December 7, 2022

Review

From Natalie’s Costcuisine website:

Chocxo Keto Snacks

These Keto snaps are really just bits of dark chocolate with different shapes. The shapes have nothing to do with the taste. These are squares of dark chocolate that have sea salt, coconut, and almonds added to them. They have a flavor that is quite similar, yet noticeably inferior to the Costco Kirkland Signature Belgian Chocolate Thins that I evaluated. Because they contain so little sugar, you shouldn’t anticipate them to have any kind of sweet taste at all. The chocolate does not have a particularly high-quality flavor, is not very smooth, and has a flavor that is reminiscent of chalk. In spite of the fact that they contain sea salt, coconut, and almonds, Keto Snaps have a really tasteless flavor, and you can’t detect any of the aforementioned ingredients in them. It’s not that the Keto Snaps taste awful at all; in fact, I imagine they must taste like heaven to someone who is following the Keto diet. However, I just didn’t find them to have a lot of flavor.

Nutrition

These are organic and “keto certified,” and they contain dark chocolate with an 85% cocoa content. Two snaps provide a total of 180 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, 5 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 4 grams of sugar. The provided nutritional information is based on two individually wrapped keto snaps, each of which contains four small squares of chocolate. Therefore, the calorie and macronutrient counts are based on eight smaller squares of chocolate. It’s not clear to me how these can be considered keto-friendly, given that they include cane sugar. So let’s call them keto-friendly but not keto kosher. 

Another review from Costcuisine

Ozery seedwise keto clusters.

Taste

These clusters of seeds are extremely brittle and gritty. They have a chocolate flavor that is pleasant but not overpowering. The seeds don’t really have any flavors that stand out to me if you know what I mean. They do have a touch of that hollowness or missing sweetness that I find to be present in the vast majority of chocolate keto items, but it is not a deal breaker by any means.

What are some of the other keto snacks at Costco?

On the ketogenic diet, you really need to consume plenty of fresh meat, poultry, eggs, and non-starchy vegetables and fruits. They are great providers of high-quality protein and lipids, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, C, and K, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Cheeses, coffee, and culinary oils such as olive oil and coconut oil are also considered to be pantry essentials (which is great for intermittent fasting).

When shopping at Costco for products that fit the keto diet, it is best, whenever it is possible, to select grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free options. They could be more expensive than meats that are raised using normal methods, but in the long run, they are healthier for your health. One thing that’s lacking at Costco for the keto kosher is any carob products, such as carob powder or carob paste. Carob is a Mediterranean and Near East tree that produces edible pods that are an excellent substitute for chocolate. In fact, many gourmets prefer carob to chocolate in their desserts or like to mix the two since carob actually brings out the earthier tones of true chocolate. There are many people who develop an allergy to chocolate as adults, so carob is a welcome product in their baking.  Consider this list of products at Costco.

  • A Trio of Ground Meats Composed of USDA Choice Beef Top Sirloin Steak and Northfork Bison (Bison, Elk, and Wild Boar) 
  • Authentic Wagyu Japanese A5 Ground Beef D’Artagnan
  • Green Circle Chicken Thigh & Drum Combo Pack
  • Northwest Fish Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Filets
  • Bacon made from antibiotic-free pork from Rastelli
  • Napa Valley Naturals
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the USDA Certified 
  • Organic Folgers Classic Roast Ground Coffee

Chocolate and the Burning in Your Chest

One of the unfavorable effects of chocolate consumption is the potential for heartburn.

Chocolate is said to lower the pressure of the esophageal sphincter, which is a change that can make you more susceptible to heartburn. This information comes from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In point of fact, avoiding chocolate is recommended as a technique to prevent symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease in a bulletin published by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

For these reasons, as well as others (there is some research that suggests the flavonoids in chocolate may be linked to prostate cancer), there is a consumer movement slowly gathering momentum that is demanding Costco start stocking carob products. But until they do, you can always stroll down their keto snack aisle for something other than chocolate if you want.