Monday, November 4, 2013

Crowdtap sampling: Truvia Natural Sweetener

As indicated earlier, I received a huge gift pack from Crowdtap to host a party for Truvia, an all-natural sweetener. Today we party day and that means yesterday was baking day. I had decided early on to make Truvia-sweetened muffins with orange and raspberry flavor and then serve some croissants to go with the Strawberry (sugar-free from Smuckers) that Crowdtap had provided. I also served from Halloween-inspired sugar cookies since it is this time of year. Everything turned out great and my colleagues were impressed with how well Truvia tasted in the bake muffins. I had used the baking blend from Truvia, supplied by Crowdtap, and you can use it just like sugar, no conversion necessary. This makes baking with reduced calorie sweeteners so much easier. I hate to have to convert between the original recipe and any recipe with sweetener, but having a Truvia baking blend means that I can simply follow the original recipe.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia to the rescue, making the low calorie muffins
 Above you can see operation " baking with Truvia" underway. It was really easy and the Truvia crystals behaved just like regular sugar when mixing the muffing dough.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia-containing muffin mix ready for the oven!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia muffins and some sugar cookies for the brunch party!
 Above you can see the muffins and they browned nicely in the oven, but still stayed moist. This is the same consistency of my regular sugar muffins and so Truvia really does behave like sugar when using the baking blend for muffin baking. I was definitely impressed!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia baking blend works great for muffins and cookies!
The goodies are ready for sampling and I will pick up some croissants to go with the jam tomorrow before work. I love croissants for brunch/breakfast because the butter is baked into the dough and so it is enough to just add jam, no need to extra butter!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia-sampling event at work with goodies and samples!
We had a really nice spread and I loved that Crowdtap had included some goodies like the t-shirt and the spoon because they were great for decorating the table. I like to add some informational material as well or items such as the spoon because they are eye-catching and help people remember the brand name.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia sampling event, the spread!
 Plenty of informational material on Truvia, such as recipes and websites, and then various forms of Truvia to educate the guests about what Truvia is and how it can be used. Most have either used or are currently using Truvia to sweeten their coffee using the single serving packets. No one had even seen the spoonable containers of Truvia and none of my guests had even heard that a Truvia baking blend was even available. So this was a real discovery sampling event for my guests.
copyright Durhamonthecheap -adding Truvia to the coffee by the spoonful and without guilt!
 We all sampled Truvia in the coffee and one person remarked that it really looked like sugar and, after tasting the Truvia in her coffee, stated that it sweetens real nice and she actually preferred the spoonable container to the single serve packets.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia sampling underway
 Everyone sampled the baked goods, especially the muffins since people wanted to see how Truvia tasted in bake items.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia is being enjoyed by everyone!
 We got a few more fans for Truvia, especially the baking blend was an item that people liked because they never even thought of trusting their baked goods to a sweetener. But having a specially blended baking blend available is so reassuring that a couple of the guests stated they would go and now buy Truvia baking blend to substitute for their sugar and make dessert healthier!
copyright Durhamonthecheap -closer look at the Truvia products and recipe suggestions!
Overall, the party was a success, even though we had it in two installments due to work conflicts. But the ladies at work really appreciated the opportunity to learn about Truvia and especially sampling baked items that were made with Truvia to see how well Truvia held up compared to sugar when used in home-baked goods. Truvia definitely impressed and the baking blend will make its way into several homes among my guests. Everyone is looking for health substitutions, but our families demand dessert and so Truvia is the solution. Fix dessert, but not with all the sugar. So you can fell good as a mom providing your family with dessert, but still keep dinner healthy and lower in calories!

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample package / giftpack by Crowdtap that contained items for hosting a sampling party. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by Truvia, Crowdtap or any other third party.

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