Category Archives: Natural Sweeteners

How Healthy Is Origin Chocolate?

Recently I blogged about the excellent Slow Chocolate workshop that I attended in January 2013. This workshop, run by Seventy Percent in London, shows you how to properly taste fine chocolate so that you can distinguish the good from the not-so-good. According to Martin Christy, founder of Seventy Percent: ‘fine chocolate is a new world of tasting and appreciation similar in complexity and nuance to the world of fine wine’. You don’t need to spend long on the Sweet Sensations site to realise that healthy eating is pretty important to me. However, I didn’t have the space in the last … Read More

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Liz’s Very Quick Chocolate Truffle Recipe

If you’re anything like me, you often want chocolate…and you want it NOW! What you don’t want is lots of faff and time making it. Long and involved chocolate making can be lovely and creative some of the time, but when that chocolate urge is shouting loudly, SPEED is the name of the game. Here is where this delicious and ultra-quick chocolate truffle mix comes in. It can be made with either cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, and the only other ingredients you need are coconut oil, which is of course very good for you, and a syrup as … Read More

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Some Thoughts on Truvia…

Ever since stevia was made legal in the UK, the major sweetener companies have been jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own versions of this sweetener. Whilst it’s great news that stevia is going mainstream, I have to admit to some scepticism about the products that these big companies are coming out with.

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Lucuma Powder

Lucuma is probably my favourite superfood – apart from chocolate! It is the dried buttery yellow powder of a Peruvian fruit and quite literally tastes of butterscotch and shortbread. It is mildly sweet, so using it in recipes means you tend to need less of other sweeteners. It also has a low GI (glycemic index) so it should help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Apparently, the lucuma fruit (also known as an egg fruit) looks a little like papaya. I say apparently, because I’ve never been to Peru, and this fruit is only allowed out of the country … Read More

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Coconut Palm Sugar – Nature’s Perfect Sweetener?

I’m loving this delicious, versatile, caramel tasting, crunchy, low GI sweetener, ethically grown and processed in Indonesia. Some facts  to tickle your taste buds: Coconut Sugar has a low GI (glycemic index) of 35 (compare to honey at 55 and cane sugar at 68) It is a nutritionally rich product, containing high levels of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C as well as other nutrients that slow down absorption. The particular coconut sugar that Sweet Sensations currently sells (as of March 2012) is not raw, but it is a very pure … Read More

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A Guide To Natural Sugar Substitutes

This is an exciting time to be involved in the world of natural sweeteners. The list of healthier alternatives to sugar gets ever longer, so I thought it was high time I listed my top favourites here and explained what’s so good about them. So here goes… Xylitol There’s a separate article about xylitol on the site so I won’t repeat myself too much here – suffice it to say that xylitol looks and tastes like sugar but has a glycemic index* of just 7 (whereas that of sugar is 68). It also has only 60% of the calories of … Read More

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