The Wally Bar from The Grocer’s Daughter

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Grocers Daughter - unique dairy-free chocolate bars

Godiva meets “Granola” in this truly indulgent yet seemingly health-worthy bar.  From the top, alluring dark chocolate is meticulously scored, but on the flip side a surprise awaits.  Whole almonds, dried cherries, cashews, and other high quality trail mix items add a level of complexity to this bar that I never would have imagined.

Wally BarFor me, it was truly love at first bite, and second, and third…you see, each chocolate chunk had its own unique flavor.  First a chocolate covered cherry, then the crunch of a salty/sweet sesame stick, finally an entire almond sweetened with pure maple syrup and half-coated in rich dark chocolate.  Personally, I was delighted to discover the sesame sticks, which reminded me of my former favorite chocolate-covered pretzels, but in a grown-up presentation.

After nibbling on numerous Wally Bar squares, I began thinking… “This is just what good dark chocolate tastes like.  Any quality dark chocolate would have an equally decadent flair.  Wouldn’t it?  The trail mix add-ins must be the real fuel to my addiction.  After all, how different could chocolate be?”  Just at that moment, I spotted a 65% dark, organic, fair trade (the works) chocolate bar resting in our snack basket (don’t ask me how my husband missed that one).  Putting my theory to the test, I ripped the package open and popped a square in my mouth.  Child’s play!  This couldn’t possibly be dark chocolate?  I re-checked the label.  Incredible trail mix bonus aside, the other chocolate bar still paled in comparison to the Wally Bar.

Grocers Daughter - unique dairy-free chocolate bars

Once I finally convinced myself that the antioxidants in the chocolate and the protein and fiber in the trail mix made this more of a nutritional snack than a dessert (it was a tough sell), I polished off the entire bar.  Two big thumbs up!

  • The Facts: The bar comes in a hefty 3.5oz size, and is very fulfilling at that.  I would rate it as gift-worthy and suitable for vegans.
  • The Ingredients:  Rainforest Alliance Chocolate (reportedly they have also added soy lecithin to the ingredients), Almonds, Maple Syrup, Organic Roasted Cashews, Dried Cherries, Organic Dried Cranberries, Sesame Sticks (unbleached spelt flour, canola oil, sesame seeds, whole spelt flour, salt, beet powder, turmeric), Sunflower Seeds (sunflower kernels, sunflower oil, and/or cottonseed oil).
  • The Price: $6 – Even with my frugality, I vote well worth it for the Wally Bar
  • Where to Buy: Michigan residents may be able to track down a Wally Bar at these select retail locations.  But…for those of us who do not frequent the mid-west, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates can be ordered via phone – (231) 326-3030.  They have successfully shipped to customers throughout the U.S., in Canada, and to Northern Europe.  Online ordering should be available in the near future for this item.
  • Website: www.GrocersDaughter.com

Grocers Daughter - unique dairy-free chocolate bars

The Facts on Grocers Daughter Chocolate Bars

Certifications: Grocers Daughter Chocolate Bars do not appear to have any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Grocers Daughter Chocolate Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are gluten-free and nut-free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Grocers Daughter website at grocersdaughter.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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