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Readers Respond: How do you use erythritol in recipes?

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Updated April 07, 2010

From the article: Erythritol
Have you cooked with erythritol? Do you find that it works better in some recipes but not others? Share your tips with other About.com readers here and find about other people's successes and failures cooking with erythritol.

Like it!

Right now, I'm using it as a sugar substitute in drinks and I find the flavor very much like sugar. No gastric effects or headaches. It doesn't dissolve well, so if I'm using it in a cold mixture, I run it through the blender to make it like powdered sugar. That solves the problem. I have baked with the granules, but they didn't seem to dissolve well or else re-crystalized after baking. So if I use it again that way, I'll grind it into powder first.
—Nanaverm

Erythritol reactions

I tried a tiny amount of a product sweetened with erythritol and had serious allergic reactions. I suspect this sweetener is made from corn, or contains corn or sulfites. I'm allergic to both.
—Guest Donnie

Really like it

I found Erythritol in a new Monster Energy drink after I went on a low carb diet and found that it was the first "diet drink" that didn't taste like drinking a chemistry set. I found it in bulk form at Wal-Mart & have used it in Kool-Aid & baking. It seems to behave just like sugar. The container I bought is more concentrated than sugar & I have to keep the container handy to remember the ratio, something like 3/4tsp = 1tsp of sugar. I'd like to find more drinks & maybe some gummie bears that use it & I'd be happy from now on with a low carb diet. (Thanks for the suggestion Susiebrock)
—Guest Fil

More runs from "sugar'

After having suffered from previous chemical incarnations of 'sugar' or non- sugars I gave it up , all I use is stevia.. an herb unadulterated by chemical warfare.. Keep your truvia and the Erythritol as well. My long term health is more important
—Guest unsheepled

FAKE SUGARS

THIS IS THE ONLY SUGAR SUBSTITUTE THAT HASN'T BOTHERED MY ASTHMA. SO GLAD SOMEONE FINALLY USES IT--SoBe DRINKS DO SO I CAN DRINK THEM.
—Kliz1953

Baking

When using in baking does it cause cake, etc. to crumble. Does it act like sugar. Does the powder act like powdered sugar?I found that using Xylithol.
—Guest Carol Sims

Erythritol Recipes

I have found erythritol may be substituted for regular cane sugar or beet sugar almost equally in measurement and texture. My site at dessertisdinner.com has several recipes posted that you might like to try. Erythritol is advertised as 80% as sweet as sugar, but I find if I just add about 1 extra tablespoon per cup, it is fine.
—Guest Muryal Braun

Simple dessert

Whip heavy whipping cream. Add vanilla. Mix in a little erythritol. Top with berries of choice and sprinkle top with a little more erythritol. Yummy!!
—Susiebrock

Heath effects

In some people erythritol has a strong laxative effects. It is therefor important to know how your body responds to sugar substitutes before extensive use.
—Guest Guest

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