Tasted Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Lately?

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I'm not a fan of sugarless candy. But this is sugar free dark chocolate, so I had to do a side-by-side taste test.

I expected the usual bland candy with no discernible chocolate taste. Boy was I surprised.

The sugar free candy had a rich chocolate taste. Maybe it's because it was dark chocolate (I'm slightly biased), or maybe all that hard work by the candy manufacturers is paying off.

Dove® Sugar Free Dark Chocolate vs Dove® Dark Chocolate

I just had to find out if it was true.

I had heard that the taste of no sugar added candy had improved. But I was skeptical.

So I pitted the sugar free rich dark chocolates with chocolate creme against the rich dark chocolate.

Doesn't seem fair does it? How could sugar free chocolates ever hope to compete?

Turned out it wasn't fair. The sugar free tasted better.

It had a superior texture and taste. The sugar free was smoother, creamier, and melted in my mouth.

The chocolate taste was more satisfying.

I actually wanted more.

But had to sneak a peek at the nutrition facts first.

Fat and Calories in Sugar Free Chocolate

Ok, so the sugar free won the taste test. What would a quick check of the nutrition facts reveal?

Dove® Sugar Free

  • 190 calories, 140 from fat
  • 15g total fat, 10g sat.
  • 22g total carbohydrate
  • 3g dietary fiber
  • 17g sugar alcohols

Dove® Dark Chocolate

  • 210 calories, 120 from fat
  • 13g total fat, 8g sat.
  • 24g total carbohydrate
  • 3g dietary fiber
  • 19g sugars

H-m-m-m-m, looks like the sugar free chocolate is the healthy choice, if you're watching calories or carbs. It will save you 30 calories and 20g of carbohydrates.

With a net carb count of only 2g, it's perfect for the low-carb lifestyle. But before you start eating it, go here to learn about sugar alcohols.

It appears the sugar free had an unfair advantage in the taste test. Extra fat gave it the edge in texture but makes it a little less healthy.

Yep, the taste of sugar free dark chocolate has improved, but it isn't perfected. No substitute can duplicate sugar, yet. And there's more fat. Still, it's a great way to add some good tasting dark chocolate to your diet. Doesn't that make it invaluable?

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