With all the negative buzz surrounding high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), it's hard to know what kinds of sweeteners are actually okay, and even healthy, to consume - especially when we need a sweet fix during bikini season. While a little bit of sugar is okay, companies are starting to use a different method for sweetening their treats: tapioca syrup.
Tapioca is made from cassava tuber or yucca root and it is the base for several tapioca products, such as pearls, flour, and flakes. Tapioca syrup is derived using natural processes and it provides a gluten-free option for sweetening foods and baked goods!
There are a number of delicious new products on the market right now that use tapioca syrup as their major sweetening agent. Check out a few of our favorites!
The chef behind all of the Ciao Bella creations, Danilo Zecchin, says that tapioca syrup is used because it is a "natural and clean sweetener" explaining that it "helps the texture and mouth feel in the finished product." Ciao Bella recently released their Blueberry Passion Bars for summer that have their signature creamy texture and surprisingly decadent flavor, but remain naturally fat free and only have 70 calories per bar. The bars are also gluten-free and dairy free, making them the perfect treat for any healthy diet and lifestyle.
YummyEarth, makers of organic sweet treats, has a delectable line of lollipops that are made using tapioca syrup. YummyEarth is the brainchild of two new dads who wanted to produce a product for their children that was free of chemical colors, artificial flavors, and corn syrup. The lollipops are created using real fruit extracts, and they are USDA and EU certified organic and gluten-free.
So Delicious Minis Sandwiches are a great way to have a delish vegan snack and satisfy any chocoholic craving. Made with soy products to keep them dairy-free, these mini ice cream sandwiches are offered in mint, neapolitan, chocolate and vanilla giving shoppers a plethora of options when looking for a vegan treat. This summer favorite is low in fat and only 90 calories, so indulge without the guilt!