoa to pure cane sugar to US-grown fruit,” says a Registered Dietitian. Kaleigh McMordieMCN, RDN. “They also omit all additives and fillers from their chocolate, and every chocolate bar is delicious!”
Endangered Species has plenty of chocolate flavors and combos to choose from, but McMordie suggests the “Espresso beans + dark chocolate barwhich is made with Fair Trade coffee beans roasted in the USA.”
If you’re looking for chocolate with very few ingredients, Hu is a deliciously good choice.
“Hu chocolate bars probably have the shortest and simplest ingredient list of any chocolate bar. Their chocolate is made from organic, fair trade cocoa and unrefined coconut sugar, and they focus on real, simple ingredients, leaving out some less-than-desirable typical ingredients you might typically find in chocolate, such as emulsifiers, palm oil or sugar. alcohols. The milk chocolate bars are even made with grass-fed milk,” says McMordie.
According Rachel Fine, RDN, dietician and founder of At The Peak NutritionNeuhaus Belgian chocolate uses high quality ingredients you can trust.
“Neuhaus is known for its true Belgian chocolate roots with whole milk powder, milk cream and butter providing a more satisfying mouthfeel that better promotes feelings of fullness and satisfaction, making consumers more likely ‘listen to and honor the signals of wholeness,’ says Fine.
Green & Black is another useful option for those looking for healthier chocolate options because “this chocolate offers a simple option with just 4 ingredients: chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla,” says Fine.
Not only are there simple ingredients, but “another benefit is the higher fiber content, which promotes a steady rise in blood sugar and more sustained energy levels after consumption,” says Fine.
If you’re looking for chocolate chips you can trust, Enjoy Life is the perfect option.
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips are great because they contain 3 ingredients: sugar, unsweetened cocoa and cocoa butter, and they are vegan,” says Dana Ellis Hunnes PhD, MPH, RD dietitian and author Recipe for survival. “They also contain 7 grams of sugar per 1 tablespoon serving, which isn’t great for chocolate. That’s just under 2 teaspoons of sugar.”
Nib Mor offers many chocolate flavors, each containing at least 72% cocoa. (Some are 80%, for the record.) The rest of the ingredients are all safe and familiar, and all Nib Mor products are Rainforest Alliance Certified. They offer options such as mint, tart cherry, sea salt, blueberry, etc.
Chocolove’s rich and complex chocolate bars are higher in sugar than many other options, so don’t confuse quality with healthiness here, but when it comes to quality, many of the unique chocolates this brand offers are hard to match. This includes things like a hot pink chocolate bar they offer called Ruby Chocolate, a whole new type of chocolate. Chocolove also offers flavors like Coffee Crunch and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Cherries and Almonds.
Many of Lily’s chocolate bars contain no added sugar, such as the company’s Sea Salt dark chocolate bar. It contains Stevia as a sweetener, and many people try to avoid this sugar substitute, but most of the ingredients are high quality, so if you want a tasty chocolate bar and are trying to cut out the sugar , this brand is a good choice.
Regular Lindt Chocolatesthese delicious, individually wrapped sweetness spheres, for example, can contain quite a few ingredients that aren’t the best quality, like vegetable shortening, powdered milk and emulsifiers, in the case of their classic Lindor truffles. The Lindt Excellence rangehowever, offers chocolates made with fewer ingredients and of higher quality, such as the Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark bar, which consists only of chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sugar and vanilla.
Made in the stone ground Mexican style, these unique chocolates check all the boxes a quality and production conscious customer could ask for. They’re certified organic, they’re non-GMO, they’re direct trade confirmed, and they’re kosher, gluten-free, and vegan. Plus, the unique chocolate discs come in amazing flavors like chipotle, cinnamon, and salted almond.
A previous version of this article was published on August 18, 2022.