Friday, May 7, 2010

More Chocolate! Enjoy Life or Sunspire Chocolate Chips?

Until now, whenever I needed a dose of allergen-free chocolate, Sunspire dairy-free chocolate chips have been my choice. More recently I discovered Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips, and these are quickly becoming a favorite as well. Today I wanted to give you a comparison of the two products – head to head. Here goes:

The Enjoy Life chocolate chips (like the dark chocolate Boom Choco Boom bars) have just three ingredients: evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, and non-dairy cocoa butter. I love that! The shorter the list of ingredients the better. Sunspire uses those same three ingredients plus soy lecithin and vanilla beans. As I have noted in the past, soy lecithin is generally thought to be okay for those with soy allergies (and that is true in my family) because the protein has been removed, but those with severe soy allergies will feel safest with Enjoy Life.

Both are similar in taste and texture, both are dark chocolate, and both bake extremely well. One advantage to the Sunspire brand is that (at least in my area of the country) they are easier to find on the grocery store shelves, but you can find Enjoy Life chocolate chips online.

The biggest difference in these products is the chip size. Sunspire chocolate chips are what you think of as standard chocolate chip size, while the Enjoy Life chips are miniatures (see picture). If I were looking for a chunky chip for something that requires chocolate presence (like a chocolate chip cookie) I’d choose Sunspire. The Enjoy Life chips tend to melt into whatever you are baking. If I want that extra chocolate punch, or if I want chocolate to melt, then I’d choose the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Both are on my list of pantry staples.

Have you tried these chocolate chips? Which do you prefer?


Unknown said...

Glad I found this site. I love chocolate but hate the use of corn syrup.

Yvonne Perry
Writers in the Sky

Rhonda Lewis said...

Hi. WE use these chocolate chips in baking and my hubby eats them by the handful. Great product!

Colette said...

Yvonne, I am so glad you found me too! Rhonda -- I'm laughing. Yes, it's hard to walk by the chocolate chips without grabbing a handful!

Unknown said...

My son, who has multi-food allergies, loves Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. He also loves their cookies. Thanks Enjoy Life!

Colette said...

Analy, yes Enjoy Life makes some great products! Great snacks too!