Glossary

On this page we try to provide you with information on what is in our chocolates. The descriptions are a portion of the information available on these ingredients and terms.

emulsifier - Substance added to products, such as meat spreads, to prevent separation of product components to ensure consistency. Examples of these types of additives include lecithin, and mono- and di-glycerides

ganache - a smooth mixture of chopped chocolate and heavy cream. The proportions of chocolate to heavy cream can vary depending on its use. Different flavorings are usually added such as liqueurs and extracts.

inulin - Inulin is a soluble nutritional fibre that is found in nature. It is the energy reserve of 36 000 plants, vegetables and fruit. For applications in the food industry inulin is extracted from the roots of chicory. The nutritional fibre inulin is not decomposable by the digestion enzymes and comes therefore unaltered in the large intestine, where it is used by the healthy intestine flora as nutritive substratum (inulin = prebiotic).

maltitol - is a sugar free, reduced calorie sweetener made from corn. It has a pleasant sugar-like taste and sweetness. Maltitol has about half the calories of sugar and is useful for making a variety of sugar free and reduced calorie foods.

net carbs - Net carbs are determined by subtracting those carbohydrates that have a negligible effect on blood sugar levels from the total carbohydrates. Examples include fiber, glycerin & maltitol, which may or may not be listed on the label. Example: If the label reads: Total Carbohydrates 20g, 15g Sugar Alcohol, 1g Dietary Fiber. Subtract Sugar Alcohol and Dietary Fiber. The effective carb count is 1g. (20 –15 – 1 = 4).

praline - a confection made of nut kernels, especially almonds or pecans, stirred in boiling sugar syrup until crisp and brown.

soy lecithin (an emulsifier) - Soy lecithin is a mixture of fatty substances that are derived from the processing of soybeans. Lecithin is used widely in foods as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and antioxidant.

soybean oil - Soybean oil's 85% unsaturated fat profile is among the lowest of the vegetable oils. Soybean oil contains 61% polyunsaturated fat and 24% monounsaturated fat. Saturated fats in the diet can raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. So health care professionals recommend replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats as much as possible.

sugar alcohol - Sugar alcohol is not a sugar or alcohol. It is a hydrogenated starch derived and processed from corn.

whey powder - Whey powder consists primarily of carbohydrate (lactose), protein (several different whey proteins, mainly lactalbumins and globulins), various minerals and vitamins