What is Monkfruit? 🤔🍈

What is Monkfruit? 🤔🍈

We believe it’s important that you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting in your body. Did you know our delicious stroopwafels are made with monk fruit extract?



Native to Southeast Asia, monk fruit was first discovered by - you guessed it - monks in the 13th century. This alternative to sugar also goes by the names lo han go or Swingle fruit (siraitia grosvenorii). 

It may look like an ordinary coconut, but this fruit, part of the melon family, can do some extraordinary things. The extract contains substances called mogrosides, which are intensely sweet. According to the International Food Information Council Foundation, monk fruit is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar. 


But the recent craze for monk fruit isn’t surprising to some people. In fact, monk fruit has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicines for centuries. Monk fruit can be used to treat colds and help with digestion. 

Today you’ll find monk fruit in many of the food and beverages you consume today, such as soft drinks, juices, dairy products, dessert, candies, and condiments. 



Where does the sweetness come from? The sweetness of monk fruit comes from antioxidants instead of fructose or glucose. And the intensity of the flavor means a little monk fruit extract goes a long way. 

At Rip Van, we want to provide you with convenient snack options that work for your body which is why we use monk fruit extract to sweeten our delicious wafels. Monk fruit extract contains antioxidants, zero calories, zero carbs, zero sugars, and no harmful side effects. 



Now when you’re enjoying one of our wafels, you can rest easy knowing what the monk fruit is doing for you.



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