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The Best and Worst Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

Sugar free chocolate chips sound too good to be true. In general, chocolate chips are great additions to just about any dessert. If you are following a low carb or ketogenic diet, adding chocolate chips to recipes meant only adding 10 chocolate chips to an entire batch of cookies because that was the main source of carbohydrates in the dessert.

As ketogenic and low carb diets continue to gain mainstream popularity, sugar free chocolate chips have become available from large companies like Hershey’s as well as small family-owned brands like Bake Believe.

Most of the sugar free chocolate chips on the market are safe for a ketogenic diet because they are sweetened with stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit. However, there are a few brands that use maltitol as a sweetener, which has a glycemic index nearly as high as table sugar. For that reason, those particular sugar free chocolate chips should be avoided. Luckily, there are several great options on the market.

While some sugar free chocolate chips are only sold online, more and more brands are available in big box grocery stores.

This is a quick look at the best sugar free chocolate chips available on the market today. This article goes into detail of each of the brands to help you decide which ones will work best for you and your goals.

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Lily's Chocolate Chips

Lily’s sells sugar free chocolate bars, chips, and candies. Their chocolates are sweetened with stevia and erythritol and contain no added sugar.

Lily’s sugar free milk chips are a great replacement for chocolate chips in desserts, trail mix, or other treats. Each serving of Lily’s chocolate chips has 9g of total carbs and only 2g of net carbs.

The ingredients in all of Lily’s chocolate chips are non-GMO, fair trade certified and gluten-free.

Lily’s uses erythritol and stevia to sweeten their sugar free chocolate chips. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn and can be subtracted from the total carb count on a nutrition label. Stevia also comes from a plant, but it is not considered a sugar alcohol, so it is not displayed on the nutrition panel. Both of these sweeteners are non-caloric and do not impact blood glucose levels in most people.

The fiber used in Lily’s chocolate chips is inulin, which is a natural dietary fiber derived from chicory root. Most people do not have an insulin or blood glucose response after consuming inulin. However, if you notice more cravings, digestive problems, or general “carb coma” symptoms after consuming Lily’s chocolate chips, your body may not respond well to inulin.

The best way to introduce a new fiber to the body is gradually over time. Do not pound an entire bag of Lily’s chocolate chips in one sitting and expect to feel fine afterward. That would be about 70g of fiber at once, which is a lot for your body to handle, especially if it is used to a low-fiber ketogenic diet.

Lily’s chocolate chips come in 3 varieties:

  • Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips

Milk Chocolate Chips

The milk chocolate chips are 35% cocoa. Each serving is 9g of total carbs and 2g of net carbs.

The ingredients are: unsweetened cocoa, erythritol, inulin, milk (rBST free), cocoa butter, milk fat (rBST free), sunflower lecithin, stevia extract, natural flavor.

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

The semi-sweet chocolate chips are 45% cocoa. Each serving is 8g of total carbs and 0g of net carbs.

The ingredients are: unsweetened cocoa, inulin, erythritol, milk fat (rBST free), cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract, stevia extract.

Dark Chocolate Chips

The Lily’s dark chocolate chips are 55% cocoa. Each serving is 8g of total carbs and 1g of net carbs.

The ingredients are: unsweetened cocoa, erythritol, inulin, organic soy lecithin, vanilla extract, stevia extract.

Lily’s dark chocolate chips are the only variety of their baking chips that are dairy free.

Enjoy Life Dairy Free Chocolate Chips

Enjoy Life sells baking ingredients, cookies, snacks, and more. Their products are allergen-friendly and they are very transparent overall with their ingredients. The chocolate chips from Enjoy Life are not sugar-free, but they are dairy-free and contain minimal ingredients.

The dairy-free chocolate chips are made from cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa butter. A single serving has 9g of carbs, 7g of which are sugar. They come as mini chips or mega chunks.

 

These dairy-free chocolate chips will not be good for a low-carb, or ketogenic diet. However, they are paleo, vegan, FODMAP friendly, and non-GMO. If you are looking for a dairy-free chocolate chip or one that does not contain sugar alcohols like erythritol, the Enjoy Life brand is the best option.

The Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips are available in several stores across the country or they can be purchased online. They have a store locator on their site, and you can filter by product to search specifically for their dairy-free chocolate chips.

Evolved Dairy Free Chocolate Chips

Evolved is an all-vegan, organic company that sells mostly chocolate. A lot of their products are great for a ketogenic diet. They even sell Keto Cups, which are delicious chocolate and coconut desserts sweetened with coconut butter and monk fruit.

Evolved offers their dairy free chocolate chips in 4 varieties: cashew milk, 72%, 85%, and 100% chocolate chips. The dark chocolate chips are sweetened with organic coconut sugar, excluding the 100% dark chocolate chips.

A single serving of the 72% dark chocolate chips is 1tbsp has 7g of total carbs and 5g net. This is pretty high for a ketogenic diet, but they can be enjoyed in moderation in a keto dessert, or on their own.

A single serving of the 85% dark chocolate chips is 1tbsp has 6g of total carbs and 4g net. These would be delicious if added sparingly into a keto dessert or trail mix.

A single serving of the 100% dark chocolate chips is 1tbsp has 4g of total carbs and 2g net. The ingredients are simply organic cacao and organic cacao butter. If you can handle the bitterness of 100% dark chocolate, these are the perfect sugar free chocolate chips. I think they would be delicious added into some low carb waffles, fat bombs, or on their own.

The Evolved brand of sugar free chocolate chips and other dark chocolate chips are available in several health food stores. They have a store locator that you can use to easily find a location near you. Evolved also sells their products on their website and on Amazon.

Lakanto

Lakanto sells sugar free products that are sweetened with monk fruit. Their products range from sweeteners, to baking mixes, and everything else you need to satisfy a sweet tooth on a ketogenic or low carb diet.

Lakanto offers semi sweet sugar free chocolate chips that are 1g net carb per serving. Their dark chocolate chips are sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol. The sugar free chocolate chips also contain tapioca fiber, natural flavors, and a few gums. These added ingredients help with consistency and flavor and will not have an impact on blood glucose.

 

A single serving of the Lakanto chocolate chips is 8g of total carbs and 1g net. There are 4g of erythritol per serving, and this can be subtracted from the total carb count because erythritol is a sugar alcohol that does not impact blood glucose significantly.

The Lakanto chocolate chips are great for baking, and are a perfect option if you are looking for a sweetened chocolate chip that does not use stevia. Some people experience a bad aftertaste with stevia. Since these are sweetened with monk fruit, there will not be an aftertaste, but they will still be sweet, and not filled with sugar.

Lakanto is available in stores across the country. They have a store locator on their site to help you find a supplier near you. However, they mention that most stores only carry their sweetener blends, and not their other products. Chances are slim that you will be able to find the chocolate chips on shelves. Luckily, they sell their products online and through Amazon.

Bake Believe

Bake Believe is a family-owned brand that sells sugar free chocolate chips sweetened with stevia and erythritol.

Their chocolate chips are available in white chocolate, 55% cacao, and 45% cacao.

The dark chocolate chips that are 55% cacao are 9g of carbs per 1tbsp serving and 1g net. They use chocolate liquor, inulin, erythritol, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract, and stevia in their recipe. The semi-sweet 45% dark chocolate chips have the same ingredient list but contain 1 extra gram of erythritol.

 

Bake Believe is the first company to sell sugar free white chocolate chips. Since white chocolate is not actual chocolate, these chips do not contain chocolate liquor, but instead, use whole milk powder. A 1tbsp serving has 10g of total carbs and 1g net carbs.

Bake Believe is available in stores like Walmart across the country. They have a store locator on their site to make the product search easier.

Currently, Bake Believe does not sell its products through their site. Some suppliers carry the dark chocolate chips on Amazon, but the best option is to find them in a store near you.

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Sugar Free Chocolate Chips to Avoid

There are some sugar free chocolate chips on the market that use artificial sweeteners that have a significant impact on blood glucose levels.

Maltitol is an artificial sugar used in many sugar free candies and chocolates. It has a glycemic of 52. That is nearly equivalent to the glycemic index of table sugar, which is 60. The glycemic index measures the impact the food has on blood glucose levels. So even though maltitol is not labeled as sugar on a nutrition label, it is just as bad. Along with that, maltitol often has negative impacts on the gut and can cause a laxative effect.

Hershey’s sells sugar free chocolate chips that list maltitol as their first ingredient. Unfortunately, these are the most widely available in stores, but they should also be the most widely avoided.

Homemade Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

Making sugar free chocolate chips at home is surprisingly easy. If you have the ingredients and a few minutes to spare, homemade chocolate chips are a great option. With a homemade version, you have the ability to control the sweetness, as well as what sweetener you use.

Homemade chocolate chips are also more cost-effective. Because of the popularity of low-carb and sugar free diets, sugar free products cost a premium. Hopefully, that will change in the future as more companies continue to enter the market and drive the prices down. But for now, here are two great recipes for homemade sugar free chocolate chips:

Additional Options

These are a few other brands of sugar free chocolate chips that use keto friendly sweeteners like erythritol, allulose or stevia.

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