Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: NECTRESSE Sweetener

Nectresse was another interesting addition to the box this month. A few months ago I tried out another natural sweetener that was okay and while it was something that I did recommend to others, I didn't really pick it up for myself (please note, I am not a fan of sweeteners only because I'm hypoglycemic and actively avoiding real sugar as done harm in the past). 

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Upon first tasting it, I put the whole packet into a cup of coffee and the initial taste was terrible. (Keep reading, it does get better). After the first few sips, the aftertaste went away and it seemed to be just like normal sugar. I only got two packets to try so for the second try, I decided to have it with a cup of tea. I tossed the majority of the packet in and saved a tiny bit. The second try there was no aftertaste and my assumption was that I was so set on what sweeteners generally taste like that I may have projected a bit. My cup of tea was delicious and not super sweet. I decided to take that little bit that I left behind and just try it straight. It just tasted like sugar -- there's no scent to it, you get a light hint of fruit but that goes away quickly.

But let's get into the ingredients a bit here. Despite the packaging and how it is perceived, this sweetener is not 100% monk fruit. They don't lie about it -- they do say that 100% natural and that is had monk fruit, but it does have other natural sweeteners in it. It contains monk fruit extract, erythritol, sugar, and molasses. I tried reading up a bit about erythirtol but goodness knows I can't make heads or tails out of a 4 carbon sugar alcohol so make of that what you will.

Overall, I liked it! Even as a person that usually doesn't like it, I actually liked the taste (after getting over my initial aftertaste shenanigans that I can't really explain). I'd definitely recommend it, especially if you're actually not a fan of sweeteners. Give it a shot!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary through the VoxBox product testing program.

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