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Chocolate candy for a diabetic?

majordanby Nov 22, 2009 01:08 PM

I want to buy a diabetic sugar free chocolate for a Christmas gift. She is an absolute chocolate lover and tries out any new and good sugar free chocolates she can get her hands on. Can anyone recommend some really good sugar free diabetic friendly chocolates? thanks in advance.

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    bluemoon4515 RE: majordanby Nov 22, 2009 02:26 PM

    Hotel Chocolat has some suggestions: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/diabet...

    They have a US site, too.

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      cavandre RE: majordanby Nov 22, 2009 02:29 PM

      The Vermont Country Store has a selection...

      http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/br...

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        mcf RE: cavandre Nov 22, 2009 04:06 PM

        I'm diabetic and I eat very dark chocolat, 70% cocoa content and above. There are some SF chocolates sweetened with sugar alchols, but they can have a pretty strong laxative effect.

        I like Godiva 85% bars, Ghirardelli 72%, and Lindt 60% dark truffle balls. There are a lot of good single origin dark chocolates as well, as long as you're mostly over 70% dark, it should be okay in reasonable quantities.

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          FrankD RE: mcf Nov 22, 2009 06:15 PM

          I'm diabetic as well, and I especially agree with the comment about sugar alcohols. I didn't know about this, had a lot of chocolate for the first time in months, and was (unhappily) surprised to find I needed to find a rest room RIGHT AWAY.

          But as long as I stay away from milk chocolate, and stick to really dark chocolate with no more than 4 oz a day, no more than once a week, my blood sugar levels don't get too far out of whack. Sugar free is not an excuse to pig out!

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            maxie RE: mcf Nov 23, 2009 12:43 PM

            My diabetic husbands eats 70-72% cocoa good quality chocolate, rather than going sugar free. He prefers a small amount of deliciousness over larger quantities with questionable ingredients.

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          emilief RE: majordanby Nov 23, 2009 08:12 AM

          Harbor Sweets located in Massachusetts has a line of sugar free chocolates. Their regular chocolates are delicious so I expect the sugar free would also be good. YOu can order online and have them shipped. They are very reliable.

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            mcf RE: emilief Nov 23, 2009 12:45 PM

            It's really important to count every single carb gram, not just sugar. I've seen sugar free candies with just as high a carb count as those with sugar. Your pancreas doesn't know the difference between a carb gram from table sugar, starch etc... Diabetics have to control all carb intake.

            One of the other problems with sugar alchohols is that many of us digest them, so they're not sugar free after all (if you don't get diarrhea from them, you're digesting them). The other problem is that they have a strong cooling effect that can change the sensation in your mouth and the taste a lot.

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              emilief RE: mcf Nov 23, 2009 04:05 PM

              The OP asked about sugar free chocolate. I answered with a place that makes sugar free chocolate. Excuse me if I do not know the details and science behind diabetic digestion of chocolate etc.

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                mcf RE: emilief Nov 23, 2009 04:55 PM

                It was information for the OP; the thread isn't about you. It's specifically about chocolate for a diabetic. Sorry if you thought my post was about you.

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                  mcf RE: emilief Nov 23, 2009 05:00 PM

                  Actually, the OP asked about chocolate candy "for a diabetic." In any case, the information was intended to be helpful in general, not a critique of you personally.

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                    emilief RE: mcf Nov 23, 2009 05:14 PM

                    The op said she wanted to buy a diabetic "sugar free chocolates." and that she is a chocolate lover andl wiil try any "sugar free chocolate" she can get her hands on. I did not see an indication that she wanted anything but sugar free chocolate. I have a diabetic relative who I send these chocolate to and she loves the. I hope the op finds what she is looking for.

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                    mcf RE: emilief Nov 23, 2009 06:04 PM

                    The OP asked about chocolate candy "for a diabetic." I'm sorry if my having replied about diabetic concerns to your post rather than the OP's made you think the topic was you.

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                spellweaver16 RE: majordanby Nov 23, 2009 04:59 PM

                I really like Liberty Orchards. www.libertyorchards.com They make Aplets and Cotlets but they have chocolates, as well, and sugar free options.

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                  jcad RE: majordanby Nov 23, 2009 05:45 PM

                  Does anyone know in Toronto where i can buy diabetic chocolate?

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                    Danybear RE: jcad Nov 23, 2009 07:40 PM

                    Try the food store at Sick Kids Hospital first.

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                      JaclynS RE: jcad Nov 24, 2009 07:38 AM

                      Laura Secord has sugar free chocolates...I am diabetic and this is what my folks buy for me at Christmas / Easter. IMO its the best of what's available in Toronto. They have a variety as well. I think Peanut Butter + Chocolate, orange, maybe mint too. Give them a try.

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                        FrankD RE: jcad Nov 24, 2009 11:23 AM

                        Shoppers Drug Mart usually has a selection of Russell Stover's sugar free sweets (not just chocolate); however, they do use a lot of sugar alcohols, so read the warnings above, and be careful!

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                        KristieB RE: majordanby Nov 24, 2009 08:17 PM

                        When I was first diagnosed I tried a bunch of sugar free chocolates. Some were better than others, but all failed to really satisfy. And the texture is not terrific. Like several other posters I also eat modest amounts of high cocoa content chocolate. I then count those carbs into my daily count and cut out something I would normally eat. Works for me.

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                          btnfood RE: majordanby Nov 24, 2009 08:54 PM

                          The very best sugar-free chocolates I've come across are from Cuba Venchi, made in Italy. Nothing else I've tasted has even come close. I believe that they use malitol as the sweetener. Their gianduja and other hazelnut chocolates are standouts, made with the best Piemontese hazelnuts. I've ordered this brand in the past from Chefshop.com, but you may want to do a Google search and see what assortments other places are carrying.

                          1. majordanby RE: majordanby Nov 27, 2009 10:20 AM

                            thanks for the help everyone. i've got enough info now to make an informed decision on what candy to buy.

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