- Box of 12 bars, 1.8Oz each (total of 21.6Oz)
- Sugar free and no maltitol
- Delicious European-styled chocolate made with real cocoa butter
- Low-carb chocolate bars
- Ingredients provide unique benefits that will improve your health
The price of erythritol and oligofructose have nothing to do with it.
tried the chocoperfection…
STAY AWAY – WILL RAISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR – NOT GOOD FOR LOW CARB OR DIABETICS
I took my blood sugar at the 00:00 mark, and the ate the bar. Then I took my blood sugar again once every 10 minutes for an hour.
For me, almost 20 points difference in an hour, is major. I won’t be eating them. I could eat a bag of skittles for the same glycemic cost. I don’t know if it is the glycemic index, or the insulin response, or the leptin response that causes this fluctuation, I just know I don’t need it.
Please stop calling this great chocolate….
Awful chocolate to a gourmet chocoholic
Vosges makes two sugar free bars, Barcelona and Red Fire; the Barcelona is “deep milk” (I prefer more like 65-70%) and the Red Fire is too hot for me. So I have been buying and trying all the other sugarless chocolate bars I can find. I have trouble eating any of the sugarless chocolate bars Amazon sells. I’ll keep looking for high end sugar free chocolate bars, but meanwhile I’m sticking with the two Vosges.
Minimal impact on blood sugar
Does not cause rebound hunger or cravings
No artificial sweetener after-taste
No artificial sweetener gastro-intestinal problems (maltitol & sucralose cause me big problems)
Smooth texture (not grainy or dry)
Not as sweet or chocolatey as regular or maltitol sweetened chocolate
Somewhat waxy mouth-feel
Wow! Chocolate without the guilt.
I highly recommend them.
By the way, if you find the price a bit too high, remember that they are sweetened with erythritol which will command a higher price since that particular sweetener is pricey.
Waxy, Too thick, Gas-causing
Some people liken these bars to Easter bunnies, but don’t the bunnies have a better mouthfeel? Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the bunnies are thin (hollow), and therefore kind of elegant. This bar is a very thick solid block – difficult to bite.
What made it even worse in my case – I happened to try the Almond variety, and they contained INTACT almonds! Other manufacturers break almonds into small pieces, and that’s what creates an elegant experience. Eating this one felt like alternating between putting a plain almond and a piece of sweetened wax in the mouth.
Finally, they contain oligofructose (FOS), which causes gas in sensitive people. Some may get bloated from eating just 1/3 of this bar.
The alternatives that I mentioned above are:
– The best one by far was a custom order from a small maker. E-mail cocosrawchocolates at yahoo, and she will make it the way you want. FANTASTIC!!!
– Lucienne’s – I haven’t tried their improved version yet. The previous version, while flavorful and with decent texture, was too acidic to my taste (I usually eat 90%-cocoa bars, but only non-acidic);
– Healthy Chocolate (their product is sold under several labels, e.g. “Xyla”) – although it wasn’t waxy, it still lacked the right texture and flavor, was very boring (opinion shared by relatives and friends);
Good Tasting, But Can Cause Gastric Distress
While I knew that Maltitol caused me gastric issues, I thought these would be safe since Erythritol is OK for me and ate one before heading out of the house. Sadly I suspect the Oligofructose brought on a very unpleasant reaction that was more than a little embarrassing since it occurred at very public event. Further tests in privacy of my home confirmed that these bars were the cause of the unpleasantness.
Recommended for the flavor and low-carb count, but make sure you know if they will “effect” you before heading out to enclosed places with a lot of people. Ironically, my non-diabetic son doesn’t have a reaction to these and enjoys the taste so at least they won’t go to waste.
Healthiest/tastiest chocolate bar I have ever found
This chocolate is awesome, but this vendor is overpriced
I wish amazon carried it at a reasonable price since I am already ordering so much stuff from here, but this chocolate is very over-priced at the time of this review. You can get 12 bars of any flavor on netrition’s website for thirty four dollars instead of the fifty dollars that is currently listed here, they ship anywhere for a flat rate of $4.95 and have a lot of sugar free and low carb items so I am always ordering a lot of stuff and pay just $4.95 shipping, even if the package weighs 20 pounds.
Another option is to buy the two poundbags of dark chocolate buttons directly from the low carb specialty website for fourty five dollars with free shipping that includes an ice pack — per ounce, this is the least expensive way of enjoying Chocoperfection dark chocolate. The buttons are about an inch across and easier to portion out since a whole bar is too much for me and cannot be divided in half easily; the bars are made up of 5 scored blocks — so you can have 2 or 3, I wish it was scored evenly.
Anyway, I have tried making my own SF chocolate with varied results. I use the buttons for lots of recipes with no guess work needed. I often blend it with unsweetened chocolate for really dark chocolate flavor. What I find really good is to melt 2 ounces ChocoPerfection buttons with 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate and blend with 2-3 ounces organic heavy whipping cream. Let it set in the fridge and then roll into small balls and dust with unsweetened cocoa, nearly instant truffles with no sugar added! I use a premium unsweetened chocolate for best results, but any bar found in the baking isle at your grocery store would work. I don’t usually add extra sweetener for the truffle recipe, but I may add a bit of NuNaturals NuStevia No Carb Blend, 1,000 Packets if I need it sweeter — that stuff rocks also.
Delicious chocolate way to get 14grams of fiber and only 2 net carbs per bar
Instead of sugar, Chocoperfection uses erythritol which has 95% fewer calories than sugar, 93% fewer than maltitol, and no effect on insulin levels, and oligofructose, a sweet tasting dietary fiber made primarily from chicory (not the same as fructose).
These silky-smooth, delicious chocolate bars actually help you lose weight because the high fiber content and the high fiber content also acts as an appetite suppressant.
And unlike maltitol-sweetened chocolate, ChocoPerfection bars will never upset your stomach, give you gas, make you bloat, or stall your weight loss. Chocolate Perfect!
On top of all that, Chocoperfection is diabetic-safe and tooth-freindly, too. What more could you ask of a chocolate bar?
What is erythritol?
Like xylitol, erythritol is a polyol or sometimes called a sugar-alcohol (although none of them contain sugar or alcohol,) and has some of the cavity-fighting similarities.
Xylitol is as sweet as sugar and has about 2/3 the calories.
Erythritol, on the other hand, is about 70% as sweet as sugar and and almost zero calories. Plus it is better tolerated by most people
with less gastronomical or laxative reactions. By the way, XylitolNow sells erythritol in bulk on the main product page.
Being only 70% as sweet as sugar, erythritol sometimes needs a little help in the sweetness department. In the case of these bars, that’s where oligofrutose comes in.
What is oligofructose?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oligofructose, sometimes called Fructooligosaccharide or just (FOS), is a subgroup of inulin, specifically those fructose polymers with a degree of polymerization (DP) <= 10. Unlike most carbohydrates, it is not digested in the human small intestine and thus has a lower calorific value, whilst contributing to dietary fiber. Oligofructose is on the more soluble side, due to its lower chain length, than the general class of inulins and is therefore commonly used as an additive to yoghurt and other dairy products. It is used specially in combination with high-intensity artificial sweeteners, whose sweetness profile and aftertaste it improves. Oligofructose is also a prebiotic stimulating the growth of bifidobacteria in particular.
FOS is extracted from fruits and vegetables like bananas, onions, chicory root, garlic, asparagus, barley, wheat, and tomatoes. The Jerusalem Artichoke has been found to have one of the highest concentrations of FOS. (In the case of Chocoperfection, the oligofructose is extracted from chicory root.)
FOS has been a popular dietary supplement in Japan for many years and is now becoming increasingly popular in Western cultures for its prebiotic effects. FOS serves as “fast food” for the probiotic beneficial or “friendly” bacteria that naturally populate the gut, increasing their ability to benefit overall Gastrointestinal Tract (GI Tract) health, especially proper digestion. It has also been touted as a supplement for preventing yeast infections.
And this from Steggall Nutrition:
Oligofructose is a tremendous substrate for bifidus bacteria, stimulating its activity by several hundred percent. This is called prebiotic activity, referring to stimulation of health promoting bacteria in the intestinal tract. Short chain fatty acids are produced, lowering pH levels and providing an energy source for the growth and maintenance of large intestine cells. This process leads to differentiation of cancer cells, a vital step that is required before cancer cells can be killed.
The ideal environment for healthy bacteria is quite different to the environment preferred by pathogens and gram negative putrefactive bacteria. Consequently the undesirable bacteria diminish in number as the healthy bacteria proliferate in the presence of oligofructose.
Good Chocolate Without Sugar, Sucralose or Maltitol
Here are the negatives: My family likes them, too, and I cannot make a box last long around my house – and these ARE NOT CHEAP! That is why I gave it only 4 stars – I think the people who make these bars are raking in an obsene profit because they can – this product is one of a kind – No Competition and so the price is sky high. I don’t think the chocolate is any better quality than comparable chocolate bars for half the price or less, but this company has inflated the cost of ChocoPerfection to indecent levels because they have the market cornered on a specialty product. Not uncommon, but kind of unfair to their customers.
All the same, treats like this are so rare in my low carb, diabetic world, that I will buy these anyway. And I will watch the pantry like a hawk to keep my non diabetic kin-folk out of the goodies!
Superior chocolate Superior packing
Not fabulous but gets the job done. ..
There is also a product called “DeMets sugar free turtles”, available in Walgreens and Walmart, $2.00 a bag. They are also made with Erythritol (like Chocoperfection) instead of the usual suspects of malitol (that’s in the Russelstover sugar free stuff) that cause GI issues. Can’t tell there is no sugar in the Demets and no upset.
I recently received the mixed sampler which also included the Milk Chocolate, Almond, and Raspberry. I love the raspberry. It has the wonderful flavor of raspberry liqueur and makes the dark chocolate sing. This is the one I will reorder the most. My second favorite is the almond.
The milk chocolate was pretty good…different from a good full sugar chocolate and it did NOT taste like cheap Palmers to me. Note: Before I went Low-Carb I had stopped buying American Nestle products because they tasted like the cheap Palmers stuff.
I have not experienced any noticable gassy effects. The chocolate is very filling and satisfies my sweet tooth with a small amount. As I said I am looking forward to experimenting with this product in the kitchen. Enjoy!