It is not often that I review products that are labeled “Light” or “Reduced Calorie”. I avoid these products for the same reason that I avoid nearly every purposely Gluten-free item I have ever found. The reason for that is that the item never tastes as good, or better, than the original. So, it was with hesitance that I agreed to give Domino Light Sugar a shot. Domino Light Sugar is the perfect blend of Stevia and Pure Cane Sugar. The goal is to give you that luscious sweetness that sugar provides but not all those darn calories!
So, being that we have been working at starting a cupcake business, this seemed to be the perfect item to try in case we ever wanted to do a lower calorie cupcake. I busted out all the ingredients and set up my kitchen to make some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.
I chose this cupcake because there is a lot of sugary components to it. The cupcake itself is a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake that is filled with homemade (egg-less) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. It is topped with a Brown Sugar Frosting and mini-chocolate chips. I also liked the fact that I would need to blend some of the Domino Sugar to make it confectioners sugar for the frosting. I was curious to see if it tasted different in different states.
Before I started baking I checked out the handy recipes that Domino included and I did the initial taste test. I took a spoon to the bag and put some on my tongue. If it didn’t pass that test it probably wouldn’t fare much better. I am happy to report that I found more pleasing than any other “Light” sugar option that I have tried that test with. I know a lot of people that bake with or use Splenda, but I personally can’t do it. It doesn’t look like sugar and though it’s sweet, it’s never really tasted like sugar to me either. I like the taste of sugar, so I was happy to taste the similarity between traditional sugar and Domino light Sugar.
After some cupcake baking magic, I am pleased to report that the house smelled amazing and the cupcakes tasted pretty good, too. Being completely honest I am not ready to jump ship on the sugar for all of the cupcakes that I make, but if I were making a lower calorie batch I would not hesitate to use Domino Light Sugar. The taste was as close as I have come to the real thing when using a lower calorie product. I felt I noticed the difference the most in the frosting. It could have been because the sugar was blended and made into confectioners sugar, but I cannot be sure that was the reason. I am assuming because the cupcakes themselves do not call for a massive amount of sugar, but the frosting does.
In any case, I liked the end result of the cupcakes. I handed them out to a few skeptics and the results were pretty much the same. Without the frosting most people couldn’t tell that a substitute had been used. With the frosting, the majority of the group liked them, one or two could tolerate them but liked sugar better, and one just wasn’t fond of the frosting with Domino Light in place of actual sugar.
Domino Light Sugar is a 100% Natural sugar blend that has half the calories of traditional sugar. This is possible by mixing Cane Sugar and a sugar extract that comes from the naturally sweet Stevia plant.
If you’re not familiar with Stevia, here are some facts from Domino Sugar.
The tropical stevia plant, originally discovered in the warm highlands of South America, has been used for centuries as a sweetener. Domino® Light is made from the extract of this stevia plant and then blended with another one of nature’s pure sweet plants, the sugar cane. Our balance of sugar cane and stevia extract creates the ideal sweetener – a perfect sweet taste and half the calories of sugar!
If you want to learn more about Domino Light Sugar and win some prizes in the process you should come to the Domino Light Twitter Party on Wednesday, August 8th from 8-10pm EST.
Basic Party Details (You can learn more by clicking the link above):
Domino Light Sugar Twitter Party
August 8th, 2012 from 8-10pm EST
Brand Twitter: @Dominosugar (Domino® Light) AND @Candh_sugar (C&H® Light)
You can also check out the Domino Facebook Page.
In the meantime, I recommend giving Domino Light Sugar a shot. I plan to keep some handy and continue to experiment with it. While it isn’t my go-to sugar at this point, it is something that I would use when dieting and I won’t hesitate to use in the future for some of my baking and sweetening needs.
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