surger free chocolate

By Sarguillo Latest Reply 2009-03-19 05:49:45 -0500
Started 2009-03-18 01:47:34 -0500

I today found a new (new for me) sugar free (or as free as can be) chocolate that not only tastes good but seems to be able to work into my diet. But reading the Nutritional facts are confusing.
Amberlyn Chocolates
Serving size, one bar 1.2 oz (34g)
calories 170
Carbs 18g
fiber 1g
Sugar 3g
Maltitol 14g What is this?

Then at the bottom it says:
Total carbs 18
Non-Impact carb -15
Net carbs 3

What does non-impact carbs mean????

anyone else try these?
cost $20.00 for 15 bars.

any comments?

8 replies

DonnaAnn 2009-03-19 05:49:45 -0500 Report

My two cents: sugar free is not carb free. People get fooled by all the mumbo jumbo stuff on the boxes and packaging. Unless a box says CARB FREE, which I have yet to find!, I stay away from it.

rbergman 2009-03-18 08:09:36 -0500 Report

We like Dagoba organic chocolate, rich dark. Here is the breakdown on it. It is 74% Cacao.
Serving Size 1/2bar (40g)
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 140
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Calcium 2%
Iron 40%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients: Orgainic Dark Chocolate (Cacao Beans, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, non-GMO soy lecithin) Milk (less than 0.1%).
Allergy information: Manufactured on the same equipment that processes TREE NUTS.
*Cacao beans, cane sugar and cocoa are organic ingredients.

It is manufactured in Oregon and their website is
However it is not cheap and had someone not gifted our daughter a case we would not be able to buy it often as its is $36.00 for 12 bars. They do have sales on their webpage but you really have to like it to pay what they charge for it.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-03-18 15:41:15 -0500 Report

Hmmmmm…I wonder what they do with their "seconds" as I'll be in Southern Oregon in June (after much searching I learned their headquarters are in Ashland). But, there are excellent chocolate factories here in the Seattle area where one needs only a bite of really dark chocolate to satisfy that lust!

kdroberts 2009-03-18 07:58:22 -0500 Report

It's essentially a lie. Malitol is a sugar alcohol, a hydrogenated carbohydrate. Basically they are digested differently to sugars but are essentially a carb. For most people sugar alcohols will raise your blood sugar by about 1/3-2/3 the amount compared to the same serving of sugar. Some people they raise them more than sugar will. I steer away from them for the most part. I would just buy regular chocolate. Make sure it has a high cacao content (I like 85%) and you will have taste and lowish carb. Also look into cocoavia dark. They are pre packaged small portions of chocolate with a very low fat and carb content compared to others.

2009-03-18 06:04:21 -0500 Report

BEWARE of Malitol..!!! I has a laxative affect if you eat too much and everyone's 'too much' is different.

Go with 'real' dark chocolate… stay away from manufactured sugar free foods if possible, they have more chemicals in them than your high school chemistry lab…

Rule of thumb at least in my house!! If it's on the ingredient label and you can't pronounce it or don't know what it is, don't eat it…

Oh and non-impact carbs means (in this case) that they are deducting all of the sugar alcohol from the total carbs and recent research says you should only subtract 1/2. You can do this with fiber as well but only if the fiber grams are 5 gms or over. Some people just don't subtract at all because it gets confusing to be adding and subtracting all the time.


SkipT 2009-03-18 04:05:54 -0500 Report

I avoid any food that says sugar free. I think the Lindt real dark chocolate is better. Here is the nutritional breakdown:
Serving Size: 4 squares (40g)
Servings per bar: 2.5

Amount per serving
% Daily Value (Based on a 2000 calorie diet)
Calories: 210 Calories from Fat: 160
Total Fat: 18g (28%)
Saturated Fat: 11g (55%)
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg (0%)
Sodium: 20mg (1%)
Total Carbohydrate: 8g (3%)
Dietary Fiber: 3g (12%)
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 0% ____ Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 4% ___Iron: 15%

Chocolate, Cocoa powder, Cocoa butter, Sugar, Vanilla (a natural flavor)
May contain traces of peanuts, soybean, tree nuts and milk.

lipsie 2009-03-18 01:59:06 -0500 Report

Interesting though I am so lost, sorry I have NO idea and no helpful words for you. Sheila

Judimar 2009-03-18 02:21:41 -0500 Report

Hey Sarguillo,

You really peeked my interest so I went and googled it. I found this about Matitol (taken directly from their website):

"Maltitol is the sweetener used in Amber Lyn diabetic chocolate. It is a reduced calorie and reduced carbohydrate sweetener that has 90% the sweetness of sugar. Maltitol is a member of a family of sweeteners known as sugar alcohols or polyols.

Most of the Maltitol used to sweeten other diabetic chocolate is derived from corn, but ours comes from wheat. Our observation is that wheat based Maltitol may reduce the mild laxative effect that is sometimes experienced after excessive consumption. And, it’s gluten-free."

The actual site address is:

Thanks for the info!