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Make Xylitol Candy Yourself: Sugar-free and Tooth-friendly

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Xylitol candies are a great alternative to sugary lozenges: sugar-free, tooth-friendly, and pleasantly minty-sweet. We’ll show you how to make and vary your own xylitol candy.

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has long been used as a sweetener in chewing gum and toothpaste. According to the AOK, it is particularly suitable for this because it does not cause tooth decay and even protects the teeth from acid-related decalcification. It also contains about half the calories of regular sugar.

So just the right thing for you if you want to snack on your teeth in a way that is gentle on your teeth and low in calories. We’ll show you how to make your own xylitol candies from just two ingredients and how you can vary them.

Tips on ingredients and tools

Xylitol is also often called xylitol or birch sugar. It’s always the same substance, but it’s not exclusively made from birch. For industrial use, xylitol now comes mainly from corn, other types of wood or even straw.
Buy high-quality xylitol: Best fair-grown organic xylitol, like the one from Avocadostore**. This is obtained from corn.
Birch sugar candies are perfect for sucking on after a meal for dessert as they can prevent plaque build-up.
You can vary the taste with essential oils. You can get a good selection of organic essential oils at Avocadostore**. Make sure the oils are edible.
Instead of pouring the candies into a “board” as in the recipe and then breaking them into crystal-like pieces, you can also pour the heated mass into a suitable silicone mold in step four. You can get sweets in all sorts of shapes, such as on Amazon**.
Reusable silicone mats, such as those from Waschbär**, are not only a good alternative to baking paper for xylitol candies. You can use them without fat or oil for baking. Tip: Before you buy such a mat, think about whether the purchase is worthwhile for you. If you’re only going to use them once or a few times, then better borrow one from a friend. You can also use recycled baking paper, for example at Avocadostore**.
Xylitol itself has a virtually unlimited shelf life, but loses its flavor over time. Depending on what you added, your candy should last for several months if you haven’t eaten it by then.

Tooth-friendly xylitol candies: A simple recipe

Ingredients:

100 g xylitol
20 drops of essential oil

Directions:

Melt the xylitol in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add the essential oil you want your candies to taste like. Candies without added oils taste just as sweet and fresh as xylitol. Of course, you can also mix the oils according to your taste.

Spread the mixture on sustainable baking paper or an alternative. Make sure you don’t spread it too thinly, otherwise the candies will easily splinter later.

Allow the xylitol mixture to cool for several hours or overnight. Then you can pop them out of the mold or break the board into small bite-sized pieces.

Tips to vary color and taste

Color: When you mix the candy mass, you can add non-toxic and tasteless colorants. We recommend turmeric powder for yellow, currant or rosehip powder for red, or matcha for green. You can get them all at the Avocadostore**. Depending on the powder, they also influence the taste. So make sure these flavors match the oils you use.
Taste: In step three, start mixing with the essential oils and find out what you like. Classic combinations often consist of a citrus component, such as tangerine, and a spicier component, such as cinnamon.

What are the benefits of xylitol?

Xylitol is a so-called sugar alcohol – the body metabolizes it without releasing insulin, so that the birch sugar does not significantly increase blood sugar. This is why xylitol is also a good substitute for sugar for diabetics.

By the way: sugar alcohols have nothing to do with conventional drinking alcohol.

Two other popular benefits of birch sugar: It doesn’t promote tooth decay. Instead, it is even said that it promotes dental health. If you consume xylitol instead of sugar, less plaque should form, it probably slows down the growth of caries bacteria and, according to the AOK, protects the teeth from acid-induced decalcification. Additionally, xylitol has about half the calories of table sugar. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment rates xylitol as an acceptable additive and only points out that excessive consumption can have a laxative effect.

Caution: Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs and other pets. By the way, cats are not included. Be careful not to drop anything that the animals could swallow.

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D Witz
D Witz
1 month ago

Essential oils?!? I hope no one has made this without clarifying that they need to be FOOD SAFE essential oils! You might wanna make that information part of the recipe.

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