What is Cadbury Highlights?
“Smooth milk chocolate with no added sugar”
Yes, you read that right. This is chocolate with no added sugar…
“Excessive consumption may produce laxative effect”
Er….Ok. So what does it contain?
A quick glance at the ingredients on the wrapper reveals the number one ingredient is “Sweetner (Maltitol)”. A quick search of Wikipedia reveals:
“Maltitol is a sugar alcohol (a polyol) used as a sugar substitute. It has 90% of the sweetness of sucrose (table sugar) and nearly identical properties, except for browning. It is used to replace table sugar because it has less calories, does not promote tooth decay and has a somewhat smaller effect on blood glucose. Unfortunately, maltitol is well known to cause gastric distress, particularly if consumed in great quantities.”
Gastric distress? Eeep!
Luckily I only have a small bar of this to try out… and I’m willing to take a risk for Chocablog!
Opening the wrapper reveals a bar looks just like a standard Dairy Milk bar. Divided into six chunks, the colour is the same. It smells the same.
But the taste is definitely different. The flavour is similar to the kind of cheap chocolate you get in no-brand easter eggs. Artificial. Slightly plasticy. Chocolate-but-not-quite-chocolate.
It’s not an offensive taste, but it’s certainly not as nice as Dairy Milk. I happily ate the whole thing, but I don’t think I would have wanted a bigger bar. The whole “gastric distress” thing put me off a bit anyway.
So. If you’re on some kind of low sugar diet, give this a try. If you’re just trying to lose weight, I recommend buying something a little more luxurious… and eating it more slowly.