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Miss candy? Well, we can fix that.

We’ve got good news – you can still get your candy fix keto style! We’re sharing 10 low-carb and sugar-free candy alternatives that will let you splurge without the guilt.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

We get that everyone does keto in their own way. With that said, these low-carb candy options below are just suggestions, but definitely do what works for you.

Keep in mind that some of the sugar alternatives used in these candies may knock you out of ketosis. However, we still think these are better options than all the sugar-filled candies available. Also, note that excessive consumption of select artificial sweeteners with sugar alcohols may have a laxative effect (i.e. sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, erythritol, & maltitol).

Before listing the low-carb candy options, let’s go over the glycemic index and why it’s important when eating keto.

The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a food causes our blood sugar level to rise. The food is ranked on a scale from 0 to 100. 

Foods with a high GI are quickly digested and absorbed causing a rapid rise in blood sugar, which often, but not always, are highly processed carbohydrates and refined sugars. 

 

Foods with a low GI are digested and absorbed at a slower rate and result in a slower rise in blood sugar levels. Low GI foods are typically higher in fiber, protein, and/or fat. Foods with very little to no carbohydrate (meats, fish, eggs, and avocados) do not have a GI value.

Luckily, low-carb, high-fat diets like the ketogenic diet are centered around foods with a very low GI. But one particular food type continually raising eyebrows is alternative sweeteners. Although the majority of these type of sweeteners have a very low GI, they are by no means created equal.

Generally, there are three classifications of sweeteners: natural, sugar alcohols, and synthetic (a.k.a. artificial). Below is a breakdown of common sweeteners and where they fall on the GI.

GI index chart with sweeteners

Here are a few posts that you may find helpful:


Here are 10 keto candy alternatives:

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1. ChocZero Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Squares

This product is a keto-ers dream! Creamy, satisfying and awesome for anyone with dairy allergies or erythritol sensitivities. Thank you ChocZero!

  • Nutrition (1 square): 4.5g Fat | 1g Net Carbs | 0g Protein
  • Ingredients: Dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), soluble corn fiber, sunflower lecithin, monk fruit extract, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.

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ChocZero Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Bark

2. ChocZero Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Bark

You will NOT believe that this is a keto/low-carb product; it tastes JUST like a high quality dark chocolate bar, maybe even better. This is some of the best chocolate I’ve ever eaten, and to think it only has 2 net carbs? I’m sold.

  • Nutrition (1 ounce): 10-14g Fat | 2-3g Net Carbs | 1-3g Protein
  • Ingredients (based on Almond flavor): Dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), soluble corn fiber, almonds, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, monk fruit extract, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.

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holding Lily's salted almond chocolatee bar

3. Lily’s Chocolate Bars

If you haven’t heard of Lily’s, your taste buds are seriously missing out. This decadently delicious chocolate is sweetened with stevia making it a sweet treat that’s actually low in carbs! Our Hip2Keto team loves them! Collin’s favorite is the Salted Almond and Milk.

  • Nutrition (40 grams): 14-15g Fat | 3-4g Net Carbs | 2-3g Protein
  • Ingredients (based on Almond milk chocolate): Unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter, erythritol+, inulin, dextrin+, organic whole milk powder (rbst free), dry roasted almonds, milk fat (rbst free), sea salt, organic soy lecithin, stevia extract, vanilla extract.

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*Hip Tip: Sprouts has Lily’s Chocolate Bars on sale Buy One, Get One Free at least once a month, so be sure and stock up then if you have one nearby.


Tom & Jenny's classic soft caramels

4. Tom & Jenny’s Sugar Free Soft Caramel Candy

First off, these are delicious and taste just like the real thing. As far as keto… is maltitol the best sugar alcohol? No. That said, the serving size is 5 pieces and they’re fairly large pieces for a soft caramel candy (larger than your average tootsie roll). The bag says one serving (5 pieces) = 12 net carbs. I assume they’re estimating the sugar alcohol is absorbed at a rate 50% less than regular sugar.

 

In any case, people on a keto/low carb diet who crave sweets and have portion control will do just fine eating 2-3 of these a day EVEN IF you count every sugar alcohol as a carb (25g/5 pieces = only 5g carbs a piece). Definitely one of the better keto candies & worth trying out.

  • Nutrition (4 pieces): 4.5g Fat | 12g Net Carbs | <1g Protein
  • Ingredients (based on Classic flavor): Maltitol syrup, heavy cream (milk), xylitol, vanilla extract (water, alcohol, vanilla bean extractives), palm oil, sea salt.

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ChocoRite Milk Chocolate Pecan Clusters

5. ChocoRite Milk Chocolate Pecan Clusters

For anyone who is diabetic, ketogenic, or just wants a low sugar alternative treat, look no further! ChocoRite has made a delicious substitute. The Pecan Clusters are my family’s favorite with the soft and chewy caramel center coated in milk chocolate and pecans. The pecan flavor is not overwhelming but adds an extra dimension and a nice crunch. I will definitely keep buying from ChocoRite to help address sweet cravings without eating a bunch of sugar!

  • Nutrition (2 pieces): 7g Fat | 2g Net Carbs | 1g Protein
  • Ingredients: Caramel layer (fructooligosaccharides, vegetable oil (palm kernel, palm oil), water, glycerine, milk protein concentrate, nonfat dry milk, salted butter (cream, salt). Contains less than 2% of each of the following: soy lecithin, salt, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, sucralose, vanillin), dark chocolate coating (isomaltooligosaccharides, erythritol, palm kernel oil, cocoa, soy lecithin, vanilla flavor, sucralose), pecans.

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no sugar aloud brownie mix cups

6. No Sugar Aloud Brownie Mix

Absolutely delicious! This is one of the best, if not the best keto dessert I’ve tried so far. It has no sugar but what’s even more impressive, it has no after taste. Very quick and easy to make, mixture blends very easily, you only need a bowl, water, and a whisk (or spoon) to mix and voilà!!! Perfection in a cup!

  • Nutrition (1 cup): 18g Fat | 3g Net Carbs | 9g Protein
  • Ingredients: Almond flour, 100% Belgian cocoa powder, organic peanut butter, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavor, roasted peanuts, No Sugar Aloud natural blend (erythritol, monk fruit extract, organic stevia, maltitol), baking soda, organic cocoa nibs, sea salt, spices.

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Carb-O-Licious Low Carb Rum Balls

7. Carb-O-Licious Low Carb Rum Balls

These rum balls are amazing! Unbelievable taste and texture. I had to read the label twice to make sure they were low carb/keto. No weird aftertaste or funny texture-just pure delicious rum and chocolate taste. I could serve these and NO ONE would know they were low carb. So, so good; I will be ordering them again!

  • Nutrition (1 ball): 12g Fat | 1g Net Carbs | 3g Protein
  • Ingredients: Almond meal, eggs, erythritol, sucralose (sweeteners), canola oil, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), natural & artificial flavors, baking soda, coffee powder, coconut, flaxseed, trans fat-free shortening, sugar-free choc, canola oil, erythritol, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), sucralose, artificial flavor.

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Legendary Foods Pecan Pie Flavored Almond Butter

(No, this is not a candy, but it definitely tastes like a delicious treat and satisfies those sweet-tooth cravings! 😋)

8. Legendary Foods Pecan Pie Flavored Almond Butter

This lived up to the hype. The taste is amazing, hardly any of that artificial-sweetener taste that I have come to expect with keto-friendly snacks. It is super expensive but I think it’s worth the splurge to have as a special treat in the back of the fridge when I need a sweet fix!

  • Nutrition (2TB): 15g Fat | 2g Net Carbs | 6g Protein
  • Ingredients: Almonds, pecans, erythritol. Contains less than 2% of the following: sea salt, natural flavors, steviol glycosides (stevia).

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Kiss My Keto Low Carb Keto Dark Chocolate

9. Kiss My Keto Low Carb Keto Dark Chocolate

Wow – this stuff is so good, I can’t believe it’s keto! I started out with the variety pack which I ordered directly from their website. All the flavors are great, but my absolute favorite is the pumpkin sea salt. The mix of dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and a touch of salt is so good. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and it doesn’t taste artificial like other packaged keto snacks. I’d eat this even if I wasn’t doing keto!

  • Nutrition (1/3 bar): 13g Fat | 2-3g Net Carbs | 1-2g Protein
  • Ingredients: Unsweetened chocolate, inulin, erythritol, cocoa butter, hazelnuts (keto chocolate – toasted hazelnut), almonds (keto chocolate – roasted almond), pumpkin seeds (keto chocolate – pumpkin seed & sea salt), medium chain triglycerides. Contains 2% or less of: salt, natural vanilla flavor, steviol glycosides (stevia extract), sodium caseinate [a milk derivative], sunflower lecithin.

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ChocoRite Peanut Butter Cup Patties

10. ChocoRite Peanut Butter Cup Patties

I cannot believe these are only 1 net carb!!!!! The taste is AMAZING! No sugar & these truly do taste like real peanut butter cups. Arrived fresh, timely, and I’m very satisfied. Keto lovers rejoice! This has to be the #1 keto sweet that tastes wonderful and not like a mouthful of protein powder!

  • Nutrition (2 pieces): 7g Fat | 1g Net Carbs | 2g Protein
  • Ingredients: Polydextrose, peanuts, isomalto-oligosaccharides, erythritol, palm kernel oil, cocoa, non-fat milk, soy lecithin, vanilla flavor, salt, sucralose.

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