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Old 03-18-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Sweet Tea anyone?

Summer is here, at least here in AZ (90 tomorrow.) I love sweet tea, but the real thing has sooooo much sugar. Does anyone know how to make a good sweet tea with a sugar alternative?

I made sun tea today with raspberry tea bags and added splenda. Although it was pretty good, it doesn't have that real sweet tea taste.

Thanks all for your input!
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Stevia works great in tea! Like Lauren, I really like NuNaturals, but Body Ecology is great too...although very expensive.
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I like a splenda/stevia mix, I can't do stevia on its own, not even nunaturals. So I put a couple of drops of each in my tea.
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I live in Texas and sweet tea practically flows in our veins.

For a gallon of sweet tea (I make 2 gallons a day) I use 4 family size tea bags and 10 packets of Sweet and Low plus 2 heaping tablespoons of Splenda.

The sweet and low is recommended by health professionals for people with intestinal disorders, it seems to have the least adverse effect on the bowls (plus it cheaper than any of the other sweeteners); I mix the Splenda in to counteract the artificial sweetener aftertaste.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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How much Splenda did you use? I make tea all the time--it reigns supreme here in the South. In my ice tea maker I use 4 family size tea bags, the amount of water it tells me to use which is about 2 quarts of water and 1 cup of Splenda--I use the liquid. Mine is pretty sweet!!! Even my kids think so.
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Summer is here
It snowed several days this week.

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I love sweet tea--family from NC.

In case you want an alternative:
I make barley tea instead when I don't want sugar. It isn't sweet, but it doesn't taste like it should be, so it's OK. Tastes kind of like coffee and tea. Start kind of slowly, though, or you will think that you drank laxatives. The body gets used to it in a day or two, then you can drink gallons.

Barley tea--mugicha--found in Japanese stores. Comes in big bags for making iced tea. I have bought House brand, can be found on Amazon.
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I read this online when I was searching for a sweet tea receipe. I use a little pot of water and 1 splenda quickpac to make a syrup when it begins to boil I add 1 family size tea bag and let it boil for a little bit. Then let it steep for how 5-10 min depending on your preferene for strong tea.
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I have never liked instant tea but I LOVE Arizona sugar free peach tea. It says to use 2 of the little cups for a gallon but I only use one so it's not quite so sweet. The peach flavor is very mild when you make it half strength but it's just as sweet.

I was a gallon of tea (with 1 1/2 cups of sugar!) a DAY girl before so I know the desire for a good sweet tea!
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:21 PM   #9
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a gallon of tea (with 1 1/2 cups of sugar!)
Well, YEAH! 'Cuz that's the right way to make it!
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Good Earth Original tea is really sweet. I don't really understand it. It has no calories and therefore no sugar, but I bet it would be great as iced tea.
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I live in Texas and sweet tea practically flows in our veins.
That must have a disastrous impact on your blood sugar!
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I've done a gallon of sun tea, and then added a 1/4 teaspoon of liquid sucralose (to equal a cup of sweetness) - definitely a good alternative to sweet tea! DH hates it, so I just put a couple of drops in a glass now, add the unsweetened tea, and mix.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:20 AM   #14
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ZonaGal47, most artificial sweeteners have a synergistic affect when combined -- meaning they are much sweeter. So you may find that just adding one or two packets of stevia, erythritol or Ace K will make your splenda taste twice as sweet. You may even have to cut down on the splenda when combining sweeteners.

To me, one packet each splenda, erythritol and stevia tastes like 6 or 7 packets of splenda.

This also minimizes the aftertaste of each individual sweetener.
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:53 PM   #15
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Good Earth Original tea is really sweet. I don't really understand it. It has no calories and therefore no sugar, but I bet it would be great as iced tea.
Good earth teas are sweetened with stevia that is put in the teabags
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This is a great Ice tea recipe:

Boil 8 cups of water, when it reaches a hard boil remove from heat
Add 4 ( I use 6) regular size Orange Pekoe tea bags ( i.e. regular black tea)-seep for 1 hour.
Add 1/4 tsp Stevia ( I use 1/2 tsp and no splenda)water should still be warm enough to melt Stevia
add 1/3 cup splenda
3 Tablespoons DaVinci's raspberry syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice

love it
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:30 AM   #17
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My guy LIVES in sweet tea. The best we've found for him is 1/4 tsp stevia and 1/4 tsp liquid splenda to a gal of tea. Way too sweet for me. I stick to 1/8 tsp stevia to a gal of tea
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:36 AM   #18
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Good earth teas are sweetened with stevia that is put in the teabags
Sounds yummy!

Sweet tea sure is popular around here. I don't really understand it but North Carolina natives really dig it! Even our fast food restaurants serve it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:43 PM   #19
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Diet Tea Punch using Splenda or Sucralose

The easy way is to buy a gallon of 1/2 diet iced tea and lemonade (I use Ingles brand that comes pre-mixed), and add to each 16 oz glass of this brew, about 4 oz of the 50 calorie per serving orange juice that both Minute Maid and/or Tropicana make that's found in the chilled juice section of most grocery stores. If you can't find the diet tea and lemonade premixed that is usually sweetened with sucralose, then make your own lemonade or use Minute Maid's 15 calorie per serving brand also found in the chilled juice section (but it's sweetened with Aspartane). Tropicana makes one sweetened with Sucralose that's a little more expensive and has 50 calories per 8 oz serving.
As with any concoction, you can adjust the amounts of everything to suit your own taste.
My sister turned me on to this Tea Punch using real sugar years ago and since then it has been a holiday favorite for us.
Try it, you'll like it!
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The easy way is to buy a gallon of 1/2 diet iced tea and lemonade (I use Ingles brand that comes pre-mixed), and add to each 16 oz glass of this brew, about 4 oz of the 50 calorie per serving orange juice that both Minute Maid and/or Tropicana make that's found in the chilled juice section of most grocery stores. If you can't find the diet tea and lemonade premixed that is usually sweetened with sucralose, then make your own lemonade or use Minute Maid's 15 calorie per serving brand also found in the chilled juice section (but it's sweetened with Aspartane). Tropicana makes one sweetened with Sucralose that's a little more expensive and has 50 calories per 8 oz serving.
As with any concoction, you can adjust the amounts of everything to suit your own taste.
My sister turned me on to this Tea Punch using real sugar years ago and since then it has been a holiday favorite for us.
Try it, you'll like it!
That's not southern sweet tea.
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Old thread but this is my go to recipe:

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ake-south.html
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