Sunday, February 26, 2017

Valentine Chocolate Recall of February 2017

We end February 2017 with one recall to share. These might have been a gift you bought to give to a child or perhaps an adult in your life for Valentine's Day.

Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils

Bee International, Inc. of Chula Vista, CA is recalling its 1.7oz. Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils because they may contain undeclared milk protein. People who have allergies to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled “Chocolate Lentils” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through food distributors.

The product comes in a 1.7oz clear plastic tube marked with Best Before April 2019 on the label and bearing the UPC 0-73563-00805-9. It is a Valentine item consisting of chocolate lentils packed inside the clear plastic tube, with a heart shaped topper as a lid.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was used during the packaging of the product. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased 1.7oz. Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils with Best Before April 2019 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-421-6465, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm, PST.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Make National Peanut Butter Lovers Day Unreal this Year

March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day; January 24th was National Peanut Butter Day. I was torn about which day we should share this featured review of Unreal Candy's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups but I went with today in the hopes that we had a lot of Valentine's Day treats to share with you are even at the end of January. A bag of these hold 8, individually wrapped cups but you can also buy these in a two cup sleeve in some grocery (like Kroger) and big discount stores (like Target). As you know I love dark chocolate but I'm also very fond of peanut butter, too. Several of my volunteer testers are also very fond of dark chocolate, they claim I've corrupted them so that they can't enjoy milk chocolate any more. But hey! We try all types of chocolate here and I try to be objective and honest about each type. Let's see how well Unreal did at creating a less junky candy treat. I received this bag to test, share, and write about from Unreal via the Tryazon program; no other form of compensation was received in exchange for this honest article.

Each cup is 1.5 inches across and 0.25 inches thick. It is fairly dark in color but not as dark as the bag suggests when against a red background. Each cup is wrapped in a silver wrapper with the "UNREAL" name in red. Each piece has 80 calories made of 50% fair trade certified ingredients including some organic ingredients. Obviously it contains both chocolate and peanuts if those are allergy concerns for you but also sunflower and coconut derived ingredients. The cup has a very strong chocolate scent to it and it immediately starts to melts in my fingers. It makes a soft crunch as I take a bite and a softer sound as I chew it. The initial flavor is a slightly bitter chocolate then intensely roasted flavored peanuts and a hint of sweetness. The peanut butter is thick but still creamy, not sweet at all, really just that roasted flavor with a touch of sweetness that does not distract in any way. The chocolate is the dominant flavor here as I would like it to be but the peanut butter never goes away.

Overall this product earns Sacrament status for the ingredients and the basic philosophy behind making it. You do need to love both peanut butter and darker chocolate and I do so I love these. My testers liked this one a lot but sadly there was only enough for each of us to try one. Remember: Use chocoolate with Purpose and in Moderation. What about you, reader? Have you tried these? What did you think? If you haven't tried them, is this a type of peanut butter cup you'd be interested and trying out?

Monday, February 20, 2017


Toady as promised is the first GIVEAWAY Contest of 2017 on The Chocolate Cult. We've teamed up with PROBAR to offer one of you readers a 12 count sleeve of one type and variety from their line-up. In order to run the giveaway fairly we are using Rafflecopter so please fill out the information it needs, follow the directions, remember we will check to make, and on Monday February 27, 2017, at Noon (Eastern) we'll announce the winner. Winner MUST live in the USA and supply a legitimate email so that we can contact them about their prize.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bite Off Energy with PROBAR

Yesterday you met Holly from PROBAR® so today you're going to learn about some of their bars. We have samples from several lines so we're going to publish article about each line over the course of several months in 2017. Today we're looking at two flavors from the bite organic energy bar line: Chocolate Cherry Cashew (left bar in the photo) and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (right bar in the photo. These look homemade to me, you can see the ingredients inside the bite, they aren't hidden under a coating of chocolate or candy as many energy bars are. Both bars we were sent have 190 calories so a good sized snack without overindulging. On Monday, The Chocolate Cult will host a CONTEST where you could win a sleeve of 12 bars of any one variety you choose from their website. The giveaway will run for one week so be sure you come back to enter it. The Chocolate Cult was sent 12 bars from different lines from PROBAR® all in chocolate varieties so that we could test them out and write a series of feature articles about them in an honest and objective fashion; no other form of competition was received.

We'll start with the PROBAR® bite Chocolate Cherry Cashew. This includes chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, and cacao powder on the ingredient list. The very first ingredient is tapioca syrup which helps explain the 10 grams of sugars the bar has. It also has 7 grams total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber. The first scent I note is the cherry a general grain and sweetness fragrance. You can see the dried cherries, the different grains, the cashew pieces spread throughout the bar. Take a bite makes a crunch and it stays crunchy as I chew. It is not sticky as I thought it might be from just looking at it. The flavors are varied depending on where I bite. A burst of tart cherry, some sweet grain, a hint of chocolate, the cashews are subtle as well but definitely there. Each bite is a different taste experience, too. The texture is also interesting depending on the bite -- the dried cherries are actually chewy, the cashews crisp, and the grains soft. The size of the bar makes this easily an eight-bite snack. While I'd like the chocolate to be more intense (this is The Chocolate Cult after all) I still like this bar a lot.

Now we'll turn to the PROBAR® bit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The ingredients and nuttirional values for this bar are very similar to the previous with just 1 gram more total fat, 0.5 grams more saturated fat, 1 gram more sugars. However this has 15% more iron and that might be important to some of you. This has a strong peanut fragrance to it. As you saw in the first photograph of this article, this bar is a little smaller in terms of measurements but in terms of weight it is identical at 1.62 ounces or 46 grams. If you have ever cooked or baked with peanut butter by weight, you know it is a hefty ingredient. A bite of this bars makes a softer crunch and it is more chewy than crunchy as I eat it. The peanut butter is not as intense as the scent had me thinking it would be but the chia seeds are obvious in flavor. It is only when I hit a mini chocolate chip that I get a burst of the chocolate flavor in this bar. In terms of flavors and textures it is not as varied as the previous bar but still more interesting than many other energy bars I've tried before.

Of the two bars, I have to say that the Chocolate Cherry Cashew is definitely my favorite. I think having the chocolate liquor, the cocoa butter, and the cacao powder helped make it more chocolatey as well. I would certainly buy this variety in the future.  How many of your have tried the PROBAR® bite products before? Which ones have you tried and liked? Please leave a comment and let us know.