New Ghirardelli Flavors

Ghirardelli Chocolate is coming out with two new flavors, and you can now get them online!

Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Bar
“The luxuriously deep and velvety dark chocolate in Sea Salt Soiree is infused with bursts of sea salt and roasted almonds delivering unrivaled chocolate intensity. Experience a moment of timeless pleasure with Ghirardelli’s all natural Intense Dark Chocolate.”

Dark & Orange Filled Bar
“Take time to slow down and feel yourself melt with each bite. Savor the luxuriously rich flavors surrounding your senses – velvety chocolate and zesty burst of real oranges. Enjoy as the chocolate pleasure lingers.”

What’s great about these two new flavors is that they have the flavor of an expensive gourmet chocolate but with a price tag that doesn’t make you feel guilty about splurging on them. I tried them both and liked the Dark & Orange slightly better. I’m a dark chocolate fan to begin with, so that helped. I actually wasn’t sure that I would like the Dark Sea Salt at all but ended up finding it to be an addictive combination. The salt cut the sweetness just enough. The orange reminded me of their raspberry filled bars but not quite as sweet.

Bars start at less than $4. Click here to try out the new Ghirardelli flavors online before they are released in the stores.

(For a limited time,  you can use code SUNSHINE15 and get 15% off of your Ghirardelli purchase)

Cranberry Raisinet Review

I’m a huge fan of Raisinets. They are always my “go to” snack at the movies and usually even when we watch movies at home. Since I am also a big cranberry eater, I decided that I would try Nestle’s new Cranberry Raisinets.

Honestly, there wasn’t much of a difference in the taste of the cranberry from the regular raisins. They may have been just a little bit more tart, but certainly not as tart as regular cranberries. I love that cranberries are full of anti-oxidants, which makes these a great little treat. You can actually even get them in 100 calorie packs. The nutritional information is almost the exact same for the regular Raisinets and the regular Raisinets. While I will still primarily stick with my traditional Raisinets, I will absolutely mix it up every now and again with the Cranberry for a little different flavor.

Here’s a cute video produced by Nestle:

Mousse Temptations by JELL-O Review

JELL-O has released a new product called Mousse Temptations. Although my Kroger is not yet carrying it, I was able to pick up a package at Marsh. They come packaged just like their regular refrigerated pudding cups (6 to a pack). They have three flavors that I could find: Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Indulgence, and Caramel Creme. The best part is that they are sugar free and only 60 calories–a perfect snack or dessert if you are on Weight Watchers!

I opted for the Dark Chocolate and figured that I would give them to my family for dessert last night. I’m the biggest pudding eater in the house, but everyone was up for trying something different.

The texture was definitely between a real mousse and pudding. My daughter first thought it felt like a brownie when she stuck her spoon into it because it was so thick. But then when you taste it, it is actually very light. The Dark Chocolate had a true dark chocolate taste without the sweetness of milk chocolate. However, my kids do not normally like dark chocolate and they gobbled the Mousse up. In fact, with a family of 4, we were all fighting about who was going to get the other 2 cups (I’m eating one as I type before the kids get home from school!).

If you are watching your waistline but love chocolate, I would definitely recommend the Mousse Temptations by JELL-O. No diet taste or consistency at all. They might be a bit hard to find right now but are definitely worth looking out for.

Review of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

I was walking through the snack aisle at SuperTarget looking for some trail mix to throw in my suitcase for an upcoming trip. I happened to see a box of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds. I vaguely remembered Hungry Girl mentioning them. Because they were in 100 calorie packs, I figured that I would buy a box (of 7) and give them a try.

Curiosity got the best of me before I even left for my trip. The call of “Dark Chocolate Flavor” was too much for this chocoholic. I opened the package not knowing what to expect (except that it seemed a little small for 100 calories).

Inside were about a handful of perfectly roasted almonds with just a touch of cocoa flavor. It was a little sweeter than if they had been rolled in plain cocoa, but not too much. Definitely not a “milk chocolate” taste. The package reads that it is 100 calories and 8 grams of fat. I guess that it to be expected from a dry roasted nut like an almond. I don’t think that the cocoa added much to that.

If I were looking for a real chocolate fix, I don’t think that this would do it for me. As it was, I was looking for a healthy snack (and with 2 grams of fiber, I think it was) with a little chocolate kick. I will definitely be throwing these in my carry-on for trip this weekend. And a couple to share because I have a feeling my travel companions will be curious about them as well.

Snickers v. Baby Ruth v. 3 Musketeers

Although I’m a big chocolate fan, I’m not really a big chocolate candy bar eater. In particular, I don’t really enjoy the nutty chocolate bars. A few years ago, my husband and I bought Halloween bags of Snickers, Baby Ruth, and 3 Musketeers just to taste test them against each other. It’s been a while and I can’t even remember what we decided. So I decided to steal some of the kids’ Halloween candy and give it a shot again.

Snickers: This is the one that I always think about when I think about nuts in a candy bar. It contains peanut butter nougat, which I don’t particularly enjoy. I do, however, like the peanuts and the caramel.

3 Musketeers: The filling in the middle of the 3 Musketeers is a fluffy, light chocolate. So it’s essentially chocolate on top of chocolate. What’s not to like about that? It’s very sweet for its little size. I think this is a candy bar that I could eat a lot more of. Why did I think that it had nuts?

Baby Ruth: This is a complex candy bar with a lot going on–chocolate covered peanuts, caramel, and nougat. I had to eat more of this one than the others to even figure out of I liked it or not. It’s very sweet. And I like the nougat better than in the Snickers. But I don’t think I like the peanuts as much.

In the end, I decided that while I like them all, I’m still not going to start eating any of them on a regular basis. Candy bars are just not my first choice in chocolate. Keep in mind that my findings are based only on the “fun size” of each of these candy bars. Much more than that and I would be sick to my stomach!