by Kassey Cameron
Being on the ketogenic diet, or way of eating (WOE), one of my first questions after understanding what I could and could not eat was, “what am I going to do about chocolate?” I love chocolate, especially milk chocolate. I love to drizzle it, dip in it, and just devour it. But what I love more is being in ketosis and all the amazing benefits I get from it. So, I wanted a chocolate option that would satisfy my milk chocolate cravings while not effecting my ketone levels. This is when I stumbled upon ChocZero’s Keto Bark™ and my curiosity grew.
ChocZero® makes sugar free syrups, chocolate squares, chocolate dipping cups (milk, white, and dark chocolate), and Keto Bark™. The Keto Bark™ comes in either Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt or Milk chocolate. Then you can choose almonds, coconut flakes, or hazelnut to be mixed in with the chocolate. On their website they list themselves as a gluten free, soy free, GMO free, sugar alcohol free, ethically sourced company. While all of these claims are certainly impressive and positives for someone following a ketogenic diet, how could they create a palatable chocolate without sugar alcohols?
ChocZero® uses a combination of monk fruit and soluble corn fiber syrup to sweeten their products. I was skeptical at first (hello corn syrup), but after some research and my own personal testing of my ketones and blood glucose levels pre and post-prandial (before and after eating) with my Keto-Mojo Meter, I was pleasantly surprised with my numbers in that they were within the parameters I have set for myself on what is a safe increase in blood glucose for me (everyone’s is different and we will have a post on how to know what yours is shortly). My post-prandial numbers for ketones returned to pre-prandial numbers within 2 hours. Another surprise was the lack of gastric upset. While I have a stomach of steel my family members are not so lucky. Neither myself nor my family noticed any gastrointestinal upset with the consumption of the keto bark. While I limit myself to 3 pieces at most on a given day, I do have a family member (who shall remain nameless) who does not control themselves and ate an entire bag – 6 pieces. While individual experiences can differ, when perusing the Amazon reviews I noticed many similar mentions… no stomach upset.
So far, I have enjoyed eating the bark alone, with some peanut butter on top, and crumbled over some homemade keto ice cream! Each way is just as good as the last! I would say this is now a keto staple in my home.