I am all about cutting back on the sugar right now. I am willing to try just about anything in order to get my health under control. I figure getting rid of sugar is a good place to start.
Consequently, I am exploring a lot of new sugar-free products. The good news for you is that I can pass along my experiences, both good and bad, and possibly save you a few dollars on products that don’t live up to their claims.
One I have found recently that I really love is Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup in chocolate. Granted, I could just give up chocolate altogether, but that is highly unlikely. After all, I’m a confirmed chocoholic! But I am more than willing to switch to the sugar free kind and Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup is an absolute winner.
I mix a bit in with my simulated skim milk in order to stomach its taste. I sometimes pour just a hint of it on top of my sugar free or no sugar added ice cream. The point is that however you use Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup it will only add to the overall flavor and taste.
Let’s take a look at the nutritional facts. There are approximately 16 servings in each 17.5-oz bottle of Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup. A serving is considered to be 2 Tbsp. However, I find that 1 Tbsp. or even less is often more than enough.
There are 15 calories per serving. None of those calories come from fat. Unfortunately, this syrup does contain 5 grams of carbohydrates and 120 micrograms of sodium. Therefore, people watching their carb or sodium intake may wish to steer clear of this product.
On a positive side, Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup also contains 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of fiber. This syrup is also vitamin and mineral fortified. It contains 10% or the daily-recommended amount of vitamin E; 10% of the needed zinc; 10% of required niacin; 10% of the daily-recommended amount of biotin and 4% of the required iron. That is based on a standard 2000-calorie a day diet.
Granted, the ingredient list sounds a bit daunting. It includes acesulfame, artificial and natural flavoring, caramel color, biotin, cocoa, erythritol, glycerin, niacincarmine, potassium sorbate, potassium sucralose, salt, sodium acid sulfate, sodium benzolate, vitamin E acetate, water, xanthan gum and zinc sulfate.
The syrup can be stored inside a cabinet until it is opened. Once the seal has been broken; however, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
I love this chocolate syrup. I can’t tell that it is sugar free and my stomach likes that as much as my mind. Here is my summary review.
Taste: 5 stars. Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup tastes absolutely amazing. It is a chocolate delight and I dare you to tell that it is sugar free.
Appearance: 5 stars: This product looks exactly like the sugar infused brand. It is a beautiful chocolate brown color.
Nutrition: 5 stars. This syrup is fortified with a lot of the needed daily vitamins and nutrients. How many products actually do that?
Ease of use: 5 stars. Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup comes in a pour bottle. It is simple to dispense without ever making a mess.
Packaging: 5 stars. The brown bottle is the same shape and size as other Hershey’s syrups. The Hershey’s logo is picture on front with “sugar free” clearly marked. A colorful picture also shows some of the ways the syrup is typically used – – for ice cream and shakes.
Green value: 5 stars. The bottle is recyclable.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. The bottle is about 8 Â½” in height but only 1 Â½” in width. It fits easily into a kitchen pantry or refrigerator. However, it is almost too tall for older kitchen cabinets.
Availability: 5 stars. Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrups are sold in just about every grocery store as well as many discount department stores with a food section. They are even available at some drug and convenience stores.
Price: 5 stars. The cost is the same as comparable syrups of this type.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I always keep Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup on hand for those moments when I am tempted to eat something I should not. It helps to solve my sweet craving without adding the calories.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. I love Hershey’s Sugar Free Syrup.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor