Sugar Free Chocolate Chips Worth the Dough?

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Are sugar free chocolate chips a good choice? Do they taste reasonably close to the real thing? Should you buy them?

The answer is yes. They're a good choice if you're diabetic or cutting out sugar.

But what if you're looking for a low carb, low calorie or reduced fat product?

I put Hershey's product to the ultimate test. Does no sugar mean you'll say no thanks?

Find out if the diabetic in my family approves.

Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Taste Test

Do Hershey's sugar free chips taste the same as chocolate chips with sugar? A good question that deserved an answer.

So I did a comparison of Hershey's chips with and without sugar.

I sampled some of the chips. Nope the sugarless chips weren't as good as the semisweet ones.

Not surprising really. Can a sugar substitute every really taste as good? Maybe someday but not yet.

But the taste of the baking pieces was not bad. They deliver a good chocolate flavor.

So how would they taste in a cookie? To find out I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

When I took the cookies out of the oven I noticed the chips had little bumps on them. Never noticed that on the semisweet.

Checked out the texture of the chips. Soft but not as creamy as the ones with sugar.

To my surprise, the chips tasted even better in the cookie dough. The bumps or lack of creaminess didn't detract from the taste.

I think I could live with them if I had to. That's my opinion.

But did the diabetic in my family approve? Yes he did. Maybe yours will too.

So diabetics and sugar shunners these baking chips taste good and meet your dietary need.

They contain 0g of sugar per serving. Sweetened instead with malititol, a sugar replacement.

Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index so it doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar. With no added sugar these chips should be a good choice for you.

Check with your doctor to be sure.

There's even a recipe on the bag to get you started baking. The sugar free chocolate chip recipe on the package uses no sugar.

But go slow till you know whether your tummy will tolerate malititol. Things could get messy. Check the warning on the bag.

How Much do the Sugar Free Chocolate Chips Cost?

They cost about the same as the semisweet baking chips.

But the bag is much smaller. You only get 8 ounces compared to 12 ounces.  So they're actually more expensive.

But you probably guessed that already. Sugar free products usually cost more.

They can be a little difficult to find. I had to go to three stores. You might want to call before you go.

You can buy them off the internet.

Low Carb, Low Calorie or Low Fat?

No, these baking chips are not low in carbs, calories or fat.

A serving (1 tbsp or 15g) of Hershey's sugar free baking chips contain...

  • 70 calories-40 of those from fat
  • 9g carbohydrate
  • 4.5g of fat-3g of those are saturated, 0 trans fat

How do the sugar free compare to the semisweet chocolate chips?

  • 0g of sugar compared to 8g
  • each has the same number of calories per serving-70
  • 9g of carbs compared to 10g
  • 4.5g of fat compared to 4g
  • 1g dietary fiber compared to <1g
  • 4% iron compared to 2%

Examine the nutrition facts. You'll save 1g of carbs per serving. But the calorie count is the same and the amount of fat is slightly higher.

But the sugar free chocolate chips do have a tad more fiber and twice the iron.

Perhaps they're a good choice for carb counters. A small savings is better than none.

Diabetic? You'll probably want to add these chips to your list of sugar free products. They'll help quell your chocolate craving without the troublesome sugar. Now you can eat what you enjoy.

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