It’s that time of year when people tend to think about improving their health and making better choices. Sugar-free candy can come up in discussions of diet and health, but what is in these confections, exactly? These sweets typically include artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes, and while they don’t contain sugar in the traditional sense, there are still dietary considerations to keep in mind. If you’re thinking of swapping in sugar-free candy to satisfy your sweet tooth and your New Year’s resolutions, keep these points in mind and stock up on your favorites from Wockenfuss Candies.
How Sugar-Free Candy Gets Its Sweetness
If you’ve ever seen artificial sweetener packets at a diner and wondered how such a sweet, granular, meltable substance could be anything but sugar, you’re not alone. Artificial sweeteners come in many forms and from many sources, not all of them resembling table sugar. Many sugar-free treats get their sweetness from substances called sugar alcohols. These compounds, including maltitol, isomalt, xylitol, and sorbitol, contain neither sugar nor alcohol (in the traditional sense). Rather, they provide sweetness from compounds that human intestines cannot absorb as readily as sugar.
Sugar-Free vs. Classic: How Do Candies Stack Up?
There are some significant chemical differences between table sugar and sugar alcohols. Table sugar caramelizes when heated, and sugar alcohols do not. Oral bacteria can digest table sugar, converting it into the energy they need to wreak havoc on teeth. While sugar alcohols cannot be metabolized and therefore contribute to tooth decay in the same way, sugar-free candy can be slightly more acidic than traditional sweets. Many sugar alcohols are somewhat less sweet relative to sugar, but they also typically have lower carbohydrates, calories, and glycemic index values. It is important to note that sugar-free candy still contains calories and carbohydrates, so those who are looking to trim their waistlines should still enjoy it in moderation.
Enjoy These Sugar-Free Favorites From Wockenfuss
If sugar-free candy is on your shopping list this year, there’s no better place to shop than Wockenfuss. Visit us online or in-store to pick up sugar-free versions of some of our classics! Our sugar-free gummi bears are a chewy and fun treat to snack on anytime, and a box of our assorted sugar-free chocolates is sure to make anyone’s day. We offer sugar-free versions of our almond bark, chocolate fudge meltaways, coconut clusters, and more!
A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies
Head to WockenfussCandies.com and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!