CANDY! It’s ALL the Rage …
From Halloween through Christmas and even to December 31. EAT IT UP before your diet starts on January 1. Or take a different resolution now, and eat good quality & less quantity.
NEWSFLASH: All candy might all be tasty, but it’s not all doing the same thing for your body. A simple look at the ingredients is no longer simple! What is PGPR? Did you know it’s now in leading chocolate brands? It stands for Polglycerol polyricinoleate or PALSGAARD 4150, and I don’t understand all the science on their Wikipedia page. The Wikipedia page does state “PGPR is used by chocolate makers to reduce their costs of raw materials … to replace the traditional but more expensive cocoa butter as an ingredient in chocolate.” Are the red lights signaling “stay away” yet?
And herein lies my problem with ingredients:
if it’s only letters/initials (or numbers) – don’t eat it
if you can’t pronounce it – don’t eat it
if you can’t define it – don’t eat it
if it’s processed to be put into your processed food – don’t eat it
GREAT! Bye-bye candy.
No, life isn’t over! I’ve discovered in the past year or so, the high quality candy aisle (this is in one of my local grocery store’s, Haggen Market in Woodinville, WA).
It has come in to save the day … and quite possibly a stay-at-home mom’s sanity (so I have a little bit of a chocolate problem). I buy different brands at different times for different needs. I also tend to find and purchase my local chocolatiers’ or confectioners’ creations. But as a part of the Mom Start team I was offered free chocolate in the form of Justin’s Peanut Butter cups … I couldn’t say no! AND I already eat Justin’s squeeze packets; pardon my mess, but this is a real picture of my pantry:
Let’s throw this post into reverse, I first heard of Justin’s Nut Butter maybe in 2007, after I had my first son. I was curious and found a You Tube video about founder, Justin Gold, trying to make the right nut butter in his kitchen with his food processor. It was a funny video, maybe 8 minutes long, of Justin trying different consistencies, flavors, and nuts; sorry but I can no longer find it. He was just documenting his progress, really it was a video diary. NOW Justin’s has dropped the “Nut Butter” portion of the company name so that it can go deeper into giving us all kinds of good food choices.
Here’s Justin Gold himself to tell us about it:
So back to the chocolate! I was given and tried Justin’s ORGANIC peanut butter cups both in the dark chocolate and milk chocolate. In the normal candy bar wrapper, there are two cups, like other brands you might be used to eating.
The ingredients are high quality and the taste doesn’t disappoint! My only “feedback” if Justin wants it, is I’d like a MORE peanut butter to chocolate ratio. You can physically see the inside (above), but here’s what you get:
Justin’s Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ingredients: Organic Milk Chocolate (organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter*, organic whole milk powder, organic chocolate liquor*, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), Organic Peanuts, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt
Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ingredients: Organic Dark Chocolate (organic evaporated cane sugar, organic chocolate liquor*, organic cocoa butter*, organic vanilla), Organic Peanuts, Organic Palm Fruit Oil**, Organic Peanut Flour, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Organic Soy Lecithin
Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups are organic as certified by Oregon Tilth, (*) Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM, (**) sustainably sources palm fruit oil and have a seal that they’re using “orangutan friendly palm oil,” certified gluten free (GF), Orthodox Union marked for those eating Kosher, and contains dairy but is vegetarian (as founder Justin Gold is a vegetarian). And although they don’t have the official seal, they claim to use fair-trade chocolate.
And the taste? Well, one of my sons does like peanut butter. I personally liked them, but as stated I’d enjoy a more peanut butter. My other son took one bite and chewed it and then …
… yep, his cheeks are full of what was the remaining Justin’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. But you don’t have to risk it taking my word for it! Get your own with this BOGO FREE coupon; you can try both the milk and dark chocolate options.
AND for me, here in Seattle, one of my favorite things is where I can get Justin’s Peanut Butter cups. My favorite local Starbucks carries them; when they can keep Justin’s Peanut Butter cups in stock!