Take a look at the ingredient list for America’s best-selling chocolate candies and you’ll see a lot of things you’d probably rather not ingest. According CNBC data, M&Ms are the most popular chocolate in America. And according to information from the M&M’s website, these tasty little bites contain less than desirable ingredients like cornstarch, 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. The nine chocolate brands featured here, on the other hand, are made with the highest quality ingredients. You won’t find any artificial colors or corn syrup here, and real cocoa butter is usually the first ingredient. And yes, they are absolutely delicious. And more expensive.
All chocolates from Alter Eco is organic and fair trade certified, so you can feel good about what you put into your body and you can feel good about how it got there. Their chocolate bars, like their Classic Blackout, are very high in cocoa and fairly low in added sugar. The chocolates are made without preservatives or artificial ingredients.
The mission statement of this chocolatier is “no,” as in “no weird ingredients. Ever.” All Hu chocolate bars start with the same three basic ingredients, which are organic cocoa, organic unrefined coconut sugar and organic fair trade cocoa butter. From there, you’ll get things like hazelnut, organic peppermint oil, and sea salt — things you’ve heard of and can pronounce, in other words.
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. Also, unique chocolate discs come in amazing flavors like chipotle pepper, cinnamon, and salted almond.
Just like Alter Eco’s chocolate bars, the bars produced by Theo are organic and fair trade certified. They’re also pricey, like many of their counterparts, with a single bar selling for around $3.75 even when bought in bulk, but just look at the ingredient list in, say, the brand. Organic chocolate and sea salt bar: cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, sea salt. And that’s all.
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.