Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants, 80-Count Box

Product Description From the Manufacturer SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants* SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener, with Antioxidants* Nutrition Information The first and only sweetener that has *20% of the Daily Value of Antioxidant vitamins C and E in every packet. SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ with Antioxidants gives you a little extra goodness every time you sweeten, with healthy antioxidants. Each packet has the same great taste as SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener plus 20% of the Daily Value of antioxidant vitamins C and E, like those found in fruits and vegetables. That extra boost of nutrients means you can make everything you sweeten, from your morning coffee to your after-dinner treat, a little better for you. So every day, you’re getting more out of what you put in! What are the SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products? SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products are a new line of sweeteners from the SPLENDA® Brand. These products not only help you to reduce added sugar, but also make everything you sweeten a little bit better for you; with a small boost of Fiber, B Vitamins, or Antioxidant Vitamins C and E. Why did the SPLENDA® Brand decide to put added nutrients in SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener? Becoming a healthier you means making small, good-for-you choices each day. With SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products it’s never been easier to make everything you sweeten a little bit better for you with a small boost of Fiber, B Vitamins, or Antioxidants. Over time, simple steps can become healthy habits with big benefits. Do SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products taste different than the original? No, the SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products have the same great taste as the regular SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener. How sweet are the SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products? Each packet of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener has the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar, just like our SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product. Can I cook and bake with SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products? While this product was not specifically developed for cooking and baking, sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® Sweetener Products retains its sweetness in high temperatures. We would expect to see some losses in the potency of the vitamins in the product with the heat exposure involved in cooking and baking. However these vitamin potency losses would not be greater than what you would see normally when cooking or baking foods that contain vitamins. Do you have any recipes using SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products? Yes, we have a number of delicious new beverage and oatmeal recipes using SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products. All three products offer the sweet taste you love, and can be used almost anywhere sugar is sprinkled. To get the recipes, visit http://splenda.tastebook.com and search “Essentials”. SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener, with Antioxidants* What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are small molecules that play an important role in defending the body against damage from free radicals, substances that are formed in the body through a natural metabolic process called oxidation. The body’s exposure to free radicals can also be increased by exposure to certain environmental factors, like cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light. The body naturally uses antioxidants to help protect against free radicals, which can cause damage to DNA, proteins, cells and tissues. How much Vitamin C is in SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants? Each packet of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants contains 20% of the Daily Value (12 mg) of vitamin C. How much Vitamin E is in SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants? Each packet of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants contains 20% of the Daily Value (6 IUs) of vitamin E. Are SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products suitable for people with diabetes? Yes. All SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Products are suitable for people with diabetes. Sucralose, the no-calorie sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products is not a carbohydrate and has been shown in studies to have no effect on blood glucose control or insulin levels.Like other no-calorie sweeteners on the market, the SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants and with B Vitamins Products contain small amounts of carbohydrate (less than 1 gram per serving) that provide needed volume and texture. These common food ingredients, which include maltodextrin and dextrose, add so few calories per serving that both products meet the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories/serving). In a meal plan for people with diabetes, up to 4 packets of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Antioxidants or with B Vitamins Products, are considered a “free food.” The American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association consider a free food to be any food or beverage that contains less than 20 calories and 5 grams or less of carbohydrate per serving.In addition to the sucralose, SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber contains soluble fiber which is metabolized by the body and therefore needs to be accounted for in a diet for diabetes. Up to three packets of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber counts as a “free food” in a diet for diabetes. If a person with diabetes chooses to consume more than this in one sitting, they simply need to carbohydrate count for it. Can SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products be used by children? Yes, SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose), the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products can be used by everyone, including children. However the daily dietary fiber, vitamin and caloric needs of children are different than adults. A child’s diet should be adjusted to meet his or her individual needs. If you have questions about your child’s diet /nutritional needs, please check with his or her doctor. What is the shelf life of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products? SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ Sweetener Products each have a 12 month shelf life. Are SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products dietary supplements? No, SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as foods. Are SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products kosher? Yes. All SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener Products are certified as kosher parve by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Kashruth Division. Reference List Guthrie HA, Picciano MF. Human Nutrition. 1995 Institute of Medicine. National Academy of Sciences, Dietary Reference Intakes. 2001

Quick facts

  • Pack of four, .41-pounds, total of 1.64-pounds
  • 20% daily vaue of antioxidant vitamins C&E
  • Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Packets, are individual portions in the familiar yellow packets.
  • Life is sweet–and SPLENDA sweetener products make it even sweeter, by giving you a delicious alternative to sugar
  • Sweeten beverages and sprinkle on cereal, fresh fruit, and more

Top reviews

Fine on my morning hot oat meal

I can’t taste any difference between this product and sugar.
I think even the ants are fooled, because I found them
crawling around the box…
Since I have pretty much gone away from using the
two white powders: sugar and salt,
I probably wouldn’t buy this. I try to sweeten naturally
or go without.
I like this stuff and it is good that has Antioxidants
like nature sweeteners.
TracyWilmerding, PA

Buy regular Spenda and take a vitamin and save yourself 300%

The trend of blending packaged foods with medicine is one of the driving forces in consumer products. This product and its cousins are no exception.

First off, the product tastes just like Spenda to me in my Iced Tea. It is good to know that I might be getting some nutrition with my sweetener, then I looked at the economics of it. Nutritionally enhanced Spenda costs ($0.09/packet) about three times more than regular Splenda ($0.03/packet). Now that may not seem like much but if you put two packets in your coffee that is 12 cents a cup. Many of us have multiple drinks in a day, adding to your routine. No so much to make you think twice as you get ‘more’ with Spenda Essentials, but it adds up and you may want to think again.

I am a little concerned that the addition of the antioxidants requires putting the Spenda in a foil packet rather than the simple paper cover for regular Spenda. The packaging kept reminding me that I was getting chemistry along with my sweetener.

I am not saying that you should avoid this product and its better getting some vitamins rather than none. But it seems to me that a more effective approach would be to use regular Spenda and take a multivitamin. Not only is it less expensive, but the vitamin provides a broader range of nutrients than what is found in this product.

So as a product, its great, tastes like regular Spenda, delivers antioxidants and mixes well in my drinks. Economically, I think that you have a better alternative that is cheaper, better nutritionally and still gives you all of Spenda’s taste.

ElizebethHiram, ME

Great but a bit pricey

I don’t really feel I need the additional vitamins very much, so I prefer the version of Splenda that contains fiber instead, but this is very good also. The vitamin C in it seems to give it a bit of extra tart/sweet sensation.
RusselDurham, PA

A Better Splenda

Tried this product and I notice no difference in the taste from the original Splenda. Since this product also contains a number of anti-oxidants, this is a better product with all the advantages of the original!
TadBlackwell, MO

Taste wise there isn’t much difference from the original

Personally I have always preferred splenda over equal or sweet n low.

I do believe that using a sweetener as opposed to just regular cane sugar is healthier for you. Even though there are some people that would disagree with that.

Regardless, I like it and like this product. However, I couldn’t really taste any difference in it from my regular splenda. I like that it has antioxidants though, so since I already like splenda to begin with and since this has no difference in taste, I will be buying this one from now on for it’s a bit more healthier than the original.

ElfredaRiverdale, IL

I love Splenda!

Splenda is arguably the best low-calorie sweetener ever made. There’s no nasty aftertaste, and it blends beautifully with drinks and baking doughs.

This version has added antioxidants. Since they do not change the flavor, I can’t really comment except to say that they are reputed to be a healthy thing to eat.

But it’s Splenda. Enjoy!!

IndiaRoosevelt, NJ

Citrus flavor put me off. Not thrilled about this product.

I really like Splenda and use it nearly every day. So I was excited to try Spenda Essentials with Antioxidants.

I tried the product in coffee, in cereal and straight out of the foil-lined packet. This product has a pronounced citrus flavor that I am not exactly loving. Don’t get me wrong, I do like citrus. But I’m not really looking for a citrus flavor in a product that I might use to sweeten things that don’t necessarily benefit from a citrus taste.

This product is certainly not objectionable. I couldn’t really taste the citrus in my coffee but I could taste it in my breakfast cereal. I also noted more of a citrusy (is that a word?) aftertaste that seemed to linger.

Spenda with Antioxidants doesn’t seem as sweet to my tastebuds as “normal” Splenda. Typically I use 3 Splendas in my morning coffee. Today, I used 3 packets of Splenda Essentials with Antioxidants and the coffee didn’t seem as sweet as usual. I added a 4th packet and it still didn’t seem as sweet.

As of this writing, this product is a fair bit more expensive then regular Splenda. I am not thrilled with the flavor, not crazy about the price, and I’d rather just take vitamins on my own.

My gut feeling is that this won’t be an especially successful product for Splenda. Maybe I’m wrong. By all means, feel free to try it, as maybe your opinion will differ from mine. While I don’t necessarily dislike Splenda Essentials with Antioxidants, I wouldn’t personally buy it. I don’t hate it, but it’s not recommended.

AmieeFranklin, GA

It’s good, but…

I picked up a pack of this at my local Kroger, as the store seemed to be removing it from their shelves for one reason or another. (From the pile of boxes, it looked as if it just wasn’t selling all that well.) Since it was only slightly cheaper than the regular Splenda boxes, I figured why not? Let’s give this a try.

Taste-wise, I like this well enough that I might get another box if there are any left when I go back for refills. I was surprised to see that others complained of a citrus taste, as I didn’t really get that in my drink. However, I generally only drink Splenda in my coffee or tea, so the taste might’ve been overwhelmed by how strong I generally like to brew my drinks.

Now here comes my kicker: I didn’t see a huge difference when it came to antioxidant benefits. I know that many times you can’t see a huge difference or there won’t be a visible difference for months and months, but I just didn’t see anything. When you figure how expensive the original price for this was (the original price was about $1-2 more than the regular box of Splenda on the shelves of my Kroger), I just can’t warrant other people paying this much for something where there’s not a big difference in your daily life. My only other gripe was that the packets were a little bit of a pain to open. Nothing major, just that I had a harder time shaking the packets to where the product settled in one corner. (You know, so it won’t spill out everywhere.) This wouldn’t deter me from continuing to use what I bought or even lower the star rating, but it is slightly irritating.

The bottom line is this: if you can get these on sale for cheaper than or around the same price as your regular sweetener, go for it. There’s not really any taste difference that I can discern and I like it. However, it’s just not good enough to where I’d say it’s worth the extra dollars on the price tag. Considering that the only big draw to this product would be the antioxidants, save that extra money and buy a bottle of deluxe vitamins. If you’re really worried about getting in the extra nutrients in a tasty format, it’d be easier (and yummier) to get some gummy vitamins or something.

CoriRebuck, PA

The paper is too thick

I use splenda a lot,but these packets have a thick, hard to tear paper. They make the product seem more substantial, but when you rip it open Splenda spills everywhere.
NeidaRed Springs, NC

It’s Splenda with vitamins E and C

It looks like Splenda and tastes like Splenda. It sweetens just like the regular packets. However, they have added a small does of vitamins C and E to each packet. Unlike the packets with the vitamin B added, this one doesn’t have a distinctive oder. I have been using it my coffee and honestly wonder what the heat of my beverage is doing to the vitamins. Also, there are so many products out there that give you a daily does of vitamin C, do we really need it added to our artificial sweetener? I’m using what I have but won’t be buying it again.
MaireNavajo Dam, NM

Okay

This product is like regular Splenda, but there is also an odd aftertaste that I couldn’t quite place. I would much rather just purchase regular splenda and eat foods rich in antioxidants.
SamiraSibley, MO

Two different takes

My mother is a diabetic, so she uses Splenda all the time. I myself don’t use Splenda that often by myself, but when Mom comes over and we make a batch of iced tea, I’ll find myself drinking it. Between the two of us, we came up with two totally different opinions of this new Splenda with Antioxidants.

I hardly noticed a difference from the regular Splenda. Except for it taking a little more stirring to desolve, I found it almost identical. That in and of itself is not a bad thing, but if you compare the prices – currently $17 for 320 packs of this and $19 for 700 packs of regular Splenda – I have a hard time justifying buying this rather than sticking to regular Splenda and using the money you saved to buy a supplement. I guess if you would forget to take the supplement, this could be a good compromise.

Mom, however, hated the stuff. She could not get it to dissolve in her (cold) iced tea, and in fact most of the Splenda stayed on top of the ice rather than falling to the bottom. She also noticed a slight difference in taste. Finally, she had issues with the packages, which are actually foiled on the inside, which make them harder to open than the regular packs. Anyone with arthritic or particularly thick fingers may have issues here.

All in all, while not a BAD product, I can’t really recommend this to anyone. No matter how you slice it, there’s a better option out there.

JenWoodbine, GA

Choose an all-natural sweetener like Stevia instead

The SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS(tm) No Calorie Sweetener Products have the same taste as the regular SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, so if you’re a big Splenda user, you’ll find that these will work well in your coffee, and anywhere else you might substitute sugar. Although they state that when cooking, you should expect to see some losses in the potency of the vitamins in the product with the heat exposure involved in cooking and baking, which makes sense.

I like the idea of adding antioxidants to a widely used product, but you would think most people are getting their Vitamins C and E from a multi-vitamin, so I do wonder if this product is really necessary.

I’ve been reading a lot about No Calorie Sweeteners lately and I used to use Splenda by the boatload, but I’ve learned that artificial sweeteners may put us in even greater metabolic danger than sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, Stevia offers a safe, all-natural, alternative to these artificial sweeteners and Stevia is much sweeter than sugar and has none of sugar’s unhealthy drawbacks.

SidneyTopawa, AZ

Tastes like splenda

If you’re familiar with Splenda and like the taste, you’ll like the taste of this. I don’t notice a taste difference. Why did Splenda feel the need to add vitamins to their sweetener? Great question. Do the vitamins actually survive being in my hot coffee? Another question.

My only gripe – and it’s a very small one – is that the packets feel weird. Instead of being a lot of paper and air with a little bit of sweetener, the packets are packed full to the brim. Maybe the vitamins require a vacuum in there, or maybe it’s just a way for them to fit more boxes into a smaller space… but it interferes with my ritual of flicking the packets to make sure all the sweetener is at the bottom before ripping the tops off. (And, since I can’t do that, there’s almost always a small mess from powder on the counter after I make my coffee.)

CoryEdwardsville, AL

Good, Not Great

I usually use Sweet ‘N Low but decided to try out this type of Splenda due to its nutritional benefit claims. I use sweetener in unsweet iced tea and had to use two packets in order to get the sweetness I desire. I have a sweet tooth, but I generally use only one Sweet ‘N Low packet.

On the bright side, the packets are the nicest I’ve seen because of their foil lining. They’re a bit stiff, and offer a lot of reinforcement.

Though I’m a bit curious over exactly how many antioxidants can be put in a packet, this Splenda has a good taste and does its job nicely. A bit pricey and not quite as sweet for my liking, but if good packaging and potential health benefits are your thing, go for it.

BradfordCamilla, GA

Just like regular Splenda, but more pricey

At over $4 for an 80 ct box, this artificial sweetener is excessively priced when compared to other brands. Yes, it tastes perfectly fine in coffee and you can use it to add a bit of sweetness when cooking certain recipes without adding calories or leaving an aftertaste. But I don’t know if I really need to spend this sort of money to get additional antioxidants in my beverages. And what are these antioxidants? Vitamin C and Vitamin E, at allegedly 20% the recommended dose per pack. Two packs per cup equals 40% of your recommended vitamin C for the day. Sounds great, huh? Except I would have to consume 5 packs per day to get 100% the recommended dose of both vitamins, and a box of 80 packs would last 16 days. Or, I can spend $8 on Nature Made Multi-Complete with D3, Iron & Calcium, Liquid Softgels, 60-Count and get 100% of all my vitamins for 60 days. So there is no real value to the whole “essentials” ploy. It won’t hurt you to use this product (unless you are using 20 packs a day or more and you might be at risk of Vitamin C poisoning.) But there is no point in paying more for the vitamins.
MarquittaSwarthmore, PA

Tastes great. No aftertaste!

I’ll start by saying I’m a big fan of Splenda and have it in my coffee everyday.

This Splenda with Antioxidants tastes exactly the same as the regular Splenda. NO aftertaste or funny residue in the cup.

You get the bonus antioxidants for the same taste. I’m sold!

MariaHines, IL

Pretty Much Like The Regular

I like this product. It has a slightly fruity tinge to it but I did not find it overpowering.

These packets feel more stiff because they are foil-lined instead of the standard paper packet that you find in restaurants.

Splenda is my favorite sweetener. I tried this in some cappuccino and it did seem like I had to put more in to get the same taste that I get with regular Splenda.

I can’t offer too much more. Though this was a good product, there was not enough difference for me to write an essay worth.

ElinPetersburg, IL

Tastes exactly the same in coffee

We use Splenda all the time in our morning cofffee. The Splenda with antioxidents tastes exactly the same to us, so that’s not an issue at all. The thing that concerns me with this product is that when I looked online to see what they say about what happens to the vitamins when heated, it says they do diminish some. They say it’s no more than what happens when you cook your vegetables, though. So, the only thing I’d consider if you plan on using this for coffee is if it’s worth the price compared to regular Splenda. If you are paying about the same – no problem. But if you pay more for just the vitamins and if they are going to diminish – is it worth it?
ToddSweet Water, AL

Good sugar substitute

Putting aside the debate as to whether or not splenda is good for you, we like this product.

My wife and I are trying to reduce the amount of sugar in our diet (we’re in our late 20’s early 30’s) because of health issues that run in our families. The problem is that the artificial sweeteners we’ve tried have all left a bad taste in our mouth (pun intended). This is the first time we’ve tried splenda, in spite of having been on the market for awhile, and quite honestly we were both shocked. It’s sweeter than table sugar, so you don’t use as much, and it doesn’t have the strange aftertaste that is usually a hallmark of artificial sweeteners.

We have not tried cooking with it yet, but for tea, fruit, cereal and general use it is really quite good.

AllenGuadalupe, CA

Different from regular Splenda

I am a regular Splenda user so I was eager to try Splenda Essentials with antioxidants. Perhaps this product works better in baking. It curdled in my coffee and was really too sweet, at least for my taste. I had two other people try it and it curdled their drinks as well. All reported it as overly sweet.
CherriGresham, NE

Splenda is my favorite sweetener

I’m a hot tree drinker, no coffee. I’ve tried most of the artifical sweeteners on the market. Sweet N Low had a nasty after taste, Equal did too, but not as bad. Eventually though, I had adapted my taste buds to both. When Splenda first hit the market, I was skeptical, but quickly fell in love. I didn’t experience the after tastes like on the other sweeteners. I switched over to the Splenda with Fiber, but was NOT a fan of the foil lined packets. They’re tougher to open and a pain in the neck to keep smacking/flicking them to get the product to the bottom so the packet can be ripped open. This can be frustrating, and it’s not an easy task. I didn’t notice any taste difference between the fiber or this antioxidant, but being that I’m a tea drinker, I might not notice any supposed fruity taste that someone else experienced. These have the same foil lined packets, but for some reason, I found these even harder (than the Fiber packets) to flick down the sugar to the bottom of the packet.
5 stars for taste, 3 stars for the foil lined packets, 4 stars overall.
MireyaScott City, KS

Great Idea, Improved Packaging

Some products really catch my attention, and this is one of them. Antioxidants are nice but that’s not the coolest part.

The sweetener is more concentrated than the stuff you buy in the bag, and like its yellow package brother, a very nice alternative to sugar.

The packaging is what I really like. The thicker foil packaging is great. It is vacuum sealed and water `resistant’. For camping, and other activities where you need to toss a couple packs in your bag, this is the ticket. I don’t have to worry about them tearing open or getting soggy.

The flavor is terrific and about the same as the regular stuff. I tried mixing them both in a cup of water for comparison. I couldn’t tell any difference.

What I like best about Splenda is that it does not give you the sugar-shock that high-fructose-corn-syrup gives me. No calories, great taste, antioxidants, works with any diet, and very portable.

Buy this.

SherrilFoster, VA

Sweet Addition

Before trying this new sweetener in iced tea, I taste tested the Splenda right out of the packet. Aside from a very slight (and not unpleasant) citrus tang, it tastes just like regular Splenda. Since I drink so much tea and other sugar free drinks, this antioxidant enriched formula works well for me. It’s an easy way to sneak more vitamin C into my diet. Each packet has the equivalent of 20% of the daily recommended amount.

On a side note, the sweetener in these packets seems slightly more intense, so I find I don’t have to use as many packets as I normally do, which adds value for me.

NylaDayton, MD

Try a teaspoon of Truvia and a vitamin for far less money.

I used to use Splenda a lot, from some packages to large bags. I’ve gone over to Truvia for the taste, maybe a personal preference, but I’m allowed that. What I really can’t see is how adding a little vitamin E and C to the mix results in almost twice the price as the regular product, and far far more than just buying bulk product and popping a vitamin a day, which will also give you 100+% of your daily antioxidant recommendation as opposed to 5 packets of this.

Sorry, I’m not falling for it.

BriannaMustang, OK

I prefer Splenda

Recently, I found that I could buy Diet Coke with Splenda instead of Aspartame. That made me pretty happy because you can immediately detect that it yields a sweeter taste.

And now we have Splenda packets which I can use in my morning coffee or iced tea which contains antioxidants. That will be of definite benefit to my multiple personal health issues. Usually, products for consumption have some negative aspect — to add antioxidants to Splenda is a terrific idea.

Highly recommended.

CasandraPebble Beach, CA

Good deal.. slight aftertaste

Got a great deal on the sweetener so I’m not too upset, but it does have a bit of an aftertaste that’s almost bitter. It’s more noticeable in different things though; teas not so much for me, but coffee I can detect it.
RosinaMarshallville, OH

Sweet(er) than sugar

As someone that has a major sweet tooth when it comes to coffee, Splenda is the first low-cal sugar substitute I have found that is as good, if not better than, sugar.

The packaging of that with antioxidants in this convenient package is perfect for the office or the kitchen.

OtisMan, WV

Vitamins have a taste

OK, I consume a lot of Splenda every day. I eat some in my morning Oatmeal, and I always make it a point to get the Diet Coke with Splenda in it, rather than the aspartame stuff.

I have been getting the fiber splenda. One gram of fiber per packet didn’t seem to be much, but it was something to make the sweetener less empty, and it eliminated the gram of dextrose used to stretch the Splenda to make it measure. You occasionally see the tablets of Splenda, but they are rare, and they don’t work on oatmeal.

So I asked my wife, “Please surprise me by switching to the Splenda Essentials with Antioxidants some morning over the next week.” She agreed. On the third morning, I noted an odd taste in my cereal. Not unpleasant, just odd.

I asked her, and she confirmed, that was the first morning she had used the Antioxidant Splenda.

So, unlike the fiber splenda, the antioxidant Splenda has a taste.

Now, I normally only put sweetener in my coffee if it is nasty tasting. But I don’t have any nasty tasting coffee, so I put the antioxidant Splenda sweetener into regular coffee just to see if I can taste it.

I am pretty sure I can taste it, but it is not a blind taste test. I am going by what I taste in my oatmeal.

As I’ve said, the taste is minor and not unpleasant. It is hard to detect when I put one packet into 8 ounces of coffee.

My opinion is that Splenda is the best artificial sweetener on the market. The worst tasting is aspartame, then stevia because of the odd licorice overtone. Then saccharine, and that only when a small amount of saccarine is used. I used to make ice tea with a half gallon of strong tea and one saccharine, and at that ratio, it was not bad. It took the bitter edge off of the tea.

If you can get cyclamates, they go here, and then, at the top, Splenda. Nothing tastes like sugar, especially not corn syrup, but splenda has the most neutral sweet taste of the artificials. Now that it is available, I try not to use any of the other artificials, and I am not supposed to consume a lot of sugar.

So plain splenda would get five stars as an artificial sweetener. Essentials with fiber would get the same score. Antioxidant gets 4 stars because it has an off taste that is not a bad taste and because it is detectable other than sweetener. I believe that even with this off taste it tastes better than saccharine. So it loses one star for the detectable taste, but not more.

This sweetener comes in a heavy, stiff, hard to tear bag, that could probably survive being kept in a wallet in the rain without damage, and the bag is stiff and strong enough that someone with bad arthritis might not want or be able to use the sweetener in the bag.

ArnetteSwans Island, ME

Tastes the SAME as regular SPLENDA, just BETTER for you …

I am a HUGE FAN of Splenda. I have been using it for years. Many years ago, I used to ONLY use sugar (and a lot of it). I have a real sweet tooth. Anyway, I tried the pink and blue packet artificial sweeteners and did not like the weird after taste they left. Once I tried Splenda, I was hooked. I gradually weaned myself off of sugar and only use Splenda (and Jay Robb spoonable granulated Stevia). I REALLY like Splenda to sweeten my tea and oatmeal.

When I saw the SPLENDA ESSENTIALS (basically Splenda with a BONUS, something good for you … fiber, antioxidents or B vitamins), I decided to try ALL of them. I really like the SPLENDA ESSENTIALS. They all taste the same to me … the same as regular SPLENDA. The ONLY difference I noticed is the packaging. It is not that THIN, yellow packaging. It is a thicker (almost like a wet-n-dri wipe) package. Other than that, I wouldn’t have even noticed a difference. I now use all three of the different SPLENDA ESSENTIALS (fiber, B vitamins and Antioxidents) to sweeten my tea so I can get the nutritional benefits of all three.

HienJackson Heights, NY