Friday, March 20, 2015

Barkleys 'All Natural' Solid Dark Chocolate Bunny

Forget the junk-filled Easter chocolate this year, feed your kids (or yourselves) a tasty chocolate bunny that is all natural, and has no refined cane sugar. In fact, it has no cane sugar at all.

Barkleys, a Canadian chocolate brand from British Columbia, is now selling a 60% dark chocolate bunny sweetened with beet sugar, rather than the usual cane sugar. Many people are making the switch from cane sugar to alternate sweeteners for health reasons these days. Barkley's has introduced just the product to help people who have made the switch through the Easter season.

As for the taste, this bunny has a nice sweetness, but is still bitter.  Truthfully, I thought it was a 70% chocolate, rather than a 60%, which may be influenced by the beet sugar (often cane sugar substitutes will not taste as sweet as actual cane sugar). The flavour was quite mild in fact, just straight up chocolaty with no specific flavours (so if you are into origin chocolate, this may not be your bunny). 

I think anyone who likes Lindt, Godiva or commercial organic dark chocolate bar brands, or a child who likes dark chocolate (my son, for instance), would like this bunny quite a lot.  I personally prefer bean-to-bar, craft chocolate with strong cacao origin flavour influences, but I still enjoyed Barkleys' bunny!

Certainly this is a great product for people who cannot have cane sugar, but still want to enjoy chocolate this Easter.

I purchased my bunny at Bulk Barn, but Barkleys' products are available all across Canada in a variety of retailers.  Click here to learn more.

If you are looking for a milk chocolate bunny that is also all natural, check out my 2013 review of Camino's organic and fair trade bunny here.

Barkleys also makes other all natural products. Learn more about some of their truffle bars here.

Here are the package details from the product that I reviewed today:

Dark Chocolate Bunny, 60% cocoa solids, 100g
Barkleys (Coquitlam, BC)
Ingredients: Cocoa Mass**, Beet Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin* (emulsifier), Natural Vanilla Flavouring. Contains soy.  May contain milk, tree nuts and peanuts.  Gluten Free. *Non GMO, Naturally Derived.
**Contains 60% cocoa solids.

Please note: I was not paid or given any kind of incentive to write this article. As in most cases with my reviews, I found it while scouting products locally and wanted to share the information.

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