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I didn't know these existed until I had a bad cold recently and was searching Tesco online for sugar free throat sweets. I thought they sounded good so bought a few packs to try. A packet is £1.25 for 80g - regular Werther's are £1.25 for 135g so they are much more pricey. They come in a packet with the usual Werther's branding, and the back has details and nutritional information in English and Hebrew, but they are made in Germany. They are individually wrapped, again the the traditional Werther's branding but with a blue flash saying "sugar free". To me, they taste just like the real thing - I usually can't detect the bitter aftertaste that many people find in things like Diet coke or other sugar free products. Each one is only 9 calories (a regular Werther's butter candy is 22 calories) and if you are doing slimming world each one is half a syn (1 1/2 syns in a regular one). As with all sugar free sweets there is a warning that excessive consumption may cause laxative effects - however the warnings never say how much "excessive! actually is! I had 6 one evening watching telly and had no adverse effects at all. All in all, these are a nice suckable sweet without any sugar - and in my opinion no difference in taste to the real thing. Just wish there were more sugar free sweet alternatives available!
A little while ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Not a particularly pleasant thing to be told, certainly, but not quite the awful experience I'd once thought it might have been. (I don't, for example, have to inject insulin, though that may change in years to come.) However, clearly my confectionery consumption would have to be cut right down. It's a misconception that diabetics can't eat any sweet foods (sweet drinks are actually more harmful) but the idea of sugar-free sweets did have its attractions. And its drawbacks, too, as these Werther's Originals would demonstrate... The first thing you notice when looking around for sugar-free sweets in even a largish supermarket is how poor the range actually is; surprisingly so, in fact. Apart from the ever-present Polos, there isn't much at all that you can depend on being there (I'm not counting gum). However, Werther's Originals are usually in stock. That's when you notice the second thing: the price. At Tesco, for example, a bag of the usual sugary Werthers, weighing in at 135 grams, costs £1.11, or £8.22 a kilo. A bag of the sugar-free variety, just 80 grams, costs £1.00 - which works out at £12.50 a kilo. Quite an increase! (You can sometimes find decent offers, though: at the time of writing Sainsbury's was doing them for 54p a bag.) The pack design is instantly familiar to anyone who's ever seen a Werther's Original bag, and there can't be many people not included in their number. The "Sugar Free" splash was immediately obvious, which was a plus, and the ingredients list and nutritional information panel on the back (oddly, these were in English and Hebrew, despite the sweets being made in Germany) were among the clearer of their type. 100 grams of the sweets (more than a bag!) provides 289 kcal, but more important is that sugar has been replaced by isomalt, which is a polyol. "Excessive consumption may produce laxative effects," warns the pack, and sadly this is true. What constitutes "excessive" varies a lot from person to person, but restraint is most definitely required; isomalt isn't a magic bullet that allows we diabetics to wolf down a whole bag at once! With that warning in mind, then, let's get on to the actual sweets. These are individually packaged in little gold wrappers, which look quite nice but which can be a fiddle, especially if you're just after a quick snack. They do at least tear open pretty easily. Inside each is the usual oval-shaped sweet you'd expect from this brand, in a pleasant caramel-brown colour. They smell surprisingly good, with the trademark buttery scent of the brand being very much in evidence. It's not quite the same as the sugary version, but it's close enough to be instantly recognisable. Much the same applies to the taste, which is remarkably good, probably among the best sugar-free sweets I've tasted. The butteriness is even more pronounced here, to the extent that I suppose some people might find its richness a little over the top, though perhaps that's a good thing in that it's one more reason not to eat too many sweets! The flavour lingers well as you suck the sweet, and should you succumb to temptation and bite down on it, it breaks quite easily without leaving unpleasantly sharp edges. The aftertaste is quite creamy, though there is a mildly "artificial" tinge that doesn't quite hit the mark. All in all, I'm quite impressed with these Werther's Originals. Given the paucity of other options for the sweet-toothed consumer who wants to avoid sugar, it's nice to see a major brand support the idea properly, and put a good deal of effort into their product. You really do need to bear in mind the drawbacks of eating too many, but for an occasional treat without worrying about what it will do to your blood sugar levels, these things can be quite warmly recommended.
You are first attracted by the shiny gold wrappers - they seem to twinkle - calling you to the sweet bowl. Next there is that reassuring foil wrapper to undo - somehow it assures you of gold inside the little packet. Then you lace this humble caramel coloured sweet upon your toungue - and ooh sweet nectar! Okay - maybe this is a little over the top but when you have a sweet tooth like me and are on a diet then you are looking out for anything that will stop te cravings. Well look no further - the humble Werthers Original Sugar Free sweet is here! On a slimming world diet this is only 1/2 syn so a couple of these after dinner are perfect for taking off the edge. Not only that - the fact that they are a hard boiled sweet means that they take a good 10 - 15 minutes to suck slowly (of course trying to resist the urge to crunch and rush the job). I have had many a weigh in saved by this humble sweet. It tastes smooth, caramel like, buttery and utterly gorgeous. Trying to avoid snacking - just place a few of these in your handbag girls and you'll be okay - yummy!
As someone that works in an environment where you cannot have drinks to hand I do find having a bit of suck in your pocket gets the juices going and lasts me until break time.....and when I say "suck" I mean some sweets, dirty minded people! The sweets that I will now review is - "Werthers originals - sugar free" These were originally purchased from the shop that is situated within the hospital were I work, they tend to do a rather extensive range of sugar free sweets, and as I am always on some sort of diet I always gravitate towards these! As a fan of the original Werthers sweets a sugar free brand immediately called to me. The sweets come in a bag very similar to there "full fat" counterparts. There is of course the obvious difference, this being the great whacking sign across the top of the bag saying "sugar free". The bag states that there are 90g of sweets held within the bag, this equates to around 25 sweets, which you may think is generous, but in reality the sweets are half the size of the originals. When you take one from the bag the sweets are not so much wrapped as sealed within there own pillow shaped gold pouch. When popped from there wrapping you will see the sweet is a carbon copy of the original, but as mentioned earlier half the size. Now the important part....the taste. After popping one into my mouth I was truly impressed. There is no artificial taste to them at all. The sweet is creamy and rich in flavour, though surprisingly slightly sweeter than the sugar ladened originals. The texture is extremely smooth, with the sweet being very reminiscent of a hard boiled sweet, though don't be fooled after a few seconds of being sucked I always get an over riding urge to chew..... Again please no smutty comments......when chew these break up into what I can only describe as being creamy shards of brickle, like peanut but without the nuts! (Ok, so this is a hole I ain't getting out of!) I do really struggle not to eat half a bag in one sitting, they are so moorish and delicious. The nutritional information is as follows - Per bag, 289 kcal 86.6g carbohydrates 0.5g of which sugars 86.0g of which polyols 8.8g fat 5.9g of which saturates It does state that excessive consumption may cause a laxative effect, though I have and it hasn't! These were brought initially for the extortionate price of £1.80 a bag, though are available for £1.30 on Ebay and Amazon, and I am sure at a good few supermarkets by now. www.ebay.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk Thanks for reading x
In my Weight Watchers meeting they sell a range of sweets that are not available in the shops, one of them being a tube of Butterscotch hard sweets which are tasty enough and very low calorie but they have a strange aftertaste which makes me feel quite sick sometimes. In the Co-Op a few weeks ago I noticed that one of my favourite sweet brands, Werther's, have now started making their sweets in a sugar free version. To tell you the truth I bought this bag for my granddaughter as I thought that even without the sugar these would still be high in fat as Wether's are a creamy and buttery sweet. Using the nutritional information provided on the bag and my set of kitchen scales I worked out that three of these sweets contained half a Weight Watchers point, which is equal to a whole tube of Weight Watchers own Butterscotch sweets. Unfortunately I haven't got the wrapper any more so if you want calorie and fat information then you'll just have to go and have a look for yourself, I remember it being lower than I had imagined though and I think providing you can eat these sweets in moderation then you should be able to slot a few into any diet plan. The sweets are all individually wrapped in a gold foil and they're sealed so you can pop a few into your handbag and not worry about them coming undone and getting covered in fluff. I think these Wether's Sugar Free sweets are excellent. They have a rich butterscotch/toffee flavour and to me taste much the same as the original Werther's sweets which are obviously absolutely full of sugar. The sweets are creamy and extremely tasty indeed, they taste lovely and sweet with no nasty aftertaste which a lot of reduced sugar sweets seem to have. I'm so glad I found these sweets as I've missed candies like this while following my diet, the texture of these is fantastic for dieters too as they're really hard so you're forced to suck them for ages before they soften enough to bite into. To me this always feels as though I am having an extra long treat which can only be good as the longer a treat lasts the more chance there is of it satisfying my craving and me not reaching for the biscuit tin half an hour later. I paid £1.29 for this large packet of sweets, the bag contained at least 20 - 25 individualy wrapped sweets which is excellent value for money in my opinion. I have separated mine into little parcels of three in my munchies box so I know I always have a low calorie treat to look forward to when I fancy something sweet but something that won't break the calorie bank.