Product review: Vego chocolate

Product: Vego Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

Nutrition per 100g: Energy 2456 kJ (591 kcal), Protein 8.2 g, Fat 40.80 g of which saturates 11.4 g Carbohydrates 44.6 g of which sugars 39.3 g, Sodium 0 mg

Ingredients: Cane Sugar*, Whole Hazelnuts (20%)*, Cocoa Mass*, Hazelnut Paste* Cocoa Butter*, Emulsifier: Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract* (* = from organic farming)

What I like about it? This has to be one of the most delicious chocolates I have ever tasted. And I were to make a chocolate myself, I would probably use the same ingredients. Unlike a lot of commercial chocolates, this uses cocoa butter, does not contain palm oil, so it is much lower in saturated fat. It contains good unsaturated fat from the nut paste and whole hazelnuts (20% which is quite high for a commercial chocolate). It is dairy free and 100% plant-based.

What I don't like about it? Chocolate is a confectionery so it is an energy dense food. Confectionery does not form part of the core food groups. It is definitely a 'sometimes' food and we can all enjoy it very mindfully.

Would I give them to my children? No! They are all for me.

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