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Battle of the Fuze Slenderize Flavors

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks

Battle of the Fuze Slenderize FlavorsIt’s been a while since the last installment of our Battle Of series, and with the transition from summer to autumn we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with some drinks that remind us of tropical places. Fuze Slenderize flavors from Fuze Beverage are the company’s answer to low carb competition, and worthy competitors the Slenderize flavors are. We chose three of the six available flavors for our little competition. After sampling these three we are eager to try the others.

Let’s start off by saying that we really enjoyed all three flavors. The bottle suggests shaking the product well before drinking, and we agree. Each flavor contains only 5mg of sodium, and 100% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. All three are sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium. They were all refreshing and interesting, but we’re here to crown a champion, so let’s get to it!

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Murray Sugar Free Fudge Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks

Murray Sugar Free Fudge Dipped Shortbread CookiesIt’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a product from the fine people at Murray, so we hit the local supermarket and perused the Murray shelf for a good candidate. We noted two things right away. First, the Murray shelf is getting bigger. It’s refreshing to see more and more sugar free and low carb products hitting the shelves. Second, it’s amazing the impact that effective product design and presentation are in creating permanent memories that influence consumers throughout there lives. It was this factor that immediately drew us to Murray Sugar Free Fudge Dipped Shortbread Cookies. The picture on the package alone screamed “this is going to be a great tasting cookie!” We were not to be disappointed. These cookies are great. The taste is barely distinguishable from the competitors’, and the only slight difference we could detect is that, for obvious reasons, the fudge is not as sweet. The cookies have a good, crisp snap, and the shortbread has an almost moist quality to it once you begin to chew it. We highly recommend these cookies.

Serving size is five cookies, and you will want to stay at or below that since there is some sugar alcohol in each serving. Murray Sugar Free Fudge Dipped Shortbread Cookies are also sweetened with Splenda, which is always a plus in our book. Each serving provides 80mg of sodium, 2 grams of protein, about 16 grams of digestible carbohydrate, and 150 calories. The only real complaint we would have is the 5 grams of saturated fat, but on the plus side each serving does contain 0 grams of cholesterol.

Tradewinds Diet Sweet Tea

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Tradewinds Diet Sweet TeaThe Glucoholic loves to whip up a pitcher of fresh brewed sweet tea from time to time – made with Splenda of course. Often the urge to have an ice cold glass happens when there is not enough time to brew a batch, so we’re always on the lookout for a good sugar free bottled tea. We were very pleased with Tradewinds Diet Sweet Tea. It’s a sweet black tea, and the flavor is slightly stronger than your garden variety home brew, which we think is a plus. Now we know that all the hardcore tea aficionados out there are asking “what kind of rube drinks cold tea from a bottle?” We’ve dabbled with “proper” teas and really enjoyed many of them, but we’re in the south, and ’round these parts we drink it sweet and cold! All kidding aside, we think Tradewinds Diet Sweet Tea is the closest thing to homemade that we’ve found to date. If you want to prepare for those times when you just don’t have time to make a pitcher yourself, give this fine product a try.

Tradewinds Diet Sweet Tea is sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium, and for once someone got that mix correct. The sweetness is an almost exact match to the finely tuned mix The Glucoholic has perfected in brewing his own tea at home. Taking a close look at the bottle and the Tradewinds website we see that they are very proud of the fact the tea is fresh brewed just before bottling, and we must say it seems to be a real advantage for them. The tea has zero of everything, and therefore has no real health impact other than refreshing taste and healthy antioxidants. We searched, but found no mention of caffeine content. We’re going to assume that there is caffeine present, as most teas which have been through the decaffeination process have that clearly stated on their packaging.

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Hershey’s Sugar Free Dark Chocolates

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks

Hershey’s Sugar Free Dark ChocolatesIn The Glucoholic’s less diabetic days he used to fancy the Hershey’s chocolate miniatures. And why not? They’ve been around forever and you can get a metric ton of them at your local shopping club. They always seem to pop up in every office you work in, and passing them by can be a real challenge. The Milk Chocolate, the Special Dark Chocolate, the Mr. Goodbar, the Krackel – they all call out to you. What’s a person to do?

Well, we might have a solution for you. Hershey’s Sugar Free Dark Chocolates are roughly the same form factor and are a fair facsimile of the Special Dark Chocolate miniature. Hershey has not reproduced all the original miniatures in a sugar free form, but we’re happy to start with the dark chocolate. The taste is comparable, and those who usually shy away from dark chocolate might want to give the sugar free version a try because the sugar free version seems to us to be slightly sweeter than the original Special Dark Chocolate Miniature, ironically.

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