But it’s also great for people who don’t or can’t consume honey (I discovered recently that honey allergies are fairly common). Hey Shuga! is just as thick as honey, so you can still get the rich flavor, texture and glaze in your favorite sauces, salad dressings, granola, and other recipes that call for honey. Not to mention it would taste wonderful in hot tea or lemonade … or in a Gold Rush. Though I have mostly just consumed it by the teaspoon. (Ahem.)
The Shuga line also includes Lil’ Shuga!, which is a blend of cane sugar syrup and stevia extract. The result is a syrup that’s much sweeter than sugar, but with only five calories in a 1/3 teaspoon serving. It’s great for people watching their weight, but not quite suitable for diabetics. It’s a happy medium, particularly in recipes where you need a lot of sweetener, because pure stevia extract in large amounts gets a little weird-tasting (almost metallic), but Lil’ Shuga still tastes great. Note: the website includes pointers for using both products in baking.
Hey Shuga! and Lil’ Shuga! are both available at the Nashville location of Whole Foods, but the product sampling this weekend will only be at the Franklin location. It’s definitely worth a try.
Whole Foods Market - Franklin
1566 W. McEwen Drive
Franklin, Tennessee 37067