Hi there, I did not mean to sneak up on you but I am so excited that I have some incredible news to share, but first let me tell you a story. So it’s Halloween and like many mothers I’ve witness year after year my kids stuffing their faces with the junkiest candies until they fall into a candy coma. I literally have pictures of them collapsed on to the ground, empty candy wrappers all over the place while their pale little exhausted faces clearly reflected a recent overdose in sugar, high fructose syrup, artificial coloring and flavoring and other aggressive chemicals that are too difficult to pronounce. I was broken heart. Although I understood that trick-or-treating was an important and fun part of being a child, and that I could never take away from my children. It was honestly disheartening to witness and allow them to get junked.
For the sake of argument I did not know then as much I do know now. There is a very focused group out there on a mission to open the eyes of the public and uncover all the hidden things about the foods we eat. If you are following my blog through social media, by now you know I am very passionate about health, food and nutrition, wellness, awareness, mindful living and other practices that together focus on creating a better and healthier lifestyle and I love love love to share what I learn along the way with my friends and family. By no means, I eat a perfect diet and like most of us, yes I do enjoy a piece of candy occasionally 🙂
As you can imagine I was fascinated when I learned about UNREAL candy. UNREAL is on a mission to unjunk the world one product at a time and give you better choices, without sacrificing taste and fun. We are talking about candy that are made with no artificial colors or flavors, no refined sugars, no chemicals, only real food from sustainably sourced and fair trade ingredients. No gluten, corn, or soy. Made with real ingredients that make every bite taste unreal!
One thing has intrigued me for many years, and that is which I never understood as a child (like many kids), why is chocolate so bad for us. But it wasn’t just pure curiosity. You see, I grew up around cocoa farms (cacao) in fact I had several trees in my own backyard. And so instinctively knowing that what grows from the ground has to be good for you, why was chocolate so unhealthy, when it literally come from a beautiful and precious fruit? Now you can understand my frustration and only years later I was to learn about in which part of the process did chocolate become evil.
Chocolate is still great, in many ways. Cacao is a rich source of many antioxidants and minerals. In its raw state, cacao raises levels of tryptophan and therefore serotonin, a neurotransmitter that releases mood-boosting endorphins, and provides a sense of calm throughout the body. Its antioxidant flavonoids promote optimal cardiovascular health as well as fighting free-radical toxins. Manganese and iron oxygenate the blood, magnesium balances brain chemistry and sulfur builds strong nails, hair and skin. No wonder it makes us feel so good!
Did I get too medical for you? All you need to understand is that there is now a better way to eat your chocolate and your candy. I am happy to share the UNREAL candy through this special yummy recipe to help you enjoy and share a happy and healthy halloween.
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- 1½ lbs Callebaut bittersweet chocolate 60% cocoa
- 1 bag (8oz) UNREAL candy coated milk chocolate peanuts
- In a double boiler bring some water to a boil
- Once the water is boiling bring the heat to a medium
- Add the broken bar of Callebaut chocolate
- Using a silicone spatula mix the chocolate until completely melted
- Pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Add as much or as little UNREAL chocolate peanuts to the chocolate spread.
- Bring chocolate to the freezer for at least ½ hour
- Cut into random shapes and pieces
- Keep refrigerated