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Sugar vs. Sweetener – Blueberry muffins

Sugar vs. Sweetener – Blueberry muffins

The sugar vs. sweetener debate continues. In a previous taste test, we tested out two artificial sweeteners – Splenda (sucralose) and Equal (aspartame) to see how they performed against sugar. We did the ultimate test which was to test these ingredients out on sugar cookies which I have to admit, was quite unforgiving. The biggest(…)

Sugar vs. Sweetener – Would the real sugar cookie please stand up?

Sugar vs. Sweetener – Would the real sugar cookie please stand up?

Okay, I have a confession to make – I originally only provided two out of the three cookie samples to the taste testers (both made with sweetener). The reason is because it was so-o-o-o-o obvious which of the cookies was made with sugar that the other two would have had no chance in terms of(…)

Sugar vs. Sweetener – Would a sugar cookie by any other name taste as sweet?

Sugar vs. Sweetener – Would a sugar cookie by any other name taste as sweet?

Most of us have had the classic sugar cookie – whether it’s during the holidays or if we just want a fun cookie to cut out into shapes and decorate. However, would sugar cookies made with sugar substitutes instead of actual sugar taste as sweet? We’re about to find out. We used a classic sugar(…)

Peanut butter alternatives

My coworker and I were interested in trying out the different peanut butter alternatives to see the kind of options that are out there for people who may be allergic to peanut butter. Especially now that many schools are declared ‘peanut free’ zones, it will be interesting to see what other options are available. Here(…)

Battle of the Becels Part 2: Do some perform better in baking than others?

Battle of the Becels Part 2: Do some perform better in baking than others?

My coworker and I decided to embark on quite an ambitious project – we had obtained all nine different varieties of Becel margarine and in addition to taste testing them all, we decided to take it one step further and see how they performed in baking.We used a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and substituted(…)

Battle of the Becels: Can you taste the difference?

Battle of the Becels: Can you taste the difference?

My coworkers and I were so shocked with the results of the butter vs. margarine taste test that we decided to take the margarine taste test to a whole other level. Seeing that margarine can taste and perform very similar to butter, we wanted to try the different types of Becel margarine (there are 9(…)

From scratch versus frozen: Pie crusts

From scratch versus frozen: Pie crusts

The original baking experiment that I was going to do with the pumpkin pies was frozen pie crust vs. home made pie crust. This was before I realized that canned pumpkin can be hard to find, hence the reason why this pumpkin pie baking experiment became a two-part series: Canned pumpkin vs. canned pumpkin pie(…)