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Now that the cold weather is here (I will wait for you, summer…) what’s better than the holiday treats and hot cocoa?

To add to those treats, Suzanne’s Specialties makes Chocolate Rice Nectar, which according to the bottle, “will replace supermarket type chocolate syrup in any recipe”, and can use it “over frozen desserts, cakes” or even “directly from the bottle”. This product is also “gluten free and is made without the use of any cane or beet sugars”.

So, I decided to give it a try! I had some straight from the jar, and wanted to make some chocolate milk.

First I took a spoonful out. It was very thick, almost like caramel, with a very dark black/brown color. I tasted some, and it was certainly sweet, but had a chocolatey tang to it. Not exactly like chocolate syrup I’m used to, but very close. I couldn’t get over how THICK it was!

Next, I wanted to make chocolate milk. So I stuck a spoonful in a cup, added some milk, and stirred. Rather, I attempted to stir. I kept mixing, and although the milk did change color, there was a rather decent amount of the Rice Nectar still on the bottom of the cup. Hmm.. what could I do?

Microwave! I heated it up for about 20 seconds, and make a mock Hot- Cocoa! And DELICIOUS it was. Almost like a burnt milk chocolate flavor. The rice nectar worked very well warm.

I also plan on dipping strawberries or cut up apple slices in this rice nectar. Can we say YUMMY!?!

Overall, pretty yummy! While I wouldn’t eat it straight from the jar, I think it’s better eaten with things. I also wouldn’t eat it everyday, as 2 tablespoons has 125 calories (but also 2.5 grams of fiber!) 3 1/2¬†stars

2 tablespoons is 125 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of sugar, 2.5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Brown Rice Syrup, Cocoa Powder, and Natural Vanilla.

*I recieved this product to try for free from Suzanne’s Specialties*

One of the dried fruits I happen to really enjoy is apricots. I think they are tangy and sweet, and have a great chewy yet plump texture. ūüôā

I was sent a jar of Suzanne’s Specialties Rice Nectar Spreadable Fruit in Apricot flavor to review. I was excited to try this- I happen to love strawberry and grape jam or jelly, so I imagined this to be like an “apricot jelly”. According to the jar, this product is gluten free and vegan.

I opened up the jar and saw a pale yellow/orange inside. I scooped a little bit out and noticed it was sort of like a gel- it wasn’t very liquidy like jellies can sometimes be, and I didn’t see any pieces of fruit. It was sort of a stiff yet easily moveable gel.

I tasted a little bit, and was actually satisfied. It wasn’t as sweet as I had expected it to be, but was still tasty. It had that dried apricot flavor that I love- mildly sweet with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall, I give this 4 stars. I do wish it was a bit sweeter, but overall I liked it. I liked that it was gluten free, and vegan, as well as being all natural. I can imagine it great on a slice of whole wheat toast, or maybe even with peanut butter in place of grape/strawberry jelly on a sandwich. Yum!

**Question- what’s your favorite dried fruit, and how do you like to eat them?

1 Tbsp is 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

We all know my love for maple and maple syrup- so you can BET I was excited when a jar of Suzanne’s Organic Rice Nectar in Maple variety landed on my doorstep, courtesy of Suzanne’s Specialities (thank—you!)

This sweetener is all natural, organic, gluten free, vegan, and has no refined sugars. According to the¬†jar itself, “Organic¬†Maple Rice Nectar is a rich, thick, absolutely delicious maple flavored syrup. We have simply added the very best natural maple flavorings to our Organic Genmai Rice Nectar. This all natural syrup contains no emulsifiers or stabilizers or preservatives”.¬†

Well, if you’re going to eat the sweet stuff, you might as well go with the healthiest ones out there!

So, instead of traditional maple syrup, I had some of this on top of my waffles tonight with a sliced banana. (Yes, I purposely had waffles for dinner to try this syrup!)

In the jar, it looks almost like coca- cola syrup, having a thick yet still moveable texture/consistency. As in, yes, I can pour it out of the jar faster than maple syrup, but it doesn’t POUR out of the jar like sugar free syrup would. It’s an inbetween consistency. I drizzled it on top of my waffles, and actually only needed 1 tablespoon. Some people drown waffles in syrup, but I think it’s better to have a small amount of the real stuff- you really get to savor the flavors of both the waffle and the syrup.

Anyway- this stuff was STICKY, yet TASTY! It almost had a buttery-maple flavor, but definietely a clean and pure maple flavor. I absolutely loved it. It was sweet, but not sugary-sweet, and just great on top of my waffles. I agree with what the jar says, how it will make what your eating “great tasting without the over-powering sweetness of those supermarket-type maple flavored syrups”.¬†I can picture it really good stirred in oatmeal¬†or¬†oat bran as well.¬†(And, we all know how yummy peanut butter & maple syrup sandwiches are. Yum!!)

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. Only 2 ingredients, it’s organic, and tasty. I love that it’s so pure and a little goes a long way. Just be careful, 1 Tablespoon has 60 calories- and boy is it easy¬† to eat one tablespoon of this ūüėČ

2 Tbsp. is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 31 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, and Organic Maple Flavor.

31 Dec 2009, Comments (6)

Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme

Author: healthnuttxo

Who want’s a fluffernutter? ūüėÄ
What’s better than the sweet and savory (and ultimately sinful) combination of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. *Drool*
Unfortunately, the standard “fluff” in the supermarket (as tempting as it looks), is nothing more than corn syrup and refined sugar. Luckily, that’s where Suzanne’s Specialties comes in. They¬†make vegan, all natural and organic sweeteners and toppings. They do not include refined sugars, cholesterol, fat, GMO’s, animal products, preservatives and are gluten free.

I certainly¬†wanted a¬†pb&fluff sammie¬†once I recieved Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme. And look at my result..

                                                                                           ***heaven***

Clearly, this stuff is amazing. The creme with the peanut butter on some whole wheat bread was the ultimate combination. Sweet, creamy and delectable. I could go for another right now…

When you open the tub of ricemellow fluff, it smells sort of like cotton candy. It certainly is fluffy, however. I think it¬†looks like the inside of a burnt marshmellow. You know, when your all laughing and having a good time roasting marshmellows, and then *GASP!* your marshmellow is on fire! Then the outside is a burnt mess,¬† but the inside is gooey and delicious. That’s what this stuff is. Sweet, gooey (and VERY sticky!!) and delicious. I caught myself several times sticking my knife in after making my sandwich for “just a bit more”. This tub is not going to last very long in my house…

Overall, 5 stars for this product. Soooo tasty and, no refined sugar or corn syrup! I also like this stuff paried¬†with…¬†
1.Newman’s Own Cinnamon Sugar Soy Chips, use it as a dip.
2. Chocolate pudding and whole wheat pretzels, place a huge dollop on top. Delishh…
3.Apple Slices. Very good combination. And makes a healthy thing even sweeter. ūüôā

Go buy this now!

2 tablespoons is 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 0 fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

Brown Rice Syrup, Soy Protein, Natural Gums & Natural Flavors.

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