Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins, Net Wt 2.8-Ounces

Product Description From the Manufacturer SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener, with B Vitamins* SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener, with B Vitamins* Nutrition Information The first and only sweetener that helps support a healthy metabolism with a small boost of vitamins B1, B5 and B6 in every packet. SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ with B Vitamins makes it easy to add a small boost of B vitamins to the things you love. Each packet has the same great taste of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener plus 20% of the Daily Value of B Vitamins B1, B5 and B6 to help support a healthy metabolism. Whether you’re stirring it into coffee or tea, sprinkling it on cereal or fresh fruit, or sweetening your smoothie you’ll be getting extra nutrients every time. 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 B Vitamins* How much of the B Vitamins are in SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins? Each packet of SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins contains 20% of the Daily Value of vitamins B1 (thiamin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6. How do vitamins B1 (thiamin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) affect metabolism? Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) support the metabolism of the macronutrients: fat, carbohydrate, and protein.1 The vitamins themselves are never a source of energy, rather they are involved in facilitating the release of energy from the energy-yielding nutrients. 2 Thiamin supports the metabolism of carbohydrates. Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin B6 support the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. What does vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) do in the body? Vitamin B6 performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is essential for good health. This vitamin is needed for more than 100 enzyme reactions involved in protein metabolism. It is also essential for the nervous and immune systems to function efficiently, and for red blood cell metabolism. Hemoglobin within red blood cells carries oxygen to tissues. The body needs vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin and this vitamin also helps to increase the amount of oxygen carried by hemoglobin. 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 value of B vitamins
  • 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

B vitamin Splenda; discussion of caloric content

Splenda is Splenda. That’s easy. It works to create an illusion of sweetness. It can be most helpful if staying away from regular sugar is necessary. I was thin, too thin, for many years but gradually that changed. I still didn’t have to count calories, just stay away from ingesting too much or too fatty food, but even that changed. Now I am analyzing my intake to eliminate the empty calories of cane sugar, corn syrup and the ilk, even the fructose of 100% fruit juices in favor of consuming the whole fruit.

What’s not easy is choosing whether to use an artificial sweetener. First of all, some people mistrust them, suspect them of being carcinogens etc. and ask whether the cure might be worse than the disease. Some of the other artificial sweeteners, which shall remain nameless, might bear investigation.

But Splenda, which has only been available in the US for a dozen years, is sucralose plus dextrose and/or maltodextrin. Sucralose is actually derived from sugar but has no calories. The fillers add calories but not nearly as many as sugar. In addition, Splenda is heat-stable to 450F and does not add an artificial flavor to baked goods. However it is questionable whether the vitamins survive the heat of cooking.

I find Splenda especially helpful in making desserts sugar-free when necessary, everything from puddings to pies to betties. This Splenda claims no calories, as do their other varieties. The actual caloric content of a single-serving, 1-gram packet [which is the size of the packet reviewed here] is 3.36 calories, which is less than a third of the calories of a single-serving, 2.8-gram packet of granulated sugar. FDA regulations allow foods to be labelled zero calories, “if the food contains less than 5 calories per reference amount customarily consumed and per labeled serving”. So that gets just a mite tricky. Regardless of FDA regs, I feel it is questionable to emblazon the packaging with a claim of “No Calorie Sweetener” when it actually does have them.

Another packaging issue is the description “Net Wt 2.8-Ounces (Pack of 4)”. That made me think I would receive four packages of 0.7 oz. each which I could use in baking. But in fact there are 80 tiny foil packages suitable for use in individual cups of whatever, and the box states “Each packet sweetens like 2 teaspoons of sugar.” No problem; you just need to be aware of what you will be getting as this stuff is really expensive.

ArlieDiberville, MS

Why not?

In addition to the “normal” Splenda product, the Splenda Essentials line, as of this review, consists of three varieties … added fiber, added antioxidants, and added B Vitamins. This review is about the Splenda Essentials with B Vitamins.

The box contains 80 packets of Splenda (as opposed to 100 packets in the “normal” variety). However, the individual packets in the normal variety are made of paper only, while the ones in this one (with B Vitamins) are foil lined and a little bit bulkier, and the box they come in is also a little larger. I suspect that the foil lining is needed to preserve the vitamins.

With regards to taste, I couldn’t tell the difference between the normal and vitamin fortified varieties. Other reviewers have commented on smelling a slight “vitamin tablet” smell when opening a packet, and I do too, although I don’t smell it once I mix the contents into a drink. Each packet contains 20 percent of your daily requirement for B1, B5, and B6.

This product is about 25 percent more expensive than the normal Splenda. Whether this is worth it to you or not depends on whether you think it important to add more B Vitamins to your diet. For most people taking a daily multivitamin table, the answer may be no. However, there are arguments that taking one vitamin tablet a day isn’t the most effective way to get your vitamins. I already use the splenda with fiber variety and will add this product into my routine … my regular diet isn’t the best, and I figure adding some more B Vitamins several hours after taking my daily multivitamin tablet can’t hurt.

While this product is pricier than normal Splenda, it may be worth your while to consider as a relatively pain free way to add some B Vitamins to your diet.

TijuanaSalisbury, NC

Nice little tweek

Overall, I notice no change in the sweetness or flavor of this sugar substitute through the addition of the B vitamins. The usual slim paper packet has been replaced by a slightly more bulky thickened packet to preserve the nutrient content, but otherwise the product can be used in the same manner as the original item.

The nutrient ‘boost’ is only 20% of the RDA value of B-1, B-5 and B-6, all water soluble vitamins, so there is little worry of toxic overdose of the vitamins in a healthy person (although, 1,000mg/day of B-6 has been cited as a toxic level, it is unlikely that you would ingest enough without recourse to multiple bottles of B supplement tablets). B vitamins are associated with healthy metabolism, hair, skin, immune and nervous systems.

Unfortunately, this is not the full complement of B vitamins, neglecting several key members: riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), folic acid (B-9) and cyanocobalamin (B-12). The addition of a few B vitamins is a nice little value-add to the product, but does not replace my B Complex supplement. Based upon Amazon prices, I can get roughly twice the count of normal individual packets for close to the same price. As an aside, the fiber supplement version might be more worthwhile. P-)

MyrtleBurlington, NC

Slenda with B Vitamins, a different idea to help market

This new idea Splenda has come up with seems to be more of a gimic than anything else but I guess adding “B” Vitamins or Fiber can’t hurt. I did notice a slightly different flavior in my morning coffee but not enough to be turned off by it. Now this new Splenda with added vitamins is packaged in a foil/paper wraper, this keeps it fresher and less likely to become stale or wet. I’ll keep using Splenda but not sure if this one is worth spending more than the standard product. I have used the generic Splenda and have to say it’s hard to taste the difference.

* One other big point, the Packets are hard to open given the new foil liner, I wish they added a pull tab or at the very least score the edges so you have a starting point to help open each packet, who wants to fight with your Splenda before your first cup of coffee?

JericaDante, SD

Just as sweet with vitamins to boot!

I didn’t taste any difference in the B splenda, than the regular. I didn’t get an extra kick from the B vitamins, but i figure its like vitamins, takes time to get results. As long as I keep using splenda B (which is the best tasting fake sugar,IMO)I will take advantage of the extras, vitamins and the other new splendas with extras.
MelidaRonan, MT

Can Taste the B

My coffee is bitter and almost undrinkable. The vitamin taste lingers on the roof of my mouth. Will never use this product again.
SusanneHomer, NE

good idea, but too costly

I love Splenda and have been using it since it first debuted on the market. Unlike other artificial sweeteners, it has no aspartame (which I am allergic too) and it dissolves easily in hot and cold drinks. When I saw the Splenda essentials, I decided to try all three kinds. I drink a lot of hot tea to help curb my snack cravings, and figured some added vitamins couldn’t hurt. The Vitamin B (and the Fiber) tastes the same as regular Splenda, so that’s a plus. Also, I do not like taking vitamin pills, so this is an easy way to get more B in my diet added to something I already use regularly.

However, this product also has some disadvantages that will keep me from buying it regularly. First, the packets are not simple paper. They are foil-lined to keep the vitamin additive from hardening the Splenda. While I understand the necessity, it is inconvenient. I often spill a little trying to open them because I can’t shake the granules to the bottom first. Second, it does not dissolve as easily, especially in cold liquids. It will dissolve, you just need to add it more slowly and stir a lot. Finally, and most critically, Splenda essentials are a LOT more expensive. A 400 count box of regular Splenda is $11 on Amazon Subscribe & Save as of this writing. In contrast, the Splenda Essentials with B vitamin is almost $15 for 320 packets. I found a similar price differential in my local grocery store and at Wal Mart.

Overall, if these were the same price as regular Splenda, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. As it is, I won’t buy them again unless I have a coupon that makes it worth while. It’s a good idea, but it’s not worth the price hike.

ChristianaOnekama, MI

Tastes AWFUL !!!!

We have enjoyed using regular Splenda for years so when they came out with Splenda Essentials we thought we’d try one with Vitamin B…… We should have realized that there was a problem as soon as the packet was opened…. The smell of the vitamin was there and when you put it in your coffee, tea, cereal or what ever you put it in the vitamin taste is there and it is HORRIBLE !!!!!!!…. We returned the box of Splenda Essentials to the store for a refund and will NEVER buy it again….HORRIBLE TASTE !!!!
ClarisBedminster, NJ

Same great flavor!

I love Splenda! I use it every morning in my coffee. I have diabetes so I definitely cannot use regular plain old delicious sugar. However, Splenda is approved by my doctors because it does not raise my glucose levels.

Using Splenda with added B vitamins gives me that little extra boost of nutrients while still using the same product I’ve been using. B1, B5, and B6 are added to this product to help support a healthy immune system as well as maintain healthy hair and skin. Splenda has added 20% of the daily value of the B vitamins to their sweetener.

For me there was no difference in flavor from the original sweetener and I’m very pleased with this product. I usually use the fluffier Splenda so it was a little more difficult for me to gauge the same amount between the two products. I did not notice a different smell but I’ve never really been that close.

I do like knowing that I’m gaining healthy nutrients while still being able to enjoy food and drinks without all the extra sugar. However, it is a little bit more expensive than the regular sweetener. Which is normal because vitamins themselves are pretty expensive. I personally, think it’s worth it.

I think the important thing to keep in mind is that adding vitamins to your regime is healthy it’s not a replacement for not eating properly. It’s a supplement.

ArianeTen Sleep, WY

For those who prefer to use Splenda

First there was Splenda plus fiber. Now there’s Splenda with B-vitamins. No, this is not going to replace other healthy foods that supply you with the B vitamins your body needs nor should it replace your multivitamin, if you take one. But if you want to add a little boost and are using Splenda anyway, these little packets won’t hurt. The taste is the same. Neither I nor my husband, who has diabetes, noticed a difference. Very happy with this product.
WhitleyFlorence, OR

Never again…

This product has a nasty, strong Vitamin B odor and taste. I could smell the vitamins upon opening the box. I put it in my SleepTime Tea and all I could taste was the B vitamin, like drinking a liquefied vitamin pill. No sweetness at all and it masks the flavor of the tea. Horrible…what were they thinking? I do use regular Splenda and have since it first came out…love that version!
ShielaMattawa, WA

distinct “vitaminy” taste and smell

Someone bought a box of this for our office accidentally and I immediately noticed a distinct aftertaste and smell versus regular Splenda. It is the same smell that I get when I open my multivitamin bottle and I don’t want that smell or taste in my tea. I will not use this product again. By the way, I tried the new packets with fiber and they had no smell or aftertaste.
IngerPattersonville, NY

Worth the Extra Cost?

I think, personally as a regular Splenda user, this is just a way to fancy up something to be able to charge more for it. It is a sweetener and does a decent job of what it is designed to do. The packets are made of a thicker paper than the plain packets. Not sure what the reason is for that except to make it ‘seem’ more special. Perhaps the Vitamin B in this *will* make a difference in the lives of people who have a lot of it every day, but your normal user….take a vitamin for your supplemental B. I am skeptical of it being worth the extra cost or of it being a good way to get your daily vitamin B. To me it is just screaming out gimmick.
PatHyannis, NE

Not a great product

I love Splenda. It is my standard sweetener. I’ve seen this new line of “essentials” with added ingredients so when the opportunity came up to try one, I took it. This is not the same great Splenda product I am used to. Of course, the sweetener tastes the same but there is the unmistakable taste and odor of a vitamin pill that I do not want in my food or drinks. In addition, the packet is stiff, hard to open and the sweetener doesn’t easily shake out of the packet. I don’t see myself buying this in the future
GraceRockland, MI

Smells like a Vit B capsule, powder sticks to packet.

It seemed like a good idea to get your Vitamin B for the day in your sweetner (20% in one packet, 100% if you use 5)but this one has a distinct smell of a vitamin B capsule that is not very pleasant. I’d rather not smell it first thing in the morning with my morning coffee. Also the powder sticks a little to the aluminum lined packet and must be opened carefully. The paper packets can be tapped to shake the powder to the bottom but in this one it clings to the inner part so you have to open carefully to avoid spilling. The lining is due to needing more protective packaging due to the additives in the product. I’d rather just use regular Splenda and take my vitamins separately.
LoraParmele, NC

I think I’m addicted to Splenda

So I’m pretty sure theres something addictive in this because I use it in everything. Coffee, cocoa, tea, pancakes, everything I bake and the list goes on and on. What in the world would I do without it? No aftertaste and rats were fed gargantuan amounts with virtually no side effects. I figure if I have twelve a day I won’t grow a horn. Love it.
LaruePeetz, CO

Tastes ok but don’t like how it’s made.

While I don’t mind the taste of Splenda, it is one of the better no calorie sweeteners for not giving you that horrible after taste, I do not like the way it is made. If you want to know how it’s made, just do an internet search and find out what chemical is used in making this sweetener and the fact that it doesn’t get broken down by your body and ends up in the water. For this fact I will not use Splenda very often.
WandaElliott, SC

Like It Better Than Regular Splenda: Tastes “Fresher”

I don’t use Splenda, but my husband does & he thinks this tastes “fresher” than regular Splenda.

I did a quick taste test with both and I agree–this DOES taste slightly better than regular Splenda and seems to have an added dimension of flavor with absolutely NO “vitaminy” notes or aftertaste. It actually tastes good and seems to have a slightly higher moisture content than conventional Splenda.

The secret may be in its foil-lined packets or it might be that the added B vitamins add that extra dimension of flavor I’m detecting (a more natural “sugar” taste, to my palate). Either way, I’m glad my hubby gets the added benefit of a few extra B vitamins with his sugar replacement; we’ll be buying more for him soon.

I would highly recommend this for those who must limit their sugar intake but have a negative reaction to stevia, like my husband. Each packet is said to provide 20% of the RDA for B1, B5, and B6.

UPDATE 10-8-11: Re-reading the label, I thought I ought to make “carb watchers” and those with chemical sensitivity issues aware of the ingredient list (Splenda Essentials actually contains less than 2% sucralose, the ingredient most of us think of as “Splenda”).

Here is the labeled list of ingredients, FYI: INGREDIENTS: Dextrose, Maltodextrin, contains less than 2% of sucralose, calcium d-pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrocholoride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1).

XeniaCoaldale, PA

Just like original Splenda but with an extra bonus for your health.

I’m pleased to find that Splenda Essentials with B vitamins tastes just like regular Splenda. No odd flavor or any aftertaste that I’ve notice.

Splenda Essentials comes in foil packets instead of paper. No doubt it is to protect the B vitamins from getting moisture. The packet is a little harder to tear open, but not by too much.

When you purposely smell an open packet of Splenda with B, you can actually smell the distinct scent of the B vitamins. (It’s not overpowering – you can’t smell it just casually using it.) This is how I can “confirm” for myself that there are B vitamins in there, otherwise the powder is the same white stuff we know as Splenda.

Splenda Essentials with B Vitamins. Just like regular Splenda but with an extra boost of B vitamins for your well being. No flavor, no aftertaste, nothing to spoil the Splenda goodness we’ve all come to enjoy. I like it!

WanetaIdaville, PA

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.

DouglassMount Eden, KY

Splenda with a B Bonus

Splenda came up with a good idea adding B vitamins to their product.

We tried the sweetener in a variety of products including tea, cereal and to sweeten kool-aid.

It tastes like Splenda. That said, if you like Splenda, you’ll like this. If not, you probably won’t.

We normally purchase Splenda in the bulk pack at our local Sams. I hope that they will offer this product in a bulk size in the near future.

StephineSouth Lee, MA

Same Great Splenda

I love the idea of getting a B-vitamin boost with my Splenda. I’ve used these in coffee and also sprinkled on fresh berries and notice no taste difference from the usual Splenda. Yes, the packaging is new and the foil-lined packet (for freshness) is just a tad harder to open, but c’mon, it’s not THAT much harder. I seldom use a full packet; crimping over the top of these little foil-lined packets to save for the next morning’s coffee works great. The foil inside helps the packet remain closed. Love this product.
TeresiaCarbonado, WA

Sweet, but not too sweet

I’ve been a Splenda fan since it first came out. I was excited, then, to get to be able to try Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins. B Vitamins provide energy, something most of us need in this stressful, sleep deprived age we live in. The consistency of Splenda with B Vitamins is the same as regular Splenda. It’s almost like sifted powdered sugar. It is very sweet by itself, but two Splendas in my tea turns out perfectly. I don’t taste any difference between Splenda and Splenda with B Vitamins. The packaging of Splenda with B Vitamins is different, though. The packets are foil lined and a lot thicker than the regular packets. This means they hold up longer in your purse, but they are also a pain because you have to dump each one individually, rather than all at once. I love Splenda with B Vitamins and highly recommend it.
SethOrchard, IA

Not Too Crazy About This

I’m a long time Splenda user, so I took this opportunity to review the Splenda with the vitamins B in it. Frankly, I can’t figure out the rationale for putting vitamins in the Splenda in the first place.

I can tell you that this tastes no different to me than Splenda without the vitamins. That’s the good part. The bad part is that, I would assume to keep the product fresh with the vitamins in it, they had to put it in a foil-lined packet. I feel this is an inconvenience. The packets are harder to open, and therefore harder to pour the contents of the packet into the cup.

I would certainly not pay anything extra for the vitamins in my Splenda. As I said, makes no sense to me. (Nor do I want them to put “fiber” in my Splenda, which I’ve seen advertised).

ShuWest Chester, PA

just like regular, but with vitamins

I use Splenda every day in my coffee, and some days in tea. I tried these B-vitamin-enhanced Splenda packets, and I feel they taste just like regular.
Strangely though, they are packeged in a more “robust” paper packet – thicker paper. I thought it was harder to open.
I liked these just as much as regular Splenda, but because I also take a multivitamin every day w/ plenty of B vitamins as well as others, I don’t really think the extra B vitamins in the Splenda Essentials is worth the extra cost.
Basically, if I saw Splenda Essentials in the coffee shop, I’d definitely take one to use w/ my coffee purchase. But for at home use, probably I will stick to buying regular Splenda for myself.
MozelleFertile, IA

Splenda Essentials with B Vitamins

This new, enhanced Splenda has 0 calories per packet and provides 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins B1, B5 and B6 (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

I have been using regular Splenda (both loose and in packets) for several years. I don’t notice any aftertaste (unlike the lingering taste of Sweet-n-Low which I can’t stomach).

I did taste tests with Splenda, Splenda Essentials with B Vitamins and Splenda Essentials with Antioxidants. I tried all three with berries, tea and Greek yogurt. I could not distinguish the difference between the three as far as taste or level of sweetness. They all dissolved easily in hot tea and mixed into the yogurt without any graininess.

As other reviewers have noted, the packaging for Splenda Essentials with B Vitamins and Splenda Essentials with Antioxidants is different than the regular Splenda packets. The enhanced Splenda products come in foil-lined packets while the regular Splenda comes in paper packets (similar to Equal and Sweet-n-Low).

I would have liked to have seen information on the box about any potential side effects of consuming too much vitamin B per day. I suggest speaking with a doctor about whether vitamin B interacts with any medication you may take and whether there are any concerns with taking too much on a daily basis.

I drink at least 10 cups of tea per day and am not comfortable taking 200% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins B1, B5 and B6 (especially since I also take a multivitamin daily). I plan to rely mainly on the regular, non-enhanced Splenda (especially since it is significantly less expensive than either of the enhanced versions).

HeatherSantee, SC

If your already using Splenda but want the B vitamins

This is good for people that have to be on a sugar free diet but still wants sweet. It doesn’t taste any different then regular Splenda.
I personally don’t like fake sugars but someone in our home has to use them and really likes Splenda. I find the texture with the B vitamins to be more like real sugar, as regular Splenda is almost fluffy.
It comes in single serving packets each consisting of 20% B1, B5, and B6. When you rip open the little foil packets you can smell the vitamins, but again no taste change.
Contains Dextrose,Maltodextrin,less than 2% of sucrose,Calcium D-pantothenate(Vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine hydrochloride(vitamin B1).
SeptemberFootville, WI

Popular sweetener with bonus

I’ll start by saying I am a long time and frequent user of artificial sweeteners. I use them in coffee, tea, and cereal, at least once a day every day. I don’t really care if it is Splenda, or Sweet and Low, or Equal, or Truvia, or a generic brand. As long as it gets whatever I’m eating or drinking sweet without adding calories, I’m happy to use it. So to me, this is a familiar product that I felt works as it should: it sweetened my stuff. With the added B vitamins, I guess that is something that may be attractive to someone, but I don’t really see that as a good reason to purchase this over another product. This sweetener didn’t taste or feel any different. The packet is foil lined, presumably because of the added-in vitamins, but it still opened with a simple tear, just like always. It looked the same, had the same pourable consistency, and tasted the same – sweet. In short, this is good sweetener with what are possibly some healthy additives, and because it does exactly what it is supposed to, effectively and easily, I give it a full five star rating.
BethanyGarland, KS

Love splenda

I use splenda every day for my tea and this tastes just like the original, but with added vitamins. I wish they sold it in the big bags instead of packets only. Great product if you like Splenda.
MalvinaWinsted, MN

one packet adds just a little sweetness

I am a regular user of Splenda sweetner and I generally use the granulated kind in the yellow box with the pour spout. Splenda is a decent sugar substitute, but, of course it is not really sugar so it has a bit of an after-taste/artificial taste to it. I don’t mind it because I really don’t want sugar, and I only use small amounts of sweetener. If you are used to using small amounts of Splenda already, the new Splenda with B vitamins will probably suit you just fine. I did not experience an unpleasant vitamin smell/taste that some reviewers reported, but I only use one packet per bowl of [generic]cheerios or cup of tea. Just a hint of is perfect for me, and the little extra vitamins (20% MDR of B1, B5, and B6) is a welcome plus. The packets are tough; they are lines with foil for freshness, so they are good to carry with you in your purse or car.
StefaniPaulina, OR