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Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
This seems to be exactly what I was led to expect. I have no prior experience with this type of sweetener, so I have nothing to compare it to besides regular cane sugar. There is a tongue-feel that sort of coats the tongue (if you just taste this, plain) that makes this a bit different than cane sugar, but the flavor/taste is the close to the same (there might be a hint of bitterness in large amounts, like 2 teaspoons in a cup of green tea). Didn't notice anything at all once mixed with something like a strongly-flavored beverage or baked into cookies.
I was really worried that I was buying a bag of weird-tasting sweetness, because everything I've tried in my 50 years has *not* been even close to tasting like sugar, but I'm pleased to see that my fears were unfounded. I baked a batch of oatmeal cookies using this and they needed *more* sweetness, I will admit, which I will address next time by adding a dollop of honey, but otherwise I didn't really notice much of a difference, other than maybe they are a bit softer than normal. Sweetness is not as high as sugar, but I was expecting that.
Comes in granules approximately the same size as regular table sugar. This is more clear-colored than sugar though and glistens more. Very pretty, in fact. If I go to dust a baked good with white sugar, I will use this instead for the visual appeal.
We are on docs orders to lose weight (and lower our cholesterol) and one way I can dump a number of calories a day is to switch to using this instead of pure cane sugar in my hot teas. This type of sweetener (Erythritol) was recommended by my doc as being one of the least potentially harmful sweeteners of this type and the one with the closest taste to real cane sugar. He did caution that taking more than 50 grams a day (including what is found in commonly consumed food items) would possibly cause some gastrointestinal upset. For reference, I've uploaded a pic of what 50g looks like. It is just shy of 1/4 cup, or 4 tablespoons. This means that the 3 teaspoons of sugar that I currently use, in the 4-5 cups of tea (12oz cup) a day that I normally drink, would more than likely cause me some upset issues - especially since we are also eating low sugar foods and fruits that also include sugar alcohols). So I will be replacing half my normal sugar with this and keep total intake of this to under 2 tablespoons a day and work on lowering how much sweetness I use in my tea. So far, at 2 tablespoons a day (3 days), I'm not experiencing any distress of any sort.
Once I opened the bag I couldn't get the zipper to close, no matter what I tried so I ended up putting it in a air-tight jar for storage.
When I sat down to order this, I looked and did the math and determined that as of this moment in time (as I write this at the end of June, 2020), *this* is the cheapest offer for erythritol that could be had on Amazon, at 21.75 cents an ounce. This stuff is so pricey that I won't feel bad about buying a different brand next time out if some other brand has it cheaper.
But for now, I am happy with this brand and would certainly purchase again if they have the lowest price per pound.