The ingredient maltitol is used in dark chocolate as a substitute for sugar.
Three places to find sugar-free chocolate that is yummy:
1. À la Petite Fabrique”
12, rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris
Metro: Bastille or Bréguet-Sabin
Telephone: 01 48 05 82 02
Open 10 to 7:30 p.m.; closed Sunday, holidays and Monday
For the summer, they close mid-July to mid-August
During two seasons (Easter and Christmas), they open on Sundays and Mondays. Call ahead. Tell Jean-Claude or Anna that Colleen from Colleen’s Paris sent you (maybe you will get a sample).
2. Le musée gourmand du chocolat
28 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle – 75010 Paris
The Musée du chocolat (Chocolate Museum) sells unsweetened chocolate.
Fabrice who heads the demonstration and dégustations at the museum, says,”sugar is replaced by Maltitol, so it’s okay for diabetics. We have it in dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Be aware that milk naturally contains sugar, so might be less appropriate for diabetics.”
Please say hi to Fabrice from Colleen when you visit. You will enjoy her demonstrations.
3. Benoit Chocolats
75, rue Saint-Antoine, 75004
Telephone: 01 49 96 52 02
This family of artisans who make their chocolate in the Loire area of Angers will begin selling the sugar-free chocolates in tablet form September 2010.
This is a family-run business, with the main and original chocolate factory in Angers. Véronique Taverne, the oldest of the Benoit children, runs the rue de Rivoli boutique.
Benoit was elected one of the twelve best chocolatiers in France at the 2010 Salon du chocolate. Le Concerto and the AFB were particularly noted.