The Bottom Line
- Better than the competition (at least the competition I've tried).
- I think its fairly widely available (near me in CA, several markets carry them)
- Sweetened with Splenda and sorbitol, one of the sugar alcohols with a lower glycemic effect
- Does have some sugar alcohol, Maple Grove more than Vermont Sugar-Free
- In no way will be mistaken for actual maple syrup
- May have to order it if a store near you doesn't carry it.
- Ingredients and Nutritional Information
- Sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) and sorbitol
- Comes in 12 oz and 24 oz bottles
- When ordering from the manufacturer, must order a minimum of three 12-oz bottles
- Vermont Sugar Free syrup also available from Netrition
Guide Review - Product Review: Maple Grove Sugar-Free Syrup; Vermont Sugar-Free Syrup
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. Cozy Cottage has 6 grams of sorbitol per quarter cup, while Vermont Sugar Free has half of that amount. Vermont Sugar-Free has B vitamins added (don't know why).
Viscosity: The bottle of Maple Grove 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 Cozy Cottage has more "off-notes" to my taste buds.