My daughter always says that if you chocolate away from me, it would kill me. She may be right. I am a certified chocoholic. I admit it and I don’t apologize for it.
However, even I am smart enough to know that too much of any good thing spells trouble. That most assuredly includes chocolate. Therefore, I have not only cut back on the amount of chocolate I eat but I have also switched most of my tastes to the sugar free variety.
When it comes to chocolate, I can’t think of anything more decadent than a chocolate covered strawberry. In my day I could eat a few of those without ever blinking an eye.
Of course, with my new diet, such luxuries are not allowed. However, every once and awhile I will have a strawberry drizzled with just a hint of sugar free chocolate.
When I do that, there is only one sugar free chocolate I will use – Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate. It allows me to have the rich chocolate flavor I love without indulging in too much sugar.
I personally prefer Hershey’s bite-sized bars that come 10 to a package. There are 32 calories in each bar.
According to Hershey’s, a serving size is 5 bars. That equates to 160 calories. I never eat that many at one time. Two is my limit, equaling roughly 55 calories.
Keep in mind that sugar free chocolate is not necessarily a low calorie food. It is designed more for those who are trying to cut their sugar intake than for those trying to reduce their caloric intake.
There are 110 fat calories in each serving of Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate. That adds up to 13 grams of fat. Of that, 8 grams come from saturated fat. Luckily there is no trans fat.
Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate also contains 25 grams of carbohydrate, 15 milligrams of sodium and 10 milligrams of cholesterol. Therefore, individuals watching their intake of these items may wish to steer clear of this food product.
On the flip side, Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate contains 3 grams of fiber. It also provides 30% of the daily-required amount of calcium and 6% of the needed iron.
Ingredients include artificial flavoring, calcium carbonate, cocoa butter, cream, malititol, maltodextrin, milk fat, natural flavoring, PGPR, polydextrose, polyglucitol, sodium caseinate and soy lecithin. These are roughly the same ingredients found in comparable chocolate bars.
Hershey’s chocolate is smooth and creamy; melts in your mouth beautifully and also melts easily for dipping and pouring. When it comes to chocolate, Hershey’s wrote the book.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. While almost all sugar free chocolate brands have a slight aftertaste, Hershey’s does have one of the better ones on the market today. It isn’t a perfect match to the real thing but I have tasted a whole lot worse. This one I actually like.
Freshness: 5 stars. Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate bites are each individually sealed within cellophane to ensure the freshness of the chocolate. As long as it hasn’t been melted and refrozen, it will remain fresh for a long time.
Variety: 5 stars. If straight milk chocolate isn’t your thing, Hershey’s makes a few other sugar free options to choose from. They have Hershey’s Caramel Filled Chocolate and Special Dark Chocolate bites as well as Jolly Rancher Hard Candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzler’s Strawberry Twists and York Peppermint Patties.
Nutrition: 3 stars. There is no denying the carb and fat intake is high for this chocolate. On the other hand, one has to appreciate the fact there is no sugar. Additionally, Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate provides a source of calcium, fiber and iron. That has to count for something.
Green value: 5 stars. All of the packaging is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. Hershey’s has always used brown as it’s major logo color. Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate adds silver to the packaging to distinguish it from regular milk chocolate. The words “sugar free” are also prominently displayed on the package to make it easy to locate on store shelves.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The outside bag is small at 7″ by 4 ½” by ½”. The inside chocolate bites are 3″ by 1″ by 3/16″. The bag is small enough to fit almost anywhere you want to store it, while the bars will easily slide into a pocket or handbag.
Availability: 5 stars. Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate is usually available anywhere that a wide variety of chocolate is sold. That includes most grocery stores, discount department stores and drug stores.
Price: 5 stars. I paid $1.50 at Wal-Mart. Considering I only eat one or two at a time, I stretch this purchase over 5 to 10 servings.
Product purchase probability: 5 star. This is my go to chocolate when I just have to have it.
Final rating: 4.7 stars. It’s Hershey’s. Need I really say more?
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor