Chocolate is a delicious treat that comes in thousands of different forms and flavors. The majority of people from all over the world enjoy this treat, with each person having their favorite brand, favorite flavor, and even favorite shape.

How To Make Your Own Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Twix, Snickers And Bounty Bars

The Stats on Chocolate

Brandon Gaille reports that the global chocolate sales figure is approximate $83 billion per year. He also explains that around half of all chocolate sales happen within Europe and that around 20% of the global chocolate consumption accounts for the United States. [1] 

Furthermore, he reports that women seem to like chocolate more than men, as a recent study provided evidence that around 91% of women enjoys eating chocolate, while 87% of men reported enjoying eating chocolate. Chocolate is also known as the perfect valentine’s gift, and around $400 million worth of chocolate is purchased each year on this special occasion. [1] 

While chocolate may be delicious and an excellent snack for any time of the day, many brands and types of chocolate also hold a range of serious disadvantages for the human body.

Chocolate Nutrition

For the purpose of this article, we would like to focus on three chocolates that are a favorite among a majority of chocolate eaters – Twix, Bounty, and Snickers. We would also like to introduce you to healthier versions of these chocolates that you can make in the comfort of your home.

Healthier versions hold many benefits and even takes advantage of some of the best brain foods to provide nutrients to the body that can be beneficial. Who knew eating chocolate could be good for your health? [2] 

Nutritional Facts of Candy Bars

Before we introduce you to the healthier versions of these chocolate bars, let us take a look at the nutritional facts of these bars first.

Bounty Bar

Bounty Bar, manufactured by Mars Inc, contains around 135 calories in one 29g chocolate bar. The chocolate bar also contains 28mg of sodium, 18g of carbs, 14g sugars, 3mg of cholesterol and 7g of total fats. Apart from the bad parts, the chocolate bar also holds some protein, iron, and calcium. [3] 

Twix

One serving of Twix contains 12g of fat, 5mg of cholesterol, 100mg sodium, and 34g carbs, of which 1g is dietary fiber and 24g accounts for sugar content. [4] 

Snickers

When we turn our attention towards Snickers chocolate bars, we see that one serving contains 12g of fat, 5mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 27g sugars and 1g dietary fiber. [5] 

While these chocolate bars do contain a small amount of calcium, iron, and protein, it is important to realize that the other ingredients contained within them are mostly harmful to the body. If you are looking for a way of eating chocolate for weight loss, then turning towards these popular chocolate choices would serve the opposite purpose. [6] 

Effect of Sugar on the Body

Now that we’ve determined the nutritional facts of these popular chocolate bars let’s turn our focus towards the effects of the content that are provided by these bars.

While the nutritional facts printed on the labels of these chocolate bars simply announce a total sugar content value, Laboratory Talk reports that these sugars usually include sucrose, fructose and glucose sugars. They also report that lactose content is also present, which is derived from milk while the chocolate is processed. [7] 

  • Sucrose can lead to mood swings, weight gain, tooth decay and negative effects on insulin sensitivity. [8] 
  • Fructose can result in increases in uric acid levels within the blood, cause fat deposition in the liver, lead to an insulin resistance and they explain that it may lead to sugar addiction. [9] 

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Bar Recipes

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By now you should realize that chocolate bars such as Twix, Snickers, and Bounty can lead to unpleasant effects on the human body’s health. There’s no need to worry, though, as we are going to share three delicious recipes with you that you can use to recreate your favorite chocolate bar, just as a healthier version.

Just before we dive into these recipes, let’s take a look at some of the benefits you get with these organic alternatives:

  • Raw, organic cocoa powder is rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, vitamins, protein, fiber and essential fats that are good for the heart.
  • Virgin coconut oil has essential fatty acids, can help burn fat, controls appetite, improves cholesterol levels and can even help with brain function.

Healthy Snickers Bar Recipe

This recipe contains whole ingredients that are all-natural and does not contain the harmful substances found in the original Snickers bar. It does not contain dairy and is completely free of gluten.

Serves: 8 Full-Sized Chocolate Bars

Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Part:

  • 1 cup of coconut oil (virgin kind)
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (organic)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup (organic)

Caramel Part:

  • 1 cup of Medjool dates (pre-soaked and the pitted kind)
  • 3 tablespoons of agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of raw peanuts

Directions

  1. To make the chocolate bars, start by adding all of the chocolate ingredients into a food processor.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth, then set it aside.
  3. Now blend all of the caramel ingredients in the food processor until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Use a silicone mold or any other preferred tin and coat the sides with a layer of the chocolate mixture – ensure the coating is fairly thick.
  5. Add a layer of caramel and then top the caramel with some of the raw peanuts.
  6. Now, simply add a final chocolate layer to the top and add to the freezer for approximately one hour.

Paleo Bounty Bar Recipe

These bounty bars are delicious and use a mixture of organic ingredients to provide a healthier alternative to the commercially available bounty bars. They also do not contain any dairy and may even taste better than the original thing.

Ingredients

Chocolate Part:

  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

The Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk (full fat)

Directions

  1. With these bars, you will first prepare the filling and then dip the prepared fillings in the chocolate.
  2. Start by mixing all of the ingredients for the filling in a blender. Be sure to stop before the mixture becomes too smooth.
  3. Line the filling on a baking sheet in rectangular shapes. You should press them firmly and then put them in the freezer for an hour.
  4. Before removing these pieces from the freezer, add the chocolate ingredients to a pot over low heat.
  5. Whisk the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.
  6. Once combined, remove the pot from heat and allow the mixture to cool down slightly.
  7. Now, simply dip the rectangles in the chocolate, roll it around until completely covered in chocolate and place them back on the baking sheet.
  8. Add to the freezer for another ten minutes and enjoy.

Homemade Twix Bars Recipe

Twix bars are a little more complicated than the others as they have a crust below the filling, but they are very delicious, and this recipe is worth a try. This recipe is great for individuals following a paleo diet and is also gluten free. [10] 

Ingredients

The Chocolate:

  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (flaky)
  • 2 tablespoons of natural maple syrup

Caramel Filling:

  • 1/2 a cup of almond butter
  • 1/3 of a cup of organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt

The Crust:

  • 2/3 of a cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup solid coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of organic maple syrup

Directions

The Crust: We will start with the crust as it needs to be baked in the oven.

  1. Preheat your oven to around 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  2. Then grease a pan (about eight by eight inches) with some coconut oil.
  3. Add the salt and coconut flour in a bowl, then combine the two.
  4. Add maple syrup to the mixture and combine, followed by coconut oil.
  5. Form a large ball with the mixture and press it into the greased pan.
  6. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes – take it out of the over once the edges are golden brown.

Caramel Filling

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan and stir over a low heat.
  2. Keep stirring until all of the ingredients have been properly combined, then pour the mixture over the crust and add to the freezer.
  3. While the filling is busy setting over the crust in the freezer, pour all of the chocolate ingredients into a pan and whisk them together.
  4. Once the part in the freezer has set, pour the chocolate part over and place back into the freezer.
  5. Once your Twix bar has cooled down, simply cut it into slices and enjoy.

Conclusion

With billions of dollars spent on chocolates each year, it is important to ask whether people are aware of the fact that the unhealthy contents in these chocolate bars can harm their bodies. Here we have taken a look at some of the world’s favorite chocolate bars, what they contain and we even shared with you some delicious alternative recipes to make these chocolate bars at home – but with organic and raw ingredients, rather than harmful ingredients.

Here a few more great chocolate recipes to feed your chocolate cravings!

Sources

[1] Gaille, B. (2015, August 10). 26 Incredible Chocolate Consumption Statistics. Retrieved from http://brandongaille.com/26-incredible-chocolate-consumption-statistics/

[2] Zayed, D. A. (2016, July 16). Best Brain Foods: 10 Foods for Better Cognition, Focus and Memory. Retrieved from https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/brain-health/brain-foods.html

[3] MARS Chocolate. (n.d.). BOUNTY Twin Pack (45 g). Retrieved from http://www.marschocolate.com.au/products/bounty/bounty-twin-pack/

[4] MARS Chocolate. (n.d.). Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Single Pack. Retrieved from https://www.twix.com/product/nutrition

[5] MARS Chocolate. (n.d.). Snickers Bar. Retrieved from https://www.snickers.com/Mobile/nutritional-info

[6] Roger, S. (2015, July 07). Can Chocolate Really Help for Weight Loss? Retrieved from https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/health-news/can-chocolate-really-help-for-weight-loss43751.html

[7] Metrohm (UK). (2008, June 27). Analysis of sugars in chocolate bars. Retrieved from http://laboratorytalk.com/article/308173/analysis-of-sugars-in-chocolat

[8] Benjamin, D. (2015, June 25). What Are the Dangers of Sucrose? Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/205180-what-are-the-dangers-of-sucrose/

[9] Gunnars, K., BSc. (2016, September 09). Why Is Fructose Bad For You? The Bitter Truth. Retrieved from https://authoritynutrition.com/why-is-fructose-bad-for-you/

[10] Jensen, E. (2016, March 27). Paleo Diet Plan Review – How Safe and Effective is this Diet Plan? Retrieved from https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/paleo-diet-plan.html

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