I’ve been looking for the best healthy dark chocolate bars for a while! Why? Because I love dark chocolate.
Healthy dark chocolate bars
Dark chocolate is a rich, tasty snack. It’s low in carbohydrates and high in fat, which makes dark chocolate a win for keto.
Low carbohydrate chocolate
For more information on chocolate and keto, see my in-depth post “Is Chocolate Allowed on the Keto Diet?”
And for the perfect milk or milk alternative to enjoy with your dark candy bar, take a look at What’s the Best Milk For Keto?
Is Dark Chocolate Good For You?
I am often asked, “Is dark chocolate healthy?” Yes, thankful for all of us!
In fact, when I interviewed a top keto diet expert, dark chocolate was mentioned as the perfect keto diet treatment.
Types of chocolate
There are different types of chocolate, including milk, semi-sweet, and dark. I’m not including white chocolate here as it is mostly low-cocoa sugar.
After white chocolate, milk chocolate is the next sweetest chocolate. This chocolate is not dairy-free and contains a lot of sugar and carbohydrates.
Depending on the brand, semi-sweet chocolate is often dairy-free. Of all types of chocolate, this is a good compromise for most people.
Semi-sweet chocolate has a rich chocolate flavor and is quite sweet. This is the type of chocolate I ate and used in my childhood chocolate chip cookies as a kid.
I love dark chocolate and it is what I eat now. Healthy dark chocolate is low in carbohydrates and full of magnesium and other incredible nutrients.
Healthy low carbohydrate candy bars
Below are my favorite healthy low carb dark chocolate bars. Everything listed here is at least 85% cocoa. That’s how I defined dark chocolate in this case, at least dark chocolate for keto.
Not all of the candy bars listed below are organic. That’s because organic dark chocolate isn’t as affordable as traditional chocolate. I’ve listed the candy bars here in the order of my favorite products.
Organic dark chocolate bars
Here are the best organic dark chocolate bars. I try to stick to organic chocolate for nibbling and baking because traditional cocoa is a crop that is sprayed with highly toxic pesticides.
Because I have the genetic mutation MTHFR, my detoxification is impaired and it is not as easy for me to drive out harmful substances as it is for others. For this reason I stick to clean products for beauty and household as much as possible.
According to 85%
Theo 85% is organic and my favorite chocolate of all time. I don’t feel guilty nibbling on a square or two for a healthy snack, and at 85% cocoa the sugar content is very low. This smooth chocolate to melt in the mouth is expensive, so not particularly suitable for use in recipes, but a wonderful treat in itself.
I love serving this gourmet candy bar with a large bowl of berries for dessert when we have last minute diners and I haven’t had time to make a healthy low carb dessert like my Keto Brownies recipe. Buy from Amazon or Thrive Market.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 13 g • Carbohydrates 12 g • Protein 3 g
I love Thrive’s 85% organic dark chocolate bar! Like everything people do in Thrive Market, it’s fantastic. This low-carb dark candy bar in particular has an incredibly rich, deep taste with notes of coffee. You can’t buy it from Amazon or from retail stores.
Since it is organic, tastes great and has a low price, it is the most affordable product presented here.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 12 g • Carbohydrates 11 g • Protein 3 g
Green & Black 85%
I’m chewing on a piece of 85% organic Green & Black chocolate as I write this and it’s pretty amazing. The taste is intense, strong and light without sour or bitter notes.
Its mouthfeel is super velvety and it doesn’t have any chalky or grainy aspects to its texture, it just melts in your mouth.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15 g • Carbohydrates 10 g • Protein 3 g
Age Eco 90%
Alter Eco 90% is an organic chocolate with a rich, dark chocolate taste and a nice, smooth finish.
The texture is just a tad grainier than the chocolates above, but it still melts very well in your mouth. It’s a strong chocolate with interesting bitterness notes that blend into a nice finish. Buy from Amazon or Thrive Market.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 17 g • Carbohydrates 9 g • Protein 2 g
Non-organic dark candy bars
Below are my favorite brands of traditional dark chocolate bars. In general, these are cheaper than organic, but as I mentioned above, I don’t like consuming chocolate that isn’t organic.
Traditional cocoa beans are heavily sprayed crops that can be rich in toxic pesticide residues.
Chocolove Extreme 88%
Chocolove Extreme 88% is my first-class conventional, non-organic chocolate. This bar has fantastic taste. It’s smooth, rich, and creamy, and has an exceptionally silky mouthfeel when it melts on your tongue.
I love that it’s a local brand that is made in Boulder, Colorado. I highly recommend this amazing bar in terms of taste, texture and overall experience.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15 g • Carbohydrates 10 g • Protein 3 g
Lindt makes fabulous conventional dark chocolate. It is a high quality, very dark chocolate that melts in the mouth.
It tastes pretty sweet to me with a hint of vanilla, but my husband and the boys won’t touch it. That’s fine if it’s all I can get my hands on, i.e. there are no organic candy bars, it just means more to me!
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 16 g • Carbohydrates 9 g • Protein 3 g
Endangered species 88%
Endangered Species 88% chocolate is smooth and creamy with a strong cocoa flavor that comes through. I don’t know why, but I long for a large glass of chocolate milk.
I really like this chocolate to nibble on. It has wonderful notes of vanilla and is a good bar of conventional chocolate.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 13 g • Carbohydrates 11 g • Protein 3 g
Divine 85% is a very good bar of chocolate. While its texture is slightly waxy, the taste is strong and pure. It’s a nice chocolate to nibble on and has a slightly different taste than the Endangered Species branded chocolate mentioned above.
The texture isn’t quite as smooth, but in fact, these two healthy candy bars are of such high quality that your decision will depend on individual preferences and price points. Buy from Amazon or Thrive Market.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 14 g • Carbohydrates 11 g • Protein 3 g
Healthy baking chocolate
Baking with chocolate is very different from snacking. Baked chocolate consists of 100% cocoa and is a very low-carbohydrate chocolate for purists.
Also known as “baker’s chocolate”, it contains absolutely no sweetener, so fewer carbohydrates and calories than any of the healthy chocolate bars mentioned above.
This Dagoba chocolate bar is made from 100% cocoa and organically grown and does not contain any additional sweeteners. This makes it the perfect keto candy bar.
I use it for baking. While it’s perfect in my chocolate brownie recipe, it’s so dark that I don’t find it as tasty if I eat it straight. However, many of my hardcore readers on the keto diet love to enjoy this super healthy chocolate as a treat.
1 ounce (28 grams) • Fat 15 g • Carbohydrates 7 g • Protein 4 g
Benefits of dark chocolate
If you are wondering about the benefits of dark chocolate, there are numerous. In addition to being low in carbohydrates and sugar, dark chocolate is a good source of:
How to make chocolate
If you’re wondering how to make chocolate, I have this healthy homemade chocolate recipe with a total of seven ingredients for you.
Healthy chocolate recipes
I have so many healthy chocolate recipes that it will blow your socks off. Let’s start below with my healthy chocolate chip cookies.
Easy chocolate chip cookie recipe
If you are looking for cookies with almond flour, you’ve come to the right place.
Chocolate covered strawberries
I love making this recipe with chocolate-coated strawberries for Valentine’s Day, but this low-carb recipe is so delicious we make it all year round.
Easy chocolate cake recipe
My simple chocolate cake with chocolate icing is chocolate heaven. But guess what? You’ll be grateful that it’s a healthy chocolate cake too! No guilt, complete enjoyment.
My simple chocolate mousse recipe is both rich and creamy. What more could you want from a chocolate dessert ?!
Chocolate cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties, especially when everyone chooses their own toppings – sprinkles, nuts or chocolate chips?
Healthy double chocolate C.trending cookies
These healthy double chocolate chip cookies are a dream for dark chocolate lovers. They’re a traditional healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe loaded with pecans and more dark chocolate!
Homemade chocolate bars
The only thing better than candy bars is a customizable candy bar that I made with my candy bars.
This healthy chocolate bar contains a selection of my favorite toppings, including Magic Spoon Keto Cereal.
What’s your favorite low carb chocolate?
There you have it, the best low-carb candy bars and my favorite healthy chocolate recipes!
Do you like dark chocolate Or are you more of a fan of milk chocolate? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite chocolate is!
And what is your favorite way to eat your chocolate? Dark chocolate sorbet anyone ?!
This post is an oldie, but a goodie from the archives. I first shared this post on healthy dark candy bars in September 2019.