We suggest printing out this article and putting it where your loved one can get the hint. They won't have to go searching -- we've done the work by scouting out some of the best places to go for low carb chocolates and other sweets.
Craving a bite of smooth Belgian chocolate? Ross Chocolates makes sugar-free, low carb chocolate bars that come in 10 different flavors: dark (dairy free); white (caffeine free); supreme (milk chocolate); mint; crunchy; orange; almond; cherry; coconut and raspberry. Ross sweetens the chocolate with Maltitol. Since they are sugar-free, these bars are also a healthy choice for diabetics and for kids, as well as low carb dieters. The retail price is $1.33/bar. You can order a sampler pack, wrapped in valentine paper, which includes all ten varieties for $19.95. Nutritional information is available at the Ross website. The dark chocolate bar has only 1 gram of carbs -- the lowest among the others, which range up to 3.9g. [ www.rossdirect.com]
Chances are you can spot a box of Russell Stover's quickly by the signature red bow. You may have been looking the other way when you pass by a box, but now you don't have to. The company has unveiled a new line of low carb candies. You're going to drool when you hear the choices. Ready? Solid milk chocolate, mint patty, toffee square, pecan delight, truffle, milk chocolate with almonds, French mint and peanut butter. For Valentine's Day, try out the low carb assortment presented in a sweetly heart-shaped box. Each serving contains only 0.3 net carbs and zero sugar carbs. Retail price for this 10.5 ounce assortment is $8.99. [ www.russellstover.com]
If you are on the Atkins diet, you may have already tried out the Endulge line of chocolates and other goodies. Choices include a caramel nut chew with only 2 carb grams and sugar-free, yet delicious with chewy caramel, dry-roasted peanuts and nougat coated in chocolate; chocolate wafer crisp bars with 4 grams of net carbs; and chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream with only 3 grams of net carbs. [ www.atkins.com]
The Torta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie in Commack, New York, is becoming famous for its sinfully delicious low carb cheesecakes. They come in two varieties -- chocolate and plain. You'll ooh and aah over every bite, but here's the best news: each slice is under 3 grams of carbohydrates and sugar-free. The cakes, with 10 servings each, retail for $24 and are available for shipment nationwide. [ www.tortafina.com]
Newly launched, look for Hershey's 1 g Sugar carb bars from the chocolate giant. The line includes three flavors: chocolate candy, chocolate candy with almonds and chocolate candy with soy crisps. [ www.hersheys.com]
Products include sugar-free truffle bars in a variety of flavors. Try the pecan and caramel variety with only 0.7 grams of carbs in each bar. [ www.ashers.com]
Chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate shake mix and chocolate coconut bar are some of the highlights here. [ www.carborite.com]
Their new Chocolate Candy Bars contain only 2g of net carbs per bar. [ www.ketogenics.com]
Gourmet sugar-free chocolates in a range of flavors: hazelnut crisp, pistachio cream, praline mocha, vanilla cream, raspberries & cream, and oranges and cream. [ www.labrada.com]
Unfortunately, not everyone has hopped on the super-charged low carb bandwagon. California's famous chocolatier, Sees, doesn't offer a sugar-free version of their treats, stating that they will not make any such candy until "duplicate the same taste, richness and quality of [their] regular candies."
If you are in the mood to cook for your sweetheart, you can also find low carb chocolate baking chips, baking mixes, and other specialty items. So, whether it's a store bought treat, or one whipped up from scratch, there's no need to turn your head when the candy box passes by. Pick out the biggest piece in the box and enjoy every moment as it melts on your tongue.
The best thing about being on a low carb diet is that you can still have your chocolate... and eat it, too!
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