Chocolate is a delicious treat which is enjoyed by many of us right across the world.
But unfortunately it is also notorious for being high in sugar, saturated fat and calories and therefore not always considered the healthiest of snacks.
It is also thought to contribute to issues such as obesity so is best enjoyed in small amounts, as a special treat.
You may be looking to cut down on your sugar intake since eating too much of it can lead to weight gain and other health issues such as type 2 diabetes.
Sugar is also very unkind to our teeth. Sugar combines with bacteria and saliva already in the mouth and leaves plaque on teeth. If this isn’t removed, it can dissolve the enamel, which is the protective outer surface of your tooth, and can cause tooth decay and cavities.
But don’t fear – even if you want to cut down on your sugar intake, you don’t need to miss out on great tasting chocolate!
Luckily, there are many ways you can avoid chocolate with a high sugar content - and there are even healthier chocolate alternatives.
There are lots of ways that you can enjoy guilt free chocolate.
First of all, look out for chocolate that has a high cocoa solid content as this usually means that the fat and sugar content will be lower.
When you are checking the ingredients of your chocolate bar, you should also look out for additives and the number of ingredients.
We have done the hard work for you and found some healthier alternatives to chocolate for you to try!
We offer a great range of low sugar chocolate and no added sugar chocolate products which are healthier alternatives to traditional milk chocolate.
These guilt free snacks are sweet, delicious and perfect for eating as an on-the-go snack, or savoured for an evening treat.
Lots of guilt free snacks use alternative ingredients to sugar in order to make them healthier - but allow them to keep their sweet taste.
Balance Stevia Dark Chocolate Bar
Balance Stevia Dark Chocolate Bar is made with stevia extract, in place of sugar.
Stevia comes from the leaves of a South American plant and has no calories or carbohydrates.
It is also 200 times sweeter than sugar so less of it needs to be used in order to create the same sweetness. Meaning it is a much healthier alternative.
Free’ist No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Wafers
Free’ist No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Wafers are perfect for people who want to cut down on their refined sugar when snacking, as they do not contain any all.
Instead, these milk chocolate wafers are made with maltitol, which is a sugar alcohol found naturally in some fruits and vegetables which gives it a great sweet taste.
Maltitol is very similar to sugar in its makeup and also has a similar amount of sweetness. It has almost half the calories of sugar, and is much kinder on teeth, making it a healthy alternative to the sweet stuff. You can enjoy this guilt-free chocolate as a delicious treat.
Dark chocolate is typically lower in sugar than milk chocolate.
Balance Belgian Dark Chocolate is a sugar free chocolate which is smooth, dark and delicious.
This low sugar dark chocolate is also high in fibre which helps to support a healthy digestive system.
Children often enjoy a chocolate snack because of the sweet taste and the fact that it is often seen as a treat, or even used as a reward, when they are younger.
However, excess sugar is very unhealthy for children, in the same way that it is for adults.
Diablo chocolate is developed as an alternative to chocolate.
Diablo products are sweetened using maltitol, rather than sugar. These chocolate biscuits offer a little extra crunch to your snack.
These chocolate wafers and biscuits are alternatives to other popular products on the market. They are also perfect for popping into lunchboxes or adding to backpacks for a break time snack.