Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Smart Balance Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread - Nov. 18, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Smart Balance
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread
Weight: 1.13 oz. (32 g.) / 16 oz. (1 lb.) (453 g.) in 1 jar
Calories: 180 calories in 2 Tablespoon serving
Cost: $1.99 for 1 jar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #14 of Chocolate and Peanuts Theme Week(s).

Ingredients that are included, or excluded, often have special appeal to consumers. I look for gluten free chocolate items; and I prefer fewer additives and ingredients on labels in general.

This Smart Balance Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread was lactose-free, vegan and non-GMO—and certified gluten free. On the "fat" front, this spread was made with palm fruit, flaxseed and peanut oils—without trans fats (hydrogenated oils), and contained 320 mg. of ALA Omega-3 per (2 TB) serving.

How did it taste? This smooth and creamy spread was sweet without being overly so, and had a light, almost whipped, texture. (Pure nut butters are generally heavier.)

I used this spread as a dip for fresh fruit (apple sections). It might also work as a spread on crepes or baked goods (between cake layers or cookies perhaps); or it could be stirred into vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

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