Dolcedi (pronounced dohl-che-DEE) is a new kind of sweetener from Rigoni di Asiago. You might remember that I once told you about two of their other products: Nocciolata--the all-natural organic hazelnut and cocoa spread--and Fiordifrutta fruit spreads.
These are my favorite unique things about Dolcedi:
- Made from 100% organic apples
- 25% lower in calories than table sugar
- Very soluble in hot or cold drinks
- Low glycemic index
I love, love, love sugar, but the sugar buzz (blood sugar spike) and the ensuing blood sugar crash aren't good things for me. Glycemic index (GI), which measures how quickly the body breaks down carbohydrates, is generally linked to the rate at which blood sugar increases. (I am not a nutritionist. I just like to read.) So the lower GI of Dolcedi, as compared to table sugar, means that the carbs are broken down more slowly, which reduces that spike in blood sugar. (Again, I am not a nutritionist.) I try to look for foods with lower GI for this reason.
Dolcedi is syrupy: it looks similar to light corn syrup but isn't as thick. When I tasted a little bit of it straight from the bottle, I noticed a very slight apple flavor. Mixed with anything, though, the flavor is purely sweet.
So I tried adding it to my morning coffee. As far as I could tell, it dissolved instantly. I'm thinking it will be great for iced coffee ... no more leaving the sugar crystals at the bottom of the glass! And the taste is just like sugar.
Unlike some other sweeteners, Dolcedi is supposed to be good for baking. I had to check that out. (See what lengths I'll go to give you a thorough review?) I didn't want to use up my sample to make a whole cake, so I made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough mug cake.
That's a pretty good recipe, but more to the point, it was better when I used Dolcedi than when I used sugar. I think the added moisture from Dolcedi kept the cake from getting tough.
I didn't find anything that I didn't like about Dolcedi. If you'd like more information, see these links:
- Dolcedi product page (USA website)
- Dolcedi product page (UK website, with more detail)
- Rigoni di Asiago (USA) on Facebook
- Rigoni di Asiago USA on Twitter