I use organic cocoa butter mainly from Peru or Columbia.
Cocoa paste is made from cocoa beans and is the main ingredient that affects the chocolate aroma. The origin of cocoa beans is vital and I choose the best on the UK market. My organic cocoa mass is produced from Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Columbian or Madagascar beans.
You will find coconut sugar in most of mYSweet chocolates. There are different opinions on its benefits and "healthiness". The main reason I have chosen coconut sugar is because it is not as processed as refined table sugar thus making it a great choice for those looking for more natural types of sugar. There are a number of sources saying that coconut sugar does retain quite a bit of nutrients found in the coconut palm. Compared to refined sugar, coconut sugar has higher levels of iron, zinc, and calcium and antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanidin (according to research from the Philippines government’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute)
As it is still sugar, the advice is to use it sparingly.
My next favourite sweetener is maple syrup for its low Glicemic Index of 19 (compared to GI 68 in table sugar). Pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants. In fact, it is more than honey. It also contains zinc and manganese in fairly high amounts, in addition to potassium and calcium. Zinc can help fight illness and improve immunity since it keeps your level of white blood cells up, while manganese plays a role a crucial role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, brain and nerve function.
Inulin is a prebiotic fibre with a sweet taste. It is found in many common foods, including onions and garlic. The most inulin-rich foods are chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke. Inulin feeds good bacteria that lives in your gut. Inulin in mYSweets adds natural sweetness as well as provides smooth texture in the fillings.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol found naturally in some fruits, including apples, apricots, dates, berries, peaches, plums, and figs. It is added to mYSweets in very little quantities in place of regular sugar to first, provide less calorie content and, secondly, maintain moistness in chocolates and prolong the shelf-life of the chocolates.
Some flavours of mYSweets contain honey. It contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, as well as an abundance of beneficial antioxidants.
My favourite natural sweetener! Also known as Jerusalem artichoke syrup. The juice squeezed from Topinambur contains mainly long-chained inulin and only a slight amount of fructose making it a healthier sweetener among all liquid sweeteners. It is low in glycemic, zero cholesterol, and low calorie with a naturally sweet flavour.
Dextrose (grape sugar)
Dextrose Powder (also known as Grape Sugar) is a naturally occurring form of glucose which is a simple monosaccharide found in plants. It has a wide variety of uses including juices, shakes, cocktails and cakes. In mYSweet filling it balances out other sweeteners and prolongs the shelf life of the chocolates.
I do not use soy lecithin at all as quite often it is made from genetically modified soybeans. . I've chosen a natural emulsifier for my fillings and not all of my chocolates contain it.
Currently I use ready-made nut butter from Realfoodsource. They are produced by grounding roasted or raw nuts until a butter is formed, absolutely nothing else is added ( no added oils, preservatives, sugar or salt).