Your KitKat could soon contain 40% less sugar and Nestlé say it will taste just as good


By Alison Lynch, 02 December 2016
Your KitKat could soon contain 40% less sugar and Nestlé say it will taste just as good

Nestlé scientists believe they have made a major breakthrough, which means your KitKat (and Aeros and Rolos) could soon contain 40% less sugar, but the taste won't be affected. Sweet!

It sounds like magic, but they insist it's science. 

The chocolate makers called their findings 'groundbreaking' in a statement released this week.

"Using only natural ingredients, researchers have found a way to structure sugar differently," the statement read. "So even when much less is used in chocolate, your tongue perceives an almost identical sweetness to before.

"The discovery will enable Nestlé to significantly decrease the total sugar in its confectionery products, while maintaining a natural taste."

The Swiss company is keeping its cards fairly close to its chest about how it's done - and is currently patenting its findings - but say it involves change the sugar structure so it is hollow and dissolves much more quickly, meaning they don't have to use as much. 

“This truly groundbreaking research is inspired by nature and has the potential to reduce total sugar by up to 40% in our confectionery,” said Stefan Catsicas, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer.

“Our scientists have discovered a completely new way to use a traditional, natural ingredient.”

The chocolatiers now hope to start using the faster-dissolving sugar across a range of its confectionary in 2018 and believe it will help them lead the way in slashing sugar levels, something food companies are coming under increasing pressure to do. 

They also promise it won't change the taste.

Well, we'll be the judge of that!