Do you actually ask yourself what are the most chocolate bars from the regular store are made of? Do they even contain any cocoa products? Well, the truth is that not all candies and products with a chocolate flavor are considered real chocolate based on complex FDA guidelines and regulations. A package labelled as a 65 percent bar of chocolate may contain some actual cacao and taste like chocolate, but that is where the similarities between real chocolate and fast chocolate end.
Unwanted Ingredients in Fast Chocolate
Just like any fast food product, supermarket chocolate contains many ingredients most people would prefer not to eat, nor can they pronounce.
- Sugar Substitutes
Large corporations choose to substitute pure sugar with cheaper sweeteners in their products to save money. There is also typically an increased amount of sugar or sweetener, which causes you to want to eat more. One of the most popular sugar substitutes is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is tied to obesity, along with a greater risk of developing type-2 diabetes and hypertension.
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Many chocolate brands use partially hydrogenated oils to extend the shelf life of their products. This type of oil contains trans fats. Studies show trans fats can increase bad cholesterol while decreasing good cholesterol. Partially hydrogenated oils may lead to a higher likelihood of developing certain diseases.
- Artificial Colors and Flavorings
Due to low-quality ingredients, many corporations use artificial color and flavorings to enhance the appearance and flavor of their products. Some varieties of food coloring contain cancer-causing dyes and have the ability to increase hyperactivity in kids. A few of the large producers of chocolate makers have recently promised to remove artificial colors from their chocolate, but most big brands continue to use them. Most chocolate makers don't have to reveal on their list of ingredients which artificial flavors are in their products. Therefore, consumers never know for sure what they are eating.
- Chocolate filling ingredients
To also offer this unique taste sensation, artisan chocolate truffles is filled with natural flavors, like naturally flavored ganaches, fruit purees, praline and others; whereas, commercial chocolate is filled with artificial flavors using syrup or chemically made fillings.
Anyone who has ever eaten a waxy, stale, or overly sweet chocolate bar can tell you supermarket chocolate often doesn't taste good. Even world-famous luxury chocolate brands can disappoint a chocolate fanatic. The best chocolate comes from the makers who care what goes into your body, and create their delicacies from only the finest ingredients.
Parfait Sweets produces high quality hand crafted truffles made of real Belgian chocolate Callebaut. By using only best ingredients like rich cocoa butter and real cocoa powder we provide chocolate lovers that melt-in-your mouth texture to crave for. Read more about ingredients we use: organic ingredients.