For most of us, chocolate plays an important role in celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether we’re celebrating with our partner, friends, or family. But have you ever paused to look at the list of ingredients in your favorite chocolate brands? Many of them contain potentially harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, artificial flavors and colors, soy lecithin…the list goes on.
But we wouldn’t want you to skip chocolate on V-day (or any day!), so we’ve hunted for some Trash Panda-approved products. Below are a few of the most popular brands with potentially harmful ingredients, along with our favorite alternatives that have all the deliciousness without any of those sketchy ingredients.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (contain hydrogenated vegetable oil, PGPR, and TBHQ)
•Instead, try: JoJo’s Peanut Butter Delight
Other options: Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups or Eating Evolved Keto Cups
Hershey’s Kisses (contain soy lecithin, natural flavors)
•Instead, try: Heavenly Organics Double Dark Chocolate Honey Patties
Other options: Alter Eco Truffles
Godiva Chocolate (various products contain soy lecithin, natural flavor, corn syrup)
•Instead, try: Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bars
Other Options: Thrive Market brand chocolate bars (the only two ingredients are organic cacao and organic coconut sugar!) and Hu Chocolate Bars
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