It’s January, you have totally overdosed on sweet goodies over Christmas and are now hitting the diet hard. You have done pretty well so far but you are craving that one thing that is really bad for you – chocolate. You’re not allowed it, it is the devil’s work and has far too much sugar in to allow you even a taste… but does it?
Hotel Chocolat have created a range of products using the benefits of cocoa for any dietary need including dairy free, gluten free, diabetic, vegan, low carb, low sugar, sports performance and paleo. Their philosophy is simple – to use only wholesome, real ingredients guided by the principle that more cocoa means less sugar. I for one am rejoicing.
Hotel Chocolat’s sports performance range recognises the body’s need for a hit of protein and carbohydrates post exercise. In fact I reviewed My Protein’s protein hot chocolate recently and have seen many diet plans that suggest drinking chocolate milk after exercise. This one is pure luxury, heat your milk then stir in the chocolate flakes until they dissolve. They are excellent quality and would also be perfect for baking. At 70% dark chocolate the drinking chocolate is also low in sugar yet still has a deep almost earthy taste, really good. It retails at £10 per 250g tin.
Hotel Chocolat have thought of everything with their low carb range. They recognise that low carb isn’t about avoiding carbs altogether, more it is about looking for low sugar, high fibre, high healthy fats and moderate protein. That is what my current Keto plan is all about so I was very excited to hear that this 100% dark Dominican Republic Conacado Cooperative bar had just 2 grams of carbs in half of the 7g bar! Unfortunately this one wasn’t for me, incredibly dark and very bitter I think it would be best used in baking but the perfect touch of chocolate taste for that very purpose. I am going to use it when I try and make my own Quest bars as it is also paleo friendly. Watch this space. It retails at £7.50 per bar but a little really does go a long way and the quality is evident.
Also in the low carb section are the ginger and coca infusion tea bags. These are also no sugar, no calorie, dairy free, vegan and suitable for diabetics. There is a range of teas on the website using crushed roasted cocoa shells with different things, I was actually glad I got the ginger as the warmth really brings out the light chocolate taste these tea bags have. They are great quality and give a gentle yet noticeable chocolate taste that should see off the cravings for a good while. They retail at £10 per tin and I can’t wait to get some refills.
Saving the best for last we have the Supermilk. Super is the best word to describe these little puddles of chocolate heaven. Milk chocolate with more cocoa than regular dark chocolate makes them perfect for people who aren’t fans of regular dark chocolate (I’m not a huge fan I have to admit) as you get that hit of milk chocolate taste without the high levels of sugar. They are good for carb counters too with 1 puddle housing just 1g of carbs. You don’t need many of these bad boys to see off your cravings. Hotel Chocolat call these a ‘game changer’. I couldn’t put it better myself. They retail at £5.50 for 65 puddles. A bargain if you ask me and something I’ll be ordering again.
For more options you can visit Hotel Chocolat’s website where there are also gift boxes for the different types of diets you can follow. Perfect if you have birthdays coming up… like me… I’ll expect my puddles in the post.
Items sent for review purposes.