We're approaching Valentine's Day -- the day when couples everywhere (hopefully) go above and beyond to demonstrate and declare their love for one another. This is done through special dinners, jewelry, flower deliveries, overnight getaways, and of course, chocolate. Always chocolate.
Charles Schultz wisely stated, "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Whether you celebrate the holiday of love or not, there's always an occasion for
ok, a LOT of chocolate! Store-bought chocolates certainly are wrapped in pretty packages, but what's inside is anything but pretty. They're loaded with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, soy lecithin, dried milk solids, and more. Kinda makes you second-guess indulging, doesn't it?
8 Real Food Chocolate Candy Recipes
Here are 8 real food chocolate candy recipes to give you a reason to eat more chocolate. (As if you needed a reason...) ;) The ingredients in these won't make you squirm because they're all REAL: real raw cacao
, real cacao butter
, real fruit
, real nuts
, and real whole sweeteners! So treat your sweetie to something truly sweet: homemade, real food chocolate candies that prove Charles Schultz was on to something... love and chocolate!
With crunchy almonds and tart, freeze-dried raspberries, this is a healthy way to satisfy a chocolate craving!
Creating homemade raw chocolates is very simple, yet has huge paybacks. You get to enjoy all the wholesome ingredients without soy lecithin, powdered milk, or other unnecessary fillers. You also have control over the quality of cocoa that goes into your chocolates, and can choose the best!
This is a richer, darker, and dare I say, healthier? a version of the infamous peanut butter cup. Our favorite way to indulge? Straight out of the freezer. Oh my…heaven.
Indulgent, yet not awfully unhealthy, these truffles scream fall flavor... but feel free to enjoy them any time of year!
Save money and control the ingredients by making your own chocolate chips with raw cacao powder and cacao butter. These are the basic building blocks of chocolate in its purest form, and they're packed with nutrition!
These should remind you of chocolate-covered cherries or cherry cordials from days gone by -- yet without the refined sugar that makes those candies so unhealthy. Plus, tart cherries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!
This grain-free chocolate pecan bark proves that it's not impossible to create a healthy, decadent indulgence you can feel good about. Make it yourself in less than an hour with just 4 wholesome ingredients!
With Real Food ingredients, these homemade, naturally sweetened peppermint patties are healthier than the commercial version! Your body will thank you!
Will you ditch the store-bought chocolate and make some Real Food chocolate candy?