PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chocolate is an all-American favorite, and now a there is break through new way to make it a little healthier. A brand new kind of low-fat chocolate is being tested right here in Philadelphia.
When you think about the things dreams are made of, you probably think about chocolate that just so happens to be low-fat.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: As Halloween Approaches, Remember Not All Dogs Will Enjoy Wearing Costumes
It’s still in the testing phase, but Professor Rongjia Tao and his team at Temple University have developed a revolutionary technology.
“What we do is apply an electrical field, and change the micro structure of liquid chocolate,” said Professor Tao describing the process.
One word to describe this complicated science is viscosity. In simpler terms, the scientists are changing the thickness of liquid chocolate making it easier to extract the fat. This is done with electricity.
“Usually it’s around 40,000 volts we use,” said Temple student Jeffrey Regitko.
It’s all done in a contraption the students built. It’s where the chocolate gets electrified.READ MORE: AIDS Walk Philly, Region's Largest HIV Awareness Event, Underway At Art Museum
Jeffrey Regitko lucked out with his first research project by being assigned to this physics lab.
“This is an eye opener,” he said.
Especially when you consider the technology was originally developed for crude oil. Electricity reduces the thickness, so it flows easier.
The Mars candy company asked Professor Tao if he could do the same for chocolate to improve manufacturing, and it worked, with the added benefit of being able to remove fat.
In this Chocolate Science Factor, the team of mad scientists, as they like to be called, worked to make the sweet delight, healthier while still keeping its flavor.
The chocolate tastes the same.MORE NEWS: Religious Leaders Putting Faith Into Action To Stop Gun Violence In Philadelphia
The Temple group says they have both a 10 percent and 20 percent reduced fat version of the chocolate.