altWhen will I learn not to trust product labels?  I tasted these delightful cocoa almonds at the Daleys' and didn't resist when our local Publix had them on a buy one, get one free sale.  They were just as good as I had remembered, and Porter agrees with my assessment.

The problem?  Hidden away at the bottom of the ingredient list—which otherwise is agreeably small, for a snack food—is that hateful word, "Sucralose."

Now, I'm not opposed to artificial sweeteners for those who want to use them.  Xylitol, for example, is an important part of my dental care, and I don't want any well-intentioned busybodies trying to ban it.

But I'm also in favor of full disclosure when it comes to food products, and hiding artificial sweetener behind small print is cheating.  One ought to be able to assume that a product is sweetened naturally unless otherwise clearly informed.  They could at least have used the same upper case letters that boldly inform me that this product "CONTAINS ALMONDS."  Really?  A product named "Cocoa Roast Almonds" contains almonds?  What is the world coming to?

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hmm. I didn't even look, either. Jonathan had a coupon and bought them for Daddy's birthday party. That's too bad. They were really good.

Posted by joyful on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I found hot chocolate that you can make with milk in Ireland and wanted to bring some home because sometimes I feel lazy and don't want to boil milk on the stove (no, we still don't have a microwave). It tasted good, but after a while I started thinking it tasted different. Sure enough, it was made with artificial sweetener, and it was not at all obvious. :( I don't seem to have that problem as much in Switzerland. Or maybe I just can't read the labels . . .

Posted by IrishOboe on Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 8:08 am
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