Chocolate makers launch 'toothfriendly' products

by Eric Schroeder
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LEBBEKE, BELGIUM — Belgian chocolate makers Daskalides and Chocolaterie Smet have introduced "toothfriendly" chocolate products. They feature chocolate from Barry Callebaut, Zurich, Switzerland, that has received the "Happy Tooth" label from Toothfriendly International, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving dental health and is supported by dental associations throughout the world.

Daskalides has launched chocolate bars while Chocolaterie Smet has launched a series of four Hopla hollow figurines.

"We only give the Happy Tooth seal of approval to products that are guaranteed safe for teeth," said Albert Bar, director of Toothfriendly International. "All sweets that carry this logo have been scientifically tested by recognized and independent academic institutes for dental health. Their tests demonstrate that the product does not cause dental carries or tooth decay."

Barry Callebaut makes its toothfriendly chocolate through a special production process and composition. Milk proteins replace milk powder. Isomaltulose replaces milk proteins.

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