Millennials have gotten wiser about the consumer world around them. The days of corporations dictating how people should live their lives have long passed, as wise people unearth corporate truths (for example, Fast Food Nation). With corporations feeling the heat of the people demanding better quality, the demand for better products has surged over the past decade. The people no longer want “pink slime” or other artificial ingredients in their food – they want things natural. The fewer processes that occur between a food’s natural state versus its prepared state, the closer people feel to its intended natural state. For example, many people grew up with processed candy bars from Hershey, Mars, and other big corporations that used chocolate with other filler ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup. These bars saw lots of machine/factory time from the time they go from raw beans to chocolate bars. Sometimes a good piece of dark chocolate will really hit the spot since they taste more natural than milk chocolate. While corporations produce dark chocolate, the smaller companies that produce dark chocolate in small batches usually come out with higher quality products, such as Stivii.
Stivii has a mission to deliver top quality goods using the most natural ingredients available. As their company name suggests, Stivii relies on Stevia to sweeten their products. Unlike other zero-calorie sweeteners, Stevia does not increase the body’s craving for sugar, so food and drinks using Stevia help to curb cravings (in moderation, as always). This means you can fully enjoy a Stivii product with reduced guilt, such as their recently launched line of Dark Chocolate Bars. Comprised of 55% cacao, these dark chocolate bars contain 25% fewer calories than the leading dark chocolate bar brands. These all-natural dark chocolate bars contain no dairy, soy, or gluten, so they satisfy the gluten-free and vegan crowds. Along with Stevia, these bars contain other natural ingredients such as real fruit pieces instead of juices or other artificial flavoring. Speaking of real fruit pieces, Stivii’s line of Dark Chocolate Bars contains five varieties:
- Original Dark Chocolate
- Pomegranate Dark Chocolate
- Blueberry Almond Dark Chocolate
- White Peach Dark Chocolate
- Chili Dark Chocolate
At the same time that Stivii has launched their Dark Chocolate Bars, Stivii has joined the UTZ Certified program for cocoa. Supporting UTZ products means supporting sustainability and the local farmers that put in countless hours towards the cocoa beans used for the chocolates that people all over the world enjoy. To get your hands on a Stivii Dark Chocolate Bar, check with your local gourmet grocery store, such as Gelson’s Markets. Stivii has more varieties planned for 2016, so to stay connected, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for news and updates.