SOY, SOY, SOY! It seems to be in everything in one form or another. This post however is dealing with soy lecithin – which is an emulsifier – and is in many of our foods today. In particular, I have been on the hunt for a chocolate chip that does not have soy lecithin in it. My hunt was pretty exhaustive – Whole Foods, Central Market, Fresh Market, HEB, Kroger, Target. My findings – ONE brand only does not include soy lecithin. So, what’s the big deal you may be wondering. Well, the big deal is that as of 2013, 93% of the soy in the US is genetically modified. I will let your draw your own conclusions about Genetically Modified foods, but as for me, I choose to avoid them when possible. Now, back to my findings. Guittard was the only brand I found that did not contain Soy Lecithin, but only their Extra Dark Chocolate variety – it uses sunflower lecithin. And Guittard states, both on the front of the bag and in the ingredient listing, that the company does not use genetically modified ingredients.
Score 2 points for Guittard! No Soy and Non-GMO! So if you, like me, are looking for products that do not contain soy – or GMO ingredients – Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate chips are the ones for you!