I apologize for my lack of posting over the past few weeks. I should have you know that while I may have slightly slacked (okay majorly slacked) on this whole blogging thing, I have most definitely not dropped the ball on finding snacks to satisfy any sweet tooth.
So that’s where I’m picking things back up today. Because Chocolate might just be the most important food group of them all.
Let’s start with my latest and most favorite new ice cream find: The Sorbetto Gelato Bar.
I stumbled upon these completely on accident on Saturday after spending too many hours in the crazy 90 degree heat (sorry rest of the country) in San Diego at a Saint Patricks Day Parade. I hadn’t eaten and was approaching hanger status so I popped into a little coffee shop on the way to the Little Italy Farmer’s Market to get some water… and that’s when this cooler greeted me:
Why hello there!
I was confused and intrigued, was it sorbet? Was it gelato? I must find out. I picked up the Dark Chocolate bar and while there was a bit of milk in the ingredients list, it came in at only 86 calories and 2 grams of fat for the whole bar. If I ever doubted that there was a such thing as God, this restored all faith.
I’m pretty certain you can’t eat a decent sized salad for less than 86 calories. And on a hot day (ok let’s be real, any day) a sorbet/gelato bar trumps a salad. So I bought the Dark Chocolate flavor and was ready for the taste test.
I thought maybe something that was a decent sized portion and only 86 cals couldn’t be that good…
But after one bite… SOLD.
And sure, it was Pie Day (3.1415 day) but I think all holidays should be celebrated with ice cream on a stick. Plus I was never all that great at math anyways.
I mean- how good does that look?!
Right now these gems are only available in the San Diego area- which makes me think I should start planning a move from LA to SD. (If they ever make a coffee/chocolate flavor, I’m pretty sure I would quit my job, pack up my things and move IN to the Sorbetto Gelato factory)
I can’t wait to try all of the other flavors!
Moving right along to my other must have sweet treat: Dark Chocolate Bars
Some people carry around lip gloss in their handbags, others can’t leave home with out a mini container of hand sanitizer. For me, I must have, at all times, dark chocolate. I refer to this must have item lovingly as “Emergency Chocolate” and you will be hard pressed to find a time where I don’t have a square or two tucked away in my bag. (And if you do catch me in the rare moment where I am no longer in possession of said Emergency Chocolate- probably because I have already eaten it, beware. You’ve been warned)
The Boy of mine knows full well where I stand on having chocolate in my possession so when I arrived after my journey down to San Diego, he had this waiting for me:
A chocolate bar that is dairy free, soy free, gluten free, Paleo friendly AND uses only a touch of coconut palm sugar to sweeten? (5 grams of sugar in the whole bar!) um, yes please! But was it delicious free? I immediately had to find out. After all, that’s what this blog is about. I do all the tough stuff, like trying chocolate, so as not to waste your time if it tastes like cardboard, or tell you to run, (interval style), to your nearest grocery store to get your hands on it.
I opened the fun metallic blue wrapper to see four of these squares waiting for me:
One bite and I was in emergency chocolate heaven. It’s perfectly dark (85% cacao) and indulgent without any guilt. The entire bar comes in at only 210 calories!
(Refined sugar free) Brownie points for The Boy on introducing me to this new chocolate find from Organic Nectars!
Got any dessert finds to share? Send ‘em my way!