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Xuxuzinha
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 10:53am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi All!!!

I've finally found sugar free chocolate in the UK!!!!!!!!
The brand is Cavalier, I just saw some on Ocado.
I won't be able to try just yet, as it has vanilla extract and I'm still in my first 2 months (Explorer), but I'm already soooo relieved to know it exists

I thought I'd pass the good news on.
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I would check the ingredients first if i were you, as they say there is non such thing a sugar free lunch Erythritol, Steviol Glycosides i wonder if these will be the new aspartames of the future, not a pleasant thought.

Ingredients
Cocoa Mass, Alimentary Fibre (Dextrin, Inulin, Oligofructose), Sweeteners (Erythritol, Steviol Glycosides), Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavour, Cocoa Solids: minimum 55%

There other chocolates are worse  Ingredients are - sweetener(maltitol,lactitol),cocoa mass,vegetable fat,cocoa butter,full milk powder,hazelnuts,inulin(=alimentary fibre),skimmed milk powder,whey powder,almonds,skimmed yoghurt powder,coconut rasp,emulsifier:soy lecithin,rice crisp(rice flour,wheat malt,wheat gluten,salt),wheat flour,fat reduced cocoa,pistachios,flavourings,dehydrated strawberries,cointreau,natural colouring(E100,E163). Dark chocolate min 55% cocoa,milk chocolate min37%,white chocolate min 32%,milk chocolate min 24% milk solids,white chocolate min 25% milk solids. EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION CAN HAVE A LAXATIVE EFFECT.


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obviously no good if you are a fructose Mal absorber.

What are the Side Effects?

Excessive consumption of erythritol (over 80 grams per day) may result in digestive upset, diarrhoea, and bloating.


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tessieUK
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The raw chocolate company does bars sweetened with coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has a lesser effect on blood  than regularand it is non-refined so quite high in various minerals. The chocolate is not cheap, I can buy a 44g bar for £1.55 at a local vegan co-operative, think it's around £1.99 if you buy online, but their vanoffee bar is my favourite chocolate EVER! I've given them to lots of friends and family and everyone loves them.

http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/allan_html_pages_new/more_info_vanoffe_dark.htm
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Debra
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You got my hopes up then with Ocado selling the sugar-free choc,   shame about the other ingredients.   I'm Rh- A nonnie and no doubt dextrin etc are avoids for us. Shame.

Just found one with maltitol sweetener but I see that's not allowed.   Says in ingredients list it's derived from corn and wheat!
Here's the link to  it: http://www.waitrose.com/shop/DisplayProductFlyout?productId=367966

Here's the list: Sweetener: Maltitol (from Corn and Wheat ) (37.5%), Cocoa Mass, Hazelnuts (10%), Cocoa Butter, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin and E476, Flavouring, Cocoa Solids, Contains: Hazelnuts, Gluten, Wheat, Soya, This product is manufactured in a facility that also handles various types of Nuts.


My question is: Any updates on sugar free choc in UK? Don't suppose coconut sugar is allowed for A nonnies either? (I'm basically trying to wean myself off of choc altogether, just use cacao nibs if I feel the need. Addictive personality!!!   Been ill detoxing from it just now, so never again!!!!!   No more choc once weaned myself off that is... but not easy!  (Worse headaches or as bad as weaning off coffee! Which fortunately we're allowed phew, so can still have my coffeeeeee! yum  )
Best wishes
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Hi Debra,

are you sure your problem is really the cocoa and not the additives? Cocoa should be neutral for A nonnies.

Why not make your own from unadulterated, unsweetened cocoa bars.

http://www.sunspire.com/products/organic-fair-trade-100-cacao-unsweetened-baking-bar

I melt it and use agave and veg. glycerin to sweeten. Add toasted, crushed almonds and OMG, As good as it gets. Weaning yourself off may be a tad difficult  
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I must admit I just prefer Black and greens dark choc 85 % - http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/our-range/Bars/Dark-85?p=2691&c1=1559
sure it contains a little sugar but rather that than weird sweeteners.


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Averno
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Oh, yeah, Green & Black 85% is awesome      Ok sugar-wise if you’re eating only a little.

Btw... The agave glycerine blend with highest quality cocoa does make some of the best chocolate I've ever tasted  
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Lily's makes an awesome stevia sweetened chocolate!!! Chocolate bars or chips!
Stevia is a beneficial, superfood or whatever for me by swami!
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Hi Averno & Others, thanks for your replies. Sorry if I misled you, it's the sugar I'm worried about, not the cocoa. I've no probs with cocoa except the addiction side, so I find I can't stay off the stuff/keep to a sensible amount, it creeps up and up over time, so end up eating too much sugar, plus as an Rh- A nonnie can't handle the fat/cocoabutter whatever that thick cloying stuff is, can't digest it, ends up on my lungs and sinuses every winter I eat choc, yuk!

Plus I'm in the UK, so they don't sell sugar-free baking choc here... I've looked at other threads to do with sugar free choc in UK and so many probs with other sweeteners they use here. I'm trying one with xylitol at the mo, which isn't too bad (cocoa mass, soy lecithin and xylitol). Not quite sure if it's okay yet (still finishing off other stuff). Don't like taste/consistency but just to wean myself off the delectable Green & Black's 85%+70% I've been eating, and the Lindt 90%+70% chocs. These are still too much sugar/fat for me - lethal combination for moi - autoimmune disease flareups, etc.

Don't think there's any stevia sweetened choc in UK. I don't get a lot of time for cooking, plus I dont want to order a load of expensive choc bars off the internet if I can help it. Would rather spend my money on things other than food sometimes. Or try to at least! New Year's resolutions afoot perhaps, altho I will probably remain rather obsessed with food and health! Maybe not such a bad thing, eh?    
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Hi TessieUK, Just noticed your post and checked out the link. Not sure how coconut sugar would do but at least it's not an avoid and might not be so bad on my autoimmune. The vanoffee dark http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/allan_html_pages_new/more_info_vanoffe_dark_44_22.htm sounds interesting, with lacuma powder and coconut sugar, which are not meant to spike blood sugar so much, like you guys say.

But it does have 25g sugar per 100g, and Green & Black's 70% is 28g sugar, altho diff type of sug. And yes, it's expensive, £1.99 for only 44g. Plus I expect I'd get same prob of addiction, eating too much of it, so I might be better off not even trying it.  
PS I happen to love Brighton! And they're based just outside there. Brighton does everything a person could want on the health food front. Wonderful place!  
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Hi everyone

A little sugar occasionally doesn't bother me for the odd square of yummy dark chocolate these days, so I let myself have it.

Just did a quick search though and found this company http://www.consciouschocolate.co.uk/conscious-shop.html - they sell agave sweetened chocolate which sounds delish. Not cheap though.

Andy


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Hi Munchkin,


Mmmm, they do look good, but as you say, gosh, £5.00 for a 100g bar, and I'm A and we don't do coconut oil, which I imagine is similar to coconut butter they put in, but love the fact they put salt and cinammon (in the 85% one). Wonder why they use only cocoa powder. Maybe it's better quality than the usual cocoa mass that is normally first ingredient. Sure look good anyways. Thanks.  
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Hi Debra, sorry I hadn't appreciated the coconut oil issue.

You could make your own. I've done this before and it was both great fun and with delicious results. You just put whatever flavourings, fruits or nuts in the mix and set in ice cube trays or similar. Here's a link for one at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raw-Chocolate-Ingredients-Kit-Vanilla/dp/B0097BBWY6. It's also really fun if you have little people around. We made some with the nieces and they loved them too.


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