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Forget artificial ingredients and preservatives — could mushroom fermentation be the key to better-tasting chocolate and coffee?

This idea comes from Brooks Kelly, PhD, Penn State University researcher and chief science officer of MycoTechnology, who employs an all-natural fermentation process using mushrooms to remove bitter and acidic qualities from food ingredients. By fermenting the ingredients with certain strains of mushrooms, sugar, moisture and oxygen are removed in exchange for beta-glucans, which results in a sweeter, full-bodied and less acidic product.

We know that consuming raw cacao is much healthier than pumping dark chocolate with milk and soy letchitin. However, with the insane amount of milk chocolate products on the market, no wonder so many people like the less-bitter taste of milk chocolate over its more natural, original dark state. Think about the possibility of MycoTechnology’s work; more people could kick those unhealthy, added flavor, and sugar-ridden milk chocolate candies goodbye and actually enjoy a less-bitter taste of natural, sweet chocolate.

“We believe this mushroom that we have for creating sweetness can create another alternative to sugar,” said MycoTechnology CEO Alan Hahn to FoodNavigator-USA.

MycoTechnology Inc. claims it will revolutionize the coffee and chocolate markets and plans to expand into myceliated vanilla, grains, and cereals.

What do you think? Could this technology make natural food taste better to the average consumer?

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33 comments on “Could Mushrooms Replace Dairy in Chocolates?”

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dilip gupta
4 Years Ago

Very interesting. Would like to be in the loop. As of now the subject is very new to me hence cannot offer any helpful comments.

Liane Rochelle Barrette
4 Years Ago

I hope not, I'm allergic to mushrooms & I love chocolate

Lorna Graham-Fernandes
4 Years Ago

Sounds good to me.

Arlene Labbe
4 Years Ago

shroooms, YES. I can't do dairy. That would be fabulous.

Gemma Hicks
4 Years Ago

Sounds yum!

Stacie Zachary
4 Years Ago

No mushrooms..

Deborah Burks
4 Years Ago

I hope so.

Charlotte Fenwick
4 Years Ago

Isabel Fenwick!!

Linda Hopman
4 Years Ago

This is a cruel stool!

Victoria Harper
4 Years Ago

As long as they can by grown and processed in an environmental conscience manner. To often tge cure is worse than the original problem.


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