Sunday, August 12, 2012

Southern Sweet Tea Sweetened Naturally With Nectresse

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently, I received a free sample of Nectresse, an all natural, zero calorie sweetener from the makers of Splenda.  It is made from real fruit- monk fruit.  I had never heard of monk fruit before.  I have learned that a monk fruit is a small green melon that grows in the remote mountains of Asia.  The monk fruit extract is blended with other natural sweeteners to provide a sweet taste without all of the calories.

I have a family history of diabetes and I have to be cautious about my sugar intake.  Using zero calorie sweeteners fits into my lifestyle. Using Nectresse makes it so easy to remove the sugar from my morning coffee and afternoon tea.  I also crave sweets!  That has been a big problem when trying to have a healthy diet.  NECTRESSE™Sweetener is 150 times sweeter than sugar and can be used in cooking and baking to add natural, zero calorie per serving sweetness  and is available in both single serve packets (which I love to take to work with me) and easy to hold canisters with a multipurpose lid for sprinkling, pouring, or spooning.

So, how does it taste?  That really is the big question.  Every time a new sweetener comes out, it promises to taste more like sugar.  However, they usually fall short of expectations.  I felt confident knowing that Nectresse is from the makers of Splenda, a product I am already familiar with and like.  When I received my sample, I opened a packet and tasted it and it was really sweet.  There was no bitter aftertaste and the texture was just like sugar.  Very promising.

To be certain I really liked it though, it had to pass one very important test: my tea.  Have I ever mentioned I am from Georgia?  Yes, I am talking about Southern Sweet Tea.  Sweet Tea is our house wine, it goes with all meals.  We sip sweet tea all day and make it by the gallon.  So, I made my tea like I normally would except I substituted Nectresse for sugar (and I used a lot less, too!)
Southern Sweet Tea (1 Gallon)
4 Family Size Tea Bags (I suggest Lipton)
22 packets of Nectresse Sweetener
Put the tea bags in a small pot of water and bring to a boil.  Remove the pot from the heat and allow the tea bags to sit for approximately 10 minutes.  Leave longer for stronger tea.  Carefully remove the tea bags and pour the remaining water into a gallon sized pitcher.  Add the Nectresse Natural Sweetener.  Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water.  Stir until well-blended.  Serve over ice.

Usually, I use 2 full cups of sugar for my tea but Nectresse is much sweeter than regular sugar so I reduced the amount by about half.  Although it had the same texture of granulated sugar, it dissolved quickly.  I made the tea and poured myself a tall glass.  It was refreshing, delicious, and no artificial aftertaste!  Success.
I shared the tea with my family and they all loved it!  I feel good about serving tea with the only natural sweetener made from fruit extract there is.  I don’t have to worry about the dangers of sugar or chemicals on my family.  I can’t wait to try Nectresse in desserts and other recipes!  I love it in my coffee and keep a few of the convenient little packets in my purse so I always have it on hand and can resist the temptation of using sugar.

You can get a FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener and try it for yourself.  Just visit to sign up.  Lisa Ling, one of America’s favorite journalists, is the official spokesperson of Nectresse.  Check out her testimonial below!

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