Though it’s what we love about the taste of chocolate, its sweetness and high sugar content means it is not a particularly healthy snack choice. The desire for ‘healthy’ chocolate has inspired chocolate manufacturer Nestlé to produce a ‘structured sugar’, reducing their sugar content in chocolate by as much as 40 per cent. Spraying milk, sugar and water into warm air produces a substance similar to the sugar used to make cotton candy. The structured sugar is more porous than typically used sugars and therefore dissolves on the tongue faster. Rather than simply reduce the amount of sugar in chocolate, Nestlé have engineered the sugar crystals to form in a different way to reduce their presence even more. The company has recently used this method to create their Milkybar Wowsomes treats, the first of many that will contain less sugar.
Structured sugars are porous and resemble the sugar of candyfloss