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ExpoFinds: Sibu Sura Chocolate

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Sibu Sura Chocolates are another local company we were excited to find at EXPO. They’re based in Myersville, Maryland and their line of Fair Trade chocolates are insanely decadent and are from a single-source origin in Peru.

With one bite, you know you’ve found something quite special. Sibu Sura’s Funky Bars are not simply flavorful, they are soulful. The richness of the chocolate is so potent, you can almost inhale it as the delicate confection melts against your tongue. I liked the Dark Raspberry Pop best, but the other flavors were all wonderful too. As far as which one you should try first… what do you like? Spicy? Fruit? Straight-up chocolate? Go with the thing that sounds best!

 

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All but two of their chocolate bars are vegan-friendly, so you can log on and choose from”Funky Bars” in Dark Raspberry Pop, Dark Ancho Chili, Dark Cherry N’ Almond, Dark Island with coconut, pineapple and macadamia nut, and Decadent Dark. Sibu Sura also offers other chocolaty goodies, such as Cocoa Nib Coffee, Cacao Nibs and chocolate by the block for home dessert projects.

Sibu Sura’s website lists several retailers around the country where you can find their products. You can also shop online, too. If you’re thinking ahead to the holidays, these would make wonderful gifts for co-workers, family and friends – anyone who truly appreciates high-end, sophisticated chocolates.

Sweeties: Crispy Cat Bars

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There is something to be said for chewy, gooey candy bars. Not just chocolate bars – those are more like solid chocolate. But candy bars – the kind with something stretchy and sugary enrobed in sweet chocolate.

We recently found Crispy Cat bars. They are vegan, 100% organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher. Crispy Cats are also big on flavor and fun. They’re going to remind you of the candy bars you ate as a child.

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The crunch comes from brown rice crisp and the bars’ other ingredients are highly recognizable, like organic dark chocolate, brown rice syrup, tapioca, agave syrup and coconut or almonds. Crispy Cats come in two flavors: Mint Coconut and Toasted Almond. Let’s be real, we inhaled BOTH flavors, but there was a slight preference for the toasted almond.

Crispy Cat bars are made by NuGo, a company based in Pittsburgh, PA. They  never use hydrogenated oils or trans fats in their products and never use waxy vegetable fat compounds in place of real, delicious chocolate. NuGo is committed to creating healthy snacks. 

You can buy boxes of bars directly from NuGo’s website, but the company has a store locator online and you can see where Crispy Cats are prowling in your neighborhood. We got ours locally at Wegman’s in Maryland. Other chains that carry them include Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe. Also, check out the The Vegan Store online and Amazon.com – both online sources for Crispy Cats.

These candy bars really are purrrr-fect. (Hee hee… had to say that!)