Updated: Apr 16, 2021
If there is one thing that hasn't changed over the decades, is my love for chocolate syrup. I used to make chocolate milk almost every morning, had it with vanilla ice cream, or even drizzled some on cakes and brownies that I made. It was magic in a little brown bottle that heightened the experience with everything it mixed with. Moderation... pssht, I didn't know her.
Fast forward to five years ago and the effects of my sweet tooth in my adult years were taking its toll. Let's just say that the buttons on my shirt were visibly playing a game of tug-a-war every time I sat down. I am pretty sure there was a slight fear from anyone that sat across from me that one of those little buggers would pop off and take out an eye. Seriously, buttons under stress don't play nice. So with that looming danger, I started making some changes.
One of the biggest changes I made was switching out food items for healthier versions. Changing how I viewed and used food is what lead me to my weight loss, feeling better, and not feeling so guilty for wanting what I want. When it came to chocolate syrup, the easiest and most available product is Hershey's Sugar Free Syrup. Granted, its not Magic Shell or the regular Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, however it was a pretty good replacement.
Now, I could spend the time melting sugar free chocolate, or trying to make my own syrup (I tried and it was just too much work), however convenience won out. I normally buy this from Target because it is A LOT cheaper than getting it from the grocery store or Amazon for around $3 a bottle. It comes in at 5 calories per tablespoon, 1 net carb, and uses erythritol and sucralose as its sweetener. This hit all the marks for me and my sweet tooth. Now one thing I will advise is that the taste is strong, so when using this try the "less is more" approach. I use about one serving on my vanilla ice cream and it does the trick. A little goes a long way, I can't help but stress that enough. The flavor is there, the consistency is great, and it compliments so many dishes, especially for being an easy grab.
So with that, next time you are in the store swing by the toppings section and grab a bottle. If you haven't started switching out items for healthier versions, give this a shot. One of the biggest contributors to successfully maintaining my weight loss is the convenience and affordability of the items I use. Hershey's Sugar Free Syrup is diet and diabetic friendly and a great alternative to the original. Happy eating!