‘Healthy’ Chocolate

‘Healthy’ Chocolate

Category : Food

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For all the joys of foreign travel, there are times when only your favourite brand will do. But when you then discover some wonderful local treat as well, it’s a real bonus!

This was on the counter by the till in Starbucks, Hanoi, and it tickled me so much I bought several more as gifts. For a start, it was nice to see a big international company championing something produced in-country (and who knew they grew cocoa beans in Vietnam?)

What I really enjoyed, however, was the description on the back: ‘brown chocolate will provide just enough energy but ample nutrients consumed as an alternative meal for busy persons, school kids, students, office workers, sport man and gym exercisers, women on diet, old people’.

So – if you’re trying to lose weight, eat this chocolate bar instead of lunch! It’s a tempting suggestion, and the chocolate itself is very nice, with a mild taste and creamy texture. And at only 224 calories a bar, I suppose it could work as part of a calorie counted diet, so long as that really was all you had to eat and you topped up with fruit and vegetables later.

With all the amazing street food on offer in Hanoi, relying on this for lunch was never going to happen, but I certainly enjoyed the idea…