Archive for January, 2009
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Sugar Free Snacks
Don’t you just know that the person responsible for “inventing” turtle candies was just sitting around one day trying to figure out how to get the chocolate covered goodies they were experimenting with to stop forming the little drops of chocolate around the edges? At some point they looked at a piece and said “That looks like a turtle!” There we have it, a whole class of products from one simple mistake and a simpler observation. Now we don’t know if this is anywhere close to the truth, but hitting the internets to find the turtle’s real origin kind of takes the romance out of it doesn’t it? Let’s look closer at DeMet’s sugar free version of the turtle.
DeMet’s turtles come individually wrapped, and are about the size of a Sacagawea dollar. We thought they were very tasty and, as you might expect, shockingly similar to most other turtles we’ve had. If we were granted one request by the fine folks at DeMet’s it would be to include more pecan and cashew and less caramel. Conversely, if you really like caramel then this might be the turtle for you. Each turtle has excellent sweetness provided by the sucralose in the recipe. Nutritionally, these should be used as occasional treats and not low carb staples. A serving size is three pieces of candy and those three pieces will get you 150 calories, 11 grams of fat, 70mg of sodium, and about 11 grams of digestible carbohydrate. Given the seven grams of saturated fat and 17 grams of sugar alcohol you’ll want to go sparingly with these turtles. The food allergy warnings are prominently displayed on the outer package and on each turtle, so you’ll definitely want to check those out. We really liked DeMet’s Sugar Free Turtles. Much like a Snicker’s Bar, we wish they were a little more friendly to our waistlines and our blood sugars!
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
We’re beginning to wonder if Jones Soda can do any wrong with their sugar free sodas. If you’ve been paying attention you know that The Glucoholic is kind of a Jones fanboy. Our past reviews of the sugar free black cherry soda and the sugar free root beer have led people to ask us if we’re being compensated by Jones Soda. We’re not, but be prepared for your skeptic-o-meter to go haywire. We’re not big fans of anything apple flavored, so we thought that this might be the first bad review Jones Soda got from us. We picked up a four-pack for the review, all the while wondering if we were about to waste three bottles. Let us tell you something folks – we were wrong, and pleasantly so.
Jones Sugar Free Green Apple Soda is totally different than the black cherry or root beer. The flavor comes at you in waves. The first wave consists of a shocking blend of coolness and fruit flavor that only lasts a second or two. If you savor the sip for a moment you get a smooth, relaxing mix of apple flavor and what tastes like mint. Then as the apple flavor subsides you’re left with this sweet, candy-like aftertaste that lasts for some time. It’s almost like enjoying an apple sucker for a minute or so. We highly recommend this soda. It’s quality is perfectly in line with what we’ve come to expect from Jones.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The Glucoholic is not supposed to be drinking caffeine, so he’s hoping to win some kind of award for bravery by reviewing Pepsi One. People always ask us why we don’t review any of the more traditional diet colas, and we usually shrug our shoulders or reply to the email with “Uh, we dunno.” Well it’s a new year and time to try new things. Give the people what they want we say. Actually, there are two relatively good reasons why we’ve stayed away from products like Pepsi One. Firstly, most of these products from the “Big 2” soft drink makers are sweetened with aspartame and we have a natural aversion to them. Secondly, these products are so common that we just assumed everyone had tried them and made their own decision about them. It looks like we were wrong on the second one, so let’s start doling out our two cents right now!
Fortunately, Pepsi One is sweetened with Splenda and acesulfame potassium. We think this makes Pepsi One taste pretty much like the original Pepsi, except there seems to be a slight aftertaste. We are always suspicious that the formula contains too little Splenda and too much acesulfame potassium when we find this in a diet soda. It’s not going on our list of favorite sugar free drinks, but we’re pretty sure that real Pepsi fans will find something they are familiar with and enjoy in Pepsi One if they are in the market for something sugar free. We think it beats sodas sweetened with aspartame hands down. An eight ounce serving of Pepsi One provides 25mg of sodium, 35mg of potassium, and 43mg of phosphorous. It also contains a healthy dose of caffeine – we can barely sit still long enough to finish this paragraph.
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year! Hopefully all of our faithful readers are off to a healthy, happy 2009. As we begin preparing our list of products to review in the new year, we wanted to take a look back at the best sugar free and low carb products of 2008. These products made the list by virtue of being repeat purchases for us. In all five cases, they’ve actually become staples for The Glucoholic.
We hope you enjoyed reading about and consuming some of these products as much as we enjoyed finding and reviewing them this past year. We look forward to providing more sugar free and low carb product reviews than ever in 2009, and to hearing from all of you in this new year.
Top Five Sugar Free and Low Carb Products of 2008
- Jones Sugar Free Root Beer
- Russell Stover Sugar Free Nougie Nutty Chew
- Ocean Spray Light Cran-Grape Juice
- Baskin Robbins Sugar Free Very Berry Strawberry Soft Candy
- Sugar Free Dove Rich Dark Chocolates With Chocolate Creme