Tru Chocolate Review
In an effort to keep my reviews objective based on health topics, I structure each in the same way and allow my opinions to come through in the "Bottom Line" at the end. Here are my findings for Tru Chocolate.
IS IT ORGANIC?
Yes. (To be clear, this also makes it non-GMO.)
WHAT BEANS DO THEY USE?
They have told me that their beans come from Peru. I am unsure about the quality of the beans (i.e., forastero vs. criollo).
HOW IS IT PROCESSED?
They have told me that it is cold-pressed chocolate, then warmed up to be molded and liquefied.
WHAT SWEETENERS ARE USED?
They use xylitol, which is very low on the glycemic index (about a 7) and is touted as having several health benefits, including being beneficial for the teeth. However, it is also known to cause digestive problems in some people; I don't believe this is common and/or requires consuming a lot. Some articles like this suggest that xylitol is not natural and is potentially a problem. I personally don't have any problems with xylitol. Many people are also concerned about xylitol made from corn. The xylitol in Tru Chocolate is made from birch trees.
IS IT FAIR TRADE?
When I first looked at taking part in a chocolate business years ago, I tried out Tru Chocolate, which at that time was sold through direct sales. It had a unique effect of keeping a sweetness on the tongue. Because of this, when you drink water afterwards, it had a sweet taste. This was due to some of the additional ingredients in Tru Chocolate.
When I originally experienced it, I liked it, but I'm also used to alternative natural sweeteners like xylitol. A lot of people I gave samples to didn't like it because of the xylitol.
In 2014, however, they changed the formula and I think its flavor has been greatly improved. They have also removed the effect of keeping sweetness on the tongue.
They also now have a whole line of snacks -- raisins, gluten-free pretzel nuggets, and almonds all dunked in their chocolate. I had about half a dozen friends try samples of these one day so I could get some objective feedback for this review and got this overall impression:
Tru Chocolate seems to be an excellent options for diabetics who enjoy its flavor. Like many dark chocolates going for a healthy angle, it is not just sugar free, but also dairy free and gluten free.
Chocolate Covered Almonds
Chocolate Covered Gluten-Free Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Raisins