Sorbitol is produced with catalytic hydrogenation of hydrolyzed starch.

Sorbitol is used for jelly, chocolate, ice cream, dietary products, cake, bakery product and biscuit, wafer, hard candy, chewing gum and coating, cereal bar, jam and marmalade, jam filling, spreadable chocolate, wafer, fruit filling, dairy dessert, dried fruit.

Sorbitol is also used for personal care products like creams & lotions, shampoos, dental hygiene and pharmaceutical tablets and medical syrups, textile applications, polyurethane applications and construction chemicals.

Sorbitol often is used in modern cosmetics as a humectant and thickener. It is also used in mouthwash and toothpaste. Some transparent gels can be made only with sorbitol, because of its high refractive index.