Sugarless Chocolate

With the popularity of low-carb, low-sugar diets — as well as the explosion of diabetes in the US — sugar is off the list for many people. But does that mean that millions are going without chocolate this Valentine's Day? Maybe not — Hershey's has come out with a new line of sugar-free candy. Consumer Reports just tested it.

More than a billion dollars worth of chocolate is sold on Valentine's Day. This homemade chocolate store says customers like all kinds.

"Assorted one pound boxes, anything, gift baskets, anything like that."

But if you've sworn off the sweet stuff, chocolate is out of the question. Or is it? Several chocolate makers offer sugar-free versions of their candies. Consumer Reports just tested three from Hershey's to find out if they can satisfy your chocolate craving.

There are milk chocolate miniature bars and dark chocolate miniature bars. Also included, Reese's peanut butter cups. Consumer Reports taste testers evaluated the candy in blind taste tests. The peanut butter cups were a disappointment.

"Elaine, what about this one?" "It had a low peanut flavor."

Tasters didn't find them very peanutty or very chocolatey.
The milk chocolate bars rated a little better. But not by much.

"It didn't taste very chocolatey and it had a soft, waxy texture."

The dark chocolate came closest to the real thing. It has a fairly smooth texture and the bittersweet character dark-chocolate lovers enjoy. But Consumer Reports says even the tastiest choice has drawbacks.

"They're a lot more expensive than the regular candy, and they have just as much fat as the originals."

So Consumer Reports says unless sugar is an absolute no-no, you might as well stick with the real thing. The purists at this homemade chocolate store would definitely agree.

Consumer Reports says Hershey's has just come out with another line of candy that's marketed to people on low-carb diets. These new bars are not sugar-free. Rather, they have one gram of sugar per bar. So if you're limiting your carb intake, it might be worth checking out the Hershey's One Gram Sugar bars.

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