These have been a favorite of mine for a long time, and the best way to eat them is in their mini size. Frankly, the regular size is too much for me. The minis are just right, give me a nice dark chocolate fix with mint, they are low in fat AND (drum roll please!) only 50 calories a piece! Not bad! I never crave more than one, either. That is important. I set myself up for failure choosing things that trigger the “that tastes like more” impulse.
The flavor of these little gems is so potent that I am easily happy with just one, and real sugar is much more satisfying to me than fake sweeteners (plus I don’t care for the aftertaste or the aftermath of most of them). I will rarely do saccharin, and I never do Nutra Sweet or Splenda. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t trust ’em. What I’ve read over the years is not encouraging. Plus, artificial sweeteners added to something as delightful as chocolate just isn’t right in my book. 🙂
When you need a chocolate fix, decide that you will savor it. I once bought a bag of good–not the cheap plastic kind– semi sweet chocolate chips (hid them in the freezer not only because the kids would not find them, but also because being cold, they last longer), and I would pop a few in my mouth when I wanted something sweet. Not on the fly, but while I was doing something relatively still. I would let them just melt. Enjoy the flavor. Make it an experience. I know it sounds corny, but teaching yourself to pay attention to flavors and textures helps you come away from a caloric experience with more finality. Your creator gave you taste buds for a reason. Use them. Don’t bypass them by throwing food down your gullet. 😉
Anyway, for an occasional treat, these are a big WIN! Get the sensation!