Keto-Friendly Chocolate: 13 Sugar-Free Bars Reviewed

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Chocolate Bar With a Bite Mark In One Corner.Chocolate is delicious, and it has some impressive health benefits too.

Most of us view dark chocolate as the healthiest option, and there are lots of great bars available.

However, for some people, dark chocolate isn’t enough.

For those that would prefer the least sugar possible, this article provides a list of sugar-free chocolate bars.

Whether you are looking for keto-friendly chocolate or just trying to cut down on sugar, there is a lot of variety in here.

1) Montezuma: 100% Cacao Absolute Black

Montezuma Absolute Black Dark Chocolate.

If you like your chocolate bitter, then this could be the right bar for you.

Montezuma’s ‘Absolute Black’ has zero sugar, and it does not use a sweetener to replace it either.

This one has a strong, bitter taste and a crunchy texture from the cocoa nibs it contains.

Ingredients: chocolate liquor, cacao nibs. 
Type of chocolate:Dark, bitter
Bar Size:100 grams
Main sweetener:None
Net carbs per 25g:2 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • No sugars or sweeteners
  • Very clean ingredients profile

Drawbacks

  • Extremely bitter

2) Cavalier: Sweetened Milk Chocolate

Cavalier’s milk chocolate bar is the polar opposite to Montezuma, and it has a sweet and creamy taste.

Despite this, the bar contains no added sugars, and the sweet taste comes from a combination of stevia and erythritol.

Ingredients: Cocoa butter, milk powder, dextrin, inulin, oligofructose, cocoa powder, whey, erythritol, stevia, soy lecithin, natural flavoring.
Type of chocolate:Milk, sweet
Bar Size:85g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:0.8 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Very low in net carbs
  • Tastes good (if you like sweet things)

Drawbacks

  • Contains unnecessary ingredients like soy lecithin, but nothing too bad.

3) Choc Zero: Sugar-Free Keto Bark

Choc Zero's Sugar-Free Keto Chocolate Bark.

Choc Zero’s ‘Keto Bark’ product features dark chocolate sweetened with monk fruit, and it contains no digestible sugars or sugar alcohols.

The manufacturer also claims that the cocoa beans are stone-ground, and combined with vanilla beans; this gives the product a creamy texture.

This chocolate bar contains little bits of almonds and sea salt, giving it a pleasant flavor.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soluble corn fiber, almonds, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, monk fruit extract, vanilla beans.
Type of chocolate:Bittersweet
Bar Size:28.5g
Main sweetener:Monk fruit
Net carbs per 25g:1.8 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Contains one of the best “natural” sweeteners and it has no sugar or no artificial sweeteners.
  • Dark chocolate, almonds, sea salt, and vanilla make a good flavor combination.

Drawbacks

  • Stone-ground chocolate comes at a premium price.

4) Edge: Stevia-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Mini Bars

With a 78% cacao content, these sugar-free mini bars are keto-friendly, and they have a low carbohydrate content.

As it uses erythritol and stevia for sweetness, this chocolate won’t affect blood sugars (1).

As a result, these bars could be a good snack for people who do not want to worry about blood-glucose reactions.

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, cocoa butter, erythritol, vanilla beans, sunflower lecithin, stevia.
Type of chocolate:Bittersweet
Bar Size:10g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:3.25 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Premium and flavorful ingredients such as cocoa beans, cocoa butter, and vanilla beans.
  • No sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Drawbacks

  • Some people suffer from allergies to sunflower lecithin, and it is an ingredient that is not important for the taste.
  • Slightly higher in net carbs than other bars, but this is because it has a higher concentration of cocoa. Not necessarily a bad thing.

5) Innocent Chocolate: Zero-Sugar Bar

Innocent Zero Net Carbs Chocolate Wrapper.

With a 60% cacao content, Innocent chocolate is keto-friendly, contains no sugar, soy, gluten, or dairy.

Additionally, this bar contains added fiber and protein, which could be a good thing if you are looking to increase your fiber intake.

Interestingly, the people who make this bar are a nonprofit company, and their earnings go to environmental restoration programs.

Ingredients: Cacao, yellow pea protein, erythritol, stevia, beta cyclodextrin, glycerol monooleate.
Type of chocolate:Mildly sweet
Size:37.5g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:Claims to be 0 g
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Fairtrade ingredients.
  • Supports a good cause (environmental conservation).
  • No sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Drawbacks

  • Added pea protein is not a common thing for a chocolate bar.
  • The product claims to contain zero net carbs, but this is false since cocoa provides carbohydrate. That said, the exact level of net carbs is still likely to be very low.

6) KetoManna: Ketogenic Chocolate Fudge

Ketogenic chocolate fudge is a combination of coconut, cocoa, and MCT oil.

As a result, it offers something slightly different from the typical chocolate bar.

Each serving of this product provides 20 grams of fat, so it fits ketogenic diets.

Ingredients: Coconut, cocoa paste, MCT oil, inulin, pink Himalayan salt, monk fruit, vanilla.
Type of chocolate:Moderately sweet
Size:34g
Main sweetener:Monk fruit
Net carbs per 25g:1.5 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Premium ingredients and no additional emulsifiers.
  • A popular product which is known for its good taste.
  • Based on the latest research, monk fruit is one of the best and safest sweeteners (2).

Drawbacks

  • With the high-fat MCT contents of this chocolate, it may not be what some people are looking for in a chocolate bar.

7) Lily’s No-Sugar-Added Creamy “Milk Chocolaty” Bar

Lily's Creamy Milk Packaging Saying No Added Sugar.

This bar claims to be creamy and “chocolaty,” and you can see why when you look at the ingredients.

In addition to cocoa butter, Lily’s chocolate contains whole milk powder and pure milk fat.

The cocoa content is 60%, which makes the bar quite sweet as it contains a fair bit of erythritol.

Although it has no added sugar, this bar does contain 1-gram of sugar from the milk.

Overall, the bulk of the sweet taste comes from erythritol and stevia, and Lily’s chocolate contains a minimal amount of net carbs.

Ingredients: Unsweetened chocolate, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, whole milk powder, milk fat, stevia, soy lecithin, vanilla.
Type of chocolate:Moderately sweet
Size:40g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:1.9 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Good ingredients profile and a nice, creamy taste.
  • This bar has an excellent texture; it feels like any other chocolate, but readily melts in your mouth.

Drawbacks

  • Contains dairy and soy lecithin; some people may have sensitivities.

8) Cacao Nibs

First of all, cacao nibs are not really a chocolate bar, but I thought they deserve a place on the list.

The reason?

Cacao nibs are nothing other than pure, chopped cacao beans. This food is extremely nutrient dense, and a particularly good source of copper, iron, and magnesium (3).

Although cacao nibs contain carbohydrate, they are very high in fiber and contain no sugar, which makes them low in net carbs.

Ingredients: Unsweetened chocolate, erythritol, inulin, dextrin, whole milk powder, milk fat, stevia, soy lecithin, vanilla.
Type of chocolate:Intensely bitter
Size:454g
Main sweetener:None
Net carbs per 25g:2.2 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • 100% pure chocolate – cacao nibs are very nutritious and full of minerals.

Drawbacks

  • 100% pure chocolate – they are very bitter.

9) Simply Lite: Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate

Simply Lite Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Bar Packaging.

Simply Lite contains no added sugar, and it is extremely sweet since it contains more sweetener than it does cocoa.

The chocolate uses both vanilla and cinnamon for flavoring, which is always a tasty combination.

However, it is worth noting that maltitol is the choice of sweetener.

Although it is not technically classed as an added sugar, it is a carbohydrate that does have a glycemic response.

Therefore, despite the claims of this chocolate bar, I wouldn’t class it as keto-friendly.

Ingredients: Maltitol, cocoa, cocoa butter, inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla, cinnamon.
Type of chocolate:Sweet
Size:85g
Main sweetener:Maltitol
Net carbs per 25g:Claims to be 1 g
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Decent tasting chocolate bar.

Drawbacks

  • Maltitol can cause blood-glucose levels to spike, so this isn’t a good choice for anyone watching their blood sugars.

10) Bulletproof: Chocolate Fuel

Bulletproof is big business these days, and it has expanded the “butter in coffee” theme to sell all kinds of products.

Chocolate included.

So, how does Bulletproof chocolate perform?

As with all Bulletproof products, there are claims about how “pure” and “enriched” the chocolate is.

Ignoring the marketing talk, it seems a decent enough chocolate bar with good ingredients.

However, you have to pay extra for the brand name.

Ingredients: Cacao powder, cacao butter, xylitol, Bulletproof XCT oil powder, tapioca dextrin, tapioca, “lab-tested” vanilla beans.
Type of chocolate:Moderately sweet
Size:168g
Main sweetener:Xylitol
Net carbs per 25g:3.1 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • I have not tried this bar, but reviews highly praise the taste.

Drawbacks

  • Contains xylitol, which can be fatal if ingested by dogs. Dog owners: be careful!
  • Good, but overhyped ingredients.

11) Cavalier: Stevia-Sweetened Dark Chocolate With Berries

Cavalier Stevia-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Bar With Berries.

We saw Cavalier’s milk chocolate offering earlier, so here is their dark chocolate with berries bar.

Similar to their milk bar, this one contains zero grams of added sugar, and cocoa, erythritol, and stevia are the base ingredients.

However, this dark chocolate berries bar does contain a higher amount of net carbs due to freeze-dried berries being an ingredient.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, dextrin, inulin, oligofructose, erythritol, stevia, cocoa butter, freeze-dried raspberries, freeze-dried blueberry powder, freeze-dried blackcurrants, soy lecithin, natural flavoring.
Type of chocolate:Dark, mildly sweet
Size:40g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:1.6 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • It’s a tasty bar and not too sweet, and the berries offer a nice flavor contrast.
  • A keto-friendly bar that is still low in net carbs.

Drawbacks

  • Contains unnecessary ingredients like lecithin and natural flavorings.

12) The Good Chocolate: 65% Dark Bar

‘The Good Chocolate’ is a handmade beans-to-bar chocolate product.

With a combination of erythritol and stevia for sweetness, this chocolate is 65% cocoa and contains just two net carbs per 70-gram bar.

In addition, the bar claims to be keto-friendly, soy-free, and organic.

Ingredients: Cacao beans, erythritol, cocoa butter, mesquite powder, stevia, vanilla.
Type of chocolate:Dark but sweet
Size:70g
Main sweetener:Erythritol, stevia
Net carbs per 25g:0.7 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Excellent ingredient profile.
  • Delicious taste with a sweet creamy vanilla flavor.

Drawbacks

  • As with all bean-to-bar chocolate, the price is a little high.

13) Crotters’ Best: 99% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate

Crotters' Best Sucralose-Sweetened Dark Chocolate.

‘Crotters’ Best’ chocolate claims to be the perfect choice for people with diabetes.

This chocolate bar is sugar-free and contains no sugar alcohols, and it is 99% cacao.

Interestingly, the bar only contains three ingredients.

Ingredients: Cacao, vanilla extract, sucralose.
Type of chocolate:Dark but sweet
Size:42g
Main sweetener:Sucralose
Net carbs per 25g:1.8 grams
Available online?Yes: see here

Benefits

  • Very simple – 99% cocoa and only three ingredients.
  • I didn’t try this bar, but according to reviews, the taste is excellent.

Drawbacks

  • The science is not settled on artificial sweeteners like sucralose. There is a lot of non-scientific fearmongering to wade through, but some studies suggest they may have a harmful effect on the human gut microbiota. More research is necessary (4, 5).

Final Thoughts

In recent times the number of “keto-friendly chocolate” bars has skyrocketed.

Some of these are healthy and tasty products, but some are more about marketing and high prices.

However, from the options shown in this list, there should be something for everyone.

Lastly, if you prefer regular dark chocolate bars that use minimal amounts of sugar, see this list of great dark chocolate bars.