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3/19/18 3:43 A

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I keep seeing that dark chocolate is better for us than milk chocolate.

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3/12/18 10:08 P

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Many Candy Makers are now many great sugar free chocolate. Hershey actually isn't that bad for a brand name chocolate. I wish they would start making baking chocolate for those who don't want the sugar. Russell Stover isn't too bad but a lot of their stuff has an alcohol taste to them.

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3/11/18 10:59 A

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Might try that. I've gotten off sugar, but my hubby has not. Trying to get him into some healthier things; this might work. Thanks.


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Carob chips



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Krista--that brownie sounds divine! I will be making it tomorrow--just as soon as I buy a sweet potato.

I make chocolate pizzelles (sugar-free, grain free) by using chocolate protein powder or adding cocoa powder to the recipe.
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2/22/18 3:44 A

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This brownie - there is chocolate in it but not a major ingredient.
I made this with my daughter this week and love it.
Delicious and filling, but does not induce cravings, because there is no sugar or flour in it.
Here is the link - it is a food blog, you have to scroll down quite a lot for the actual recipe,
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I am loving all these ideas!

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2/17/18 10:53 A

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Karob is a chocolate replacement. An old doctor told my mom about it when she could not have caffeine. She liked it. You might too.

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Trader Joe’s has an almond cashew cocoa non dairy milk. Gluten free, soy free, lactose & dairy free and vegan. 80 cals & 2 grams each of protein & fiber and seriously delicious.
It takes care of the chocolate craving without the guilt.
Also, Green & Black’s 70% dark chocolate bars are yummy too. everything in moderation is key.



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Endangered dark chocolate bars are my favorite. Three squares my limit.

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If you stop sugar the cravings will stop too! Sugar is addictive. It is put in just about anything we eat. Read the labels to see just how much is in the food.

Occasionally, I use Hershey's sugar free chocolate chips in making snacks.

I stopped sugar and have no cravings for chocolate or sweets.

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Try the plant based chocolate milks. The almond milk is my favorite, its lower in calories and fat, is fortified with calcium plus it does not trigger any cravings for me. Dairy milk has an addictive opiate called casomorphin in it and some of us are more sensitive to it than others.

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If all the good ideas above don't work - you might try nondairy chocolates to see if they don't trigger a craving. There are some very good ones now. Some are based on dark chocolate but others have that "milk chocolate" taste from using rice milk or coconut milk.

I have a dairy allergy but discovered that nondairy candy and ice cream don't trigger that feeling of wanting more and more that the dairy versions do, even when the nondairy versions are just as tasty. I wonder if the same can happen to people who just have some mild intolerance to dairy that ordinarily doesn't bother them, and the triggering of cravings is the main symptom.

I don't usually like dark chocolate myself, but found that combined with coconut or mint creme I do like it. Oskri has coconut bars covered in dark chocolate that are quite good. Anything by Sjaaks is good - they have chocolate covered nuts also that are great. Eli's has a line of chocolate bars that are good. Go Go Max has a line of vegan homages to milk chocolate candies like Snickers ("Jokerz"), Mars bars, etc. that are quite good. Free2b has a line of vegan chocolate cups that are quite good also. Some places online to look at the possibilities are Veganessentials, Thrive, and Amazon. Veganessentials is good for browsing so you know what to look for elsewhere. Their supply of vegan candy is highest around holidays.

I generally just put portions of such things (cutting up bars) in cheapie plastic sandwich bags, twist and knot. This keeps things fresher longer and also makes it easier to just eat the amount I really want. I'm not a purist about chocolate so I'll keep such things in the freezer also, but that wouldn't be necessary if you're intending to eat a little every day.

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I also savor dark chocolate almost every day. Cocoa Camino 80% dark is my go to. Usually 2 squares is enough.

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Milk chocolate is a definite trigger for me. So now I only eat 70% dark chocolate as I don't get that response and much prefer it.

Breaking a piece of this dark sunshine in tiny pieces and letting it slowly melt on my tongue makes me feel very indulgent and relaxed after a busy day.

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2/8/18 2:51 P

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I use cocoa powder mixed in with some coconut milk and some stevia....thick and creamy and rich....it stops all cravings.

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I've come to accept that I have a serious sugar addiction, period. I have a difficult time controlling myself around it, so I'm taking a queue from recovering addicts - abstain. That means no trigger foods in the house, and saying "no" to them if they're offered to me.

I'm still allowing minimal added sugar to things like homemade granola, etc - but I take the recipe and cut the sugar recommendations in half.

Milk chocolate, especially, was a huge trigger for me. I could plow through an entire bag of Hershey's Kisses in one sitting, despite how god-awful it would leave me feeling. As I've aged, I find my sugar sensitivity only seems to be getting worse and I feel physically awful after eating it versus when I was younger and wouldn't feel the effects so much.

When I did allow myself to have chocolate, but was conscious of how milk chocolate triggered me, I would have dark chocolate, instead. A square or two of Dove brand dark chocolates usually did the trick for me and I found I wouldn't binge on it like I would milk chocolate.

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2/6/18 2:05 P

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I have a hard time with chocolate as well and I just bought a HUGE bag of choc chips at Costco!! Not a smart idea with me. I cannot leave it alone. My mom is the best at it-- she will have a few choc chips and almonds at night and she is satisfied. So if you are able to do this, go for it. No need to deprive yourself. I also found the Ghiradelli dark squares in her cabinet so she must alternate what kind to have.

Anyways, it doesn't work for me. I have also tried to mix cocoa powder, coconut oil and a splash of milk with some stevia. Mix it and put it in the freezer in a muffin tin. For awhile that helped.

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I fall into the "if you want the chocolate, eat the d*mn chocolate" camp. Just be reasonable on portion sizes, and track it. I eat chocolate on a nearly daily basis. Not a lot - one Aldi's 70% bar, or 2T of chocolate syrup in my cashew milk hot cocoa. That said, if you want to work towards eating the "healthier" version of chocolate, dark chocolate:

I used to be a white chocolate lover as a kid. I graduated to milk chocolate somewhere in college. I never really understood the attraction of dark chocolate at that point in my life.

My husband likes to eat chocolate chips in the evenings, and occasionally I joined him - that got me away from needing dairy in my chocolate.

Then I discovered the 70% dark chocolate bars from Lindt, and then the Aldi equivalent, which is individually packaged in nice-sized bars and much easier to portion.

So I would suggest to work on weaning yourself off the milk chocolate entirely by trying semisweet chocolate when you want some, and then work up to dark chocolate.

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Plain yogurt with cocoa and a little stevia or sugar. Yummy.

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Gluten free is working for me!

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A cup of sugar-free hot chocolate helps

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2/1/18 9:09 P

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The best thing to do would be to use a low-fat chocolate syrup or powder and like fat free or 1% milk and use have the chocolate milk. You shouldn’t deprive yourself of anything, just eat/drink smaller amounts. Just enough to curb your craving. Plus milk is good for you. It’s smart carbs/cals. This will also make it easier to keep up with your plan when you reach your goal and are trying to maintain.


LOL, I totally am being dyslexic here. I thought you wanted a substitute for chocolate milk not milk chocolate lol. This would still be a good idea. Drink chocolate milk. Or the small sized “fun size” candies are actually approved for many of the top diet plans (nutrisystem, Jenny, Akins) because it’s a small portion, and you usually burn off those cals right away. Again, it’s best not to torture yourself. Never deprive yourself. The key is to measure out your meals (don’t eat as much as you normally would), and to separate your meals. Eat every two hours. Eat up to one hour before bed, but not right before. ETC.

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I keep a bag of Dove Chocolates in my freezer. Mostly dark but I do like milk chocolate. I allow myself 1-2 every day if I want them. I also find that after I eat something sweet, if I wait, I lose the urge to have more. If milk chocolate is something you crave and love and if you can walk away from it after a pc or 2 then by all means eat milk chocolate. Remember its a lifestyle not a diet.

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It took me a while, but I now buy one dark chocolate candy bar once a week. I break that up into smaller pieces and allow myself one piece per day. As for other candy, I used to be really addicted to the sweet taste. To solve this problem, I tried frozen bananas. I was really surprised at how much sweeter they tasted when they were frozen. I tried the same thing with grapes. The result was so sweet that I could hardly eat them.

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Dark chocolate.



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A cup of Nestle hot chocolate (sugar free) helps me when I need a chocolate treat. I know the sugar substitute is not a healthy choice, so I only have about 3 a week. I use the small amount of water button on my Kerug so it has a creamier taste.



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I don't think anything else will do when you really want some chocolate

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I love Cadbury's milk chocolate. I have tried dark chocolate in a variety of %s and never liked any of it. I know dark chocolate is a developed taste and it is better for you. Thankfully, Cadbury has come out with a bar called "Dark Milk" and it is just what I need. I find it a nice treat and since it is not as sweet as the milk chocolate bar I am satisfied with a couple of squares. My chocolate craving is finally under control.



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I found a black tea with chocolate flavoring....great guilt free way to end the day

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Being allergic to dairy, I've learned to bake some chocolate treats using cocoa powder.

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I am just glad that I have not had to deal with issues related to what chocolate I can eat (though dark does sometimes give me a hive or two)...though recently both my daughter and also my girlfriend are not able to eat it at all.

Thanks for the ideas here as it is always good to hear about alternative options.

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I agree with the dark chocolate substitute, but I recommend a slow switch. Dark chocolate is fairly bitter and it is a acquired taste. You really need to get used to it. Milk chocolate is between 10 - 40% cacao. I'd recommend slowly increasing the cacao percentage. Start with the Hershey special dark that is 45% cacao and then slowly start moving to higher percentages as you get used to it.

That's how I switched. I too used to be a milk chocolate junkie, but I don't like it at all now. It doesn't take like chocolate at all, just pure sugar. My favorite chocolate is now 85% cacao. When I first switched to dark chocolate, I thought the Hershey special dark was too bitter - now it's too sweet :)

And I've found you need much less dark chocolate to satisfy a craving than you do with milk chocolate.

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Thanks for the tips and support, everyone. I've been trying to limit the chocolate consumption to a few pieces after dinner, and I'm going to try switching to dark.

I'm also finding that if I go upstairs after dinner, or somewhere away from the kitchen, the cravings don't follow me. Maybe the solution is geographical, lol! :)

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Nutella is evil. It is just to easy to stick the spoon in the jar and eat it with wanton abandon. Remember back when they were marketing Nutella as healthy. Thankfully someone put a stop to that.




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I read that nothing can substitute for the craving of chocolate according to science!

I allow myself to eat a little bit of dark chocolate every once in a while, ok about once a week. ;-)

I make sure the chocolate is very good quality and I no longer have a taste for regular candy.

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Loved your "its evil twin is Nutella".

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Hi,
I can relate, milk chocolate is the Irresistible Evil for me, and its evil twin is Nutella.
When I eat a bite, it is hard to stop, sometimes impossible, because it is not satisfying.
I imagine it will be but in fact it just increases my cravings.

My response to this was quitting.
I haven't had a bite of milk chocolate in 3 years (neither Nutella).
At Christmas 2014 I ate so many milk chocolate decor bonbons and they made me feel so horrible, I decided to quit.

But I do eat dark chocolate every night, after dinner. Any kind with at least 70% cocoa,
Just one small square, 10 grams, broken into four small pieces, slowly, paying attention to every bite.
It tastes better, lasts longer, is satisfactory and doesn't make me want more.
It signals end of eating for the day.
Don't worry about the price - even if it is very expensive, one square costs less than a full bar of the cheapest milk chocolate.
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Also I eat fruit after every meal, that is enough sweetness for the day!

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Buy the ghiradelli dark chocolate squares. Or some other good quality chocolate. Figure out a serving. Get that much and put the rest away. Way up in a cabinet. Where it is hard to reach.





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For me, when I want (CRAVE) chocolate, chocolate drinks doesn't cut it. It isn't the same. Mostly I use 70% Dark Chocolate and nibble on that, but when people like my daughter give me an outer of Cadbury Chocolate Mint Flakes (50x in an outer) then .................. :-( Well, not really because I enjoy it but don't do it every day, LOL!

IF you can, use a substitute such as dried date or similar because it has the sweetness and often satisfies that need, but if it is chocolate that you want, (need) try the high % ones and enjoy it in moderation. There are, after all, health benefits to dark chocolate.

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Binging on candy is a bit of a no no. It's supposed to be a treat! Anyway, you know that, or you wouldn't be here, right? Well, they say dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. So I would suggest working dark chocolate into your diet more, and easing up on the milk chocolate. Also, cocoa powder is better for you than solid chocolate, because it doesn't have all that fat. You could add a little to hot milk or coffee for a simple and tasty treat. Try to eat fruit more often! That's the best substitute for candy, because it's sweet and has fiber and is chock full of vitamins and minerals.

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Hi, everyone -

One of my diet struggles is bingeing on milk chocolate. Anyone else dealing with this issue? How do you work with it? Substitute something else? Try to limit it to an occasional treat? Would love to hear others' ideas.

Thanks!



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