A team of innovative food scientists from Stellenbosch University have invented a low-cost nutritious chocolate sandwich spread.
According to Shannon Howell, S’Cool Beans group member, the spread is jam-packed with protein and necessary vitamins and minerals needed to ensure the development and growth of children.
She says in their product development module, they decided to focus on low income groups and what they eat. They discovered that the spread was the inconvenient product because its easy, accessible and affordable.
We aimed the product at low income kids. I am sure they cant afford Nutella so why don't we come up with a product that is hidden made from vegetables and stuff like that but taste like chocolate spread.— Shannon Howell, S’Cool Beans group member
Its healthy, low in sugar and low in sodium. It has half the sugar contents of most chocolate spreads, higher in protein and fibre.— Shannon Howell, S’Cool Beans group member
Howell says they are working with one of the departments at Stellenbosch, which will help them commercialise the product.
S’cool beans has also been named as a finalist in the International Union of Food Science and Technology’s (IUFoST) Food Science Students Fighting Hunger product development competition.
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