Are ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks Paleo?

enjoylifemegachunks-300x225.jpg‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks are a yummy Paleo(ish) replacement in recipes that call for for traditional chocolate chunks. You can rest assured knowing that all of the ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ baking chocolates are produced in the USA, in a completely gluten-free and nut-free facility, using only non-GMO ingredients and no soy lecithin! In addition to tasting great in Paleo baked goods, ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks are also a tasty treat on their own and one chunk is enough to satisfy a sweet-tooth without eating a bunch of sugar.

Nutritional Value of ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

Ingredients: Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Chocolate liquor (Non-Alcoholic), Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter.

Serving size: 1 Tbsp. (19 servings per container)

  • Calories: 80
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 9g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 0 %
  • Vitamin C: 0 %
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 6%

Health Benefits of ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

Dark chocolate is the preferred type of chocolate to consume on the Paleo diet, with higher cacao percentages (ideally above 70%) being more ideal.Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks contain 52-55% cacao, barely squeaking them into the category of a ‘dark chocolate.’ If you’re trying to limit the carbohydrates or sugar in your diet, you might opt instead for ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels which contain 69% cacao. You could also try breaking up a 100% cacao unsweetened baking bar or a Paleo-friendly 85% cacao dark chocolate bar into smaller pieces to make your own chocolate chunks.

‘Enjoy Life Foods’ is our go-to brand for baking chocolate because their products are free from:

  • Gluten – All of the ‘Enjoy Life’ products are certified gluten-free
  • Grains including corn
  • Artificial ingredients – All natural ingredients are used
  • Refined sweeteners
  • Hydrogenated oils/Trans fats
  • GMO ingredients (genetically modified organisms) – the ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ company has received the official Non-GMO Project Verification on all of the products that they produce
  • Several major allergens including: wheat (gluten), dairy (lactose), eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, casein, potato, mustard, sesame, sulfites, fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.

Where to Buy and How to Store ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

‘Enjoy Life’ brand Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks can be purchased in some higher-end grocery stores, in the health food aisle of some ‘regular’ grocery stores, in many health food stores, and online.

The folks at ‘Enjoy Life Foods’ suggest that you keep your package of semi-sweet chocolate mega chunks tightly sealed or otherwise stored away from light, air, and heat. ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks can also be frozen, or otherwise enjoyed by the “best-by” date on the package if left unfrozen.

Should I Eat ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks?

Thankfully Paleo-friendly dark chocolate, when used in moderation, is permitted on the Paleo diet! In general, you want your dark chocolate to contain a minimum of 50% cocoa (cacao) solids, with higher percentages (70% and above) being more ideal because they contain less sugar. ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks have the same ingredients and nutritional value as ‘Enjoy-Life’ Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips, both containing 52-55% cacao, which is at the lower end of the acceptable range. If you’re working to reduce the carbohydrates and sugar in your life, then you may want to try ‘Enjoy Life’ Dark Chocolate Morsels which contain 69% cacao. You could also try breaking an unsweetened baking bar or a Paleo-friendly 85% cacao dark chocolate bar into little chunk-sized pieces.

Chocolate was a true friend to me as I transitioned onto the Paleo diet, and helped me to get through the first few challenging months of detoxing from being a life-long carbaholic. The equivalent of a small square or two of chocolate can take away a sweet tooth without gorging on a bunch of carbs, as long as you keep it to a few squares and stop there. That’s why I love ‘Enjoy Life’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks. These chocolate chunks are little rectangular pieces that range in size from ½” to ¾” in length and are about ½”wide. I like to take one tiny chunk and pretend that it’s an entire chocolate bar, savoring every tiny delicious bite.

Kinsey Jackson

Kinsey Jackson, LMP, MS, CNS® is a clinical nutritionist specializing in functional and evolutionary nutrition. Her own experience of overcoming multiple autoimmune disorders by adopting a Paleo lifestyle vastly contributes to her passion for helping others to also reclaim their health and vitality by making informed dietary decisions.