Have you heard of Choffy?

by Christina @ The Athletarian on January 31, 2012

A while back I was contacted by Sarah Glancy who is an Independent Executive Distributor for Choffy.  What the heck is Choffy, you ask?  I know, I thought the same thing.  Choffy is a new product kind of like coffee but made from roasted and ground cocoa beans instead!  It can be served as a hot or cold chocolate drink and is only 20 calories per serving.  Sarah kindly asked if I was interested in reviewing Choffy on my blog (she must know about my chocolate obsession).  I obviously agreed and was excited to try out a product that could possibly curb my chocolate cravings!

Bonus:  Choffy contains no sugars, fat, chemicals, gluten, or dairy.  It brews just like coffee does and requires either a French Press or a coffee maker.  Dean has a French Press so we tried it out that way.

Verdict?  As a beverage, I was not a fan.  It was extremely bitter to me.  I tried adding almond milk and vanilla flavoured stevia but the bitterness was not minimized at all.  This is personal though.  I am not a fan of dark chocolate at all and Choffy tastes just like dark chocolate to me.  Dean loves bitter beverages and drank the Choffy just like he would drink an espresso (and liked it).

I didn’t want to give up on Choffy though!  I thought it had great potential and a really nice texture so I tried it in some of my meals/recipes and it proved to be pretty tasty!  Here are some of the ways I really enjoyed it:

Double chocolate strawberry oats - 1/2 cup oats, one scoop white chocolate protein powder, one tbsp chia seeds, and strawberries topped with Choffy

frozen banana, Greek yogurt, Choffy

clean "CHruffles"

post-workout soft serve

The taste is just like cocoa powder but Choffy has a really unique texture with a little bit of crunch!  It serves as a really fun topping and adds a hint of chocolately flavour to some yummy treats.  If you want to learn more about Choffy, check out their website and Facebook page.

I will post the “CHruffles” and post-workout soft serve recipes within the next couple of days, don’t worry! ;)

Do you like dark chocolate?

I’ve always preferred milk chocolate, but that’s just me!  I like my chocolate really sweet and creamy!

Are you a coffee drinker?

I’m not.  Coffee is much too bitter for me.  I would rather have a nice flavoured tea with some almond milk :)

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1 Stephanie January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Choffy sounds interesting. I love coffee and dark chocolate. I do have a piece of dark chocolate every day, but I would like to cut back. I am always looking for new ways to curb my cravings.

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2 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

A small piece a day isn’t bad!! I wish I liked dark chocolate. So much better for you than the creamy, sugary stuff I like :D

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3 Jenn's Adventures January 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

hmmmmm, I might just have to try this stuff! I really like how you were determined to find a way to enjoy it! <3

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4 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Ha ya I knew it would be good in food!! You should totally try it – I think you would like it!

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5 Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl January 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Brewed Chocolate – Sweet! Ya, you can’t let that go to waste. Loving the CHruffles. Look tasty!

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6 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

They are super tasty! I am going to try and post the recipe tomorrow :)

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7 Corey @ Learning Patience January 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hmmm….that sounds interesting. I LOVE dark chocolate.
p.s. the pizza rocked…really awesome – you gotta try it
xoxo from Trinidad

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8 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I am SO trying it! Hopefully today!

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9 Heather January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I love coffee – especially when it has chocolate notes. I always load mine up with a nice balance of soy milk so it is creamy deliciousness. I like chocolate of any variety :) but wouldn’t say I am an addict of any sorts. I have a major sweet tooth though that is completely incurable. That is probably one of my biggest “diet” challenges!!

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10 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Incurable is the perfect word! I thought I was the only one with that problem… Sweets just seem to call my name!!

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11 Kim January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Yum! This sounds delicious! I love dark chocolate–the darker the better! Why is my secret stash of dark chocolate gone already here at work? :( I guess I need to finish off this 2.5lb bag of peanut m&ms!

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12 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Oh gosh…peanut M&Ms are one of my FAVOURITES!!! Along with the peanut butter ones…and pretzel ones… :D

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13 Alexandra January 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My dad tried choffy once but he didn’t like the flavor either…and it gave him some BAD tummy troubles!
And girl I’m so with you on coffee being nasty, I love me some chai tea!! :D

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14 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

It’s weird, right? People think I’m so odd for not being a coffee drinker. I never really understood it. All through University people looked at me funny because I was the only one without a venti Starbucks in hand!

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15 Nicole January 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I may have to buy some Choffy! I adore dark chocolate (the darker the better) and I really love my coffee (black and dark!). Yum! Can’t wait to see the CHruffles recipe.

Also, I bought the Athletarian Chickbands combo from Kara on Etsy and wore one during my half and loved them! Thanks!

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16 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Yeah right!!! So happy you got them! She’s so sweet for keeping the deal on. What colours/patterns did you get?? Congrats on the half, by the way!

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17 Nicole January 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I got 2 sets since we were all wearing them for our races at Disneyland. I got the thick sparkle in red and silver, the skinny in white (I have to share these with my biggest girl), and then for the girls I got 2 Disney Princess and 1 Tinker Bell. They are great!

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18 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm

That’s so awesome! I thought I noticed the girls wearing them in your photos but couldn’t tell! So happy you like them! I have the red and silver sparkle ones too :)

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19 Lindsey January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I should find it, I think I’d really like it! I love dark chocolate, my preference is about 60% cocoa and love coffee too!

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20 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

It would be perfect for you then!! Most people I know like dark chocolate and coffee too! Maybe I’m the one who isn’t normal!

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21 Jenny @ The Little JBird January 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

So interesting! I too prefer milk chocolate over dark, but am starting to love dark too as long as it’s not too bitter. I love chocolate so much though!
I do like coffee, but I think I have more sweetener and soy milk in it than coffee. ;)

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22 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Haha isn’t chocolate the best?? What’s your favourite kind?

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23 Jenny @ The Little JBird January 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I melt for Lindt truffles. *swoon* :) What about you?

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24 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I love those too!!! At Christmas time I went to a Lindt warehouse and tried all these crazy flavours! They had peanut putter, cookies and cream, chocolate, raspberry, champagne…it was amazing! I also love M&Ms :D

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25 Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner January 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I actually don’t drink coffee myself because it makes me a little anxious….otherwise I’d be all about it, haha.

But oh my gosh, that soft serve looks amazing, I can’t believe you made that?! And those ball things looks yummy as well. Good way to put a positive spin on something that may not have been your favorite thing upon first tasting!

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26 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Thanks, Katherine! The soft serve was so good (and so easy!!). I will share how to make it later this week :)

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27 Felicia January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

i would love to try that! i’m definitely a coffee drinker- nothing added, straight black. but i’m pretty picky about where its from and always grind the beans. some coffee is just awful and way to bitter/crappy tasting!

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28 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Black coffee?! You are hardcore!!! You would probably like this then :)

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29 Rachelle January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Interesting. I am not a coffee drinker at all so I doubt I would like it as a drink either. Very smart of you to try it different ways.

I have totally hopped on the clean eating train and am loving the way I feel. Thank you for inspiring me. :)

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30 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Woohoo! So proud of you!! I’m going to post the CHruffles recipe tomorrow and I promise you will love it!! It takes away cravings and they are natural, raw, vegan, and delicious! Love you, girl!!!

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31 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner January 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I like coffee but honestly I’m not a fan of the bitterness so I don’t know that this would be up my alley. I do like dark chocolate though, but not as much as the sweet sugary stuff!

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32 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

The sweet sugary stuff always wins!!! Pass me the Mini Eggs!!!

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33 Jo at simplehappyhealthy January 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Wow I’ve never heard of the stuff but love dark chocolate. I think I’d be a huge fan.
Did I miss the truffles recipe?

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34 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

It’s coming tomorrow…promise!!!!!

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35 Ali Mc January 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I can’t wait for this truffle recipe…I’ve never heard of this but I want it :) sounds simply delish! and I just love chocolate

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36 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Me too :) We should go out for chocolate someday! There is a chocolate bar in Yorkville!

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37 Rachel January 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Very interesting! I do not like coffee either (or anything that remotely tastes like coffee) but I love how you used it in different ways! yummy!

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38 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Whoo another non-coffee drinker!! I don’t feel alone anymore :)

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39 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I’ve never heard of Choffy. I love dark chocolate but I will only drink coffee if it’s more “coffee milk.” Black coffee, ick! I was like you up until 3 years ago. I couldn’t stand the taste of anything coffee(even ice cream!). I don’t know what switched for me. I guess it’s an acquired taste.

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40 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

See I don’t mind ice cream…I even like the coffee flavoured jelly bellys! I just HATE actual coffee. Maybe it will grow on me? Who knows!! :)

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41 Julia @ pain, pride and perseverance January 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

this sounds like it was created for me. i gotta get me some pronto!

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42 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Try it out, friend! Better yet – come visit again and we can share mine!!

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43 Sarah January 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Oh my goodness am I a coffee drinker? Yes! It’s my vice! I’ve heard of choffy but I haven’t seen it in any stores and I’ve definitely never tried it before either.

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44 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Ha I know a lot of people who consider coffee their vice!! You can order the Choffy online for sure! :)

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45 Holly January 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I have never heard of that but it seems interesting! Might have to take a look!

I am a HUGE coffee drinker, like huge. I drink probably a pot a day, no joke.

Not a huge fan of dark chocolate at all. Give me milk chocolate any day!

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46 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm

A pot a day?!?! Wow!!!! That’s intense, Holly! I’m with you on the milk chocolate…seriously I will eat any kind!

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47 Holly January 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I know!! Its bad. LOL Have you drank that Click stuff yet?? I am IN LOVE!

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48 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I’ve heard a lot about it but haven’t tried it!!

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49 Holly January 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I will be doing a giveaway soon so make sure you check it out :D Its SOOO GOOD!

50 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I love coffee and dark chocolate… I wonder if I’d love this?

You are so creative with the alternative uses! I bet it would be awesome in a protein smoothie or blended with dates for a topping.

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51 Christina @ The Athletarian January 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Then you would probably really like this! Dates are one of the ingredients in my CHruffles…….sssshhhhhhh!

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52 Catherine January 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

It seems delicious to me ! I love all bitter tastes… !
Is it only available in US ? Because I would really want to taste it, but I live in Canada… :)

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53 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

I just wrote to Sarah and asked for you. I will let you know as soon as she gets back to me :)

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54 Elle January 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I would absolutely love this! Dark chocolate and coffee is one of my favorite food pairings… bring it on…. would love to be selected to do a review of Choffey!

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55 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

Then you would LOVE this!!

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56 Elle January 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Oy! Typo!

I mean CHOFFY :)

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57 Jon February 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

A product similar to Choffy is Crio Brü. You may want to try both and see which you like better. I’ve been told that most people prefer Crio Brü.

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58 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

Interesting…thanks for the recommendation! I will look that up!

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59 Jessica @ rerunrunning February 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

Wow… what an interesting product. I don’t drink coffee, but I do love chocolate… however, I like you, am not a huge dark chocolate fan. On top of soft serve, though… that I could do! :)

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60 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Haha anything on top of soft serve is delicious! Well…maybe not ANYTHING! We need to hang out and eat boatloads of chocolate together!!

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61 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 1, 2012 at 3:51 am

Hmm, I’ve never heard of it. Seeing how I am an intense coffee addict and I absolutely love dark chocolate, I could like it! Does it have caffeine though like coffee? I think it’s interesting how you can brew it or sprinkle it to eat.?

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62 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

It does have some caffeine – 12mg compared to 116-130mg (found in coffee). I’m a big fan of the sprinkling :D

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63 Lizzy February 1, 2012 at 4:24 am

ohh i LOVE black bitter coffee!! I really want to try Choffy, is it sold in stores? thanks for sharing!
xoxo!

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64 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

No just online right now! Here is the link if you are interested: http://www.drinkchoffy.com/buy_choffy/choffy/ They’re having some Valentines specials right now (with free shipping)!

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65 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

As a dark chocolate and a coffee lover, I think I’d like this. It certainly sounds interesting. I bet it’d make a nice latte!

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66 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Yes, it was probably made for you!!

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67 Ricole Runs February 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Yum! I want to try that. It was dissapointing to hear you didn’t like it as a drink though, I was all excited that this was going to be a new low calorie delicious hot chocolate alternative! But I’d love to see your recipe for chruffles! Way to be creative!

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68 Christina @ The Athletarian February 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I thought it would be like hot chocolate too!!! I guess it’s missing all of the artificial ingredient though ha! I just posted the chruffles recipe :)

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69 Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean February 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

Not a coffee drinker at all … never could get myself to like it even when it was the “cool thing to do.” HAHA. I’m with you – tea all the way!!

And choffy!?!?!?! Seriously. Amazing. I LOVE dark chocolate. I. WANT. SOME. NOW! ;-D

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70 Lisa February 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

I will definitely look into this product. I’ll drink coffee once in awhile, prefer decaf, I do like the flavor of coffee with almond milk but also love hot chocolate too. Can’t wait to try them.

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71 Sandra February 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I see you tried the Mamberamo flavor of Choffy. This is my least favorite…it’s bitter. The Ivory Coast and La Espanol are my favorites! I drink alot of Choffy every day. I love the antioxidants and all the good things about it. I have not had a cup of coffee since I tried Choffy. I can’t wait to try your Chruffle recipe!!!

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