Saturday, January 21, 2017

Is goodnessknows a Candy Bar?

I've seen goodnessknows products in our local Kroger for some time but I haven't tried them out. This is because my hubby has a tree nut allergy and it seems that everything "healthy" these days includes tree nuts. But through my Kroger Loyalty Card I was able to get a bar of their Cranberry Almond Dark Chocolate to test and share with you today. A 1.2 oz bar has four pieces that total 150 calories made up of 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, no cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 125mg potassium, 21g total carbs, 2g fiber, 12g sugars, and 3g protein. goodnessknows' big claim to fame is their no artificial color, flavors, or sweeteners as well as no high fructose corn syrup (technologically not artificial but controversial for many people including some of our readers, I'm certain). My husband is on the "no fructose corn syrup" wagon himself and I just generally avoid it when there are equally priced and tasty options for our family.

As you can see the nuts and cranberries are very visible but the dark chocolate is on the bottom only. Each square is one bite worth. The amount of chocolate you tastes depends on how you eat it. Chocolate side on your tongue reveals a slightly dark chocolate flavor but I don't think it is particularly bitter. If you eat a square granola side down it is very sweet with a slight chocolate aftertaste. I prefer it chocolate side down, obviously, because that intensifies the chocolate flavor. The granola is very crispy but not difficult to chew at all. I didn't generate a lot of crumbs when I ate it, the pieces are 2-3 bites, but someone out there I'm sure would create a lot of crumbs eating these.

Wouldn't you know it! Today there was another freebie from Kroger for this same product so I picked a different variety. You'll have to wait for a few months to learn about that one so stay tuned.

These are not cheap like a candy but but nutritionally they are better in many aspects that I laid out in the first paragraph of today's post. I can find them in my local Kroger as individual bars or in 5-packs but the best price I found so far (if you really love them) is linked to below. As always if you follow our links and buy products you do help out the blog.



So is this a candy bar? What do you all of you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Palmer, Chip'n Dipped, Dutch Valley Food, and Hy-Vee Recalls For January 15, 2017

Four chocolate related recalls via FDA sources to share with you all today. Please check your cabinets and your homes to see if any of these apply to you. And remember, only you can protect yourself but following our links to get the full information.

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Palmer Chocolate Candy Recall

(We'll include only a few photos of the products so check out the full listing.)

Palmer Candy Company (www.palmercandy.com), a privately-held, fifth-generation manufacturer of chocolate and holiday confections, announced today a limited recall of certain chocolate products after being informed by a supplier that a milk powder ingredient used in a compound chocolate coating that they supply to Palmer Candy Company has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The voluntary recall, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes selected products produced between October 20, 2016 and December 9, 2016 and shipped by Palmer Candy Company to grocery, convenience store and wholesale customers nationwide. 

Recalled products include the following:


UPC #s are usually on the back of the bag or bottom of containers.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with any of the products affected by this recall. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recall is the result of a potentially contaminated milk powder ingredient recalled by Valley Milk Products, a derivative of which was included as a small portion of the ingredients by another company in a confectionary coating supplied to Palmer Candy Company. Affected products include a variety of candy products sold to retailers under the Palmer Candy Company brand, private label chocolates for retail distribution and bulk products provided to retailers for repackaging. Although testing has shown no pathogenic bacteria in the milk confectionary coatings, the company decided out of an abundance of caution to recall all products produced using any amount of the now recalled ingredients.

Consumers should throw out or return these products to the point of sale for a full refund.
For more information, consumers may call to speak with a Customer Service Representative at Palmer Candy Company between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time at 712-258-5543.

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Chip’n Dipped of Huntington, NY, is recalling its 2.9-oz. bar, Dark Chocolate Crunch because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.

The recalled "Dark Chocolate Crunch" was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in 2.9oz Bar form. The lot numbers are 1100506, 1100483 and 1100524 and are stamped on the back of the packaging box. Individual bars are unmarked.

One illness has been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk.

Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased The Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-545-2447, Monday-Friday 10am -4 pm ET.

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Myerstown, PA - As a result of an ingredient supplier recall, Dutch Valley is issuing a recall on Cappuccino Snack Mix due to the potential for it to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for the following product:

Item # 552372 Cappuccino Snack Mix

Lot Code: 20161027

Best By: 5/25/17

Product is distributed in ten pound bulk cases, which consist of two-five pound bags in a case. The inner bags are clear and unlabeled.

There have been no illnesses or issues reported regarding consumption of this product to date.

All Items packaged and sold within the parameters mentioned are subject to this recall, including items sold on our website, www.dutchvalleyfoods.com. These items were distributed nationwide and affect the following states: DE, FL,GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WI, WV.  Retailers are advised to remove this product from store shelves based on the Best By Date. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked to destroy them or to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions regarding the product listed may call Dutch Valley Foods at 1-800-733 4191 and speak with customer service, Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm EST.

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(Only one photo to share so make sure you check out the listing of recalled products.)

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling several candy trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention when Palmer Candy Company announced a limited recall of certain chocolate products after it was informed by its supplier, Valley Milk Products LLC, that a milk powder ingredient used in a compound chocolate coating has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The voluntary recall includes selected products produced between Oct. 20, 2016, and Dec. 9, 2016, and shipped by Palmer Candy Company to grocery, convenience store and wholesale customers nationwide for repackaging.

Below is the product description, size and UPC number that can be found on the label of each candy tray that is being recalled.


The candy trays were distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 242 grocery stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product comes in a plastic container with a clear lid. The sell-by date range for all items is between Jan. 26, 2017 and Feb. 23, 2017. The sell-by date can be found at the top of the product label.

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more sever illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Out of an abundance of caution Hy-Vee has decided to recall all candy trays that include products in the recall. Customers who purchased this product should dispose of it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Popcorn & Movies with a Shake of Chocolate

January 19 is National Popcorn Day. What goes with popcorn better than movies? How many of you like to eat popcorn when you watch movies either at home or in the theater? I'm sure you've heard of chocolate covered popcorn, we've looked at some here in the past, but what if you could have flavored popcorn without the calories you'd give covering it with chocolate? Kernel Season's offers flavored popcorn seasonings in a variety of flavors and I received Kernel Season's Sweet Seasoning Variety Pack, 2.85 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 3)through the Amazon Vine Program; I've been reviewing products via this program since the late spring of 2008! No other form of compensation was received.

Of the trio, we're most interested in the Milk Chocolate Caramel variety for obvious reasons but we did try all of them and the assessment of this one flavor applies to all three flavors. The ingredients are straightforward: pure cane sugar, chocolate, cocoa, caramel flavor, milk, caramel color, vanilla, salt, and silicon dioxide (to keep it from caking up so you can keep shaking it out). 1/2 tsp of this product has only 5 calories and that would be great if the product stayed on the popcorn but it simply doesn't do a very good job of that because just like salt without butter does, the crystals just slips right off the kernels. I dipped a finger into some of the seasoning and yes it does indeed taste like milk chocolate and caramel but the big problem, the one you can't get around is that won't stay on the popcorn. Adding butter only means adding more calories and if you are fine with that, you could also just sprinkle powdered cocoa on the popcorn and have the same amount of calories but a much stronger cocoa taste and I bet you have some cocoa powder in your house already, right? Another possibility you could try is spray "butter "on your popcorn if you wanted fewer calories but the seasoning to stick but I didn't particularly like the resulting flavor of the spray products.

All of this said, this trio of Kernel Season's flavorings taste as labeled even if you do need an extra step to get the flavoring to stick to your popcorn. If you don't want a trio of flavorings to try out you could just get the one we were most interested in by clicking on the image below. If you've tried this product yourself and disagree or agree with our assessment, we've love to see a comment from you. If you've found a better but similar product, please do let us know, too.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top Chocolate Blog Winner

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