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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sugar-Free Pickles



This weekend we ran into a friend at the grocery store, and so obviously a photo was in order. The thing that cracks me up the most about this picture is how lovingly Ian is cradling that jar of pickles, as if it were our child. Hilarious. You might also note that we were caught pickle-handed in the candy aisle. Sugar addicts? Guilty. But lately we've been filling our sweet teeth with the sugar-free candy alternatives. Several of the bags over Ian's shoulder are laced with sugar alcohol instead of regular sugar. They have fewer calories and don't cause your blood sugar to spike and crash, but the texture tends to be slightly off and the flavor is often not quite right. So far, the candies closest to the original seem to be York Peppermint Patties, Andes Mints, and Lifesavers Mints (maybe mint candies have less sugar to begin with and are thus less changed?). The Dove chocolates also aren't bad, particularly the raspberry ones. If you eat enough of them, you begin to think the drier, waxier texture is normal. Twizzlers start out right, but end up leaving a funny aftertaste. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are regrettably pasty and not recommended.




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8 comments:

FrankandMary said...

I don't eat them often, but when I do I must have a REAL Twizzler, or 5. Friends of mine who went on Atkins years ago have EXTREME bathroom issues from some of the products in those sugar-free treats. Do be careful, or hitch a Johnnie on the Spot to the back of your car. ~Mary

[sbg] said...

Have you tried cherry coke zero? It's actually BETTER than the original cherry coke. I don't know how the food scientists do it. Is there a nobel prize in food science?

spv said...

I guess I'm lucky in the fact that I don't have a sweet tooth.

<----- I like that picture

I do get occasional cravings for cookies or whatnot now and then, but I can ignore them if I have to. I cave in on occasion, but it's not a problem. Call me weird, I suppose.

Sra said...

I know what you mean; I'm the same way about salty foods. I can eat chips, popcorn, etc. but never crave it and can easily say no or stop after one or two.

I am generally quite sensitive to zero calorie sweeteners, which taste like chemical poison to me, so I haven't tried cherry coke zero and I'm skeptical that it's better. But I like a challenge and will try it sometime.

Tauni said...

Coke Zero is MUCHO better. I like the Vanilla Coke Zero more than Cherry Coke Zero, but both are good.

Oh and for hard candies, I have found the life savers/cream savers in the sugar free variety are pretty good! :)

Natalie said...

you guys are so cute!

i like the sugar alcohol caramel pecan delights...or whatever they are called by russell stover.

i pretty much like candy. i just swore off sugar for a bit. i need to stay away from the fake stuff too, because then i just crave it more!

Tauni said...

Coke Zero is MUCHO better. I like the Vanilla Coke Zero more than Cherry Coke Zero, but both are good.

Oh and for hard candies, I have found the life savers/cream savers in the sugar free variety are pretty good! :)

Natalie said...

you guys are so cute!

i like the sugar alcohol caramel pecan delights...or whatever they are called by russell stover.

i pretty much like candy. i just swore off sugar for a bit. i need to stay away from the fake stuff too, because then i just crave it more!

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