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The dark chocolate Cupola Mints come packaged as five bite-sized confections with a grand total of just 122 calories, and only 26 of them from fat. And, more importantly, they serve up a powerful energy protein wallop of 11.4 grams -- almost 25% of a 2,000 calorie diet's daily value.
The whey blend of proteins in the Cubetti (cube in Italian) raspberry confections, with 178 calories per five candies, provide 18.8 grams or 38% of the daily nutritional dose. Each flavored center is made of all-natural, pure why protein with no sugar or fat -- hence the relatively low calorie count.
Taste-wise, my palate wasn't fooled into thinking these were Godiva's by a long shot, but they nevertheless satisfied the 4 p.m urge to raid the kids' candy jar. The manufacturer describes the inside mint as pillowy. I would call them gelatinous, better served after some refrigeration than mushy as they were when the UPS driver delivered my samples from Utah.
The caramel-centered confections covered in gourmet dark chocolate (63% Cacao) were my favorite and did stave off a late afternoon munchies attack. The manufacturer says the products are suitable for any diet demanding the leanest proteins and are safe for diabetics' use.
Benedetto, a Park City-based company, is clearly striving to raise the bar for taste, texture, and nutrition in what is found in traditional protein bar supplements. On that level, they've succeeded.
The idea was hatched in a gym workout by friends in San Francisco in 2006, who reasoned that "protein bars taste bad" and candy bars with protein additives are "still junk food." After funding research and development for three years, they came up with these confections -- just in time to join the juvenile obesity drumbeat.
Three packs retail for $19.95.