I only recently discovered Asher’s Chocolates. It was quite by mistake while I was searching for my favorite sugar free brands. However, it proved to be a happy mistake and one that I am thoroughly enjoying.
This family owned and operated company is more than 100 years old. Yet it continues to produce the same quality products that its original founder, Chester A. Asher, dreamed of as a young man.
Previously I reviewed Asher’s Sugar Free Vanilla Caramels. This time around, I am reviewing my personal favorite so far – Asher’s Sugar Free Creamy Cocoa Truffles.
I love all things chocolate but I am especially fond of those that carry a higher content of that delicious cocoa taste. Add in the truffle aspect and, for me, your are talking nirvana. That is exactly what Asher’s Sugar Free Creamy Cocoa Truffles spell for me in a nutshell.
A serving size of these amazing chocolates is three pieces. Since there are six chocolates in each 3-oz bag, we are talking about two servings in total. With a price around $1.50 for each bag, that makes them roughly $.75 a serving. That is about the same cost as any of today’s candy bars.
There are 160 calories in each serving. Unfortunately, 100 of them are fat related. Each serving also holds 11 grams of fat, 6 of which come from saturated fat. These truffles contain no trans fat.
There is more bad news. Asher’s Sugar Free Creamy Cocoa Truffles have 27 grams of carbohydrates. Obviously, the high fat and carbohydrate content may make these chocolate treats out of the reach to some individuals.
Finally, there are also 21 grams of sugar alcohol, which could be ill advised for some people. Sugar alcohol is a concoction made from various artificial sweeteners that supposedly metabolize slowly so they do not cause an insulin spike. However, with the type of sugar substitutes not specifically outlined, a risk of allergy exists for those who are typically sensitive to them.
On the positive side, Asher’s Sugar Free Creamy Cocoa Truffles contain no cholesterol or sodium. That is unusual, but highly welcomed in any snack treat.
Additionally, these truffles contain 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of fiber. They also hold 8% of the daily-recommended amount of iron and 2% of the advised amount of vitamin A and calcium. That is based on a standard 2000-calorie diet.
Ingredients include artificial and natural flavors, calcium casinate, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, malitol, milk fat, sorbitol and soya lecithin. I love everything about these chocolate truffles from the thick, dark cocoa outer shell to the smooth and creamy fudge inner filling.
I find one chocolate more than enough to sooth my sweet tooth, which brings my calorie count down to less than 55. It also means that one bag will last me six times longer.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. These truffles may well be the best I have ever tasted. Add in the fact that they are sugar free and you are talking absolute sheer genius.
Freshness: 5 stars. The chocolates are vacuumed sealed inside of their package to ensure freshness. A resealable bag makes certain they stay fresh until the very last bite.
Variety: 5 stars. I only found a couple of Asher’s Chocolates available at Wal-Mart but several are offered at their site online. They include an almond toffee, a chocolate assortment, chocolate bars, cherry cordials, mint patties, peanut butter cups, pecan patties and raspberry jellies.
Nutrition: 4 stars. The carb and fat intake is high but you have to love the fact there is no salt, fat or sugar. Additionally, these chocolates provide a source of calcium, fiber, iron, protein and vitamin A.
Green value: 4 stars. The packaging is single bagged, which saves on waste. However, I’m not sure if the bag is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The packaging is classy and distinctive. The bag is chocolate brown with cinnamon trim. It features the Asher’s logo and a picture of the truffles on front.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The package is around 5″ by 5″ inches. That’s small enough to fit almost anywhere you want to store it.
Availability: 2 stars. I have only seen these chocolates at Wal-Mart so they could be hard to find locally. However, they can be purchased at their website.
Price: 5 stars. I paid $1.50 at Wal-Mart. Considering I only eat one at a time, I can make these truffles last and become a real bargain.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I like these chocolate truffles and will buy them again and again.
Final rating: 4.6 stars. These have surpassed Sugar Free Dove Mints on my chocolate scale.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor