First and foremost, this is NOT a sponsored post! The other day I was reading an introspective-sounding (if not awkward) blog post only to find out, at the end, that it was a sponsored post. Huh?! I felt so duped! So I figured I may as well get this out of the way: I wasn't paid to write about these amazing products. I genuinely adore the brand and just wanna spread the love!
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a sweets queen. And while I have endless respect for people who cut sugar out of their life, I just don't think I'll ever be one of them. Keeping it real.
HOWEVER! I have become much more mindful of the kinds of sugar I'm putting into my body. I've made lots of small changes to reduce the sweeteners in my life. But one thing I haven't cut - and don't plan to - is high quality chocolate.
I say "high quality" because in the past year or so I have realized that not all chocolate is created equal. I now understand why my mom was never interested in sharing my Halloween candy. My mother wasn't a foodie the way I am, but she always had a discerning palette when it came to the sweet stuff. To me, it all tasted the same: sugary, and so I loved it all. But she was always saying that the cheap, commercial stuff in my pumpkin bucket didn't compare to the expensive kinds that aren't mass-produced.
Mother knows best. :)
I wish she were here right now, for a million reasons, but one of them being that I would share an OCHO candy bar with her. I discovered OCHO when shopping at Whole Foods months ago. I always like to look at their snack section, and most of the time I feel like one or two pieces of chocolate are a better option for me than 20ish little sweet cookie crackery things. (I tend to have more control over the former and overeat the latter.) OCHO candy is handcrafted in small batches, made from simple, high-quality organic ingredients and do not contain artificial flavors, preservatives or fillers.
I bought a bag of the Mini Peppermints and it was love at first bite. I've been a loyal customer ever since, and seeing my raving tweets and instagram pics, and being the kind folks they are, OCHO recently sent me a little care package that really brightened up an otherwise gloomy couple of weeks.
If you're watching your intake and wondering about the nutrition stats, I wanted to share a quick comparison of their milk chocolate and peanut butter bar next to the same serving size of another popular chocolate peanut butter candy. OCHO's version contains 50mg of sodium, 16g of carbs, 12g of sugar and 7g of proteins. The other guys have 150mg of sodium, 24g of carbs, 21g of sugar and 5g of protein.
Next time you're craving a sweet treat, I highly recommend OCHO. And if you know me in real life, you just may be getting one soon ;)