According to the literature they sent me, this natural sweetener is extracted from North American grown hardwood trees using a steam and ion exchange process which crystallizes it. You can use it for just about everything you would use sugar for, from coffee to baking.
They included a Mountain Berry Jam which I shared with friends when I had a tasting party. We all agreed that it was just OK, although impressive you can make a jam with only 20 calories per tablespoon because it has 40% less calories than sugar.
Most impressive were their huge array and mix of mints and candies! They are little candies that just dissolve in your mouth and are packed with flavour. Funny to think you can have a candy that actually inhibits plaque and dental cavities up to 80%. We shared these with lots of people and everyone loved them.
I tried using Xyla in my tea and it was sweet but it just did not taste the same.
I knew the real test would be how it did with my candied pecans which I make at least once a week.
They did not crystallize. They ended up getting syrupy but did not become “candied”. They were still delicious in my salad but again… not the same.
If you are on a special diet and want to cut back on your sugar or carbs, this might be the product for you. According to their site it is slowly metabolized and does not spike blood sugar and is a 7 on the glycemic index. Still, if you are diabetic, talk to your doctor first!
Having 75% fewer carbs than sugar is impressive but honestly? There is enough change in flavour for me that I will take the calories and the carbs. Except when it comes to the candies, they rocked and I love them the way they are.
You can find Xyla product in nationals chains such as Loblaw, London Drugs, Whole Foods, Bulk Barn and health food stores. So far it is the most impressive natural sweetener I have come across and if the day comes and I have to go down that route, I will definitely consider Xyla. For now, I just prefer to have my food and drink taste the way I am used to them.
For those with special needs I give this product four out of five wooden spoons.