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      15.03.2012 10:27
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      A great sugar replacement

      I have quite a sweet tooth and as such used to take sugar in my hot drinks and on cereal, I realised just how much sugar I was using and knowing that it wasn't good for me I decided to change to sweetener instead.

      I have used many of the powdered sweeteners and have found that the supermarkets versions are just as good as the branded products such as Canderel and of course they tend to cost less too. I bought a jar of this last week and the price has recently been reduced from £1.18 to £1, a jar gives you 75g of the product.

      The product comes in a see through plastic container with a screw top red lid, the lid can be opened by twisting off which is what I do as I keep it in a sugar jar on my workbench. The lid also has a second layer which can be moved around to give an opening from pouring from or a series of little circular holes to sprinkle the product from, I like the idea of this but prefer to put mine in a sugar container.

      On the front of the packaging it states that this is a low calorie granulated sweetener which is Aspartame based, there have been some reports that Aspartame can cause and contribute to many illnesses although nothing has been proven as far as I have read so until it is I will keep using the product. Each teaspoonful (0.5g) provides 2 calories, a trace of sugar, 0g of fat, 0g of saturates and 0g of salt.

      Inside the jar is a very fine powdery white product, it smells sweet and tastes just as sweet as sugar does, I find that this is much nicer to have on cereal as it doesn't have that crunchy feeling in your teeth but it sweetens the likes of Weetabix and makes them much nicer to eat. When you open the jar you need to do it slowly as the sweetener is so fine that if you do things quickly with it it does end up blowing all over.

      A jar of this tends to last me about a month which for £1 I think is a decent enough price and doesn't cost too much more than sugar. I don't find this has any aftertaste like some sweeteners do and I will be buying this again aslong with other supermarket brands just depending on where I happen to be shopping at the time as I find they are all as good as one another.

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      06.05.2010 12:47
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      A product worth trying!!!!!!!

      Being diabetic I am obviously unable to have sugar in things like tea and coffee or on my cereal and therefore had to try an alternative. For years I brought the more expensive brand Canderelle, however I have since discovered that Tesco do their own brand of sweetener, so I thought I would give it a go. I was a bit concerned to start with that a cheaper brand would be no where near as good as the more expensive brands, however since trying Tesco own brand of sweetener it is the only one I ever buy now, I found that there was no difference between the 2 only that Tesco brand was much cheaper!!!!!!!


      The packaging
      Tesco Granulated Sweetener comes in quite a plain clear plastic tub with a red lid which although is easy to open can be difficult to get it to screw back on. It has a red label around the middle of the tub with the words Tesco Granulated Sweetener, low calorie Aspartame- based table top sweetener written in white letters around the label with a picture of a spoon on the right hand side. All the nutritional information is written in a small box at the bottom of the label with more detailed information about this on the back. Also on the back of the label are the daily guidelines for men and woman and how much each tablespoon of Tesco Granulated Sweetener fits in with this The packaging is quite basic and a bit boring however this does not really matter when the tub is kept in the cupboard..

      The Cost
      Tesco Granulated Sweetener is 97p for a 75g pot. Although this does not sound like a lot you have to remember the product is very light and therefore for 75g you get quite a large pot of sweetener, making it very economical, I find that one pot last me several weeks making it very good value!!!!!!!!

      Nutritional Information
      Per Teaspoon =
      2 calories
      Protein - Trace
      Carbohydrates - 0.5g
      Sugar - 0g
      Saturates - 0g
      Salt - 0g
      Fat - 0g

      Per 100g =
      376 calories
      Protein - 1.8g
      Carbohydrates - 92.2g
      Sugar - 15.2g
      Saturates - 0g
      Salt - 0g
      Fat - 0g


      My Opinion
      I particularly like this product as it has so many different uses. I mainly use it instead of sugar in my tea and coffee, however if tastes just as good as sugar on your cereal in the mornings. I have in the past used it for cooking aswell however I mainly use it in drinks and on cereal. For those who use a sweetener rather than sugar whether it for medical reasons, dietary reasons or preference this is worth a try. It is very low in calories there are only 2 calories per tablespoon compared to around about 20calories in normal sugar (this information is on the back of the packaging) I have found that it is just as good as the more expensive brands and at a fraction of the cost. If there was one thing I would change it would be that they did it in tablet form aswell as powder this is sometimes more convenient if you are travelling or want to keep a packet in your bag. Overall I think that Tesco Sweetener is of a very good quality, very economical and cheap, and is just as good as the more expensive brands, I would never switch back to buying these. Defiantly a product I would recommend trying.

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        20.08.2009 16:19
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        A well priced useful product.

        Review of Tesco Granulated Sweetener


        I am reviewing the 75g size of Tesco's Granulated Sweetener, a sugar substitute with aspartame, designed to replace ordinary sugar in drinks, cooking and daily uses.

        The target market for this product is that of people who are watching their weight/calorie intake.



        ==The Product, packaging and uses==


        A powdered sugar substitute which is presented in a tall glass jar with a red screw top lid. Being a glass container, this is of course recyclable, where facilities exist.

        The product's label is mainly red with the Tesco logo in pink and the product name and description in a white font. The reverse of the label carries the nutritional information, ingredients, serving and storage guidelines and Tesco company information.

        On first opening the product you need to remove a foil paper shield to access the granules. The lid has two lift up sections, which reveal the pouring devices. One is a sprinkle type and the other is for pouring the product.


        Tesco Granulated Sweetener can be used instead of sugar in tea or coffee, for sprinkling on foods such as fruit or cereals and for baking. Each teaspoonful (0.5g) contains just 2 calories, compared to 20 in standard sugar. A teaspoonful of Tesco Granulated sweetener is equivalent in use to a teaspoonful of sugar.


        Tesco granulated sweetener is a white, dusty looking powder, similar in texture to icing sugar. There is no discernible smell and it has little or no taste other than sweetness and unlike many artificial sweetening products, Tesco Granulated Sweetener does not have a bitter after-taste.
        Used spoon for spoon in place of sugar, this product certainly can save calories for those watching their weight.


        The jar contains 75g and this provides an average of 140 servings.(0.5g). Tesco Granulated Sweetener is produced in Germany for Tesco Stores Ltd. The price is a budget concious 97p.



        ==Ingredients, storage and nutritional information==



        Before I am deluged with comments re aspartame, the main ingredient of this product IS aspartame. Aspartame has received a bad press for various reasons, which I don't feel it is right to go into in this review, as the opinion is about a product, not the chemical aspartame. If anyone is interested in the research into aspartame, I suggest they read the Q&A on the aspartame website.
        www.aspartame.info/info/faqs.html


        Tesco Granulated Sweetener contains Maltodextrin and aspartame.
        Anyone sensitive to these ingredients should exercise caution.

        The product should be stored in a cool, dry place and used by the Best Before date stamped on the lid.

        A 0.5g serving contains 2 calories, 0.5g carbohydrate, no fat, fibre or sodium.


        ==Tesco contacts==


        Part of the Tesco own brand range of goods, this sweetener can be purchased in-store or from Tesco online, at www.tesco.com
        Tesco state on their product packaging that they will refund any product purchased that proves to be faulty or unsatisfactory and they can be contacted by post, phone or online.
        Tesco Stores Ltd.
        Cheshunt
        EN8 9SL
        UK
        Freephone: 0800 50 55 55 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)

        ==My thoughts and experience==

        I use this sweetener mainly for my morning cereal. We tend to follow a fairly bland breakfast routine with either porridge oats or home made muesli which consists of oats, bran, barley flakes, nuts and seeds. I have a dislike of fruit in cereals, so our muesli is fruitless! Sorry couldn't resist that!

        Seriously, my home made muesli does need 'something', we have tried adding honey and ordinary sugar, but the extra calories are also an issue, as I'm overweight. When I spotted this product on Mr Tesco's shelves I decided to give it a go and was very pleased with the results. I tend to use around half a teaspoonful on my cereal which I find perfectly adequate for my palate.

        As neither my partner or I take sugar in drinks, I cannot comment on the suitability of this product when used for beverages. I have used the sweetener in custards and on stewed fruit with great success, I've yet to try baking with it, but should I do so, will update this review accordingly!
        In conclusion, I would recommend this product to others.

        Thank you reading

        ©brittle1906 August 2009


        NB My reviews may appear on other sites under the same user name, brittle1906.

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        19.05.2009 10:44

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        Worth trying

        This is my sweetener of choice - it's a good price, the 70g jar (72p) lasts for ages, and the taste is very nice. I use sweetener rather than sugar for health reasons, there are fewer calories and no sugar to rot your teeth.

        I take about one heaped teaspoon in a cup of tea, whereas I would take one and a half to two sugars, or 2-3 of the little sweetener tablets that you get. I find the taste is very nice, and I actually prefer it to sugar.

        One thing to point out is that the sweetener tends to "fizz" a little. I always put my teabag and sweetener in the mug and then add hot water - when I do this the sweetener fizzes up and there are somee foamy type bubbles on the top. This is nothing to worry about, but is worth pointing out so you are not surprised if you try it!

        I would recommend this, it's better value than sweetener tablets and tastes very nice. And it's healthier than sugar!

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        09.04.2009 02:50
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        Cannot totally replace sugar but is a great alternative in most cases.

        I don't really use much sugar as I don't like tea or coffee and don't tend to add it to foods but I do find that sweetener is quite handy to have as it is extremely versatile and I am happier to add this to foods where I wouldn't have bothered with sugar.

        Tesco granulated sweetener is 97p for 75g. I know 75g doesn't sound much but it is a large (18cm high and 8.5cm diameter) jar and will last a very long time.

        The sweetener can be used in drinks and foods, sprinkled on to cereals or used in baking. When using in baking be aware that the sweetener is ideal for temperatures up to 180c. It can still be used for higher temperatures but will be less effective (not as sweet).

        The first thing I notice about the sweetener is how light and fine it is, almost like a powder. It is a sweet, but very artificial taste just as you would expect from a sweetener although this isn't noticable when added to something.

        Sweetener is great for baking and can be used in many things although there are some things that you need the texture of sugar for a recipe to work. For instance, my son loves making cherry crumble as it is easy to make and fun to prepare but you need sugar for the crumbly texture.

        We get around this by using almonds in the recipe. We put flaked almonds in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they have a similar texture to sugar then add a little sweetener to taste. This gives a lovely flavour to the crumble and means we have to use less than half the amount of sugar that we would usually need.

        Sweetener is great to use when cooking fruit that sometimes has a bitter taste, my mum gives me piles of apples and plums each summer and they always need a little extra help to bring out the sweetness.

        Overall, I would highly recommend buying a jar of this as it is handy to keep in your cupboard and will almost certainly come in to use at some point.

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          01.03.2009 20:29
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          A way of trying to cut back on my sugar intake.

          I may well be a chocoholic and eat endless cakes and biscuits but when it comes to my tea and coffee I prefer to use sweeteners.
          So having used sweetener in hot drinks I thought that I would try and use it on my porridge and in some of my puddings as an experiment.
          Tesco sweetener worked out at 97p for a 70g jar and I thought that I would give it a trial run.

          Tesco say that each teaspoon of sweetener contains just 2 calories and is the equivalent of one teaspoon of normal sugar.
          They recommend it for use on breakfast cereals, in tea, coffee and other hot drinks and also say that it can be used in baking.
          The granulated sweetener comes in a clear glass jar, it has a red screw top and a red label. The label gives you the product information and says that the sweetener can be used by vegetarians. The granulated sweetener is pure white and the best way that I can describe it is to say that it looks like the tiniest of soap flakes, it is as light as air, as soft as a feather and has no smell attached to it at all.

          I generally use individual sweeteners such as Hermesetas, they are easy to use and you can always carry a spare packet in your handbag.
          I was about to enjoy my morning cup of coffee and decided to add a spoonful of the granulated sweetener instead.
          As I stuck the loaded teaspoon into my cup there was quite a reaction, the sweetener started to `fizz` and whereas the individual sweeteners just dissolve without any fuss the granulated sweetener eventually settled down and left a `scummy` residue on top of the drink, a bit off putting to say the least.
          So I made myself another hot drink and added my normal sweeteners.

          The next trial came at breakfast time, I used the granulated sweetener on the top of my porridge, it was good. It sank into the surface of the hot porridge and just dissolved without any trace. It tasted pleasant and it was a good result, so that was one area where I could cut down on my sugar intake.

          A couple of days ago I stewed some apple and again decided to try and sweeten it with the granulated sweetener, it was successful to a degree. Yet again it left an unusual white froth sitting on the top of the stewed apple but the apple tasted good. So I just popped a large spoonful of Creme Fraiche on top of the stewed apple and thoroughly enjoyed it.

          Although Tesco say it can be used in baking I haven't tested out the granulated sweetener in any baking as yet.
          In hot drinks I would far rather use my normal individual sweeteners but on my porridge or stewed fruit the granulated sweetener works well.
          Tesco granulated sweetener is aspartame based and it seems that aspartame can lose its sweetness in high temperatures, whether that has any bearing on its ability to function in hot drinks I am not sure.

          Tesco granulated sweetener does have limitations but when it is successfully added as a sweetening agent it tastes as good as the real thing.
          If I an manage to cut back my sugar on a few things it is better than nothing at all.

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            03.02.2009 14:09
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            The best sugar replacement I've used.

            I only really use sugar when making tea but the perfect cup of tea, for me anyway, invloves three teaspoonfuls of sugar. I admit, that is quite a bit. There's far too many calories in that so I decided, rather than try and cut down on the amount of sugar I use (tried that before, it was horrible), I would try an alternative.

            After trying four different replacements stumbled upon Tesco's Granulated Sweetener. Other brands have worked well for me but have left a peculiar after-taste. The most popular brand, Splenda, was quite good but I felt that the Tesco one was best.

            It looks just like sugar so be careful not to mix up the two or you could easily undo all that hard work and sacrifice. Once you put the sweetener into your tea (or coffee for those caffeine addicts amongst us) is dissolves quickly and, even after using three spoonfuls, I have never had any of the sticky residue that you sometimes get when using that amount of actual sugar. I have also used this is some breakfast cereals (muesli and fruit & fibre) with success. This is, therefore, the perfect alternative to sugar for me.

            The Tesco Granulated Sweetener comes in a large glass jar with a bright red lid and label. I have only ever bought the 70g jar, which retails at about 70p but there is also a smaller jar which, I believe is 35g.

            So far I have not used this when cooking/baking but I have been told that it is fine to use for that purpose too.

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            28.10.2008 21:43
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            not for me

            I brought Tesco's granulated sweetener as I could not justify having 16 calories for a tea spoon for sugar, when I need 3 in a tea! Also I cannot eat cereal without adding sugar, but as I'm on a diet I needed a substitute, and as it contains 2 calories per spoon compared with 16 calories for sugar.

            Packaging

            The sweetener comes in a clear glass jar with a red plastic lid, similar to instant coffee. On the glass jar is a red label with the words Tesco in a bold print and granulated sweetener underneath, with a small blurb of the product. There is a picture of a spoon with a halo above it, perhaps hinting how heavenly and sin free the product is. You can find the usual nutritional information and ingredients in the back.

            The product

            The product has no distinctive smell to mention. The sweetener itself feels very light and has the texture of a very fine caster sugar or powdered sand {quite smooth but grainy}. I first tried this with tea, it sweetened the tea as normal but left a little bitter after taste, which I was surprised at as the product states there is no bitter after taste.
            Next undeterred I tried it on my breakfast cereal; the texture was very usual and unpleasant. This time the bitterness was with each mouthful and did not taste anything like a sugar or a sweet replacement.
            I later found it at the back of my cupboard when I ran out of sugar, and had to make a cake for my sons Christmas fair at his school. Though it stated it can be used for baking there was no conversions as the sweetener weighs more light than sugar. I decided as that one teaspoon was suppose to be equal in sweetness to the same in sugar, I would use the same amount I would of needed in sugar. My cake was ruined and I had to rush to buy a cake, which as some mums know there's nothing worse than having your shop brought cake look down on by other mum's who have whipped up cookies, cakes and quiches {all organic of course}.

            Ingredients

            Maltodextrin
            Sweetener (Aspartame)

            Nutritional information
            Per teaspoon

            Calories - 2
            Protein - trace
            Carbohydrate - 0.5g
            Sugars - trace
            Fat - 0g
            Saturates - 0g
            mono unsaturates - 0g
            polyunsaturates - 0g
            Fibre - 0g
            Sodium - 0g
            Salt Equivalent - 0g

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              16.09.2008 10:40
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              Dont try this stuff!

              My wife has been cutting down on her sugar intake for over a year now and we tend to try to make sure the kids get as little sugar as possible to prevent hyper activity amongst other things.

              Very recently I have began to try to cut down on my sugar intake after my wife pointing out all the things that a high sugar intake can lead to such as the obvious tooth decay and weight gain to the less obvious things like depression, speeding up the aging process and hypoglycaemia (not even sure what that is but it sounded nasty when she told me about it).

              When I first substituted my sugar for a sweetener it was Candarel spoonful and I have to admit I was not that impressed but got used to it. The other day however my wife came home with Tesco Granulated Sweetener and I can assure you I will never ever get used to this stuff, it is far too sweet tasting it almost turns your tea or coffee to syrup and it is utterly disgusting on you cereal in the morning.

              At 78p for a 70g jar it is about 30p cheaper than Candarel but it is just not good, my wife and I are in total agreement (which does not happen that often) to the fact that this was 78p wasted rather than 30p saved and it is off the Tesco shopping list as fast as it went on.

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                27.07.2008 20:38
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                Really nice, I can't notice the difference

                I'm trying to cut back on the amount of sugar in my diet, I eat way to much of it which isn't good. Too much sugar can seriously affect your health so I'm trying to change my diet before it affects me. Too much sugar can:

                ~ Make children hyper and prevent them from concentrating
                ~ Cause depression
                ~ Decay your teeth
                ~ Cause headaches
                ~ Unbalance your hormones
                ~ Increase fluid retention, blood pressure and cholesterol
                ~ Cause speed the aging process
                ~ Contribute to weight gain and diabetes
                ~ Cause hypoglycaemia

                I've tried several sugar alternatives and found them to be quite expensive, so I decided to try Tesco's own version. I really like Tesco's products and I have very high expectation on them which were met with this Tesco Granulated Sweetener which came in a 70g jar for just 78p. There's about 130 servings in this jar so it will last a long time making it really good value.

                The jar is clear with a big red label going all the way around the middle. It has the Tesco logo on it and the title of the sugar. On the back of the jar are the ingredients and nutritional information. Plus a big red crew on lid to stop the sweetener from escaping.

                Ingredients:
                Maltodextrin, Sweetener (Aspartame).

                Allergy Advice:
                Recipe: No nuts
                Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
                Factory: Product made in nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere

                One teaspoon contains:
                2 Calories (<1% GDA)
                A trace of Sugar (<1% GDA)
                0g of Fat (0% GDA)
                0g of Saturated Fat (0% GDA)
                0g of Salt (0% GDA)

                One teaspoon should be used to substitute one teaspoon of sugar and can be used for just about anything you currently use sugar for, however a word of warning, if you're going to use it for baking, it loses some of it's sweetness at temperatures above 180C but is still safe to eat.

                Normally I don't like sweeteners but this is probably my favourite of them all as it is the most like sugar. It doesn't look much like sugar, it's to fine it's like dust but that's ok because it means it dissolves a lot quicker into tea. It tastes very sweet though and to be honest I couldn't really notice the difference between this and sugar. I don't use it in my baking because of it losing it's sweetness but I do think it still tastes great in tea and on cereal.

                Overall I give this a 9 out of ten, because it is very fine powder and therefore easily spilt which creates a sticky mess.

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                06.02.2008 12:13
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                A handy addition to the kitchen cupboard

                Tesco Granulated Sweetener is a great way to get a bit of sweetness without the calories and without the aftertaste of some other sweeteners.

                This granulated sweetener is packaged in a jar with a red label and lid and is available from Tesco in a 70g size costing 72p or a 35g size costing 42p with the main ingredients being Maltodextrin and Aspartame. Each teaspoonful gives the equivalent sweetness as 1 teaspoonful of sugar but only 2 calories, whereas 1 teaspoonful of sugar supplies us with 15 calories.

                I found this sweetener to be similar in texture to castor sugar, having much smaller granules than granulated sugar. It has a slightly more powdery feel to it than normal sugar and dissolves much quicker. Taste wise, very similar to sugar leaving no aftertaste at all in the mouth. This sweetener can be used just as you would use sugar, to sweeten hot drinks, to sprinkle on cereal or pancakes, to sweeten sauces and it is stated that it can even be used in baking. I usually use it for sprinkling on cereal, pancakes, strawberries etc. and often use it when making sauces. When making sauces I tend to make the sauce first and once the sauce is almost ready to serve I stir in the desired amount of sweetener.

                I have never tried using a sweetener for baking. I love to bake and feel the stated ingredients should always be used to produce the perfect finished article. Aspartame starts to break down once it reaches 180 c and starts to lose its sweetness, therefore using it to bake a cake, would the cake still be sweet when it was removed from the oven?!

                Aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener added to many food and drink products nowadays was, and still is, quite a controversial substance. Discovered in 1965 it wasn't until the 1980s that European countries started to approve the use of Aspartame with European wide approval in 1994. This approval again being reaffirmed in 2002 and 2006.

                I find this a very handy addition to my kitchen cupboard as a quick and easy way to give my cooking a little sweetness, but I will always keep sugar there too for my baking.

                Many thanks for reading.

                © lel1969 February 2008

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