I grew up watching my grandmother make what she called “sugar syrup”. You put the water in the pan and get it hot then you mix in the sugar and flavorings and boil! So, when I started Trim Healthy Mama it was for life; after trying a few sugar free syrups, I realized that I’d have to put the fond memory of these delicious homemade syrups behind me and just be glad that sweeteners have progressed to the point that we can have syrup at all! But still I couldn’t stop remembering, so one morning last year I woke up and thought to myself…”Why not do the math and make a real sugar syrup?” Why indeed? Well for many reasons, the biggest of which is that you can’t boil erythritol or it turns to crispy critters and “ain’t nobody go time for that ;-)”! So I decided to get the water hot enough to melt the sweetener (I used a truvia type blend) then quickly whisk it in along with the flavorings and binder). It worked! I HAD SYRUP! But I still kept at it and found that I could have a sweeter smoother syrup using xylitol, but xylitol is well…..xylitol, which can cause digestive problems (if you ingest too much) and also it measures cup per cup with sugar so it’s expensive; plus, it is higher on the glycemic index than the other sweeteners so I abandoned that idea after a while.
Well this morning, I decided to finally get around to using the Gentle Sweet Blend to make my syrup and GUESS WHAT?! It is fantastic! Same recipe as my original syrup but, of course, Gentle Sweet measures differently so here’s the recipe.
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Sugar (Free) Syrup featuring Gentle Sweet Sweetener
1 cup water on top of the stove until it is hot enough to boil
Working quickly whisk in:
1/2 cup THM’s [eafl id=2162 name=”THM Gentle Sweet” text=”Gentle Sweet”] (affiliate link – note this is very sweet)
*1 tsp. extract (I usually make it with maple but I also switch out caramel, etc.) I use Watkins brand from Wal Mart
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 pinch of salt (VERY IMPORTANT)
Whisk, Whisk, Whisk and add in:
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum or [eafl id=2176 name=”Gluccie” text=”THM glucomannan”] (affiliate) (Do not use Now brand it is slimey).
Keep whisking and it will thicken…very important that the water be very hot and the xanthan will froth a little, but mixes in well. Keep in mind that it will continue to thicken as it cools so be careful and don’t overdo the binder.