If you’ve been keto for a while and love chocolate, you’ve probably come across the wide array of keto-friendly chocolate bars by Lily’s Sweets which are commonly found on grocery-store shelves. The bars are big and hefty, promising plenty of satisfaction with each purchase. But more importantly, they’re truly keto-friendly and downright fantastic. Even better, they come in so many flavors and styles, there’s something for everyone.
- The keto-friendly confectioner offers four dark chocolate bars: Original Dark Chocolate, Coconut Dark Chocolate, Crispy Rice Dark Chocolate, and Almond Dark Chocolate.
- They also have a line of four “very dark chocolate” bars: Blood Orange Dark Chocolate, Extra Dark Chocolate, Extremely Dark Chocolate, and Almond Dark Chocolate.
- While it’s relatively easy to find good, keto-friendly dark chocolate, milk chocolate has historically been a different story–that is until Lily’s debuted their line of milk chocolate bars. Exquisite and melt-in-your-mouth, they come in three flavors: Salted Almond Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate, and Creamy Milk Chocolate.
- Whatever your preference, most of the bars come in a 3-ounce bar, with 3 servings and net carbs ranging from one to five per serving.
- Lily’s also has an essential dark chocolate baking bar and epic dark chocolate chips for baking or eating by the handful; yes, they are that good!
About the Company
Lily’s Sweets, LLC, is located in Boulder, Colorado. It was founded by Cynthia Tice, who became known for her passion for helping people eat better when she opened Center Foods in Philadelphia in 1978. Way before the rest of us were sipping green juice, Cynthia was raising awareness of better-for-you foods. In 2003, Cynthia hit a milestone birthday and decided to kick sugar for good. The only problem was chocolate; she just couldn’t give it up. So in 2010, she made her own no-sugar-added chocolate and, with her longtime friend Chuck Genuardi, began offering it to the public under the brand name Lily’s Sweets.
How They Taste
These bars are head and shoulders above most other keto-friendly bars on the market, and not just because they include milk chocolate options. Lily’s chocolate has none of the “artificial sweetener” aftertaste or cooling sensations that are present in many other sugar-free chocolates. Even better, Lily’s milk chocolate line would give any real sugar-sweetened bars a run for their money. They melt in your mouth and have a wonderful flavor from the first bite to the last, and the two “salted” bars have a noticeable burst of sea salt that creates such a decadent flavor combination, you will be basking in milk chocolate bliss wondering if it’s too good to be true. The dark chocolates have the distinct bitter flavor that all dark chocolates have, but with no harsh aftertaste.
Ingredients & Macros
Lily’s sources non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients harvested through Fair Trade practices and ensures every product is botanically sweetened, which means their bars don’t contain processed sugars. Thus all of the ingredients in these bars are keto-friendly, except the brown rice in the Krispy Rice Dark Chocolate bar.
Cocoa percentages range from 40 percent (for milk chocolate bars) to 80 percent (for the extremely dark chocolate).
Full Ingredients List for the Milk Chocolate Flavors:
Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate
Ingredients: unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, organic whole milk powder (rBST free), milk fat (rBST free), natural flavor, sea salt, organic soy lecithin, stevia extract, vanilla extract
Serving Size: 3 oz (80g)
Net Carbohydrates: 5g
Salted Almonds Milk Chocolate
Ingredients: unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, organic whole milk powder (rBST free), dry roasted almonds, milk fat (rBST free), sea salt, stevia extract, organic soy lecithin, vanilla
Serving Size: 3 oz (80g)
Net Carbohydrates: 4g
Creamy Milk Chocolate
Ingredients: unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, organic whole milk powder (rBST free), milk fat (rBST free), stevia extract, organic soy lecithin, vanilla extract
Serving Size: 3 oz (80g)
Net Carbohydrates: 1g
To see all nutritional information for the other chocolate bars, chocolate chips and peanut butter cups, go here and click on the item of interest.
Blood Sugar and Ketones
We always double-check the keto-friendliness of foods we review by testing our ketones and blood-glucose before and after eating the food in question. For this review, we tested the Salted Almond Milk Chocolate Bar. It has a higher amount of net carbs than some of the other Lily’s bars, so we wanted to see how it affected us, knowing that other bars would likely have even better results.
See the chart below for our results, which show that the Salted Almond Milk Chocolate bar passed our test and resulted in no major adverse reactions to our glucose or ketones.
The Final Word
Thumbs way up for Lily’s chocolate bars and treats! They’re made with wholesome keto-friendly ingredients, the flavors and textures are wonderful, and when eaten within your daily macros, they won’t adversely impact ketosis. In other words, they’re the PERFECT choice when you are wanting something chocolaty and sweet.