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Old 07-18-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Southern Sweet Tea question

I don't like tea at all so I'm no help with this. DH likes really really sweet tea, but is trying to go sugar free. He's already done so with soda, but we need help with the tea. Does anyone have any clue how much splenda to use per 2 quarts to make super sweet tea? We have both packets & bulk.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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I would start with a half cup and taste until you get it like you like it. Everyone's sweet spot is a bit different. You could also just sweeten each glass you drink
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:34 PM   #3
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I would start with a half cup and taste until you get it like you like it. Everyone's sweet spot is a bit different. You could also just sweeten each glass you drink
Good point! I didn't think of that because he hates putting sugar into cold tea because it doesn't mix in worth a darn, but Splenda should be just fine with how quickly it dissolves.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #4
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If you can use two or three different types of sweeteners as they have a synergistic effect...the same amount of two different ones will taste much sweeter than one alone. When I'm making sweetea for DH (I like mine less sweet), I'll use two packs each of Splenda and Sweet'n Low. And, of course, you add the sweetener while the tea is still hot...maybe it's just the mind working, but it seems to make the tea much sweeter.

Oh, and, of course, sweetener mixes much better than sugar in the tea, so you can make it per the glass...

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:54 PM   #5
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I use a combination of sweeteners and my family thinks its "real" sweet tea. I use about 1/4 cup splenda, 1/4 cup erythritol and 1/4 cup xylitol (Ideal sweetener). It's fairly sweet and very good. I put the sweeteners in while it is hot. I don't think the erythritol would dissolve in cold tea with any amount of stirring.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:54 PM   #6
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Also, Milo's diet sweet tea in gallon jugs is delicious.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:57 PM   #7
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I make 3 quarts of iced tea at a time and never sweeten it because DH doesn't like his sweetened. I use the NuNaturals NuStevia 0 carb powdered stuff in mine, I love it - it dissolves instantly and to me tastes like real sugar. So yeah, I just sweeten mine a glass at a time. Works out great, everyone can sweeten to their own tastes that way.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:06 PM   #8
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Also, Milo's diet sweet tea in gallon jugs is delicious.
Yes it is! And it is Splenda sweetened.

But if you can't get Milo's where you are in the FL panhandle, Publix has a diet sweetened iced tea in their deli that isn't bad at all. If I don't make fresh at home, it's a good substitute.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:31 PM   #9
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Also, Milo's diet sweet tea in gallon jugs is delicious.
where do you find this?
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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where do you find this?
Here in Alabama (it's made in Birmingham...Milo's hamburger places are based there) Kroger, Publix carry it in the deli section. Our Sam's Club and Costco also have it in the cold section next to the milk.

Wal Mart has it in the big jugs and single serves. And just about every "quick stop" store and "fillin station" has it in the single serves with the "cold dranks!"
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:54 PM   #11
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I think I've seen Milo's around. I have about 10 boxes of tea bags in the pantry though that I'm wanting to get used - he was on a HUGE tea kick a few months ago so I stocked up at a good sale and then he said he was tired of it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:17 PM   #12
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I miss McD's sweet ta the most
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #13
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I like EZ Sweetz (I think that is what it is called, I am out at the moment) for tea best. I order it from Netrition. Somehow it gives the tea that texture of sugar. Nummy.
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I desperately miss my swate tay But I am all about trying Milo's.... if that doesnt work, we have a place on Lake Martin and next time I go I will stock up
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I just moved to Texas from Seattle. Long enough to switch my affection for coffee - to sweet tea! Before we decided to go low sugar as a family we started making our sweet tea with Splenda. Now I know that Splenda in tea is too many carbs for low carb, and I am going to be trying different sweeteners to get it right. We have a iced tea maker...LOVE IT! So our preLC recipe was Decaf Luisanne tea bags, 4 family sized, and 1 1/2 cups Splenda, and a pinch of baking soda (takes the bitterness and cloudiness out of the tea) and then brew it. it makes about 3 quarts. That is how we do it in Texas!
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When I make sweet tea for my kids, I use between 1 - 1 1/3 c. of sugar.
I also like my tea sweet but without real sugar.
The amount of sweetener you use will be determined by the type of sweetener
that you are using. I mix several sweeteners together to get a less chemical
taste. I can't use stevia alone as it becomes bitter in the amount that I need to use.
Look on the package of sweetener that you are using and start with whatever amount
it says would equal the same amount of sugar that you would normally use.
You can adjust from there based on his taste.

(clear as mud?? LOL)
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #17
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I make a simple syrup out of sugar and water, boiled down, (to avoid problems with dissolving), and keep it for guests to sweeten their own tea. I tried the same thing with erythritol. I combined a cup of e with a cup of water and about a teaspoon of liquid Splenda and boiled it until it reduced a bit and made sort of a syrup. I keep it capped tightly in a pint mason jar and use it as needed in tea and other things. It is great! (it will start to crystalize if you keep it a long time, but it took my batch a couple of weeks to start forming crystals on the bottom of the jar. Just reheat and stir.)
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Living in NC, I used to make my 'sweet tea' w/ 1/3 cup of sugar and 4 'pink packets' to keep my kid from having too much sugar.

Now, on low carb, I'm having a hard time figuring out the lack of sugar, but I'm thinking a few packets of Splenda and a few packs of 'pink things' will do the trick.

I make my tea in my coffee maker (5 teabags at a time) = 1/2 gallon. I vary the amounts of splenda/pink stuff. I'll get it right one of these days, but in the meantime, it's not totally gross.
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I just moved to Texas from Seattle. Long enough to switch my affection for coffee - to sweet tea! Before we decided to go low sugar as a family we started making our sweet tea with Splenda. Now I know that Splenda in tea is too many carbs for low carb, and I am going to be trying different sweeteners to get it right. We have a iced tea maker...LOVE IT! So our preLC recipe was Decaf Luisanne tea bags, 4 family sized, and 1 1/2 cups Splenda, and a pinch of baking soda (takes the bitterness and cloudiness out of the tea) and then brew it. it makes about 3 quarts. That is how we do it in Texas!
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Never heard of using baking soda in tea! Hi neighbor-we live in San Antonio!
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Thanks! yea, I saw that tip online, thought it was crazy! But I tried it and it takes all the bitterness out of the tea. Try it, it is awesome!

I love SA! We are really enjoying Texas, maybe not the heat so much right now, but I am looking forward to winter!

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:forgot to add...I am in San Marcos.
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