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      26.10.2012 15:37
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      Low calorie and convenient sweetener.

      Hermesetas Mini Sweetener

      When we go out on picnics I like to take along a flask, particularly in these colder months. It's rather pleasant to have a hot drink when you're out, and when visiting attractions hot drinks can become costly. However having to take a pot full of sugar is inconvenient and precarious as spillages are frequent and messy. Not to mention sticky!!!
      I tried all manner of receptacle for the sugar, finding each to have varying flaws.

      I have tried many sweeteners in the past and always found them to have a rather unpleasant taste, not to mention the after taste. However a friend of mine kept saying I should use these for picnics, and finally relenting decided I would try some. I didn't think I wanted to go with the superstore home brands, and as at the time a small 300 pack was reduced to 99p I decided that it was worth giving it a go.

      As I said I opted for the smaller pack but there are several sizes available, 300,800, and 1200. I purchase mine at Asda and they cost £1.38 for 300 and £2.78 for 1200, I've not seen the 800 option in Asda though. They are on sale in Amazon for around the same price. These are extremely available and you can pick them up at most supermarkets and even corner shops. The tablets are approximately 2mm in diameter and come in a very convenient blue push button plastic container. The 300 carton is rectangular and around 7cm x 3cm x 0.5cm and is perfect for your handbag or the picnic bag. I now buy the 1200 size which comes in a cylinder shaped plastic container again in blue. It's around 10cm tall by approximately 2cm in diameter. Again this is perfect for popping in your bag for when needed. Each option comes as a dispenser that you simply press to release one tablet at a time. The outer packaging is card with a transparent plastic front. They are relatively waterproof although it does recommend that you keep the plastic dispensers dry. They are calorie free which is not my reason for buying them, but it maybe that this is relevant for other people's choices. One tablet is approximately equivalent to a teaspoon measurement. So is great value for money.


      The nutritional information:
      Energy Content 0 kg
      Protein 0 g
      Total Carbohydrate 0 g
      Sugar 0 g
      Total fat 0 g
      Saturated Fat 0 g
      Sodium 10.5 g


      The taste was also a surprise and I now use them at home as well as when I'm out. They taste remarkable sweet and have a very similar taste to sugar that is very pleasant, I would say that they do leave a slight after taste but this is minimal and not very unpleasant , this is due to the saccharin. The tablets are also recommended for diabetics.
      Its ingredients are: Sweetener Sodium Saccharin

      The Product Code is: 15595
      This product originates from Switzerland and is manufactured by Hermes Sweeteners Ltd based in
      Zurich.
      It's distributed in the UK by Jenks Sales Brokers Ltd.
      Haddenham
      Bucks
      HP17 8LJ

      I would definitely recommend.#

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        03.09.2010 00:54
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        Brilliant!

        I am certainly not the most calorie conscious person in the world by a long shot, however I will if I possibly can without noticing make small cut backs. Hermesetas can be used in any hot drink basically though personally I never take any sugar (or substitute) in anything but coffee.

        I buy only Hermesetas and the one's I buy (and therefore am reviewing in this case) are the tablets in a handy plastic carry case. I have one lot in my cupboard for home use and always carry another little container about with me in a bag. It's shocking how many times I've had to use real sugar in my coffee/latte/cappuccino in places like McDonald's as they look at you like your an alien asking for artificial sweeteners!

        The Packaging:

        The container comes covered in see-through plastic and that is over a light blue and white card. On the front of the card I am told how many tablets are in it (in my case there is usually 300), and I am told that they are Hermesetas 'Mini Sweeteners', 'Maximum' and that they are Swiss made, the website address is given (which is www.hermesetas.com) and I am told that they contain no calories and that they are for tea, coffee and hot chocolate. On the back of the card other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, nutritional values are listed, the net weight is stated (which in this case for 300 tablets is 4.5g) and contact details for Hermes Sweeteners Ltd are listed (the manufacturer of this product).

        A Bit About The Product According To The Information listed On The Back Of The Attached Card:

        Hermesetas mini sweeteners may be tiny but they give you all the sweetness you want in your tea or coffee without any of those unwanted calories. Mini sweeteners with maximum taste. What a great combination!

        One Hermesetas tablet (nil kj) is equivalent in sweetness to one level metric teaspoon of sugar (75 kj).

        The Sweeteners:

        Well as I have pointed out I only use these tablets and never use sugar. I don't use sugar in any way, like on cereals or whatever and if I did I would buy the Hermesetas granulated sweetener because I really like the handy tablets and now....well I prefer them to sugar in my coffee etc and believe me I never thought I would say that but now...I haven't had 'real' sugar in years upon years!

        The tablets come in a light blue and white plastic case and you can see the small, round tablets inside of it and the working mechanism. You simply push the white plastic oblong section to the top of it and they get pushed through the tiny hole at the bottom. The only way of knowing what these are is that the word Hermesetas adorns one side of it.

        These are great and they dissolve very fast indeed and to me are rather sweet but at the same time don't taste like a sweetener to me. I only need one tablet per level spoon of 'real' sugar and all in all they taste great and add no extra calories to my drink. Above all no after-taste is left after using these in a drink and no residue at the bottom of my cup/mug is left behind and I love them and will not change any time soon!

        Expect to pay about £1.37 for my size of tablets or about £3.47 for a 1200 tablet size in all good supermarkets etc.

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        18.08.2009 21:04
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        Great little sweteners for all hot drinks

        Hermesetas are great sweeteners, which can be used ideally for hot drinks but even in cooking too. For example, if you are heating milk, you can add a few of these to sweeten it, if it's for a drink or even cooking. They come in little square plastic container, which contains 400 tiny white hermesetas.

        It costs £1.38 for this, which is cheap considering how long the sweeteners will last. The plastic container is blue but the front is transparent so you can see through to the hermesetas. This is useful as you can see how many are left and make sure you've used them all before throwing it away.

        The item comes within plastic on a card background. They are mini sweeteners, as said on the box and contain 0 calories but there is a trace of salt in each one. They are meant for hot drinks such as coffees, tea, cappuccinos and hot chocolates.

        The hermesetas will last you quite a long time as you get 400 in each box and you don't need many for each drink. Myself, I tend to use 2 sweeteners despite what drink it is. My dad uses three and my mum doesn't use any, so it's entirely up to you. They have an extremely sweet taste, which is somewhat sickly so don't just eat one by itself although it's weirdly tempting!

        Thanks for reading,

        Dan ©

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          04.10.2008 16:12
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          All the sweetness without the calories.

          I can't quite remember when I first switched to using sweeteners in my coffee but it was a few years ago. I did it in part to save a few calories but mostly to try and save my teeth. Over the years I've sampled numerous brands but I always seem to find myself coming back to Hermesetas.

          Last night, I picked up a pack of 300 mini sweeteners in a dispenser for 79p. I use 1 in each of my coffees and, despite my worrying caffeine addiction, I expect them to last me some time. If you don't plan on using them quite so often, the best before date is January 2013, so they can languish in your store cupboard for many years without going off.

          The packet states that 'Hermesetas sweeteners may be tiny but they give you all the sweetness you want in your tea or coffee without any of those unwanted calories. Mini sweeteners with maximum taste. What a great combination!' And although it's all part of a clever marketing ploy to get you to buy this little sugary tasting tablets, I couldn't agree more.

          The ingredients are listed as sweetener, sodium and saccharin. No mention of the evil Aspartame but if you read Snopes.com, you'll already know that suggestions Aspartame leads to brain cancer, Alzheimer's, birth defects and lots of other illnesses are unfounded and unproven.

          As for using these little tablets, it's quite simple. The dispenser means you simply push a white button on top and a tablet pops out, straight into your chosen choice of drink. I can vouch that they taste great in coffee and my boss, who regularly steals my sweeteners, seems happy with the taste in her tea. You can also use them in hot chocolate if you have a particularly sweet tooth or to sweeten herbal and fruit teas. Now you've Hermeseta is in your drink, make sure you give it a good stir. As these are so small, the flavour is very concentrated and if you get a mouthful of undissolved tablet, it's not a pleasant experience.

          I remember when I first started using these, I did notice a slight difference in taste to normal sugar. The sweetness is more concentrated than sugar and although these claim to provide the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar in each tablet, I substituted one tablet for my usual one and a half sugars and that seems a more reasonable conversion. The sweetness is slightly different to sugar though and although the flavour is more concentrated, it isn't as syrupy or sickly as real sugar and I can certainly tell the difference when someone gives me sugar in my coffee instead of sweetener.

          The tub is a great size and I usually have a spare one in my bag for when I'm out and about since this is my sweetener of choice and not all of my friends or the cafés I visit have sweeteners available. I've just realized how sad that sounds but if you drink as much black coffee as I do each day, I'm sure you'll sympathise! The container is a subtle pale blue colour and I love the fact that it's see-through, so you always know when it's time to get a new packet before you run out.

          Hermesetas also produce a range of sweeteners including Hermesetas Gold which is similar to the tablet sweeteners with less than 0.2 calories per tablet. There's also a granulated version which is less concentrated than the tablets and can be used as a sugar substitute in cooking or baking or simply to sprinkle over your cereals, fruit and desserts. Finally there is a Heremesetas liquid which I haven't used but according to their website, 'is 10 times sweeter than sugar and calorie-free. It is ideal for use in cooking and baking and may also be used in boiling and freezing.'

          This range of products means Heremesetas probably have something for everything you might usually use sugar for. I can't fault the flavour and the price and I will be sticking with Hermesetas until I'm rich enough to afford veneers and liposuction, which may be some way off!

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            07.02.2008 18:36
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            Hermesetas have a perfect range for sweeteners for every kind of food and drink.

            Welcome to the wonderful world of sweetness. Hermestas are worldwide manufactures of products aimed at sweetening foods and tea. They have a small range of products that come in different forms, but they all serve different purposes.

            The Hermesetas colour scheme is blue, so all of their products have blue on them. There are 4 main products that I will explain, as they are each quite different and ideal for certain things.

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            Hermesetas Mini Sweetners
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            These are the ones that I always buy, as they are great for hot drinks such as tea, coffee and even hot chocolate or other hot drinks. They can be used in cold drinks too, but make sure they dissolve to spread the sweetness - which can still be done by mixing it well in the water. They are calorie free and have a very sweet taste so you would only need 1-3 for a tea or coffee unless you like it really sweet. They come in 4 different sizes as quoted from the Hermesetas site:

            * 300 tablet pocket dispenser - £1.09
            * 600 tablet table dispenser
            * 800 tablet table dispenser - £2.69
            * 200 tablet family dispenser
            They are very easy to use. All you do is click the top of the container and the mechanism works and a small round sweetner will come out of the bottom and be released. Stir well into your hot drink and make sure it has dissolved if you are using it for a cooler drink.

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            Hermesetas Gold
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            This variety is similar to the last but with less than 0.2 calories per tablet and they have a better taste. Available in:
            * 100 tablet pocket dispenser - £1.45
            * 500 tablet refill back.
            They are just as easy to use, but have a richer taste to them and are ideal for sweetening drinks.

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            Hermesetas Granulated
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            This variety is the better type for cooking and baking. It comes in a 90g jar, and the sweetener is granulated similar to salt but finer, and it is also great for sprinkling onto deserts and cereals! Add this to cereal with raisons or sultanas for a fabulous taste. They come in a big jar with a large diameter opening at the top, so be careful when pouring it out - it is best to use a spoon. - £1.99

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            Hermesetas Liquid
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            I had never heard of this one until doing some research, but it certainly sounds very useful. This is 10 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories in it. It is perfect for cooking and baking, and has the ability to be frozen. It can be bought in 200ml for around £3.20 and comes in a plastic squeezable container.

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            Just to give you an idea of how little calories they have, here is some information on the Granulated Hermesetas:

            Energy 1228 kJ (289 kcal)
            Protein 1.2 g
            - Total 0.0 g
            - Saturated 0.0 g
            - Total 56.0 g
            - Sugars 3.6 g
            Fibre 40.0 g
            Sodium < 5 mg

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            They each have a similar taste, but they slighlty differ. The mini ones have an extremely sweet taste, so you wouldn't want to put one in your mouth like I once did. They taste so sweet that it's like poison and leaves you with a horrible aftertaste. In drinks, they provide a good taste by just sweetening the drink a bit without big effects. The granulated ones have a much lighter taste to them and not so sweet, making them ideal for topping on deserts anf strawberries for a romantic desert. The Gold versions have a sweeter taste than the minis. The liquid version i have yet to try as i haven't seen it in shops, but i imagine it has a very sweet and concentrated taste.

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            In conclusion, I think that Hermesetas have a range that covers the need of sweeteners for all kinds of food including beverages, baking and cooking. The prices are good and they will last you a long time, unless you are addicted to tea or coffee. The best before dates last from 2-4 years depending on the product, giving you plenty of time to use them safely. Most of their products have no calories to cut down on weight gain, as sugar is a culprit for this.

            Thanks for reading,

            - Recon -

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