Sugar & Sugar Alcohol-Free!
We like to take long, leisurely strolls down the candy aisle in the supermarket and gaze at all the candy we can’t have. Until we get to the Lindt section and grab a variety of 80-90% dark chocolate bars to squirrel away for later use. We’re always missing the convenience of being able to carry any old snack in your bag ready to kill a hunger strike. Lindt makes some adorable, individually packaged squares of chocolate we’re always on the hunt for. They’re not sugar-free, but they’re close!
You know what is sugar-free, though? ChocZero. And we scored a whole bunch of them!
ChocZero is a true, sugar-free company that’s helping turn the world right. We were approached by them to help spread the word about their range of sugar-free chocolate and we tried to contain our excitement but it didn’t work – we emailed them back immediately with every detail of our whereabouts and impatiently waited for our chocolate delivery.
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We got to sample 4 of their chocolate squares varieties – 50%, 70%, 85% and 92% dark chocolate. (They’ve got some chocolate bark, hot cocoa and chocolate covered almonds coming out really soon so we’ll keep you posted on how those are, too.)
Let’s start with the ingredients & nutrition…
The matte, silky packaging ChocZero was sent in felt great in our hands and reminded us of something we’d find in Whole Foods. Inside each bag is 10 pieces of individually wrapped chocolate squares (10 grams each). Their ingredients were identical in each of the varieties, though the quantities of each differed, of course.
Here’s what you’ll find in each square of ChocZero:
- Dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter)
- soluble corn fiber (what Quest Bars used to use as their main ingredient!)
- sunflower lecithin
- and Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.
monk fruit extract
That’s all! Each chocolate square ranges from 40-45 calories and contains only 1 net carb.
The ingredients are comparable to what you’d find in Lindt chocolate bars minus the added sugar. What stands out about these ingredients is the lack of sugar alcohols.
We’re no strangers to sugar alcohols. We prefer them over any added sugar in our desserts. However, we get a lot of feedback running Tasteaholics and it’s clear that some people would prefer to avoid sugar alcohols. Some sugar alcohols (we’re looking at you, maltitol) can cause gastric discomfort. Other sugar alcohols, like erythritol and xylitol, are much gentler, which is why you’ll find them in most of our low carb dessert recipes.
ChocZero uses no sugar alcohols in their products and instead, uses monk fruit extract. We’ve heard of this sweetener but haven’t had a chance to play with it just yet. We’ve got a bag in our pantry for future experiments, stay tuned for that.
Monk fruit extract is derived from dried monk fruit skins and is 100-200 times sweeter than sugar so it should be used sparingly. It’s similar to stevia in that it’s naturally derived, not man-made like aspartame and sucralose. Its taste is slightly fruity but very similar to sugar! So far, monk fruit has the green light from us!
Let’s talk ChocZero’s taste and texture:
Tastes like chocolate because it is chocolate. There’s nothing artificial about this sugar-free brand. Texture-wise, it’s quite creamy! Some sugar-free (and conventional!) brands fall short in creaminess and instead remind us of a watery, brown concoction. We really liked the way ChocZero melted on our tongues and left a delicious coating like real chocolate should. The 50% cocoa contained just the right amount of sweetness, while the 92% had a robust, bitter flavor with just a hint of sweetness – perfect for real chocoholics.
Our chocolate bags are running out quickly so we’ve already got a sampler pack in our Amazon shopping carts ready to ship out whenever we feel we’re running low!
Totally recommending these chocolates to everyone. If you’d like to try them for yourself, make sure to order on Amazon.com!
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Have you checked your ketones, after eating this stuff?
The only reason I ask is, I was listening to Ketotalk, the other day (Jimmy Moore and Doctor Adam Nally’s podcast), and Dr. Nally said that soluble corn fiber, is a fancy word for maltodextrin, which does have the benefits of fiber, but also can spike blood sugar and insulin levels and bump you out of ketosis.
I just bought a six pack of the 92% from Amazon, and now I’m nervous to eat them.
Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Hi George, we don’t check our ketone levels anymore, since we’ve been on keto for about 3-4 years. We can usually tell if we’re out of ketosis, we do have a cheat meal every now and then. We haven’t noticed any adverse effects from eating this chocolate, but of course, everyone is different.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new foods/ingredients. This diet is all about flexibility and finding ways of including your favorite foods. If you find that soluble corn fiber negatively affects you, then definitely watch out for it.
We’re considering testing ourselves for ketosis next time we eat some of these, out of curiosity. If you test yourself, please share your experience!
Thanks for the information.
I haven’t started doing ketone testing, just yet.
But, if I do experience any negative results (in weight fluctuation or how i feel) after eating these, I will certainly report back here.
They have milk chocolate too. It’s my favorite flavor of them all, although they’re all yummy.
ChocZero is awesome good! Don’t forget to mention the yummy Milk Chocolate too!
The 50% is our favorite!
Can’t wait to try these. Already saved them to my list. Thanks for the review.
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did 🙂