Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Splenda Introduces New Brown Sugar Blend

On October 5, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend became available in stores in the United States. I first read about this on Livinlavidalocarb, but when I tried to buy the brown sugar Splenda, I couldn't find it. But I kept looking and I found it today in an Albertson's store near my house in Salt Lake City. This is not a huge store, so I am guessing that if I found it here, you will soon be able to find it at a store near you.

When I first checked the carb count, I was not impressed, but then I realized you use half the amount of brown sugar blend as you would brown sugar in a recipe. With that adjustment, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend has slightly less than half the carbs of regular brown sugar. The label says "1/2 the calories of brown sugar".

I'm excited about this new brown sugar option because I don't think that regular Splenda really replaces the taste of brown sugar. Sugar Twin has a brown sugar substitute, but I don't really like the taste of it. I make a glaze for grilled salmon that has brown sugar and I am anxious to try the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in that recipe. Also Pat has requested Fried Green Tomatoes with brown sugar. I am still thinking about that one, but the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend might make that a possibility without being a total carb extravaganza.

I will let you know what I think after I try it in some things. So far I just tasted it on my finger, and I think it tastes good. The taste is not exactly like brown sugar, but very close. One thing I'm wondering. If this new "blend" is just Splenda mixed with brown sugar, why couldn't we mix it ourselves?

By the way, many people don't realize that brown sugar is actually higher in carbs than white sugar. Somehow the brown color makes it seem healthier.

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