The truth is:
most of us crave for a piece of chocolate now and then.
Even the most hardcore keto dieters fight with this craving.
The problem is that typically chocolate bars consists of loads of added sugar which is a BIG NO-NO!
Thus, it's extremely difficult to find low-carb keto-friendly chocolate options.
My mission is to bring you the best list of keto-approved chocolate bars so you can have an occasional snack without falling out of ketosis.
Chocoholics, let's dive in.
#1. ChocZero Keto Bark Dark Chocolate
ChocZero Keto chocolate is without any doubt the number 1 choice for low-carb chocolate brands!
It's made up of 100% stone-ground premium cocoa beans and has a unique creamy texture.
ChocZero is sweetened exclusively with monk fruit and doesn't contain any sugar, sugar alcohols nor artificial sweeteners.
The taste is impressive - dark chocolate (not too bitter) with small pieces of almonds. You can also add them into your bulletproof coffee
The best part is that it contains only 2g of net carbs per serving. If you don't know that it's explicitly made for ketoers, you wouldn't tell the difference.
If you are a chocoholic and a ketoer, then this is a mandatory try!
Serving size: 1 Ounce
Calories: 120 Fat: 10g Protein: 1g Net carbs: 2g
#2. ChocZero 50% Dark Chocolate
This is another DELICIOUS choice from ChocZero.
I felt I needed to add this as they have somewhat different delicious flavor compared to the previous.
This one is made from 50% premium cocoa beans and sweetened with monk fruit and fiber blend.
Each square contains 1 gram of net carb, and each bag includes ten squares.
It's still sugar-free with no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.
It's sweetened with natural monk fruit, thus making this chocolate perfect for diabetics - it has zero glycemic impact.
This chocolate can also be used for light baking, taking a few squares and roughly crushing them as an alternative to chocolate chips.
Serving size: 1 Piece (10g)
Calories: 40 Fat: 3.5g Protein: 0g Net carbs: 1g
#3. Lily's Extra Dark Chocolate Bar
First, Lily's extra dark chocolate bar contains 70% cocoa, is botanically sweetened and has a subtle but delicious hint of orange citrus.
If orange doesn't fit into your cup of tea, then I have good news for you. Lily has over 6 flavors to choose from.
This chocolate bar doesn't contain added sugar and is sweetened with natural sweetener Stevia!
There's often a worry that Stevia causes bad aftertaste - this bar DOESN'T have it. The taste is very chocolate like when comparing to classical full-of-sugar chocolate bars.
Lily's chocolate bars can get pricey, but it's waaay cheaper to buy them in bulk online.
Serving size: 40 grams
Calories: 170 Fat: 17g Protein: 3g Net carbs: 4g
#4. ChocoPerfection Dark Chocolate
ChcocoPerfection brand produces gourmet European chocolate which is sweetened with natural chicory root.
This delicious bar doesn't raise your blood sugar levels and contains whopping 14g of prebiotic fiber. Which also reduces cravings.
It's 100% sugar-free but has all the beneficial anti-oxidants of chocolate.
The taste is smooth and creamy. It comes in 6 unique flavors to choose from - my personal favorite is the mint flavor.
ChocoPerfection has also been voted as the best tasting sugar-free chocolate.
Serving size: 1 bar (50g)
Calories: 197 Fat: 18g Protein: 1g Net carbs: 2g
#5. Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate
Lindt is one of the oldest chocolate brands out there - Master Swiss Chocolatier Since 1845.
Lindt has a true dark taste with a sophisticated palate. It has a profound cocoa flavor, and surprisingly balanced taste for chocolate made 90% of cocoa.
Some say that it's bitter, but I think during keto it tastes really great. Of course, you cannot compare it to milk chocolate which is almost exclusively made from sugar.
Lindt chocolate pairs perfectly with red wine. Separately, the chocolate and wine deliver exquisite flavors.
Paired together, the flavor is elevated, intensifying the taste experience.
From the low-carb perspective, it's one of the highest when it comes to net carbs in this list. It contains 9g of net carbs per serving which is 40g.
If eaten in moderation - half a serving - then things aren't so bad.
Serving size: 4 Squares (40g)
Calories: 240 Fat: 22g Protein: 4g Net carbs: 7g
#6. Edge Dark Chocolate Bars
Edge bar is another excellent keto focused chocolate bar out there.
It's made from 78% of cocoa and sweetened with natural sweetener Stevia.
It doesn't contain any GMO ingredients nor sugar. And it has ONLY 1.3 grams of net carbs per bar, and it won't raise glycemic levels.
The taste is amazing; it has a perfect level of sweetness, rich in flavor and smooth mouthfeel.
The only downside is that you cannot find them in any grocery store, but you can always buy them bulk online (which saves you money anyway).
Serving size: 1 bar (10g)
Calories: 35 Fat: 4g Protein: 1g Net carbs: 1.3g
#7. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate
Endangered Species is definitely a premium brand with a noble purpose. 10% of their net profits are donated to support wildlife thrive.
This company uses only non-GMO fairtrade chocolate. Cocoa comes from dedicated communities that practice sustainable farming practices.
Endangered Species dark chocolate bar "Panther" has lingering hints of fruit and spice. It's made from pure 88% cocoa dark chocolate and tastes silky smooth.
Dark chocolate is best when it has depth, and that's exactly what this has - with layers of dark, complex flavor and a hint of smokiness similar to coffee.
Earthy and heavy, like a sliver of a grown-up, rich chocolate cake, the sort that's completely satisfying for its size.
If you love chocolate and love the social mission, then it's definitely worth trying out.
Serving size: 1oz (28g/ 1/3 of bar)
Calories: 180 Fat: 13g Protein: 3g Net carbs: 7g
#8. Torras Stevia Dark Chocolate
Torras is another chocolate company with a long history - founded in 1890 and was the first one to start making sugar-free chocolate in Spain.
It contains half the calories of sugar, making it a great snack for anyone who watches their sugar intake. It also helps you avoid cavities and is easy on your stomach.
Torras Stevia dark chocolate, just like the name describes, is sweetened with natural sweeteners Stevia and Erythritol.
It comes in three flavors: original, forest fruits and hazelnuts. My personal favorite is the one with hazelnuts.
It's definitely a good option to try out during keto.
Serving size: 3 pieces (1.3 oz (38g))
Calories: 160 Fat: 15g Protein: 2g Net carbs: 6g
#9. Innocent Dark Chocolate Bar
Innocent Chocolate is another company with a strong social mission - helping with the epidemic of childhood diabetes and obesity.
Innocent chocolate is made from 100% organic fair trade cacao beans, is natural, allergen-free and comes with ZERO NET CARBS! YES, you read that right!
When eaten 15-20 minutes before your meals, the enzyme inhibitors take effect and sharply reduce the digestion sugars and starches you will eat.
The second perk is that each full bar contains 28 grams of fiber.
The texture of this chocolate is not as soft as other bars, but that is thanks to functional ingredients and fat binding complexes. But the texture is smooth and creamy in the mouth.
Serving size: 1 Ounce
Calories: 120 Fat: 10g Protein: 1g Net carbs: 2g
#10. Taza Wicked Dark Chocolate
Taza Chocolate bars are perfectly unrefined, super intense 95% dark stone ground organic chocolate.
This chocolate is made from bean to bar at Somerville, MA chocolate factory using traditional Mexican stones mills to grind cacao. This means it has a grainy texture.
The taste is barely-sweet with the bright fruity flavor of cacao - bold flavor and texture.
It's not your usual dark chocolate bar, it's pretty unique, the real deal.
You can eat a small piece of this, and it will keep you going.
But if you are fond of overly sweet creamy chocolate, then look at other options in this list.
Serving size: 1/2 packaging (35g)
Calories: 210 Fat: 14g Protein: 5g Net carbs: 6g
#11. Alter Eco Dark Blackout Chocolate
Alter Eco is an organic chocolate brand practicing fair trade and producing velvety smooth dark chocolate.
Dark Blackout contains four ingredients: cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar, and vanilla beans.
It's a seriously dark bar for those who are serious about chocolate.
On the negative side they do use sugar for sweetening, but fortunately, there's not too much of it. It has 6 grams of net carbs per serving.
But I suggest eating half of serving per time, so it can fit your macros if you are well fat adapted.
Serving size: 5 sections (40g)
Calories: 250 Fat: 22g Protein: 3g Net carbs: 6g
Back to You!
Which of them have You tried before and how did you like them?
Or should I add some additional brands to this list?
Please let me know in the comments section!
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Alex is editor in chief of Bodyketosis, an author, low-carb enthusiast and a recovering chubby guy who reclaimed his health using the ketogenic lifestyle. The need for the keto life began after his aunt and cousin were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and he was next in line. Through personal experience and extensive scientific research, Alex offers insightful tips for everything keto.