POWDERED SUGAR REPLACEMENT
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On my quest to discover all zero-calorie sweeteners in powdered form, I found 20 products.
See here the complete list and how they compare.
What is a Powdered Sugar Replacement?
Zero-calorie sweeteners with fine crystals are referred to as powdered sugar replacements. As the name implies, they look a lot like regular confectioners or powdered sugar.
The most common products in stores contain finely ground erythritol or allulose combined with monk fruit extract, stevia extract, or sweet fibers (oligosaccharides or inulin).
They dissolve better than granulated products. They are especially useful in frosting, glazes, and for a smoother consistency in soft, spoonable desserts such as mousse, curds, and custards. They work well in cookies, cakes, ice cream, and sauces.
Most of them are promoted as a 1:1 substitute for regular confectioners sugar, but if you're making sugar-free frosting, icing, or glazes, use way less — like 1/4 of the amount recommended on the recipe. You can always add more later if the final result isn’t sweet enough. The reason is that frostings tend to showcase sweeteners’ off-flavors easily, such as the cooling effect, bitter, and metallic tastes.
Note that PURE erythritol and PURE allulose are 30 percent less sweet than regular powdered sugar. It means that to get the same sweetness level, you'll need to add more of them. Taste preference varies so, start with 1 1/3 teaspoon to replace 1 teaspoon of regular powdered and add more until you reach your optimum sweetness level. If making frosting, read the above item.
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