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Ghirardelli: It's Gourmet With a Side of Trans Fat

Ghirardelli: It's Gourmet With a Side of Trans Fat

I picked up a bag of one of my favorite treats last night - Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares with Caramel filling. I know, they're not at all good for you, but they taste amazing.

Since they are a popular brand of gourmet chocolate, it didn't even occur to me to check the label. Maybe I should have a long time ago because once I saw the dreaded words - partially hydrogenated vegetable oil - I just about had a sugar crash.

WTF!! I am NOT happy about this. Why can't manufacturers just stop putting this crap in our food? At least you have to eat 3 whole squares in order to get just .5g of trans fat, but still - I'm trying to avoid this stuff altogether.

Fit's Tips: Learn from my mistake. Always read the label and check for trans fat and other unhealthy ingredients before you buy it. Remember to look for interesterified oil too. You can't just assume something is good for you just because you want it to be!

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Sharon-Karen Sharon-Karen 6 years
Hmmm, I think any chocolate is good for you in moderation and I love the squares too. Cant stop eating them. I found some great options at
gigglesss gigglesss 10 years
well its good thing i have never liked chocolate all that much..
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yes, I love their holiday Peppermint Bark!
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
my fav are the dark chocolate with mint filling...hmmm i think i will still eat one or two (ok or 5) during the holidays!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I have three of these squares sitting on my desk right now (theyre in milk chocolate though). Im not worried about it. I dont want to live my life freaking out about 0.5 grams of trans fat, its not worth it. I rather eat these foods in moderation and enjoy my chocolate fix!
SU3 SU3 10 years
They're everywhere! They always seem to sneak it in somewhere...
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
UGH! I hear you! I feel the same way! I always look at the label and am dismayed at where I find these evils trans fats. Will it ever end? :(
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
That's just wrong. I'm starting my trans fat boycott. (I know I'm a geek) but there were a lot of things we bought regularly that had trans fat, so I'm boycotting them now. Like Ore Ida potatoes. We made fries with regular potatoes and olive oil last time and The Man even liked them.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Ooh, thanks for the tip bpjedi.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
Have you ever tried heck out Scharffen Berger chocolate? I think it is better than Ghiradelli, and doesn't have the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Plus, those of you in SF can go over the bridge and visit the factory in Berkeley. If you take a factory tour, sit in the back--they pass out samples a couple of times, and after everyone in the front rows politely take one piece, those in the back rows are left with a a bunch of extras! ;) Wrong, I know.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
You want me to go over and kick the Ghirardelli Square building for you Fit? It's just down the street from me. I remember those chocolates where soooo yummy but yeah I never looked at the label except the once when I saw the calories per treat then I had to get drunk to erase that info from my mind. I still don't recall how many calories per serving of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint Square. I just know they go well with Margarita King Margaritas.
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