The lovely Peter over at Sweets Without sent a parcel containing three boxes of sugar free sweets from Sulá for me to try. All three are boiled sweets, are sweetened using sweeteners and made using natural flavours.
Rhubarb And Custard
Rhubarb And Custard won the battle of which flavour first (remember, they’re sugar free so you don’t want to eat too many at once!). The sweeteners used are isomalt and sucralose and the sweets contain 4% butter as well as actual concentrated rhubarb juice amongst other flavourings.
They stick to the typical pink and yellow theme you’d expect from a rhubarb and custard flavoured sweet and have a strange plasticy look to them thanks to a quite matte finish.
Make sure you don’t forget the warning because these are addictive! They are a delicious triple threat, lovely and sweet in contrast to the sharpness from the rhubarb all blended together with a wonderfully buttery creamy flavour. Sulá have nailed Rhubarb And Custard and all this without any nasty artificial sweetener flavours at all.
I’ll be buying these again, sugar free or not.
I’m loving the fact that the sweets actually look like they’re supposed to!
Mint Humbug was next, same sweeteners used, same warnings but this time the sweets are made using 6.9% cream as well as butter. The addition of cream and peppermint flavourings seem to be the only differences I can find but it does have an effect on the feel of the sweets. They were far easier to crunch than their Rhubarb & Custard companions and while I enjoyed the choice, they aren’t going to last as long if that’s what you’re after.
At first all I could taste was a strong and refreshing mint. I’m normally really torn on mint but I enjoyed it quite a lot in the humbugs, the fact that mint is followed swiftly by a smooth creamy buttery flavour is probably what swayed it, but I loved the blend of the flavours together.
Once again there was no artificial sweetener flavour, making for another very addictive sweet!
Finally the flavour I expected would be good, Butterscotch.
I’ve had the Werthers Sugar Free Originals, which are pretty much the standard and these already have the edge over the worldwide giant in that they aren’t wrapped.. I tried to eat Werthers on the sly once (I’m still too young to be caught eating Werthers while I’m out!) and it was a nightmare opening each individual wrapper – these were much easier!
I suspect now that the softer texture may be due to the dramatic increase in temperature recently, but these had a slighter softer and shorter suck and were a lot easier to crunch through.
Butterscotch was surprisingly the sweetest of the three flavours, mainly at the very beginning and end of each sweet but it was noticeable, not quite artificial sweetener sweet but about to head down that track. The vast majority of each boiled sweet had a delicious creamy butterscotch flavour though. Butterscotch flavour actually uses slightly more cream and butter and it made for a very moreish sweetie. Probably the most addictive of all three, you have been warned!
I’d happily eat any of these again and so, I suspect, would my newly diagnosed diabetic granddad. Add to the fact they’re not only sugar free but gluten free too – they’re a tasty sweet pretty much anyone can have!
Thanks very much again to Peter from www.sweetswithout.co.uk for the sweets. They sell a huge amount of chocolate, sweets and other tasty treats so make sure you check them out, Peters knowledge of all the goodies sold is second to none too.