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Replace sugar to make a healthier snack bar
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79 months ago
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When it comes to tasty snacks, bars--from granola, to cereal, to protein--are all the rage right now. People love the easiness and variety of individually wrapped bars. But the high sugar content of most bars is another story. Low sugar bars are hard to manufacture, especially when you want to stick a number of different ingredients together. Sugar and sugar-type ingredients are good at binding food together, but we want to find a low-sugar binding solution that is free from artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and carries a ‘clean label’ perception.


Propose a low-sugar, natural binding solution that could be used in the manufacturing of snack bars. Your solution should explain why the ingredient would make a great binder without adding too much sugar.

CRITERIA: We’ve already explored ingredients like honey and maple syrup, but both are loaded with sugar. Don’t submit honey, maple syrup, glucose syrup, corn syrup, high maltose corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, brown sugar, brown rice syrup, dextrose, fruit syrups or similarly sugary things, as ideas! We’ve explored natural sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit, which work great but are used at such low levels that they aren’t enough to hold a bar together. We’ve also tried bulking agents that are less sweet -- like glycerin, maltodextrin, resistant starch, tapioca starch, soluble corn fiber, inulin and chicory root extract. So please don’t submit those ideas either!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
5 Winners
will receive $150 each
5 Honorable Mentions
will receive $50 each
$150.00 Square pic 60 a17efdef 81c6 44d6 9e45 e09fcbbd8dd2 Miles White University of South Florida
$150.00 Square pic 60 img 20160214 085237617 Meagan Bartlett Columbus State Community College
$150.00 Square pic 60 img 8282 Forrest Colyer Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
$150.00 A Ana Basgan University of Central Florida
$150.00 Square pic 60 honors ambassadors id Andrew Klein University of Florida
$50.00 Square pic 60 img 0174 colyn andrews Cuesta College
$50.00 Square pic 60 img 0475 Anthony Zhao Boston College
$50.00 A Alicia Pickering Worcester
$50.00 Square pic 60 avatar Samantha Eastwood Pima Community College
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