Truvia Natural Sweetener and the #SweetSwitch

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of Truvia Natural Sweetener from Crowdtap to try and review.

I reviewed Truvia Natural Sweetener about a year and a half ago.  I didn't really care for it then.  Recently, I had the opportunity to try it again and to participate in Truvia's #SweetSwitch campaign, which encourages you to switch from using artificial sweeteners to something more natural, like Truvia.

Truvia is derived from the leaves of the stevia plant.  Stevia leaves are steeped in water and the sweet extract is blended with erythritol (a sugar alcohol found in various fruits) crystals and natural flavors.  Truvia is available in individual packets, a spoonable jar and in a Baking Blend that combines Truvia with sugar.

I was sent two sample packs that each contained two packets of Truvia.  With the first sample, I decided to do a #SweetSwitch on my husband.  The last time I tried Truvia, he refused to even try it.  So, this time I was going to have him try it without him knowing it.  The other morning, he asked me to make him a cup of coffee while he got the kids ready for school.  When he wasn't looking, I poured the contents of one of the Truvia packets into his cup of coffee and added the cream as usual.  When he started to drink it, right away, he knew something was different.  He knew that I had gotten some Truvia samples in the mail, so he suspected that I had put some in.  Sadly, he didn't like it.  For him, the coffee wasn't the same with the Truvia.  For one thing, my husband has been trying to eliminate using any sweeteners at all with his coffee.  So, right away, he could tell this wasn't the way he liked his coffee.  He couldn't describe exactly what it was about the Truvia that was unpleasant, he just didn't like it.  I had to make a new cup of coffee!

Here's a picture of our play-by-play action of the #SweetSwitch (yes we did have to stage it somewhat for the pictures):

I let my parents try the samples from the other pack.  They had come over to help watch the kids, while I took my oldest daughter to Girl Scouts.  While they were here, I offered them some coffee.  They usually take Splenda or sugar with their coffee.  I told them I had some Truvia samples that I wanted them to try.  They agreed to try it and my parents shared a cup of coffee with the Truvia.  They thought it was okay and took the rest of my samples home with them.

Would you recommend it?  No.  My husband and I didn't really like the taste of Truvia.  I'm not sure what it is about it, but it's just different and sadly, we're not ready to make the #SweetSwitch.  My parents, though, thought it was okay.  I think, if you've tried other Stevia-based sweeteners and liked it, you'll like Truvia, too.

How much does it cost?  A 40 count package retails for about $3.99.

Where can I buy it?  You can find it at all major drug stores, mass merchandisers, grocery stores and online retailers.

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