Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Sugar Free Syrups Review

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Cozy Cottage Sugar-Free Syrup Image Courtesy of Maple Grove Farms of Vermont.

When you are on a low-carb diet for weight loss or diabetes, you may hunger for a good dollop of maple syrup. Maple Grove Farms of Vermont has two labels of sugar-free maple flavor syrup that are low-calorie and low-carbohydrate alternatives. They are not a great replacement for maple syrup from actual maple trees. But for a reviewer with an intimate knowledge of real maple syrup, they are the only sugar-free varieties she will actually use and enjoy.

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont also makes real maple syrup, which may be why they ensure their products have authentic flavor.

Manufacturer's Site

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Sugar Free Maple Flavor Syrups

The company produces two lines of syrup. One is labeled Maple Grove Sugar Free Maple Flavor Syrup. The other is labeled Vermont Sugar Free Maple Flavor Syrup. Both have the words low calorie on the label. Here are the basics:

  • Read about the ingredients and nutritional information
  • Sweetened with Splenda and sorbitol, one of the sugar alcohols with a lower glycemic effect
  • Come in 12-ounce and 24-ounce bottles
  • Widely available in supermarkets but can be ordered from the manufacturer.
  • Better than the sugar-free competition sampled by the reviewer, but will never be mistaken for actual maple syrup.

Expert Compares the Two Sugar-Free Syrups

I grew up in northern Vermont. The woods in back of our house was a maple grove, and I could see the sugar shack, where maple sap was boiled down to syrup, from my bedroom window.

As kids, every spring we would head into the woods to help the neighbors with the "sugaring off". Needless to say, I'm what you might call a little picky about what I put on my pancakes. So, one of the biggest bummers about finding out that sugar is so bad for me was in the realm of maple sugar. I think these come closest to helping me out.

These two syrups are more similar than they are different. They both taste as though they had some acquaintance, however distant, with a maple tree. They are both sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) and sorbitol, though in different proportions. Maple Grove Farms has 5 grams of sorbitol per quarter cup, while Vermont Sugar Free has 3 grams. Vermont Sugar-Free has B vitamins added and states that it is gluten-free, while Maple Grove Farms does not.

  • Viscosity: The bottle of Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free I tried was thicker, almost (but not quite) to the point of being slightly gloppy. The Vermont Sugar Free was closer to the thickness of light maple syrup, which is perhaps thinner than artificial syrups which have thickeners added.
  • Flavor: The flavor differences are present but fairly subtle. After going back and forth quite a few times, I decided that I have a slight preference for the Vermont Sugar Free; I think the Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free has more "off-notes" to my taste buds.

The bottom line is that if you can't include real maple syrup on your diet, these brands offer a sugar-free substitute that is the best of the bunch.

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