Stevia sweetener doubles up as an edible meringue

The stevia sweetener contains prebiotic fibres

A stevia sweetener in the form of a meringue kiss that be eaten or dissolved in hot drinks in 30 seconds has arrived in the UK.

Liteez is a patent-pending sweetener containing simple ingredients such as prebiotic fibres, according to its maker Lampados International.

While the delivery system can be formulated with different types of sweeteners, the Israeli firm said using stevia posed a challenge – since the acidity and isoelectric point of the mixture changes completely relative to using other high-intensity sweeteners, such as sucralose.

A foam that sets firm

Attaining the delicate balance between a foam that sets firm, yet is soluble enough to dissolve in a hot drink, was a delicate and precise challenge, said Lampados chief executive Noam Kaplan.

“Changing the physical characteristics of the product changed the texture and manufacturing parameters.

“After lab trials, we successfully overcame all these challenges, maintaining the desired texture, form, flavour, colour and functionality of the kisses.”

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