Are you trying to reduce sugar in your diet in order to lead a healthy lifestyle? It can be almost impossible to source foods that are low in sugar without having to settle for something tasteless! Fortunately for you, in this review, you’ll discover a huge range of delicious sugar-free syrups that also have zero calories! Who said being healthy means having boring food?

With all of the below syrups, and for foods and drinks in general, it’s beneficial to compare them with the +353 rule, also known as the traffic light system. If the food contains more than 3g fat, 5g sugar or 0.3g salt per 100g, it moves into the amber zone and potentially even the red zone; these zones would be considered undesirable for consumption if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet. 

What you’ll also notice is that some of your favourite household syrups contain as much as 15 times the recommended amount of sugar per 100g serving. Can you guess which syrups these are? Well, read on if you dare, and you’ll find out!

Did you know? Diabetes features on the list of the top 10 causes of death worldwide! 

Skinny syrups sugar free - Golden syrup in spoon

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Skinny syrup: Chocolate

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup chocolate flavour

When I tried this flavour initially by itself, there’s a definite taste of chocolate from it, but probably not as strong as the flavour that you’d get from regular chocolate syrups or sauces. I used it to flavour rice cakes and there was a sweetness from it that wasn’t overpowering. The consistency of this was a bit runnier than I had expected; this can probably be attributed to the fact that it is technically a syrup and not a sauce, but when drizzled over food, it worked perfectly fine.

I was also expecting a stronger colour, but again, it is a syrup. Regardless, the colour and consistency don’t particularly bother me provided that the taste is satisfying, and it was. Fortunately, I’m not the only one who holds this opinion though. People do seem to love this low calorie chocolate syrup and have used it as an accompaniment to their coffee, rye crackers and even drizzled it over banana pancakes, which sounds divine!

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup chocolate flavour

Nutritionally speaking, chocolate syrup offers a hefty 67 calories and 9.3g sugar per 15ml. Compare that with skinny syrup which provides 0 calories, 0g sugar and also 0g fat per 100ml, and we have a clear winner. Let’s be honest here, 15ml is a rather small portion, so if you had a 30ml serving of regular chocolate syrup, that’s almost 4.5 teaspoons of sugar! In terms of your recommended daily allowance, that’s about 75% of your sugar intake for the day!

per 100ml

Skinny syrup

Chocolate syrup

Energy

4 kcal

417 kcal

Fat

0.0g

17g

Of which saturates

0.0g

7.7g

Carbohydrates

0.3g

65g

Of which sugars

0.2g

62g

Salt

0.25g

0.1g

Skinny syrup: Golden syrup

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup golden syrup

I used the golden syrup to flavour my greek yoghurt and I also tried it with some rice cakes. I must say that when I tried this, I was shocked at how similar it tasted to the regular sugar-laced golden syrup. The colour and texture is also indistinguishable from the original version.

What’s even more exciting is that in my last order on the Skinny Food Co website I put in last week, I got this free syrup as a gift with their special promotion deal that’s on at the moment. Saying that, the site has a special offer on almost all the time, which is great for the pocket. Even if I didn’t get it free, I would definitely be buying this again, it’s something that can be combined with an endless amount of foods.

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup golden syrup

No more than myself, the reviewers on the website are also obsessed with this sugar-free golden syrup; many people love it on pancakes and porridge, so that’s definitely on my to-do list when my delivery arrives. In terms of nutritive value, you can expect 0 calories for a 15ml serving and 0g sugar too. This is in stark contrast to regular golden syrup which contains 46.5 calories and an eye watering 11.6g sugar in just a 15ml serving. Definitely a diabetic-inducing recipe for disaster! 

per 100ml

Skinny syrup

Golden syrup

Energy

4 kcal

310 kcal

Fat

0.0g

0.0g

Of which saturates

0.0g

0.0g

Carbohydrates

0.2g

77.5g

Of which sugars

0.1g

77.5g

Salt

0.30g

0.8g

Skinny syrup: Maple syrup

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup maple syrup

I tried the maple syrup and the golden syrup samples on the same day with the same foods, i.e. greek yoghurt and rice cakes. I think there’s a stronger taste from the golden syrup, but either way they are both delicious. The maple syrup did taste very similar to the original maple syrup. Additionally, from a consistency and visual perspective, the syrup didn’t disappoint; in fact, I’d probably struggle to tell them apart if they were lined up side by side.

This syrup has probably one of the highest number of reviews out of all the flavours on the website. Buyers in some cases claimed that this is better than the regular maple syrup, while others think that it’s difficult to differentiate between the skinny version and the original.

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup maple syrup

As you can see from the table below, regular maple syrup encompasses an exceptionally high level of sugar. In comparison to the skinny syrup version which has 0 calories and 0g sugar per 15ml serving, maple syrup delivers 54 calories and a massive 11g sugar, or nearly 3 whole teaspoons!

per 100ml

Skinny syrup

Maple syrup

Energy

4 kcal

362 kcal

Fat

0.0g

0.5g

Of which saturates

0.0g

0.1g

Carbohydrates

0.2g

89g

Of which sugars

0.2g

73g

Salt

0.30g

0.17g

Skinny syrup: Salted caramel

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup salted caramel

I love salted caramel, whether it’s salted caramel protein bars, brownies, cake or even popcorn. So when trying this flavour, I was conscious not to get my expectations elevated for fear of being disappointed. Fortunately for me, the taste certainly delivered and I was very pleased with the syrup overall! It had a balanced level of sweetness without being overpowering. I tried it with rice cakes and by itself, and I intend to use it in other foods too.

It had a consistency that would be expected for a salted caramel syrup and the colour appeared to look no different from regular salted caramel syrup. The consistency is ideal for coffee lovers who enjoy a hint of salted caramel but don’t want the added calories and sugar that regular syrup entails!

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup salted caramel

The reviewers certainly can’t get enough of it in their coffee concoctions! Foods that people love to use it with included yoghurt, porridge and pancakes, to name but a few! I didn’t read all the reviews – there was simply too many of them, which is a testament the popularity of this product!

The nutrition is a slight watch out for those trying to lose weight or reduce their sugar, fat and calorie intake as it is somewhat dense in terms of all 3 of these. With just a single 15ml serving of salted caramel, you’ll have consumed 63 calories and 8.6g sugar or just over 2 teaspoons of sugar. This is in stark contrast to skinny sauce, granting you 0 calories and 0 sugar per 15ml.

Per 100ml

Skinny syrup

Salted caramel

Energy

4 kcal

422 kcal

Fat

0.0g

15.7g

Of which saturates

0.0g

11.4g

Carbohydrates

0.2g

66.9g

Of which sugars

0.1g

57.6g

Salt

0.50g

0.8g

Skinny syrup: Toasted marshmallow

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup toasted marshmallow

I was expecting great things from this flavour. Trying this by itself does give you a pleasant marshmallow-flavoured taste. I then tried it with a range of foods, from putting it on toast, to adding it to porridge, using it as a dip for apple wedges and adding it to my yoghurt. I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of flavour as it is rather bland when added to other foods. 

In an attempt to use up the bottle, I tried combining it with some raspberry syrup which complimented my toast perfectly as the marshmallow syrup is slightly thicker than the raspberry syrup, so it meant I didn’t need to use as much raspberry to spread around my toast. Honestly, I’d nearly buy it again just for this purpose as they both complimented each other perfectly! I think my best bet is to eat it from the bottle or use it as a compliment to other syrups and sauces.

There was only 1 review for this flavour; they tried this skinny syrup with yoghurt, which they gave 10/10. The texture and colour all met my standards, it’s a slightly thick syrup, which made it ideal for spreading on toast.

As with all other syrups listed above, the skinny syrup dominates the scoreboard of the lowest calories and sugar. A 15ml serving provides you with 40 calories and 7.2g sugar, while you guessed it, the skinny syrup version has 0 calories and 0 sugar per 15ml.

Per 100ml

Skinny syrup

Toasted marshmallow

Energy

4 kcal

265 kcal

Fat

0.0g

0.0g

Of which saturates

0.0g

0.0g

Carbohydrates

0.1g

65g

Of which sugars

0.0g

48g

Salt

0.25g

0.2g

Skinny syrup: White chocolate

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup white chocolate

Of all the skinny syrups that I have tried to date, this is without a doubt the one I was most pleasantly surprised with. I wouldn’t be the biggest fan of white chocolate at the best of times as I find it a little bland compared to milk chocolate or dark chocolate. But when I tried this both by itself and with other foods, I couldn’t get over how similar it tasted to normal white chocolate syrup!

Out of all the syrups that I’ve reviewed so far, this is probably my favourite to date! I would definitely get this one again. There’s so many foods that I’d love to try it with, from drizzling it over pancakes to using it as a topping for porridge, desserts or yoghurt, and even just using it as a dip! The options are seriously endless. The reviews also mirror my opinion on this syrup, reviewers are delighted at the consistency and can’t get over how there’s such a deluxe flavour with no artificial or chemical aftertaste.

Skinny syrups sugar free - Skinny syrup white chocolate

The texture is slightly thick and gives the impression of a sauce as opposed to a syrup, which I personally prefer (and so did the people reviewing it). There’s a solid colour to it also, which makes it aesthetically pleasing and tastier too!

As with many chocolate-based condiments, the regular white chocolate syrup packs a sizeable amount of calories in a rather small portion; 15ml will get you 63 calories and almost 9g sugar. To put it in perspective, a few dollops of this syrup will probably equate to a treat bar or half a dessert in some cases, and that’s just the sauce alone! A wiser choice for the calorie, fat and sugar conscious is clearly the skinny syrup which gives 0 calories, 0g fat and 0g sugar per 15ml, along with zero guilt!

per 100ml

Skinny syrup

White chocolate

Energy

4 kcal

422 kcal

Fat

0.0g

15.7g

Of which saturates

0.0g

11.4g

Carbohydrates

0.1g

66.9g

Of which sugars

0.1g

57.6g

Salt

0.25g

0.8g

I hope your mouth is watering as much as mine was while writing this review! I also hope that this post has enlightened you on just how much hidden sugar is present in syrups and sauces! What’s your favourite flavour from the list or one that you would like to try? For me, my favourite was the white chocolate flavour, but there are many of these flavours that I’ll be adding to my next shopping cart. 

Be it known that syrups aren’t just the only culprits of hidden sugars, sauces are often just as laden with sugar, if not more so! Thankfully, the Skinny Food Co have sorted us out in that area too and I just happen to have reviewed some of the tastiest sauces they have on offer. Best low calorie sauces – ditch the sugar. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of flavours, so click on the link below to discover their full range of products. You may even get a giggle from some of the product names! 

If you have any comments or queries, or even tips on reducing sugar in your diet, please drop a message below in the comments box!

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theskinnyfoodco. 2020. The Skinny Food Co Official Site | Zero Calorie Syrups Sauces & Snacks. [online] Available at: https://theskinnyfoodco.com/ [Accessed 4 October 2020].

World Health Organisation, 2020. The Top 10 Causes Of Death. [online] Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death [Accessed 4 October 2020].

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