Like many kids, ours adore anything sweet and would happily eat chocolate and sweets all day if they were allowed. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent how damaging large quantities of refined sugar is for our kids, as well as it having little nutritional benefit, and governments both here in the UK, and worldwide are working hard to increase awareness of the dangers of too much sugar in our diet. Consequently, when we were offered the opportunity to try the new Supertreats carob bars described as 'the healthy chocolate alternative for kids that contains no refined sugar or stimulants', I was really interested to see what the kids would make of them.
Supertreats are the brainchild of a mum who noticed the crash and burn effect that sugary treats and chocolate had on her toddler, and his friends, and being unable to source a healthier alternative for him, set about developing her own. Chocolate, delicious though it is, contains high levels of both refined sugar and stimulants, which is what causes the highs and lows we have all witnessed in our adorable children when they are bouncing off the walls, shortly followed by the inevitable meltdown - you can read more on Supertreats view on refined sugar here, and on the stimulants Caffeine and Theobromine here.
On paper, Supertreats sound amazing. They are made from a blend of carob, whole milk and cocoa butter, sweetened with coconut blossom nectar, and contain no refined sugar or stimulants. They are rich in natural vitamins and minerals, contain more calcium per bar than in a 100ml glass of milk and provide sustained, slow-release energy. They also only contain 100% organic natural ingredients, obtained from ethical and sustainable sources. Of course, the real question was would my (slightly fussy, and reluctant to try anything new) kids like them, and see them as an acceptable alternative to chocolate?
And the answer is yes, they loved them! We tried both varieties currently available - Silky Milky, a milk chocolate alternative and Merry Berry which has added blueberry chunks. It was a close run thing, but the blueberry version seems to be their favourite, and they both said they'd be happy to have the Supertreats bars instead of regular chocolate. Although these bars are aimed at kid's tastes, hubby, my brother and I also tried them and were pleasantly surprised by both the taste and texture - they certainly exceeded our expectations. Supertreats are currently running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds for further product development for their new Cheery Chia Orange flavour, which if it is as delicious as it's predecessors is also bound to be a hit with my kids!
We'd love to hear your thoughts on trying a chocolate alternative, and whether you worry about your kids (or you) having too much sugar in general. If you fancy trying Supertreats for yourself, they are currently available at Amazon and Ocado, as well as a number of independent health food shops - you can find a full list of stockists here.