Nestlé unveils dark chocolate without added sugar made from cocoa fruit

July 19, 2019

Nestlé has announced the development of a new form of chocolate made entirely from cocoa fruit—without the addition of refined sugar. The beans and the pulp are the only ingredients used in the patented process. Nestlé plans to introduce the new chocolate in the Japanese market this fall in KitKat Chocolatory stores.

“We’re proud to bring chocolate lovers a new chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit without adding refined sugar,” said Patrice Bula, head of Strategic Business Units, Marketing and Sales at Nestlé. “This is a real innovation, which uses the natural sweetness of the cocoa pulp to provide a pure, novel chocolate experience.”

The cocoa fruit contains cocoa beans and cocoa pulp. The pulp surrounds the beans and is soft, sweet, and white in color. Some of the pulp is used in the fermentation of the cocoa beans after they are harvested, but a significant portion is usually removed, and the value is lost. Until now it has not been used as an ingredient to naturally sweeten chocolate, Nestlé reports.

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