Nestlé is releasing reduced-sugar chocolate bars (which it claims taste just as sweet)

Alice Sholl
The reduced-sugar snack will be a new version of Milkybars [Photo: Pexels]

Reduced-sugar products can be a handy way of reducing your sugar intake, but few people would say they taste much like the full-fat version.

Nestlé, however, has said it has achieved a world first by “restructuring” the sugar it uses in its products to create a white chocolate bar with 30% less sugar than its usual Milkybars.

And it says this “allows someone to perceive the same sweetness as before while consuming less sugar”.

Milkybar Wowsomes are due to hit shelves across the UK and Ireland in coming weeks, and will be made with a sugar substitute which Nestlé developed in 2016.

It said in a statement a couple of days ago that the discovery of the substitute was a “scientific breakthrough”.

It continued: “Nestlé researchers made a scientific breakthrough when they transformed the structure of sugar through a newly developed process using only natural ingredients.

“Inspired by candy floss, experts created aerated, porous particles of sugar that dissolve more quickly in the mouth.

“This allows someone to perceive the same level of sweetness as before while consuming less sugar.

Will it taste like the real thing, though? [Photo: Pexels]

“With the help of this new technology, Milkybar Wowsomes has 30% less sugar than similar chocolate products and contains no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours or flavourings. 

“Milkybar Wowsomes has milk as its number one ingredient, contains crispy oat cereal pieces, is a source of fibre and is gluten free.

“The range has products in a number of different sizes for different occasions and the largest sized bars are 18g and have 95 calories each.”

Which sounds pretty good to us, but will the new bars stand up to a taste test?

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