Nestlé creates new chocolate using just the cocoa fruit

Nestlé has revealed it has created a chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit, using the beans and pulp as the only ingredients. The result is a 70% dark chocolate made without adding any refined sugar.

Until now, chocolate was made with the addition of refined sugars, however, this patented innovation delivers chocolate using only one ingredient – the cocoa fruit. Nestlé’s is able to extract the pulp and use it in chocolate with no compromise on taste, texture and quality.

Patrice Bula, head of strategic business units, marketing and sales at Nestlé, said: “We’re proud to bring chocolate lovers a new chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit without adding refined sugar. This is a real innovation which uses the natural sweetness of the cocoa pulp to provide a pure, novel chocolate experience.”

The cocoa fruit contains cocoa beans and cocoa pulp. The pulp surrounds the beans, it is soft, sweet and white in colour. Some of the pulp is used in the fermentation of the cocoa beans after they are harvested, but a significant proportion is usually removed and the value is lost. Until now it has not been used as an ingredient to naturally sweeten chocolate.

Nestlé plans to introduce the first product in Japan in the autumn of this year through its KitKat Chocolatory. Further products in other countries will follow next year, through some of Nestlé’s other confectionery brands.

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