Taste Test: Sugar-Free Chocolate
Can sugar-free chocolate compare to the real thing?
Turtles (Pecan Clusters)
- 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
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
- 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
For this benefit, many of these sugar-free chocolates are worth their weight