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Almost-Paleo candy!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 01, 2013 at 5:28 AM

What kind of paleo friendly candy-type snacks to you buy? I mean like stuff in a wrapper for when you get that craving (I'm not trying to lose weight) - not something I have to spend a couple hours preparing at home.

Today I was at this neat little independent market with my mom and I picked up this "Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate" thing by a company called "oskri".

I read the ingredients, bought 6 of them, and ate one right away. They're GREAT! And almost Paleo too. It's more than half "coconuts" followed by Rice Syrup and Dark Chocolate. That's it! Since I started Paleo my taste buds have changed and it's ALMOST too sweet for me.

I really dig dark chocolate espresso beans but the brand I have in front of me (Trader Joe's) makes me feel guilty. It contains things like soy lechin, dextrin (what's dextrin?), powdered sugar, and confectioner's glaze (what's confectioner's glaze?). Can you point me to a better brand?

I like candied ginger bits too... but the stuff I buy has more sugar than I should be eating straight like that. Just looking for healthier alternatives...

What do you like? Help me fill my candy cravings without breaking my good habits please.

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

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on September 04, 2013
at 11:29 PM

yeah, avocados have a very creamy texture... as for the dried fruits lol yes i have to agree with you, i always have to brush my teeth or chew gum aftwds to get rid of the stuck particles ;)

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

(50)

on September 04, 2013
at 11:29 PM

yeah, avocados have a very creamy texture... as for the dried fruits lol yes i have to agree with, i always have to brush my teeth or chew gum aftwds to get rid of the stuck particles ;)

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on September 04, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Definitely need to try the avocado chocolate pudding. I finally tried putting an avocado in my smoothie this morning and it came out very pudding-ish! All this sounds pretty good. Dried fruits get stuck in my teeth like mad though lol...

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on September 04, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Thank you! Excellent tips! I haven't tried those coconut date things because they sound a little too sweet but I'm going to get some at my next opportunity. Going to consider the bacon candies too, though it IS pretty ridiculous. Theo sells cacao nibs! I've been wondering where to get those. Not into the shipping charge though :-( Thanks again for taking the time!

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on September 03, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Wow that is EXPENSIVE! But a good step in the right direction. I'll keep my eyes open for the opportunity to try just one bag before I buy 36 :-)

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Yeah, not digging the sarcasm but I do love Dark Chocolate and just bought some 90% yesterday. Looking to add variety.

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:51 PM

There are some real pricks on this site huh? People like this diabetic jerkoff need to make degrading comments so they can feel better about the stupid mistakes they have made. I came into Paleo in fairly good health, just looking to correct some digestive problems and eat in a way that makes sense to me. The fact that I still want to enjoy a pre-packaged treat now and then should be OF NO CONCERN whatsoever to someone who doesn't share that desire, or to someone who has simply overindulged to the point where they can't. I practice one of an infinite number of Palo models. Sue me.

9f52f85c3964445d7b16c94a890f6136

on September 01, 2013
at 11:34 PM

No one cares if you die from diabetes. Go away you weird gives himself a disease loser and stop stalking me.

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on September 01, 2013
at 10:45 PM

Your reading comprehension skills don't exist. Perhaps it comes from the agitation of living in lizard skinsuit, which is not wrestling related, but you-specific.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on September 01, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Your reading comprehension skills don't exist. Perhaps it's the agitation that comes from living in lizard skinsuit, which is not wrestling related, but you-specific.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on September 01, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Your reading comprehension skills don't exist.

9f52f85c3964445d7b16c94a890f6136

on September 01, 2013
at 10:05 PM

So what, maybe he is not a retard who made himself diabetic by binging on candy and can tolerate candy. Judgmental prick.

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on September 01, 2013
at 07:12 PM

Not an aspirative, more of an anti-jinx. Anyway, observe that in 'almost Paleo candy!' the exclaim is given for the candy, not the Paleo, and the 'almost' modifies not 'candy', but 'Paleo'. Which means he simply wants the candy.

9f52f85c3964445d7b16c94a890f6136

on September 01, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Where as diabetic binger is not pathetic for a name at all.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on September 01, 2013
at 07:06 AM

This is a pathetic fail of a post :)

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408deec560ff265ac0d299bd2b1d040c

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Most paleo answer: I really like the coconut date rolls that you can get at the grocery store, sometimes with an almond in the middle. I know you can get them in the whole foods bulk section. They're just dates, coconut, and nuts.

Ridiculous answer: Bacon candy! I know the bacon-everything trend is played out at this point but it tastes good so who cares? (We had this at our wedding and it was a hit with everyone besides the veg guests.) Does involve a little work, but the time-commitment and skill level is pretty low, so I think it's worth it.

CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON - Crisp up some smoky bacon strips, let it drain and cool, and dip it in whatever melted dark chocolate you choose. You can sprinkle some salt, chili, or nuts onto the chocolate, too. It only takes as long as cooking the bacon and melting chocolate in the microwave. Variation: chop crispy bacon, mix into chocolate, and make bacon bars or truffles on some parchment paper.

CANDIED BACON - Put a little of your sweetener of choice (coconut sugar, a little honey, whatever will caramelize) in a bowl and coat the bacon strips all over. If you're using a liquid sweetener, don't put it on too thick. Put a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and lay the strips over the rack, bake at 350 for ~30 min, until it looks nice and crisp and the sweetener is caramelized. Should harden as it cools... if it's still jiggly you need to bake longer.

Most candy answer: I like the Theo chocolate bars. They have quite a few varieties that are above 70%, which is my personal cocoa % cutoff point, and don't add soy as an ingredient, at least not in the varieties I've had. They do have regular sugar in them, though, which I personally don't agonize over as I keep my paleo-treat consumption quite low overall.

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on September 04, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Thank you! Excellent tips! I haven't tried those coconut date things because they sound a little too sweet but I'm going to get some at my next opportunity. Going to consider the bacon candies too, though it IS pretty ridiculous. Theo sells cacao nibs! I've been wondering where to get those. Not into the shipping charge though :-( Thanks again for taking the time!

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86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

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on September 03, 2013
at 10:44 PM

0- fruits

1- Dates

2- dates stuffed with walnuts

3- dried figs or other dried fruits

the next ones need a lil bit of prepping (<15 mins)

4- 1 avocado + cacao powder (the real stuff with no added sugar) + honey to taste + vanilla (optional) ---> mix ---> amazing chocolate pudding

5-grated coconut + honey --> mix until you get a thick paste, enjoy!

6-coconut cream/milk (not the diluted variety) + frozen berries

7-coconut macaroons (many recipes online, they take ~10 minutes to prep and bake)

8- 1-minute microwave mug-cake (using grated coconut OR coconut flour OR almond flour/meal) lots of recipes online

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

(50)

on September 04, 2013
at 11:29 PM

yeah, avocados have a very creamy texture... as for the dried fruits lol yes i have to agree with, i always have to brush my teeth or chew gum aftwds to get rid of the stuck particles ;)

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 04, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Definitely need to try the avocado chocolate pudding. I finally tried putting an avocado in my smoothie this morning and it came out very pudding-ish! All this sounds pretty good. Dried fruits get stuck in my teeth like mad though lol...

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

(50)

on September 04, 2013
at 11:29 PM

yeah, avocados have a very creamy texture... as for the dried fruits lol yes i have to agree with you, i always have to brush my teeth or chew gum aftwds to get rid of the stuck particles ;)

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:57 PM

I guess this is a tough one to answer. I hope people who stumble across this post in the coming months or years aren't afraid to add a late comment or answer if they have something to add. I found some AMAZING coconut chips which are crispy and delicious. The only non-paleo aspects are that they're pre-packaged and contain just the slightest dash of sugar, but aren't very sweet. Trouble is they're a bit pricy.

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on September 01, 2013
at 08:58 PM

How about a foil wrapper...sometimes even golden.....surrounded by a rectangular box...... containing.......

90% dark chocolate?

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Yeah, not digging the sarcasm but I do love Dark Chocolate and just bought some 90% yesterday. Looking to add variety.

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on September 01, 2013
at 04:35 PM

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on September 03, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Wow that is EXPENSIVE! But a good step in the right direction. I'll keep my eyes open for the opportunity to try just one bag before I buy 36 :-)

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I occasionally enjoy the Blue Diamond brand of Dark Chocolate baked Almonds:

http://www.bluediamond.com/?navid=467

I have purchased them in several different states in various groceries stores.

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:43 PM

The closest thing to candy to me is dried fruits...which is why I try to avoid them lol. I can't stop at just one handful.

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