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Friday, August 20, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Sugar-Free Baking Products

I've got a couple of family members who watch their sugar intake pretty closely, so when Pillsbury asked if I wanted to try their new sugar-free products, I readily agreed. (I erred in the original version of this post and said it was the reduced-sugar. I sincerely apologize for the error. If you've already entered the giveaway, don't worry - your entries will still be counted.)

You know what? The sugar-free products taste exactly the same as the regular thing. The batter, especially, is identical to the full-sugar thing (yes, I tried the uncooked batter - I can't resist!). The final baked product had a slightly different texture - I thought the brownies were a little more chewy, and the cake was a little more crumbly. But the difference is so minor that if you didn't know it was a sugar-free product, you would never notice. And the canned frosting was identical to the full-sugar product, at least as I recall (it's been so long since I've had canned frosting, I might not be remembering exactly).

My only complaint about these products is the ingredients list. Partially hydrogenated oil is pretty high on the list of every product so I didn't give any of my test items to the kids.

Also, I need to make an observation - as the box clearly states, these products are not low-calorie, they're just sugar-free. So they're not a "diet food," so to speak. But say you want to make a birthday cake for someone who's borderline diabetic - this is a great way to keep the sugar content of your baking down. Did I mention that the happy eaters won't be able to tell that it's sugar-free?

Win it!

The folks at Pillsbury want to give one lucky CFO reader a chance to try their sugar-free products. To enter this giveaway, take a look at Pillsbury's sugar-free products, then fill out the form below and let me know which product you'd like to try the most. (No guarantees on what you'll receive if you win, though.) This entry is mandatory and must be completed before the additional entries below. (If you're having trouble, you can go directly to the published form.)

For a second entry, subscribe to CFO via RSS or email and fill out the form again to let me know you've done so. You'll get the latest on CFO delivered right to your favorite feed aggregator or inbox. If you're already a subscriber, just fill out the form to let me know (and thanks!).

For a third entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Then fill out the form to let me know you've done so (include the link to your update).

For a fourth entry, blog about the giveaway on your own blog. Then let me know about it by filling out the form again with the link to your post.

You can enter up to four times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I'll select the winners using and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. Winners must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. PDT on August 27, 2010, and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Disclosure: Pillsbury provided me with sugar-free products to try for this review. All opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy for more information.



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