I will review the Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Spread in another post, and focus solely on the Chocolate variety today. Upon opening the jar, you immediately notice the slightly darker colored spread (cocoa) and the pleasant mild cocoa scent. As with all their products, this is calorie free, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, and kosher. Note that calorie free means less than 5 calories a serving and fat free means less than 0.5g a serving. If you want further explanation, please see my post on calorie counts. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email or leave a message in the comment section.
*Since there are 12 servings a jar, the most this entire jar could have (of digestible energy) would be 59 calories (4.9cal* 12 servings).
The jar itself, and in fact all their new labels, look streamlined, modern, with a clear picture on the front depicting the spread slathered on a piece of toast. The product is nicely topped up in the jar, which is nice since their products are rather expensive for the size.
As I've mentioned numerous time before, I use their PB more as a pudding, and in many cooking and baking recipes (peanut satay, Thai and Asian inspired dishes, in pie crusts, shakes, desserts, yogurt, cottage cheese etc: I love mixing it with Bragg's Liquid Aminos, garlic, chili flakes, ginger and a few other items for a fantastic Asian marinade/dressing). That being said, I dove right in with a spoon to give it a taste. It is a little bit sour/bitter, and pretty much tastes exactly like if you had mixed a small amount of their Chocolate Dip or sauce and regular Peanut Butter Spread together.
I immediately (as I do with most of their sweet dips--chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and peanut butter) added a packet of sweetener (I used the pink sweet'n'low, since it works the best to brighten up the flavor in these products), but you can add whatever you want. I think honey would work very well! I would like to add that I do not add the sweetener to make it sweeter per say; I add it to brighten up the flavor and make the flavor pop and be more noticeable and 'clear' if you will. I also added cinnamon, and tried a couple of flavor drops in it for fun. I also added some oat fiber and PGX granules for texture.
Overall, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread is an interesting addition to Walden Farms ever expanding line, and if used appropriately, can be a fun addition to your diet and in helping you reach your diet goals! Bottom line: it has potential! Much like house hunting, think of it as an investment that needs a few "fix ups", but you get great return on investment with all the calories you save! I like the regular peanut butter spread, and prefer adding my own chocolate so I can have control over the flavor. Adding protein powder (chocolate) is great as well.