Manna from Chocolate Heaven

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I’m
not usually one to plug products. But every once in a while, something
comes along that is too fabulous to keep to yourself. This time, Kathy
Moskal, president of Vere Goods, wrote to me about her product after reading of
my diabetes/gluten-related chocolate
laments
. She was kind enough to send me some samples, and I must say, I
feel like I’ve found Healthy Dark Chocolate Nirvana.

Vere
is a chocolate product that’s a natural alternative to sugar free — containing
absolutely no chemicals — but sweetened with just a pinch of crystalline
fructose, which is low glycemic and doesn’t spike your blood sugar! They also
add inulin, a pro-biotic derived from chicory to support the immune
system. And they use organic nuts and hormone-free dairy. Kathy likes to
say their chocolate is “as different from other chocolate as an Heirloom
Tomato is from Ketchup.”

Sounded
damn good. And it is, too. I am happy to report that I have finally found
a truly good goodie that I can enjoy without guilt, and without (too much)
dosing stress. Here’s my scorecard:

*
Coconut, walnut, and peanut butter brownies – small and OMG scrumptious!

*
75% chocolate squares – rich and dark, but a little bit tasteless (they give
you the sensation of eating very rich chocolate, but without the kick…)

*
Cacao nib wafers – ditto to above

*
Spicy pepito wafers and espresso wafers – OMG good, as in “get your hands
off my special chocolate!”

*
Chocolate almond clusters – crunchy and scrumptious. That little bit of dark
choc coating is all you need here.

The
amazing thing is that Vere’s goodies have more than
twice the anti-oxidants of the standard dark chocolate.
And they’ve also developed a
“super-chocolate bar” to be released this coming summer that actually
lowers your overall cholesterol by 10%
. That one I’ve got to see!

Kathy writes: “I’ve worked and researched this for 2 ½ years ….and my hope is to not only offer something wonderful for diabetics…but to change how people think of sweets altogether…to look for flavor over sugar…and quality and satisfaction over quantity.”

I
say: This stuff is worth a try. See
www.veregoods.com.

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6 Responses

  1. Nick
    Nick May 25, 2006 at 7:36 pm | | Reply

    I think I’m gonna start a blog.

  2. Alexis
    Alexis May 26, 2006 at 10:42 am | | Reply

    Care to share any comments on how your blood sugars have reacted to the chocolate? Their site says a serving has less sugar than an apple, and I am wondering as to how much insulin you have found you need to take. I’ve ordered a few samples myself but would be nice to know before hand what your experience has been.

  3. AmyT
    AmyT May 26, 2006 at 12:39 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for asking, Alexis. So far I’ve found that I can follow the carb counts on their labels pretty accurately. But this stuff seems to absorb quite slowly, so I need to wait to dose for at least 40min after eating or I end up with an early low.

  4. kathy
    kathy May 26, 2006 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for sampling our chocolates Alexis. I would love to know how your body/blood sugar levels handled our products…and any other feedback. I hope they work for you….
    Kathy

  5. Nick
    Nick May 27, 2006 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the color pic, Amy. You’re the first to brighten my day.

  6. Elinor
    Elinor May 27, 2006 at 11:16 am | | Reply

    Amy, love your new picture!

    Dark chocolate is my thing so I look forward to trying some.

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