“ Manufacturer: Silver Spoon / Food Type: Sweetener „
My major stumbling block when it comes to dieting has always been my sweet tooth. I have tried various other powdered sweeteners in the past and they all seemed to leave this horrible after taste in the back of my throat. For a while I shunned eating things like porridge, purely because I didn't want to put sugar, honey or the horrible powdered sweeteners in it. I was in my local Sainsburys a couple of days ago when I saw this, granulated? So that might actually be like sugar, but not quite sugar? Only one way to find out...
== What is it? ==
Silver Spoon Sweetness and Light is a granulated sweetener developed by the leading brand in the UK for sugar, Silver Spoon. The sweetener claims to be under 2 calories per teaspoon, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. Silver Spoon have been producing sugar in the UK since 1972, prior to this they were known as The British Sugar Corporation, who were formed in 1936, when the British government nationalized the industry. Silver Spoon are still owned by BSC, who are now owned by Associated British Foods, the owners of another British institution....Primark, who says you wouldn't learn something new whilst reading this?
Sweetness and Light comes in a jar and has a nice pink lid, with the label in a mixture of different shades of pink. The label also has a picture of some raspberries getting covered with a sprinkling of Sweetness and Light. There is no mistaking that this is a Silver Spoon product, as their logo, of a spoon with a blue background and their name is at the top of the label, although Silver Spoon is so synonymous with sugar, that it could be sold without the need for their logo. The sweetener inside the jar, looks like sugar and feels more like a really really finely granulated caster sugar.
This sugar can be used in tea/coffee or any other hot drinks and it can also be used to add to cereals and in home baking.
== Nutritional Information Per Teaspoon ==
Protein - 0g
Carbohydrate - 0.48
Fat - 0g
=== Ingredients ===
Maltodextrin, Sweeteners: Acesulfame-K and Aspartame
Normal Silver Spoon sugar contains 16 calories per teaspoon, so as you can see, there is a significant amount of difference.
== Price ==
I bought this from my local Sainsburys, but I am sure you can get it from most supermarkets. The price I paid for it was £1.50 for a 75g jar (this might sound small, but it is actually quite a large jar).
== Verdict ==
Although I haven't tried this in tea or coffee, as I have cut that out of my diet altogether, which isn't a bad thing really, this stuff is great in porridge. I like my porridge quite sweet and I can put the same amount I would usually put in a pot without the worry of piling the calories on. Also it tastes exactly the same as it would if I had used sugar instead. So from now on I can have a bowl of porridge for my supper, without having to worry about my weight, in fact, I have started replacing the two finger Kit-Kat a day(107 calories and I need my sweet fix each day) with porridge made with soya milk and 3 teaspoons of Sweetness and Light. So go on, replace your normal sugar with this, every little change helps make a big difference.
I purchased this as was looking for a granulated sweetener. I have never been a fan of them but joined slimming world and had started using store brand ones but thought I would treat myself to this, and am so glad I did. It really does taste like the real thing. I also have the tablet version that I carry in my bag to use in my hot drinks when I am out. I find I tend to use 3 tablets instead of 2 in my tea etc but I do have a really sweet tooth. I have to admit as long as this product is available I shall never return to sugar.
I'm not really one for sugar normally, I'm all sweeteners but my daughter did the shopping and came back with this. Honestly, Kids these days!! Don't make them like they used to.
I actually thought it was sugar and it wasn't until I looked close and had a read of it when I realised it was a granulated sweetener so was a lot less calories and similar taste to a sweetener. Unlike sweeteners, you use a teaspoon to scoop and stir this and it can be used in your hot drinks and baking.
Unlike sugar, a 5ml teaspoon of this is a mere 1.9 calories. I have two in my drinks so it would be 2.8 calories in a drink for me. It's fine for people who are vegetarians and has a fantastic use by date on it.
Mine has lasted fairly well, considering that myself, my son and my daughter all have 2 teas poons in one drink and that me and my daughter are hot drink addicts, it still managed to last 2 weeks which isn't bad at all.
It is £1.29 for 75g of this which is quite reasonable, especially because it is a well known brand as well.
It is different from sugar, much finer and more like a white powder. It doesn't have a sugary taste, still artificial sweetener taste which I prefer anyway. If you like sugar more then you may not like this, but for people who use sweeteners, you may prefer this. It dissolves really quickly in your drink too because it is finer so you don't have to stand and stir and stir.
I think that sweetners are more convenient, just a click where you have to take off the lid and scoop this. Still, it is well worth it because it's really nice.
The jar is see through with a dark pink - debatable purple lid and label which is nice and girly looking. I like this because it looks cute by my kettle. It has a big purpleishpink lid that you screw off.
You can get this from supermarkets like ASDA and Tesco although I don't know about smaller convenience stores. I haven't seen it in my local as they only sell sweeteners and sugar, but some may have it although I bet it would be more expensive at them.
Overall, I like this a lot. It has a great sweetener taste and very few calories so is great if you're cutting down or on a diet. I'd recommend this to others, it makes a change from sweeteners or sugar.
I truly love eating chocolate and biscuits as well as adding spoonful of sugar on my hot drink so I realized that it's about time to cut back on the amount of sugar in my diet, I honestly feel that I eat way too much of it and it can seriously affect my health in the long run, so It's about time to change my diet before it starts to affect me.
SWEETNESS AND LIGHT
Sweetener have limitations but when added as a sweetening agent it taste as good as the real sugar. You can either stir it, sprinkle it, bake it, cook it. Each 5ml level teaspoon contains just 1.9 calories. Suitable for vegetarian and must be store in a cool dry place. With regards to best before date, it will actually stay in you cupboard for long time, my jar can last until 2012, but I don't think I would take that long before I finish it because I'm nearly at the end of my jar.
It comes in a tall glass jar with a dark pink plastic lid. It has a pink and white label that carries the nutritional information, ingredients, serving and storage guidelines. As it is presented in a glass jar, this is recyclable. Upon opening, you will see the gold foil paper shield that sealed the granules for freshness.
As for me, I think that they offer a fair price compare to other big brand sweetener such as splenda but on the other hand, supermarket brand still offer a price for less than a pound, that's why I cut down one star of my rating.
I quite notice that the sweetener is very light and fine, doesn't look much like sugar, almost like a dusty powder. It easily dissolves a lot quicker into my hot drink and taste really sweet, but very artificial taste, as I would expect from a sweetener although I couldn't really notice the difference when added to any of my drink and dessert as well as with my favourite bowl of fruit.
Overall, I would highly recommend buying a jar. It's very handy and a very good alternative sweetening agent for all those people who love sugar like me. For now, It's the best thing I can do to manage cutting back my sugar, definitely better than doing nothing at all. A brilliant idea to get a bit of sweetness without worrying about the calories. So why don't you have a try....
Thank you for reading ;-D
Before I write my review I would like to make a suggestion to Dooyoo, that once you have written 100 food reviews you will be automatically given a life subsciption to a gym for putting on weight purely for research reasons;
A...Sitting on my bum all day reading and writing reviews.
B...Trying and tasting before writing review.
C...Discovering all the fantastic value items and buying more than ever.
So being that it isn't going to happen I have had to revert to my own methods of trying to loose some weight. So now I'm back on my porridge (which I can't eat without suger on!) I have had to go and buy my usual jar of Silver Spoon Sweetness & Light granulated sweetner.
I really cannot believe that this only contains less than 2 calories per spoonful as I only have half a spoon and my porridge is sweetened really lovely.
This comes in a glass jar with a lovely pink plastic lid that screws on. With a pink and white label giving you all the information that you will need to know. Now Tesco's do their own version of this which is OK, but if I'm honest the reason I buy this particular one is the Tesco's one comes in a plastic jar that when you pick it up it is so light ( I'm not a snob!) and it just doesn't feel right. This just feels substantial, I really can't explain it, but this jar just feels better! (it looks it too!).
The weight of this jar is 75g and the sell by date is 09 2012, so this jar lasts you forever as you don't need to use to much. Now this can be stirred in tea or coffee, sprinkled on fresh fruit or cereal, baked in cakes and biscuits and generally used as you would use normal sugar. So a good aid for using in cooking when trying to cut back on the calories.
When opened this sugar varies from the normal type as it is very fine almost like a flour consistincy, just slighly more bitty. I don't take sugar in my coffee, but if I did I would use this all the time as it sweetens the same as ordinary sugar does.
Each 5ml level teaspoon contains just 1.9 calories.
So if you are looking for ways to get rid of your Dooyoo weight then look no further than this jar of Sweetness and Light sugar!!
This cost me £1.34 from my local Tesco's.
5 stars for a great product!!