Review – Building a Better Candy Bar

For a long time, I’ve been of two minds about food and health.

One of them doesn’t want to push the lowfat, low-sugar, non-fried options on my girls all the time. Kids love candy and soda and french fries, and while I don’t keep any of those around the house very often, I don’t entirely restrict them either. Forbidden food? That way lies eating disorders or, at the very least, a love-hate relationship with mealtime.

In the other part of my brain, I like us all to eat “real” food as much as possible, even when it comes to junk food. Natural soda brands that may still flood my kids with sugar, for example, but not added colorings or cheap sweeteners.

Like Angell bars.

Ever looked at the ingredients on a conventional candy bar wrapper? You probably shouldn’t. It can make for some scary reading.

Look, candy bars are not health food and never will be, but neither do they have to contain partially hydrogenated oils and fillers. Options! Angell bars use purer ingredients like certified organic and fair trade chocolate, coconut, and oats. And because they contain pure cocoa butter, they’re trans fat-free.

Actual food, basically.

Or in the words of Angell’s slogan:

The company recently sent me their Angell Crisp, Snow Angell, and Dark Angell bars to sample.

While all three bars taste creamy and sweet without overdoing it on the sugar, Snow Angell is the best one by far, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. The company calls this one its “sleeper hit:”

White chocolate usually tastes just flavorless and fatty to me, but I love coconut cream. And that’s exactly what this candy bar tastes like. It’s rich and smooth with coconut’s distinctive flavor and slight crunch and none of the bland characteristics of plain white chocolate.

You can find Angell bars on Amazon, and from now until the end February, the company is offering Asthma Mom readers 15% off their orders when they use this discount code:

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Plan on trying some for yourself? Come back here, and let me know what you think.

69 responses to “Review – Building a Better Candy Bar”

  1. kerri says:

    Sounds AWESOME. I wonder how much it would cost to ship a box to Canada ;) .

  2. Sarah says:

    Sounds pretty good. I’m saving up for a few big purchases right now, but when I have some more spare cash, I’ll try it. :)

  3. Lesley says:

    The one good thing about food allergies is having to read all the labels on all foods. There have been many items I’ve passed on, not becuase it had the allergen in it but because I could not imagine feeding it to my kid (or anyone) after seeing what was really in it!

  4. Sara C. says:

    The school nurse has to approve anything that a child brings in for snack…and one of the kiddos brought in cupcakes…and the nurse commented…there’s barely anything REAL in here. (but of course, the mom wasn’t allowed to MAKE anything to bring in…which I appreciate, because of allergies)

    I tend to pass on anything that I have a hard time pronouncing.

  5. Amy says:

    You know, the girls’ school right now has no restrictions on homemade treats. Weird, huh? This is AG’s fourth school, and the only one, ever, that’s allowed parents to make and bring in stuff.

  6. Sara C. says:

    Our district is “peanut aware” which means they don’t serve anything with peanuts, and there are no homemade treats…but kids aren’t restricted from bringing peanut products for lunch. They call it a wellness policy…but it’s not…it’s an allergy policy…which I’m fine with, but call it what it is…if it were a true wellness policy, I wouldn’t be able to send in Oreos…or PURCHASE cookies from the school cafeteria. (of course, no one thinks of ABBY’S allergy…since they have “carnival cookies” which are sugar cookies with either m&m type things, or colored sprinkles…don’t know which…but either way…Abby can’t eat them.)

  7. Sarah says:

    Sara C, what you mentioned reminds me of when I was in elementary school and they pushed healthy eating… while the “healthy” choices in the cafeteria were 1) nearly twice as expensive as the “unhealthy” food, and 2) absolutely revolting. Oversalted, dried out, burned, and usually serving all manner of kid-unfriendly foods like liver and brussel sprouts. I always thought it was very hypocritical of the school to charge so much for such bad healthy food on one hand while pushing healthy foods with the other.

    At my high school, they flirted with the idea of banning all nut products. Interestingly, it was one of the extremely peanut-allergic kids that convinced the school to institute a allergen-isolation and education policy instead (a certain number of tables where peanuts, nuts, and other foods some of the student body was allergic to – such as strawberries one year – were allowed to be eaten, well away from other sources of food, which were cleaned after everything else in the cafeteria. The school didn’t prepare anything with nuts in it, but packages of nuts and/or peanuts could be bought from the vending machines. My school was small, used disposable wipes for wiping down surfaces, and had a paid cafeteria supervisor to enforce the food isolation policy, so it worked fairly well). This student, with the support of her parents told the administration that isolating her entirely from peanuts, wasn’t going to help her, as in three years, she would be off at college and expected to manage her allergy on her own. She said she would be better served by educating the other students and giving her the tools she needed to manage her own food needs.

    I have many issues with my high school, but I approve of how they handled their food allergy policy. Education and giving the affected students ownership of their own health, with appropriate safeguards and education, is probably a better overall approach, at least for high school kids, who are old enough that they really should be taking charge of their health to a degree, anyway.

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