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

Swiss White Chocolate

White chocolate with only Swiss made milk and sugar, perfect for molding, enrobing and making hollow figures.

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    32.5%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    20%
Dark chocolate without added sugar (Mix)

Dark 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
  • Cocoa intensity
    3
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    70.3%
Milk chocolate without added sugar for enrobing

The standard of our milk chocolate without added sugar. The sugar is replaced by the bulk sweetener maltitol to keep a great taste while remaining healthy. This chocolate is multi-applicable thanks to the high fat content. 

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    1
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    33.9%
CSM-O4STE10

Milk chocolate without added sugar and no laxative effect. The sugars are replaced by the bulk sweetener erythritol and added fibers for a great health benefit. Good and tasty, with no laxative effect as no more than 10% of polyols are present in the chocolate. 

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    High fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    2
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    51.8%
CSM-P23-STE20

Milk 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
  • Cocoa intensity
    1
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    43.7%
Sugar Reduced Swiss Chocolate Powder 26% Fat

Sugar Reduced 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.

Dark chocolate without added sugar (Steviol)

Without added sugar milk chocolate with max 10% of maltitol, meaning no laxative claim on the pack is needed. High in fibers and sweetened with natural steviol glycosides.

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Cocoa intensity
    3
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    82.1%
White chocolate without added sugar (Maltitol)

One of the old time classics in without added sugar chocolates. White chocolate with a great taste thanks to the sweet sugar replacer maltitol.

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Standard fluidity
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    30.6%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    21.3%

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