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Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup Review

Updated Review Date: 06/02/2017
Original Review Date: 08/28/2011

         Iconic and world famous for its particular chocolate taste, Hershey's hasn't forgotten about those that lead a sugar free lifestyle. Today we're looking at Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup and putting through the paces by testing it in chocolate milk, hot cocoa and on some vanilla ice cream. But before we get into all that, here's a few highlights of the product: Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup is fat free, has only 15 calories per serving, and is low in sodium and carbohydrates. Its available in single 17oz. squeeze bottles that contain a total of 16 servings, and during my testing the serving size actually seemed to be adequate. You can find worthwhile deals on Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup at Amazon (especially the bulk 6 or 12 packs).
         So then, just how good or bad is the sugar free version of Hershey's chocolate syrup? Let's find out...

Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup Nutrition Information

Each 2 tablespoon serving of Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup has the following nutrition values:

Calories: 15
Sodium: 120 mg
Sugars: 0g
Carbohydrates: 5g
Iron: 4%
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 1g
*As of March or April of 2012 you'll start seeing 10% of Zinc, Vitamin E, Niacin and Biotin in the product.

Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup Ingredients

Water, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Erythritol, Glycerin, Contains 2% or Less of: Sodium Acid Sulfate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Caramel Color, Biotin.

The Scorecard for Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup

Based on the four point rating system, here's how Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup scores:

Taste: Although taste is always subjective I had no issues with the flavor and neither did the two taste testers that were on board for this review. We tried it as chocolate milk, hot cocoa and on some vanilla ice cream. There were no detectable aftertastes to us, so they're using just the right blend of erythritol, acesulfame, and sucralose. The one thing you're sure to notice though is the consistency of the product. It's considerably thicker than its regular counterpart, and it almost seems more like pudding than syrup, but this didn't affect its solubility in milk or its ability to work on a sundae. For taste it gets a perfect score. (+1)

Packaging Waste: The bottle is recyclable plastic and the only throw-away portion is a small piece of clear plastic wrap that protects the nozzle. Since 95% or more of the product packaging is recyclable it gets a perfect score here. (+1)

Value: At about 3 to 5 dollars a bottle it's well worth it in my opinion considering its taste and the 16 servings per bottle. Believe it or not the recommended serving size was perfectly adequate for the sundaes but one of the taste testers found one serving to be almost a little to chocolatey for the chocolate milk test. (+1)

Health Factor: There isn't anything too awful to worry about with this product but there is a minor issue which detracts from the score. Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup uses xanthan gum as a thickening agent which is usually made from soy, corn or wheat, so if you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of those you might want to avoid the product. I'm not a big fan of the various "gums" used in food production such as guar or xanthan gums because of this allergy factor. With this product there's no indication on the packaging whether soy, corn or wheat was used to formulate the xanthan gum, so there's a .25 deduction for the health factor.
         You may also have noticed that sodium benzoate is used as a preservative but since there isn't any vitamin c or related ingredients, there's no worry of benzene formation/contamination here. The other preservative used is potassium sorbate which is quite harmless and about as toxic as table salt. Aside from the xanthan gum issue there are no other detractors from the health factor.(+.75)

Overall Rating: Quite a decent score at 3.75 out of 4. It's always tough to find great tasting sugar free products, especially chocolate ones, so the next time you get a chocolate attack have a go at Hershey's Sugar Free Chocolate syrup.

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