With Valentine's day approaching there's one particular food item that's getting even more attention than it normally does. We're talking of course about chocolate; sweet, sweet chocolate. But forget about all those high end, overly expensive chocolates, we're talking about the most popular dep chocolates, the ones you buy on impulse as you're leaving the grocery store. Isabel Huot of the Journal de Montreal decided to review some of the most popular chocolate bars in Montreal.
Here's what she found out during her "investigation":
The bars which contained the most calories were also the biggest; Oh Henry, Bounty and Wonderbar all contained between 270 and 290 calories.
With over 4 teaspoons of fat, Wonderbar and Oh Henry were the bars with the highest fat content. However, this is mainly due to their high peanut content which also means they have the highest amount of protein. (Bonus!)
Big Turk, Mars, Oh Henry, Bounty and Snickers contained the most sugar with an average of 6 teaspoons of sugar per bar.
Clocking in at 215 calories per bar, the brands with the least amount of calories were Crunchie, Aero and Hershey
Hershey's, Coffee Crisp, Kit-Kat and Crunchie contained the least amount of sugar with an average of 21.5 g of sugar.
Mars and Crunchy are the only bars with a fat content lower than 10g .
In conclusion, while some of these chocolate bars have lower fat and sugar content than others, they're all pretty terrible for you. They have so many questionable ingredients that they have to call them "Candy Bars" instead of "Chocolate Bars" since their technically not even chocolate. So if you're craving chocolate, do yourself a favor and buy yourself some pure dark chocolate.
But if your choices are limited just remember: The best choices (or at least slightly better) were Crunchies, Hershey's and Aero. While the worst choices were Bounty, Oh Henry and Wonderbar.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
Swing By This Sandy Beach In The Middle Of Downtown
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.