Product Type: Silver Spoon Baking & Ingredients
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Silverspoon Half Spoon Sugar
Member Name: ryanando
Silverspoon Half Spoon Sugar
Advantages: none that I can see. Just cut down on sugar!
Disadvantages: It will have you addicted after a couple of subtly sweeter cups
Pay day is once again upon me and it is a bloody small miracle that I have made it this long without killing someone. In the last month I've had a lot of man trouble. Men have been playing me like a board game. Any quirky chess related queen comments can be kept to yourself.
The last couple of days in particular have been a real joy between loosing my debit card, my mum loosing her job and my friend loosing her girlfriend, I've been having a whale of a time. At the moment I'm waiting on the gas man coming. He's taking forever and my arm is getting sore!! (I jest)
So, since I STILL have nothing to entertain me, I thought I'd have a cup of tea. And then I thought I'd review it. Enjoy!
---Double is always better---
Ok, so it's not the TEA that I'm reviewing, it's the sugar I'm using in it. It's not just ANY sugar though, this is SPECIAL sugar.
A couple of months ago I decided to try and cut down on bad things. Sex, drugs and money are pretty much on empty anyway so I decided to go for caffeine and sugar. Off I popped to the magical land of ASDA (I thought I'd take a break from Tesco) and grabbed me some Redbush tea and, for the princely sum of £1.90 some Silverspoon "Half Spoon". Nearly a quid more expensive than normal sugar. Grr.
The whole idea behind the sugar is that it tastes twice as sweet as normal sugar so you only need to use and therefore consume half the amount you normally use. Amazing! How do they do it? Basically what you are buying isn't sugar at all. Well...part of it is. The other part is sweetener. That's just downright cheating if you ask me!!
---Does it work?---
In theory, this stuff rules. In practice... well that's a little different. Upon making my normal cup of tea, I usually put 2 teaspoons of sugar in it, no milk. After breaking out my calculator and spending hours going through tough formulas I decided that I would only, in theory, need 1 teaspoon of this magical sugar.
Upon taking a sip, I nearly died. My tea seemed about half as sweet as it usually did. I felt abused. They had taken me in! I didn't know what to do. Then an idea came to me.
In an act of rebellion, I proceeded to pile another whole teaspoon of sugar in, bumping it up to my usual amount. Everything was good again. I was happy and the world was ok. So that was the sugar written off as a complete, tits up failure.
---But wait, there's more---
A nasty surprise was to be waiting for me just round the corner. I had bought the sugar so I thought I may as well use it till I run out then buy the normal stuff again. Weeks passed and everything was fine. I'm not a complete tea fiend so the big bags last me a good few months.
One evening I ventured out to my mothers house where she offered me a cup of tea. "oh no, I shouldn't, I've been drinking caffeine free, mother!" I said and saw a look of confusion pass over her face. "...you're an idiot. Have a cup of tea, its freezing" she replied.
I politely asked her for two of her normal boring sugars and was given just that. Upon taking a sip, I nearly died! My tea seemed about half as sweet as it usually did! De ja vous? No, just bloody impostor shaped sugar! It seems that the sugar was, in fact, doing its job and doubling the sweetness of my cup. It's just really hard to tell until you go back to normal sugar. It's similar to how I never thought there was any difference in the quality of videos and DVD's till I took a moment of fancy and hooked up the video player and was appalled at the awful quality.
As you can imagine, this now presents me with a bit of a predicament. I either stick with the double spoon and pile the equivalent of 4 sugars into my tea (and I would like to point out I am a firm believer that anything more than 3 sugars is just wrong) and 6 in my coffee (the caffeine free kick is firmly over) or I go back to normal tea and have it taste about as sweet as the inside of a well used jock strap. (that's not very sweet by the way) (not from experience)
And now for the bit I can tell you are all aching for! What does it do to your insides? To be honest I don't really have a clue, but if you wish I shall force feed a small child nothing but sugar for a month then take him to the doctor and ask? No? Oh well. Ruin all my fun. Instead I'll just tell you the "nutritional values" and you can decide for yourself whether it's going to kill you from the inside out. AKA: I'm being lazy.
Rather handily, the side of the pack gives the values for normal sugar and crazy magic half sugar. The first thing I notice is that they are tipping the scales wildly on the nutritional values by assuming you will actually only be using half of the stuff.
For 1 teaspoon of normal sugar, you'd be consuming about 4g of carbohydrates. In half a teaspoon of the magic stuff, you will consume but 2g! So in reality I'm getting the exact same amount. Rather fantastically the only other thing IN sugar is calories. In half a teaspoon of the magic stuff, there are 8 calories. Less than 1% of your recommended daily intake. This is the only thing it doesn't compare with normal sugar which makes me a tad wary, but I doubt it's some big conspiracy. Over all, as long as you're having tea with sugar and not the other way round, you SHOULD live. Though I take no responsibility over that.
---Sweets for my sweet---
At this point in time, I am about to run out of the magic sugar. When I go for my monthly shopping later on tonight, I will begrudgingly be buying another pack of the stuff. It's sneaky and possibly more addictive than cocaine. If you are like me then I recommend you stay away from this evil impostor sugar. If you are trying to cut down, you may as well actually cut down rather than replace, otherwise when you go back to real sugar it will make it harder to kick it. If you aren't like me and you can actually taste the difference in the sweetness, then go right ahead you smug git. You'll love the stuff!
I'm only giving this 2 stars due to the fact it is an evil impostor. the quality of the product is very good as is the taste in the right amounts, but the evilness of it all sickened me to the point of taking way stars. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to shout at Scottish Hydro since their Monkey with a toolbox hasn't turned up. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to shout at Scottish Hydro since their Monkey with a toolbox hasn't turned up.
Summary: Evil sugar. stick to the normal stuff.
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