This post was written in collaboration with Merisant Philippines, makers of Sugar Blend and Equal Low Calorie Sweetener. All opinions stated here are mine.
Kitchen Adventures will always have a special place in my heart. It might sound cheesy but this very thing livens up my passion in whipping up meals for my loved ones. We have favorites that we cook on a regular basis, but sometimes, I get bored with preparing the same old dishes. I want to shake things up a little, just a little bit.
Last year, the folks at Merisant Philippines sent me this lovely basket of sweeteners that was filled with pouches of Sugar Blend and packets of Equal Low Calorie Sweetener. I was delighted with the package that we received for I was, at that time, on a baking spree. I shared about my happy mail on social media. Among the reactions that I received was a couple of precautions about the effects of using an artificial sweetener. I then searched for anything about Sugar Blend and Equal and found an article published on the National Geographic about sugar substitutes. I find that article useful and informative since I was planning to test Sugar Blend for baking and cooking. Now, to make things clear: I am writing this blog post to see how Sugar Blend will do with what I will prepare for my kitchen adventures. Will it make my output more palatable and visually appealing? That’s what I am about to share with you. If you are concerned with using sweeteners other than pure sugar, it is best that you talk to your doctor about it.
Let’s get to know Sugar Blend first. As indicated in its 400g pouch, Sugar Blend is a blend of sugar and sucralose, suitable for cooking and baking. It sweetens like sugar but with 50% less calories. Based on the serving comparison with sugar, 1 teaspoon of Sugar Blend (16kCal) is as sweet as 2 teaspoons of sugar (32 kCal). Merisant Philippines positions Sugar Blend as a versatile and affordable sweetener product that can provide healthy sweetness to your usual food and drinks.
I have tried Sugar Blend when I made my family’s favorites – French Toast for my husband and Oatmeal Cookies for our little boy
Verdict: With Sugar Blend, the French Toast that I prepared turned out fine but my husband still prefers that I use brown sugar for his toasts.
I was craving for oatmeal cookies – the freshly baked ones that I used to get from cafes. I didn’t have the leisure of going to coffee shops at that time so I decided to make my own batch of oatmeal cookies. It was a good thing that we already have the Quaker’s Quick Cooking Oats on stock. At that time, my husband have been eating oats for breakfast. I just went to the Quaker’s Oats website and found this recipe. From the recipe, I substituted granulated sugar with Sugar Blend and used half of the required amount. I also omitted the cinnamon and nutmeg since I’m not fond of them. I actually made two batches of these cookies – bite-sized and cafe-sized (if there is such a term).
Verdict: I liked the way our first Oatmeal Cookies turned out. It’s sooo good that my son nibbled on the cookies after they barely cooled off on the rack! We shared some to my sister and my niece and they too loved our freshly baked cookies. I was so happy with the results that I made more the following week
With how my cooking and baking turned out, I am sure to use Sugar Blend on most of my dishes again. I like that I only need to use half of what the recipe requires for the sugar since Sugar Blend sweetens the same way as the regular sugar but with less calories – healthier and cost-effective.
Also, with the easy-to-pour pouch of Sugar Blend, I didn’t have to transfer its contents to another container. It’s easy to store too since it has a twist cap. It’s convenient enough to use for cooking without the hassle of spills.
Sugar Blend is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. At SM, it’s on the same shelf were the bottles of honey are.
To know more about Sugar Blend, visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/EqualPhilippines/