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Splenda Sugar Blend discontinued?

Anyone know what's happened to the Splenda Sugar Blend (half Splenda, half regular sugar)?

I haven't been able to find it in any local stores for the past several weeks, and on the manufacturer's website's online store page there's a not-available-at-this-time notice.

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  1. Would it be that difficult to make your own mixture?

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    1. re: mwhitmore

      Yes.

      The granulated Splenda doesn't taste the same, so when I've tried mixing it in with regular sugar as an alternative to using the branded Splena-sugar mixture, the taste was unacceptable. The granulated Splenda also has different physical properties. When mixed into liquids, it tends to rise to the top and make a lot of froth. I tried this a couple of years ago, and just gave up in disgust. I bought another package of the granulated Splenda a couple of weeks ago to give it another try; same results.

      I've also tried, as a cost-saving measure to use liquid sucralose, along with regular sugar, in beverages. The taste was never right. (A kind of chemical taste, with not enough sweetness. I ended up using a lot more regular sugar, defeating the purpose.)

      I've tried store-brand generic sucralose-sugar blends from at least one store (might have been two, don't remember for sure). Again, taste was unacceptable.

      1. re: racer x

        I never use granular Splenda because it's too high carb with highly glycemic bulking agents (I'm a diet controlled diabetic) in any quantity, so I use the liquid. Because I get a horrible mouth feel and after taste from Splenda in any form, I cut it half and half with granular xylitol, and I get perfect sweetening with none of the ill effects.

        That might be much more palatable for you. I buy sweetzfree online.

        1. re: mcf

          also, to my palate, adding a very tiny amount of stevia to the mix improves the overall taste.
          caveat: stevia, by itself, or as the major ingredient, tastes awful to me. it must be part of a mix of sweeteners.

          usually i mix xylitol, splenda, erythritol, and stevia.

          i'm not diabetic, though, so the erythritol may be too glycemic for you.

          1. re: westsidegal

            The erythritol is the lowest glycemic of all sugar alchohols tested, IIRC. But I only use it in dishes where the pronounced cooling effect won't ruin anything. BTDT.

            I often include it in things like berry or rhubarb cobbler. Just bought some tagatose, but I don't use sweeteners much, so I don't know when I'll get around to trying it.

            I know some folks use stevia without off taste effects, and blending is the only way i'd do that, too. Same as sucralose.

      2. What are you using it for? If it's in a liquid, could you instead substitute the Splenda sold in packets (see this chart http://www.splenda.com/cooking-baking...) rather than the "granulated" Splenda?

        I often make recipes that simply call for "sugar" for which I substitute granulated Splenda for half the sugar. May not taste exactly like the recipe made with 100% sugar but it's an acceptable compromise for the diabetics in my family.

        1. I'm having same problem where I live. I checked 4 stores and no one has it in stock.

          I talked to Splenda Customer Service this morning 7/2/13 and they say it's not being discontinued. She explained that demand has temporarily exceeded supply and they are working to restock stores. No ETA on when they expect to have it back out there but they do have a locator service to tell you where there could still be some around in your area. Call the Consumer Care center at 1-800-777-5363 Option 1 open Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM EST.

          Seems odd that they would have a complete shortage like this. I'm curious and would like to know if this is the true reason or the whole story. If anyone has a lead, please post it.

          Also, I think the blend is sugar infused with Splenda. I've tried to make my own but doesn't taste the same.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: popog

            Thanks for the info. I wonder whether they may have had a problem at their main manufacturing facility for this product.

            I have been seeing Splend-brown sugar blend in stores, but not Splenda-white sugar blend.

          2. Just a note: A single packet of Splenda sugar blend contains 10 calories (they claim zero because under 1 gm, they don't have to report the carbs, but use it by the cup and watch the carbs and calories add up).

            Xylitol is 40% lower calorie/carb than sugar, so mixing sweetzfree with it is a much better carb/calorie deal.

            Sugar Blend
            One variety of Splenda, called Splenda Sugar Blend, contains half sucrose, half sucralose. Sucrose specifically improves baking qualities such as texture, browning and moisture; qualities lacking in sucralose. Sucrose also provides calories. One packet, or one-half teaspoon of Splenda Blend contains 10 calories. However, the manufacturer asserts that to provide the same sweetness in baked goods, you only need to use half as much Splenda Blend compared to sugar.

            Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/263...

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            1. re: mcf

              Although xylitol is less likely to cause gastric issues than some of the other sugar alcohols (in small quantities, that is) some people are more sensitive to it, so it's far from an ideal solution. However, using xylitol in larger quantities is likely to cause gastric issues in nearly everyone.

              1. re: ferret

                That's one drawback. In my family, we don't react with the exception of one time that I powdered it and used it for cream cheese frosting, a HUGE quantity. Cutting it 50/50 with sucralose makes it very tolerable, but those super sensitive to SAs may still react, it's true.

                1. re: ferret

                  Yeah, I've tried several sugar alcohols as alternatives. None of them come close to working as well, in terms of both taste and intestinal effects.

                  1. re: racer x

                    xylitol tastes and bulks/moisturizes the way sugar does. but if it kills your gut, that's no help. :-)

                  2. re: ferret

                    OT, but
                    xylitol is extremely poisonous to dogs (dunno about other pets)
                    so, if you use this stuff, and you have dogs as pets or as visitors, it is critical that it is kept out of reach.

                2. Splenda is extremely toxic to humans. You're much better off eating white sugar (of course there are much healthier options than refined sugar as it is). I'm assuming you're using it to lose/maintain weight, in which case I'll tell you this: Splenda will actually cause you to gain more weight as opposed to consuming an equivalent amount of white sugar.

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                  1. re: vonshu

                    Look, YOU may believe it's the worst product ever developed, but this is nonsense.