Ohso Review – A Chocolate That’s Good For You?

I love chocolate.  I really do.

I love it and I wish that it was good for you so that I could eat as much of it as I liked without having to worry about putting on weight/getting spots/dying of a heart attack.

But, alas, chocolate is delicious and unhealthy and I continue to feel guilty whenever I shove some of it’s yummy gorgeousness in my face (but not guilty enough to stop me doing it).

So, when I got an email telling me about a new kind of chocolate to the market that is GOOD FOR YOU, I almost fell off my chair and sprinted to the factory they’re made in.

This small miracle is called ohso and has several impressive boasts:

  •  Each bar of dark Belgian chocolate contains your optimum daily amount of probiotic to help keep your digestive system healthy and you happy.
  • Each bar contains around a billion Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria.
  • Probiotics promote healthy gastrointestinal functions that help to nourish the body.
  • Dark chocolate is a natural product which contacts antioxidants to help strengthen your body’s own natural defenses.
  • Ohso chocolate is three times more effective than most probiotic milk drinks at delivering around a billion good bacteria to your intestine.
  • Ohso chocolate is cholestorol, gluten and wheat free with no added dairy.
  • Each bar is just 72 calories. 

Big claims, right?  I agree.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have always been of the thinking that if something seems too good to be true, it’s usually because it is.  So, I’ll admit, I was a bit suspicious.  Chocolate that’s good for me?  Hmm.  There has to be a catch – maybe it tastes hideous?

I was sent two different flavours to try – plain dark chocolate and orange flavour – and in the interests of fairness, knowing that everyone’s tastes are different, I got my mum to sample them as well.

First of all, I have to tell you how cute they are.  I know that cuteness isn’t really relevant when it comes to eating something, but look how teeny and lovely they are!  And they’re divided into tiny little squares which just makes them look even better – top marks on… erm… chocolate cuteness, guys!

First up, we tried the plain dark chocolate.  Wrapped in a paper sleeve with clear plastic wrapping underneath, the chocolate is kept in a protective environment so it won’t go soggy or horrible if you accidentally get it wet, nor should you find any chocolate crumbs in the bottom of your handbag if you squash the bar on your commute to work.

The first thing I noticed was the smell – it smelt like rich, dark chocolate and reminded me of the Bourneville chocolate bars my dad used to eat when I was little, and of dark cooking chocolate too.  Once I had tasted it, I was still hugely impressed – it tasted like quality dark chocolate as well!

Next up was the orange flavoured one.  OH.MY.WORD.  Absolutely deeeelicious!  In fact, I’d go as far as to say that I preferred it to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange!  It had a strong, but not overwhelming, orange flavour and the chocolate was really smooth – the flavours mixed perfectly.

As if chocolate being good for you wasn’t amazing enough, somehow (and I can only imagine that the good people at Goodnesse Ltd, who make these, are using some kind of fairy magic) the little bars are really filling.  I’m not sure if it’s because the chocolate is rich, or if it’s some sort of psychological thing from the bars being cut into 24-squares, but somehow, just one of these is enough to nip that chocolate craving in the bud and stop you reaching out for another.  It’s crazy!

One of my cats also seemed strangely drawn to the ohso bars and was mesmorised by the smell of them!  (Although I didn’t feed him any, don’t worry!)

 If I was given the choice between drinking a probiotic drink or having one of these every day, I would 100%, definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, choose the chocolate.

(I will also 100%, definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, be having these again)

Currently, you can only buy ohso from their website and they’re priced at £3.99 for a pack of seven (plus P&P although they sometimes have special offers on).  If you’re thinking this price seems a little on the high side, think about how much you spend on chocolate in a week and what you spend on probiotic drinks/yoghurts – I bet it comes to around £3.99, if not more, so you could potentially be saving yourself money with ohso.

If you’re a chocolate lover but want to do your best to keep your body healthy, then I definitely recommend these – they are a happy medium, a VERY happy medium.

LilliesandLove xx

* PR Sample *


Champagne & Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

If you read the “My Christmas In Pictures” post I uploaded earlier last week, you will know that I spent Christmas Day with K and his family.  K was hosting at his house and as I’m a rubbish cook (truly awful!) but a half-decent baker, I offered to make the dessert.

Almost as soon as I made this offer, I immediately regretted it.

Dessert.  Christmas Day.  K’s family.

I felt under an enormous amount of (self-inflicted) pressure.

What if I ruined it?  What if it tasted rubbish?  What if they all hated it and as a result of my poor baking abilities encouraged him to dump me?

(Doubtful I know, and possibly a bit of an exaggeration, but I was fretting nonetheless).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the dessert was a success and his family liked it.  In fact, even I  liked it and I’m my absolute WORST critic.

So, as it turned out well and tasted good, I thought I’d share the recipe with you lovely lot – because let’s be honest, if I know anything about my blog readers, it’s that we love food!

 Champagne and Strawberry Cheesecake

For the base, you will need:
Approx 250g of digestive biscuits
2-3tbsp caster sugar
125g of butter (melted)

For the top, you will need:
250g cream/soft cheese
½ cup of caster sugar
1 envelope of powdered, unflavoured gelatine
2 cups of whipped cream (I whipped my own using double cream, but you can use ready-made unsweetened whipped cream if you prefer)
3-4 cups of strawberries, quartered
¾ cup of champagne (or sparkling white wine)
2 egg yolks (beaten)

To make the cheesecake base:
Place the digestives into a Ziploc bag and bash with a rolling pin until they are fine crumbs.
Pour the crumbs into a mixing bowl, add the caster sugar and the melted butter.  Stir in with a fork.
Once the crumbs are evenly coated, press the mixture down into your tin/bakeware.
You can either bake the base for 10mins at 120C (250F) or you can leave in the fridge for 1-hour to set.

To make the top:
Pour ¼ cup of caster sugar and ¼ cup of water into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.  Add your beaten egg yolks, stirring constantly to prevent the egg scrambling.  Add your gelatine and bring down to a simmer, continuing to stir constantly, for a few minutes.
In a bowl, mix the cream/soft cheese and whipped cream until smooth and fluffy.
Add ¼ cup of caster sugar and slowly stir in the gelatin mixture.
Slowly pour in the champagne/sparkling white wine and fold the mixture until it is thick and consistent.
Fold in the strawberries and stir well to allow the juices and flavour to run through the mixure (it should turn a very faint pink colour)
Pour the mixture over the baked/refrigerated pie base and put in the fridge overnight.

And voila!  The next day it will be ready to EAT!

I really liked the flavour of this cheesecake and although you can’t really taste the champagne, it does give it a slightly thicker consistency while the egg yolks add a creamy texture to it.  Plus, saying it has champagne in it makes it sound really special

(Note:  I made this again earlier this week omitting the champagne, and the feedback was that it wasn’t as smooth and creamy without it – although that’s our own personal taste, you may think differently).

If you decide to give this recipe a try, please leave me a note in the comments box below letting me know how it turned out; I’d love to know!

LilliesandLove xx


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