We used a classic sugar cookie recipe for this experiment to test out the differences in handling and flavour properties between sugar and sugar substitutes. Based on the results from a previous taste test, we selected the two sweeteners that tasted the most acceptable to be used for this baking experiment: Equal (aspartame) and Splenda (sucralose) (these sugar substitutes are also the ones that are most readily available in the baking aisle of most grocery stores).
Please taste each cookie and comment on flavour, texture and appearance and which sweetener you think it’s made with (sugar, Equal or Splenda).The Reveal:
Thank you everyone for posting your comments. Here are the results:
A: Splenda (sucralose)
B: Equal (aspartame)
I have to do the second reveal for this taste test and give them the cookies that were made with actual sugar. When I didn’t include them in the initial taste test, the taste testers didn’t suspect anything. But now that I’m giving them the real sugar cookies – I’m thinking that the taste differences between the cookies will be painfully obvious.
The Bottom Line:
Although when tasted in their powdered/unbaked form, sugar substitutes taste a lot sweeter than actual sugar. However, it appears that they lose their sweetness properties when baked. They both aren’t all that stable in the baking process with Equal losing more of it’s sweetness during the baking process. Splenda was able to maintain more of it’s sweetness and I would choose this sugar substitute when baking. However, neither product is as good as regular, granulated sugar. The cookies made with real sugar were definitely sweeter but the biggest difference was the texture – they were firmer and crispier than the cookies made with sweetener.
13 thoughts on “Sugar vs. Sweetener – Would a sugar cookie by any other name taste as sweet?”
Hmm, I didn't think it would be this difficult to tell the difference. But if I'm correct it's really the aftertaste that is a give away. I think A = Equal and B = Sugar. Can't wait for the big reveal!
Cookie A is a little sweeter and not quite as dry as cookie B. Cookie B has a funny after taste. My guess Cookie A is Splenda and Cookie B is Equal.
Beautiful photo – nice work Liz!
The cookies looked identical. Cookie A was sweeter than B. Cookie B seemed a little bit drier.
A – equal
B – sugar
Cookie A –
Cookie B –
A: Equal – has slight after taste
Both look the same and they look great! Texture if very similar.
The "wild card" brings that taste test to a whole new level! Who's the great mind behind that?!? =)
TASTE – cookie A is sweeter than B
Color – both cookies are similar
Texture – same again
My guess is
Cookie A = sucralose
Cookie B = aspartame
Can't wait to see the results!
A and B look so similar, almost identical!
The textures are both fine and grainy – more like shortbread than sugar cookie.
A smells a bit more "fragrant" than B.
A has a SLIGHT sweetness, B has none.
B is terrible!
I know the identity of both so I won't comment 🙂
I have a bad sweetener aftertaste in my mouth right now – I think from both of them!
A-good appearance, good texture, flavour too sweet.
B-good appearance, uneven texture and tasted a little bland after tasting A first.
Now for the big question which is which A-is a sweetener I'll say Splenda and B is sugar.
I personally found Cookie A to be a bit more sweeter than Cookie B however in terms of texture I found Cookie B having more of a powdery after taste nonetheless both very similar in taste and might I add quite tasty.
A- not too sweet, dry and cumbly..I think it is sugar
B-not as sweet as A and a bit drier. I thought I noticed a bitter after taste at the back of my mouth. I think it is equal.
All the cookies had the same appearance.
A – the strongest aftertaste. My least favorite. I guessed Equal.
B – less of an aftertaste. Guess is Splenda.
C – crisper texture with a nice crunch. No aftertaste (yay). Took the aftertaste of A and B out of my mouth. My guess, sugar cookie.
guessing, B is Splenda; A, was a bit sweeter, hence the rationale….
Great texture…I believe sugar would be crisper? darker?
However, both A and B would be highly recommeneded!
I think A is sugar. A is sweeter, moisture, crisper texture and
B is less sweet drier slight aftertaste I am guessing equal.
A had a mild sweetener aftertaste – I'm guessing splenda.
B left a strong sweetener aftertaste – I'm guessing equal.