As much as we WANT to become dark and Himalayan salt flavour chocolate lovers (grown-ups?), it’s not that easy. Fancy chocolate bars are usually expensive, less accessible and – let’s face it – can occasionally be a bit underwhelming.
Sometimes, when the sugar craving hits, all we want is a good old-fashioned choccie bar of the type you can buy at a corner shop. There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence once in a while. And you can still enjoy some of your favourite goodies without splurging too much of your recommended daily calorie intake.
Here are some of our favourite treats.
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Lower calorie chocolate bars
1. Kit Kat
Sit back, relax and munch away with only 53 calories per finger.
2. Milky Way
A lower calorie option than its cousins Mars and Snickers, a Milky Way sits at 117kcals. For all that deliciousness? We were shocked, too.
Made with real coconut, a Bounty bar is basically one of our five a day, right? Well, with only 158kcals per portion, it might as well be.
For just a little taste of the sweet stuff, a finger of Fudge will definitely hit the spot with just 110 calories per bar.
The delicate goodness of a Flake is unlike anything else, and with all that flavour, we were surprised to find out that this bar is only 170 calories.
Can't stop popping M&M's in your mouth? We can relate. Once you start, it's difficult to stop. But with only 150 calories per serving – why stop?
7. Creme Egg
Only on sale between Christmas and Easter (boo!) Cadbury Creme Eggs are a classic fave with 174 calories.
Aeros are super satisfying to eat and, thanks to the plentiful 'bubbles', there's just 164 calories per bar.
9. Curly Wurly
Gooey, caramel goodness, Curly Wurlys are something else. Let the caramel melt in your mouth and indulge all you want, because with 117 calories, we won't be stopping anytime soon.
Maltesers were the OG light chocolate treat, be it cinema night, a quiet evening at home or an afternoon snack. And at 11 calories per ball - please, enjoy the whole bag.
11. Aero Bubbles
Much like its big brother the Aero Bar, Aero's minty fresh Peppermint Bubbles are 128 calories per serving.
12. Chocolate Buttons
Make your 128-calorie portion of Cadbury Buttons last by letting the chocolate melt onto your tongue. Mmmm. Or enjoy them all in one sitting, whatever feels good.
It's no exaggeration to say that these 101 calorie biscuits are FIT.
Now read this:
Health benefits of chocolate: the science
Did you know, that apart from being absolutely delicious, chocolate also provides us with some preeeetty sweet health benefits?
One study found that chocolate reduced oxidative stress and inflammation, while also lowering blood pressure. Another study by the University of Aberdeen also reported that those who ate more milk chocolate over an 11-year period were at lower risk of both heart disease and stroke. You heard it here first, eating chocolate is now a life or death matter.
Now before you get too excited, it's important to remember that eating a high amount of chocolate can lead to obesity and diabetes. So, while treating yourself to some choc is absolutely fine – everything in moderation.