Wendyl Nissen: Chocolate drink with mystery ingredients


Wendyl Nissen: Chocolate drink with mystery ingredients
  1. Wendyl Nissen: Chocolate drink with mystery ingredients
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    Salted caramel is one of those food trends, like quinoa and chia, that you simply can't get away from. Look away for a minute and the next thing they are showing up in everything.This is a new addition to the Jarrah hot…
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Jarrah Hot Choc Salted Caramel. Photo / Wendyl Nissen

Salted caramel is one of those food trends, like quinoa and chia, that you simply can't get away from. Look away for a minute and the next thing they are showing up in everything.

This is a new addition to the Jarrah hot chocolate range and has a few sweet secrets in its ingredient list.

Jarrah Hot Choc Salted Caramel. $7.99 for 275g.

Ingredients (greatest quantity first):

Milk solidsThese are a common ingredient in chocolate and are what is left over in milk when the water is removed.

Glucose solidsThis is a form of sugar, often found in chocolate and confectionery. There isn't a lot of sugar in this product at just 4g or 1 teaspoon per 200ml serving.

Vegetable oilNot sure what this oil is.

Cocoa (14%)This will be providing the chocolate flavour.

SaltSurprisingly high in sodium at 222mg but I suppose the salt needs to be in here to complete the salted caramel taste.

Mineral salts (341 or 340 or 339, 452,451)I'm not happy about the use of "or" in this list. The reason an ingredients list exists is so consumers can check to make sure they know what they are eating.

In this case you may be consuming calcium phosphate (341) or you may be eating potassium phosphate (341) or maybe sodium phosphate (339).

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All are salts of phosphoric acid and possibly don't make much difference but I think it is important to know. So make up your mind, Jarrah. Other mineral salts in here are diphosphates (452 and 451).

Emulsifiers (471 or 472c, 481,322(soy)Here we go with the "or" again. You may be eating mono- anddiglycerides of fatty acids (471) which are produced primarily from hydrogenated soya bean oil or you may be eating fatty acid esters of glycerol (472c) which are produced from glycerol.

Flavours (including caramel flavour 1%)These will be artificial flavours as there is no mention of natural flavours on the packet.

Anticaking agent (551)This is silicon dioxide, commonly known as silica.

Vegetable gum (415)This is xanthan gum, which is made from fermented sucrose and glucose.

Sweeteners (955,950)These are artificial sweeteners and will be in here to reduce the calorific value of this drink. You will get just 55 calories per 200 ml serve, yet it tastes very sweet.

The sweeteners are sucralose (955) which is the only non-calorific artificial sweetener made from sugar and acesulfame potassium (950)…

Jarrah Hot Choc Salted Caramel. Photo / Wendyl Nissen