Being allergic to soy, one of the hardest things to find free of this ingredient is chocolate. A good standard chocolate bar can go a long way into making someone’s day! However, with allergies such as soy, safe consumption of a ‘normal’ everyday chocolate treat can often be impossible for some.
I was recently shopping at a local IGA store when I thought to look amongst the chocolates to see if there was something unusual floating about that I may be able to safely eat. [I was on the verge of giving up with chocolate some months ago after having spent hours checking ingredients trying to find a chocolate I could eat.]
Around one of the corners were some imported candies and chocolate bars. I curiously waded through these, especially after having found a Cadbury Wispa Gold (caramel-filled) bar imported from the UK at the local Coles supermarket a few months ago (that contained no added soy). Well, my friends, today I found a very interesting looking creme-egg filled chocolate BAR made imported from the same manufacturer (Cadbury UK). This was also free of additional soya lecithin!
I was so pleased to find these products in the last few months!
Since virtually all chocolate bars and blocks here in Australia contain soy derivatives (i.e. soy lecithin aka E322), finding soy free chocolate does indeed prove challenging. I used to buy Cocolo products on some occasions but didn’t really find them that rewarding in taste and texture.
The Twisted Creme Egg is not a bad tasting bar. A very satisfying treat, I should add!
Cadbury UK Wispa Gold Caramel-Filled Chocolate Bar
Though I personally preferred the Wispa Gold! Had I known the Wispa Gold bar was only a limited edition product, I would have had my hands on the box full of them!
Much remains a mystery to me about how certain Cadbury products from the UK are managing to find their way to the Australian market, however there must be some popularity amongst these products, that I may not know about. Their popularity with me has only come due to the fact that they are the only decent choc-type bars I’ve seen that don’t contain that ‘good ol” soy lecithin.
However, it does appear that they use 2 emulsifiers, one of which appears to be used in place of soya lecithin [i.e. Ammonium salts of phosphatidic acid - E442] and the other (Polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid – E476) which seems to be found in most of Cadbury chocolates around the world.
Hmm, sound like very artificial substances; probably not the best thing for us, but I tend to not worry too much about the whole ‘natural food’ thing because believe me, natural food products and natural preservatives can also be problems for people like me (i.e. organic soy lecithin, salicylates, amines, you name it!). So, I’m not to concerned about it at this point in time!
It would be great if Cadbury Australia could reconsider the additions of Soya Lecithin to their chocolates here, especially due to the rising trend of soy allergies. I guess the implications may be that artificial preservatives and additives may be the only substitute (as mentioned in the above paragraph) and it’s a possibility that may not go down well with some of the general public!
Although neither the Wispa Gold nor Twisted Creme Egg bars contain/ed additional soy products, please be aware that there is a warning statement on the pack stating ‘may contain nuts, soya’. Some individuals with soya allergies may need to take care. Having said that, the reference of the ’soya’ warning primarily relates only to soya-derived lecithin. I am sensitive to all soy ingredients (far sensitive than most as I cannot have any soy at all including soy lecithin (an ingredient deemed as safe for soy allergies by many GPs and naturopaths), which is present in most chocolates these days) and tried these out and did not have any reaction or signs of discomfort at all.
I feel it is very unlikely that a warning about ‘TRACES’ of soy lecithin would be an issue in any case. There is also the fact that, due to industry expectations and the thorough cleaning processes incorporated in the facility along with the fact that very few products made by Cadbury UK even contain soy at all, it is quite unlikely that any soya lecithin would have even come into contact with the overall product! Only individuals with extreme soy sensitivity may be affected.
I would recommend that any individuals who are concerned about this to seek professional guidance by a GP or qualified naturopath, however I am quite convinced that this product is quite safe for the soy allergic out there! The Wispa Gold was and the Creme Egg are both gluten free!
INGREDIENTS: Creme Egg “Twisted”
Milk chocolate (Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavourings), Fondant (30%) (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Humectant (Glycerol), Colours (E171, Sunset Yellow), Flavouring. Contains Milk. May contain traces of Nuts and Soya.
INGREDIENTS: Wispa Gold
Milk chocolate (Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier (E442), Flavourings), Caramel (35%) (Glucose Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Dried Skimmed Milk, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Flavouring. Contains: Milk. May contain traces of Nuts and Soya.
I personally think this was a very interesting find and I’d say that even though the Twisted bar is simply a re-shaped Creme Egg designed for ‘the time of year’, I guess it serves as a nice treat long after, or way before, Easter!