Sugar reduction claims in chocolate: how do they work?

Finding it hard to navigate across the various sugar reduction claims and strategies? We summarized the key things you need to know so you can pick the best strategy for your chocolate products.

What are the different sugar reduction strategies in chocolate?

Sugar reduced mini donuts
Sugar reduced mini donuts

1 - Reduce sugar without claim

The first question to ask yourself is whether you want to make a sugar reduction claim on pack or not. If that’s not the case, you have 2 options:

  • Gradually reduce sugar 
  • Reduce sugar up to 30% (30% is the threshold at which a claim can be made) 

In both cases, Barry Callebaut experts can support you by helping you reformulating your chocolate recipe.

2 - Sugar reduction claim

In order to make the claim “Sugars reduced”, added sugars in your overall product need to be reduced by at least 30%.

Be careful: the benchmark not your current product. The benchmark is against a range of reference of products on the market that are not reduced in sugars.

At Barry Callebaut, we selected the most suitable fibers for a balanced taste profile, good workability and digestive tolerance.

3 - No added sugar

Removing sugars on the ingredient list? Not adding any sugar to the chocolate recipe? That’s the “without added sugar” option

  • If polyols (such as maltitol, erythritol, …) are used in your product recipe, there is a risk of laxative warning on pack. In order to avoid it, the overall polyol content of your product should stay below 10%. 
  • If fibers are used (such as chicory root fiber) or polyols are below 10% in the recipe, there is no laxative warning.
Rice wafers coated in no added sugar chocolate
Rice wafers coated in no added sugar chocolate

4 - Sugar-free

The “sugar-free” claim means completely removing sugars from the nutritional table: no more than 0,5% sugars can be in the final product. This type of chocolate is particularly suitable for diabetics but come with a laxative warning.

We use a combination of maltitol and sweeteners such as stevia to replace sugars, and we remove lactose from our milk powder, so no sugars are left in the nutritional.

Sugar reduced chocolate

Without added sugar stevia dark chocolate - chicory root fiber

Delicious dark chocolate in which sugar has been replaced by chicory root fibre (oligofructose) and sweetened with a touch of steviol glycosides, better known as stevia. No laxative warning, rich in fibre. Recipe unique to Barry Callebaut!

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    3
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    72%
Milk chocolate 1% added sugar only

Delicious milk chocolate rich in fibre and made with only 1% added sugar. The rest of sugar has been replaced by chicory root fibre (oligofructose). This recipe is unique to Barry Callebaut!

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    1
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    48.7%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    46.7%
Dark Chocolate 1% Added Sugar only

Delicious dark chocolate rich in fibre and made with only 1% added sugar. The rest of sugar has been replaced by chicory root fibre (oligofructose). This recipe is unique to Barry Callebaut!

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    3
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    71%
Milk chocolate Without added sugar (chicory root fiber)

Delicious milk chocolate in which sugar has been replaced by chicory root fiber (oligofructose) and sweetened with a touch of steviol glycosides, better known as stevia. No laxative warning, rich in fibre. Recipe unique to Barry Callebaut!

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    1
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    37%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    48.2%
Dark chocolate high cocoa notes with reduced fatbloom risk and without vanilla

Nicely balanced dark chocolate with a slightly higher cocoa note. Additional butter oil for an intense smoothness and reduced fatbloom risk. Without addition of vanilla. The rheology is suitable for different applications.

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    2
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    55.9%
Dark chocolate without added sugar (low fat)

Dark chocolate without added sugar. The sugar is replaced by the bulk sweetener maltitol to keep a great taste while remaining healthy. This chocolate has a lower fat content. 

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Low fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    2
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    52%
Clean Swiss Chocolate Powder 26% Fat

Signature Swiss made chocolate powder with 26% fat. This chocolate powder has an unmet purity due to the use of  Swiss sugar,  no added flavors and no added lecithin.

White chocolate without added sugar (Mix)

White chocolate without added sugar. The sugars in this chocolate are replaced with maltitol, dietary fiber blend, and the natural sweetener steviol glycosides, also known as stevia, to keep the sweet taste of chocolate. 

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    41.3%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    28%

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