Studies seem to indicate that chocolate, on its own, may have health benefits. And why shouldn’t it? It’s a miracle substance. But to help make cocoa more palatable, it’s usually paired with less healthy ingredients like sugar which might appeal to your sweet tooth but isn’t so hot for the rest of your body. To alleviate this issue, scientists have been looking for ways to make “healthier” chocolate. Now, one of the biggest names in sweets — Nestle — may have developed an approach to lower sugar chocolate that’s novel in more ways than one.
In a move Nestle bills as an industry first, the company says it’s developed a method for creating 70-percent dark chocolate without adding any sugar — though that employs a bit of a technicality. The company instead extracts sugar out of the pulp of the cacao fruit itself. The resulting chocolate still has sugar, but it’s not “refined sugar,” leading to lower sugar levels compared to other products. Additionally, since this process uses part of the cocoa fruit that typically would be discarded, this chocolate is also billed as being more environmentally-friendly.
“We’re proud to bring chocolate lovers a new chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit without adding refined sugar,” Patrice Bula, head of strategic business units, marketing and sales at Nestle, said in the announcement. “This is a real innovation which uses the natural sweetness of the cocoa pulp to provide a pure, novel chocolate experience.”
Editor's note: Here's the link to the press release from Nestle.
I have not even seen one of these Cacao Fruit Chocolates for sale.
Let me know if any of you have seen or even tried this! I'm curious.
- Paula Henry
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