There are many ways to cut down on sugar without compromising on the delicious look and taste of foods. Experiment with a few of these methods to create a satisfying reduced-sugar dessert.
- Replace some sugar in cream or fruit fillings and toppings with stevia extract, experimenting to perfect the flavour. Try starting with a 10% reduction, and remember that stevia extract is not a 1:1 replacement – you need much less to get the same taste impact. Garnish the dessert with an edible stevia leaf for a sweet surprise.
- Consider how sweetness is distributed in your recipe and where it has the biggest impact. For example, you can increase the sweetness of fillings slightly, while decreasing sugar in the batter. The fillings will work harder to boost sweetness perception, but overall total sugars can be lowered.
- Add fresh, ripe berries (or your other favourite fruits) since ripe fruit notes enhance sweetness perception.
- Add complexity to the sensory experience to take the focus off of sweetness. For example, choose bourbon vanilla instead of regular vanilla. Or, add nuts or other garnishes for contrasting textures that add a bit of crunch, crackle or snap.
Remember—serving smaller portions is also an important way to reduce sugar (and calories).
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Many consumers are looking to limit sugars in their diet and appreciate transparency.
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You can help by displaying the sugar content of recipes on menus, cups, wrappers, or other containers. Make sure the information is relevant and easy to understand. Using icons and tangible measures like teaspoons can help customers get the message quicker and even remove language barriers.
Those who are looking for the information will appreciate your support. It may help guide them to the menu choices that are right for them, or reassure them that their old favourites fall within their needs.