NutriPro The Sweet Side of Sugar Reduction - Adding interest without extra sugar

Friday, May 4, 2018

Of course, adding sugar isn’t the only way to make beverages attractive to your customers. You can also  boost colour (more intense colours are associated with sweetness)1, add  herbs or spices to create intriguing  scents and flavours, or create  interesting contrasts by accenting  with tart and bitter tastes or different  textures like crushed ice and soft  berries. Enjoy!



  • Milk
  • Aromatic spices such as vanilla, cardamom, cloves, tonka beans, cinnamon, or star anise


Place spices in a pan with milk.
Slowly heat milk to 65 degrees Celsius for hot beverages, or 75 degrees Celsius for cold beverages.
Remove the spices and allow milk to cool.
If needed, add a small amount of sugar, brown sugar, or honey to sweeten to taste.


Substitute for regular milk in any beverage, including hot or cold coffee, tea, cocoa, or smoothies.



  • Water
  • Muddled fruit, chopped lemon grass, a strip of citrus peel  (not pith!), herbs and spices, or a teaspoon of loose tea leaves


  1. Place the flavouring ingredient in a jug.
  2. Add hot water.
  3. Allow to infuse for a few minutes.
  4. Strain the water into another container and add it to your beverage.
  5. If needed, add a little honey for taste.


Substitute for regular water in any beverage, including hot or cold coffee, tea, or lemonade.


  1. Johnson and Clydesdale, 1982