Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding Snacks from JELL-O

I’m always looking for ways to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. Today I saw JELL-O Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding Snacks. At 60 calories and only 1.5g of fat, I knew that I had to try it.

The pudding snacks come 6 to a package and must stay refridgerated. Although I often eat my pudding with a dollop of fat free Cool Whip, I decided to eat the dark chocolate pudding straight so that I could appreciate the flavor. Good choice! The pudding was creamy and thick–perfect for someone who craves chocolate after almost every meal. Although I can’t say that it was much different than their regular sugar free chocolate pudding, it definitely seemed a little darker, a little less sweet.

If you are watching your sugar intake or your waistline but still love chocolate, you should definitely check out the newest sugar free treats from JELL-O. You can indulge every day and not feel the least bit guilty.

P.S. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry was as delicious as the Dark Chocolate!

Choxie Cocktail Truffle Collection from Target

I have been seeing Target’s chocolate collection, choxie, for months but never tried it. The other day on a whim I decided to grab a sampler and see how it compared to more expensive chocolates.

I bought the Cocktail Truffle Collection, which contained 6 different flavors: Milk Chocolate Cosmo, White Chocolate Pina Colada, Dark Chocolate Appletini, Milk Chocolate Margarita, Dark Chocolate Peach Bellini, and Dark Chocolate Martini.

The box itself was nice looking but not expensive. Nice enough to give along with another gift or as a little “thank you” gift but not Valentine’s Day quality or anything like that. The inside of the box was a little bit cheaper looking.

I started with the Dark Chocolate Peach Bellini because dark chocolate and peach bellinis are, separately, two of my favorite things. It was really good. Not cheap tasting at all. And a nice mix of flavors. It was probably my favorite in the box. I was least looking forward to the White Chocolate Pina Colada because I’m not much of a white chocolate eater. But the sprinkle of coconut on the top helped me overlook the white chocolate. The only one that I was not too pleased with was the Milk Chocolate Margarita. They tried to capture the salt taste and it just didn’t work for me.

Overall, I have to say that I would buy them again and would buy them for a friend. The “alcohol” flavor in each was minimal, especially compared to true liquor filled truffles. Each was topped with either a sprinkle or a dusting of something, making each individual piece look special.

I haven’t seen these available online, so you would not be able to order them for a gift. But I would assume you can pick them up in any Target store (mine was a Super Target). Next time I will try a different assortment of more traditional flavors…maybe some caramel and pecan. I am certain that I will be eating choxie again!

Movie Review: Chocolat

I know this movie is 8 years old, but I just saw it last week and it is totally on topic! I don’t know how (or why) I missed seeing it before, but I’m glad now for free premium stations on Directv. I’m seeing lots of stuff I missed (but that’s another story).

Chocolat is the story of a woman (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter who follow the North Wind where it takes them, carrying with them the desire to help people with their tasty confections. They arrive in an uptight French town and open a chocolaterie during Lent. The people of the town have no idea what they are in for!

Given that chocolate is in the title of the movie, you would expect that it plays a large role in the movie, and it does. It is almost a character unto itself. How the town people react to the chocolate is an interesting study in morality and desire.

Incidentally, if you are like me and are a Johnny Depp fan and are anxious to see him in the movie because you see him on the movie cover, you are going to have to be patient. He does not appear until about halfway through the movie.

As you watch the movie, you will think about the history of chocolate as well as the effects it can have on the body and the mind. Chocolat is a perfect mix of comedy, drama, and romance. Chick flick? Probably. But one worth watching together…with a box of chocolates of course.