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Taste Test: Sugar-Free Chocolate

Can sugar-free chocolate compare to the real thing?

Turtles (Pecan Clusters)


  1. Nestle Turtles Sugar Free
    Chocolate fix rating: 3 stars
    Taste comments: OK caramel flavor. Texture is off: too runny, melts away too soon. Slightly off flavor, but otherwise tastes pretty good.
    Cost: $1.99 for a 92-gram bag
    Sugar replacer: Maltitol
    First four ingredients: maltitol syrup, chocolate, pecans, cashews (also palm oil)
    Nutrition information: 3 pieces (35 grams) contain 150 calories, 11 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 0 grams sugar, 17 grams sugar alcohol, <1 gram fiber

  2. Russell Stover Net Carb Pecan Delights
    Chocolate fix rating: 2 stars
    Taste comments: Sweet and chewy but no flavor of chocolate and minimal of caramel. Nice texture, slight possible aftertaste, would buy again.
    Cost: $2.99 for a 99-gram bag
    Sugar replacer: Maltitol and Splenda
    First four ingredients for chocolate candy: Maltitol, cocoa butter, chocolate, sodium caseinate Nutrition information: 2 pieces (33 grams) contain 150 calories, 11 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams sugar, 14 grams sugar alcohols, 3 grams fiber

The Bottom Line

So is sugar-free chocolate worth the price of admission? Most of the tasters thought some were, and some weren’t. Even though all the companies use pretty much the same major ingredients, there is quite a difference in flavor and texture between the brands.

Our testers had differences of opinion as well. For example, while one taster rated the Godiva brand 4 stars and said she would definitely buy it again (but without the nuts), another gave it just one star. So you can use our ratings as a guide, but draw your own personal conclusions.

The calorie savings with these products are small, but -- as long as you control your portions -- they can add up for someone who eats a little bit of chocolate every day.

Perhaps the person these products benefit most is someone with diabetes, who wants to enjoy a bite of chocolate without worrying so much about raising blood sugar levels.

For this benefit, many of these sugar-free chocolates are worth their weight in gold.


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