The Procter & Gamble Co. is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for a fat that can be used to lower the calorie count of soft candies like chocolate bars. The company said its product, caprenin, has the characteristics of cocoa butter but has 140 calories per ounce, compared with about 250 calories per ounce of other common fats.
Since caprenin is made from fatty acids contained in other common fats, Procter & Gamble is hoping to speed up FDA approval by asking certification of caprenin as an ingredient already recognized as safe.
FDA approval is just one step toward the product possibly showing up in candy bars.
P&G also will have to convince candymakers that caprenin tastes good enough to risk the expense of marketing it.