We Need To Try Dark Chocolate Twix ASAP! (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

It’s no secret that dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate, but some of us don’t always enjoy the taste as much. That’s why it’s so exciting that Twix is coming out with a dark chocolate variety of its cookie candy bar. What better way is there to make dark chocolate more enticing than using it in a Twix?

Brand Eating reports that Mars Chocolate is coming out with this dark chocolate version of Twix and calling it Twix Dark. The new bar has the same cookie and caramel features that we know and love, but it’s covered in dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate fans can celebrate, while those who just want to feel a little better about their candy bar consumption can also celebrate. It’s a win-win!

That’s not all, though. According to a Mars Chocolate press release, many more new items are scheduled for release in 2017. They’ve come out with M&M’s Caramel Chocolate Candies, a Snickers & Hazelnut Bar, Twix White Chocolate Cookie Bars and even an M&M’s brand ice cream bar!

Altogether, Mars and Wrigley will be displaying 30 new product changes at the NCA Sweets and Snacks Expo. Count on seeing an array of new Dove Chocolate varieties, including Dove Fruit Mixed Berries Dipped in Dove Dark Chocolate, which features strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. Then there will be the Dove Fruit Dark Chocolate Cherry & Sea Salt Almond and the Dove Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate (peanut butter is always a good idea).

Changes aren’t limited to just chocolates. There will also be new packaging for Combos Stuffed Snacks, and new packaging and a new logo for the goodnessKNOWS snack squares.

If you’re more of a Skittles fan, you’ll be glad to know that Wrigley is coming out with a new Skittles flavor as well. There will be the Skittles Trick Plays (available in the fall), which will feature Skittles with colors that don’t match their flavors, so the person doing the taste-testing will have to guess as to the flavor.

All of these products are hitting the shelves this year, during the spring, summer and/or fall. You can find the Twix Dark chocolate bars on shelves now, though, so if you’re a dark chocolate fan, or if you just feel better about eating the dark chocolate version, go and find it at your local shop!

Sources: Brand Eating, Mars Chocolate / Photo Credit: theimpulsivebuy/Flickr, Mars Chocolate via Brand Eating

Tags: Dark Chocolate, mars chocolate, New Candy, Twix
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Healthy Milk Chocolate? It Could Be Real!

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By Cooking Panda

Due to recent healthy eating trends, most of us are disappointed that dark chocolate doesn’t taste as good as the more sugary, less-healthy milk chocolate we all know and love.

This doesn’t always have to be the case, though. According to the Journal of Food Science, a study has been conducted using different ingredients to try and make a healthier milk chocolate that agrees with our taste buds. However, there is a chance it might not be great for those with a peanut allergy.

Delish reports that scientists from North Carolina State University tried using peanut skins, which are typically thrown out as scraps from plants that process peanuts, to alter the taste of dark chocolate for the better. The skins were made into a powder, which was then combined with maltodextrin, a carbohydrate that tastes a little sweet, to combat the bitter taste of dark chocolate.

As chocolate is known for being rich in antioxidants, these researchers know that all we really want is a healthy milk chocolate indulgence, and based on the results from the taste tests of this new combination of ingredients, we might get just that. Many who taste-tested the modified chocolate liked it almost as well as the real thing.

The powdery peanut and maltodextrin compound added just the right amount of sweetness to the chocolate, without even adding much of a peanut taste. In fact, many testers said the difference in taste was barely noticeable. Then again, it’d probably be very noticeable to those with a peanut allergy, so if this becomes available to the public in the future, buyers will have to look out for the allergy warning. Who knows, we might even have a cure for the peanut allergy by that time, so most everyone would be able to enjoy the healthy new treat.

I know one thing for sure: Halloween would be forever changed for the better. Imagine all of the substitutes that would allow us to indulge just a little more…healthier milk chocolate used for our peanut butter cups, candy bars and cookies would make for some very happy parents.

Sources: Delish, Journal of Food Science / Photo credit: Smart Cooky

Tags: chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Healthy Chocolate, Milk Chocolate
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