Sugar Free Candies??

By honeybee59 Latest Reply 2016-02-29 07:18:30 -0600
Started 2011-05-21 22:26:14 -0500

I would like to know if anyone can share their favorite brand of
Sugar Free Candies? I have been eating some that I get at my local Dollar Tree Store. I believe that they are called Coastal Sugar Free, but I don't know for sure right at the moment. I will let y'all know for sure later on. I just had a friend tell me to watch out on some of these candies, because of the Sugar Alcohol Sugar? Does and can anyone explain just what it is and do I need to be concerned?

130 replies

LPRN 2016-02-29 00:59:41 -0600 Report

Sugar alcohols are not absorbed by the GI tract. They pass right through the body, which makes them a very effective laxative. So, the main concern is that if one eats to many of those foods sweetened with the sugar alcohols, one may find themselves needing an immediate and urgent bathroom. However, if one suffers from constipation, then those foods can solve two problems, keeping blood sugars down and relieving constipation.

WASHED OUT 2016-02-29 07:18:30 -0600 Report

Some sugar alcohols not all of them. Some are absorbed by the digestive system and do run up blood sugars.

techguy87114 2012-05-18 14:15:16 -0500 Report

I really like the Russel Stover Sugar Free Toffee Squares. My daughters get them for me as a treat once in a while. As far as candy goes this is about all I eat in that dept.

jayabee52 2012-03-04 12:24:14 -0600 Report

If I really MUST have candy (I actually prefer frozen strawberries or blueberries) I eat very small amounts of sugared candies. The sugar alcohols in the SF candies give me the "hershey's squirts", "the runs" or "the trots". Not fun!

2012-03-03 17:24:39 -0600 Report

My top 3 favorite S/F candies are: 1) Sees s/f peanut brittle. 2) Sees dark chocolate candy bar. & 3) Sweet 'n' Low international coffee flavored candy. (hard candy) #3 you can pretty much find in any store. The See's candy you can go to See' (or google See's) if you don't happen to live near a See's candy retail establishment.

Lizardfan 2012-03-03 16:23:16 -0600 Report

I have the sugar free Crystal Light candies in my purse for my hubby to use. If I am in the mood for chocolate I just eat regular candy and a very small portion. It is almost the same amount of carbs and it tastes so much better to me.

rij061258 2011-07-09 14:37:31 -0500 Report

I love Russell Stover's sugarfree chocolate candies. There have several different kinds. It is made with Splenda. You can't tell it is sugarfree, taste like the real ones with sugar. 3 pieces is less than 10 grams of SA. Everything I get is less than 10g.

cupcake0923 2011-07-09 12:41:00 -0500 Report


Gemm 2011-07-09 11:06:39 -0500 Report

My favorites come fro Freds Discount Stores (never heard of these until I came to the south though) and they are Atkinson's Mint Twists. Atkinson's also put out a few others that are good as well but the mints are my favorite. They were a huge help when I quit smoking about 1 1/2 yrs ago to curb the cravings and now I still use them just because I like them. Another one I like is Baskin & Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip hard candy. MMMMMMMMMMM taste just like a bowl of ice cream :)

All the candy I buy must not have any aspartame or saccharin as I am allergic to both and get deathly ill from them both. I've even had to go to the hospital from accidentally getting something with saccharin in it before I found a list of other names it can go by, and carry some benadryle with me as a 1st aid just in case. Generally I just stay away from anything people tell me is sugar-free unless I can read the label for myself as I don't relish any more hospital trips when I can avoid them lol

The sugar alcohols are laxative for some people. Don't I wish they were for me. If I eat a lot of it I may get a bad case of gas but that's all. My husband and step-son on the other hand have to be very careful of eating any sugar alcohols as they do get severe diarrhea from them. At least I don't have to worry about them eating all my candy anymore LMAO

Marytea 2011-07-09 08:49:34 -0500 Report

See's sugar free dark chocolate almond clusters are just wonderful but a bit pricey. I buy a box and have just one a day. One is enough because they taste so rich..

2012-03-03 17:31:37 -0600 Report

Marytea you & I think along the same lines. I too love See's candy. I'm a huge fan of the s/f p'nut brittle, as well as their s/f dark chocolate candy bars. But I need a cup of coffee to go along with it, tho.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-09 06:36:52 -0500 Report

The only thing I would watch out for is the laxative effect that the sweetner can have on you. If you eat more than two or 3 pieces watch out! Before we got married I left some sugar free Reeses at his apartment and he ate the whole bag!! Boy was he sorry…lol.

cavie2 2011-07-09 06:44:42 -0500 Report

so glad to hear it happened before you got married or you would probably be talking about the time you got divorced because of his toilet problem!!

berrykins0 2011-05-30 10:03:09 -0500 Report

whensugar free candy you only need to count half of the carbs because the sugar alcohol in far as hard candys your allowed to pieces without counting carbs and calories. i was told this to me from my dietian. by the way any kind of brand is fine with me. but basket robbins hard candys are the best. but can only be found at kmart or walmart.jelly bellys are the besy other wise. some sugarfree candys contain 5 grams of fiber that could be another laxitive effect. jelly bellys per serving do have 8 grams of fiber and reeses peanut butter hav5 grams pere serving.

amyspeer 2011-05-25 21:17:19 -0500 Report

I eat Sugar Free hard candies in all diffrent flavors and sugar free choclate candies also I do know that the back of the package says it may cause a slow rise in blood sugar but not much maybe one or 2 points if even that. But that it will go back down. I do not think you need to be concerned about it but you might want to ask your family doctor or the doctor who is treating your diabtes. I hope this helps you.

PBARBIERI 2011-05-25 16:14:59 -0500 Report


MoeGig 2011-05-24 21:57:49 -0500 Report

I'm sorry…after 46 years of dealing with Type 1, early on I decided that eating sugar free anything was like saying to an alcoholic, he can have one glass of wine per day. Now, I do have a glass or two of wine every day, but I hope I'm not an alcoholic…:>)

Now, if I decide to blow my diet (like I did tonight) I had two Eggo Waffles covered in peanut butter. Took the Humalog to cover (BG tested over 200), but have to be careful for lows overnight.

Limaries 2011-05-24 20:31:13 -0500 Report

My favorites are Russell Stover chocolate toffee and the chocolate mint patties, both sugar free.

rij061258 2011-07-09 14:40:44 -0500 Report

chocolate truffle and chocolate mint patties are my fav. like the one that is like a snickers bar too.

big momma 10
big momma 10 2011-05-28 13:39:16 -0500 Report

Me tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! THEY ARE SO GOOD, That when I buy them I have to hide them from my hubby and grandkids, they will eat them all.

RAYT721 2011-05-24 17:47:39 -0500 Report

RE: Sugar Free Peanut Brittle … I cannot vouch for this recipe but found it online. NOTE: The site hasn't tested it either. I found through a google search.

dietcherry 2011-05-24 17:56:18 -0500 Report

Yikes! Maltitol is the SF ingredient that works like Exlax!

RAYT721 2011-05-24 17:57:55 -0500 Report

Should the recipe also include an ingredient, "1 Depends Undergarment?" :)

2012-03-03 17:36:11 -0600 Report

ROFLMAO!!!!! (:D (:D (:D (:D Wait Guys. I thought that the main ingredient was diarrhea or the runs!! (:D (:D

cavie2 2011-07-09 06:53:24 -0500 Report

hahahahahha you go girl this is brilliant but I liked noel7's description of the runs coz that's how I normally speak am not that polite to say diarrhea. For me it's usually the runs or the trots.

dietcherry 2011-07-09 08:00:12 -0500 Report

lol I understand the use of the word runs cuz you know its runny! But wonder how trots came into use I have a theory but dont want to offend anyone heehee :)

cavie2 2011-07-09 10:28:41 -0500 Report

you can whisper it tae me a'll no tell anyone, but they might hear me laughing but I'll no tell even under threat of torture

dietcherry 2011-07-09 11:08:23 -0500 Report

Whispering: Its someone trying to make it to the toilet in a panic but their progress is being slowed because of having to-well lets just say-hold something in lolololol soooo naughty! :)

cavie2 2011-07-09 13:39:42 -0500 Report

that is why its is important to do your pelvic floor muscle exercises. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOUR GONNIE NEED THEM. Oooppps sorry did I accidentally shout that out. Ma appologies.

GabbyPA 2011-05-24 17:34:56 -0500 Report

I don't eat sugar free candy. Those chemicals really mess with me. I am better off to eat a small amount of real instead of the the artificial. Here are some articles that may help you understand better what is in those products.
Save your money and your health with just a little discipline.

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-05-24 11:27:05 -0500 Report

You really have to look at the back of the candy because it say's sugar free but 99% of the time it will have either sugar alochoal or aspertaine in it so really it's not sugar free.

Anonymous 2011-05-24 20:29:08 -0500 Report

sugar alcohol doesn't spike up your sugar on the blood stream. Aspertamen is not a sugar, it's sugar substitute.

majikinfl 2011-05-24 07:10:20 -0500 Report

I like Russel Stover, the CVS store brand of Gummy rings are good, however I find eating too many can cause gastric upset including diarrhea. For me it was not pleasant so even though the flavor was ok the result wasn't. Maybe I ate to many but never thought 2-3 could be considered to many. This was before I was diabetic. I would rather eat one piece of regular candy than have the effects of the "diet" kind.

ston3xc 2011-05-23 18:37:10 -0500 Report

Some of the sugar subsitutes they use have a laxative effect! Be careful of how much you eat. I didn't know about that information a few years ago and had to keep RUNNING!!!- to the bathroom! Learned MY lesson!lol

dmax32 2011-05-23 13:12:09 -0500 Report

I tried Sees s/f jelly beans and loved them… But was discouraged to find they had almost the same amount of carbs as regular jelly beans… So now i don't even look at the s/f candy to much of a disappointment!

RAYT721 2011-05-23 14:19:22 -0500 Report

Good observation. There are some people who simply cannot tolerate sugar (ie gastric bypass patients) and some who cannot tolerate sugar substitutes. It's my body and I'll cry if I want to. Wasn't that a Lesley Gore song??? :)

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2011-05-23 11:28:26 -0500 Report

We get sugar free candies from Winco in the food barrels. You have to remember to only eat one at a time because of the carbs. Pecan clusters are my favorite kinds.
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2011-05-23 13:27:57 -0500 Report

You're absolutely right JoAnna. You do have to watch out for the carbs. That's why I put a footnote at the bottom of this page. I didn't want to be held responsible for anything!! :->

2011-05-22 23:11:21 -0500 Report

My all time favorite s/f candy is: See's p'nut brittle. It doesn't have that s/f after taste. And if you accidentally eat too much of it, it doesn't have that laxative effect.

dietcherry 2011-05-23 01:54:28 -0500 Report

Where do you get that at?

2011-05-23 10:16:51 -0500 Report

I don't know if See's candy is only in California, but See's is a candy store that sells s/f & non s/f chocolate & non chocolate candy. Not so sure about chewy type candy. (ex. gummy bears) But if you live in California or happening to be visiting, seek out a See's candy store. I promise you, you won't be disappointed!! &)

2011-05-23 10:06:21 -0500 Report

I don't know if See's candy is only in California, but it's a candy store that sells all different types of chocolate, & non chocolate candies. (s/f & non s/f). Not sure if they sell chewy type of candy (ie; gummy bears.). But if you reside here in California,(or you happen to be visiting here) find yourself a See's candy store. I promise you, you won't be sorry! &)

2011-05-23 13:22:00 -0500 Report

Okay. I didn't know that. Thanx dmax32. See's may be known for their chocolate, but give me that s/f p'nut brittle any day of the year!! [yummy!!] :->

RAYT721 2011-05-23 10:47:25 -0500 Report

I am originally from Rhode Island. I've been in Cleveland since 1978 so I have since lost the accent but still can't rid of some expressions from my younger years.

2011-05-23 10:19:56 -0500 Report

Thanks RAYT721. I did not realize they did mail order. It never dawned on me online. But then everyone & his uncle has a web site!! &)

2011-05-23 10:25:23 -0500 Report

I hope you like it, as much as I do. It's only 8:21 here in the morning, & I have a yen for that candy. And that ladies & gentleman, is the only type of carb & sweet tasting food I will allow myself. So, if I have a box, I make it last!! I really hope that you enjoy it, dietcherry. (Don't 4get, if your watching your waistline, & who isn't these days, it's high caloric!! But it sure is worth it!! [yum!!] &)

RAYT721 2011-05-23 10:33:18 -0500 Report

NOTE: If you go to, you can earn 4% cash back with online purchases and if you check out, they sometimes offer discount promotional codes; however, the only ones for Sees right now have expired. That doesn't mean you shouldn't check from time to time for new coupons not only for this site but for any of 90,000 stores that post coupons and codes.

2011-05-23 20:48:00 -0500 Report

Thanx Ray. I'll keep looking for those Sees discount coupons. I have a hankering for that p'nut brittle!! ( I'm to cheap to pay full price!!) :->

2011-05-23 13:15:43 -0500 Report

I'm glad I made a fan out of you guys!! Just please be careful. I don't want to be responsible for any xpanding waistlines, or overdosing on the intake of carbs!! lol :-D

2011-05-23 13:37:44 -0500 Report

It's kinda funny folks. Here we are, on a diabetic site talking about Sees s/f p'nut brittle!! You gotta admit, it is kinda funny!! :-D To bad I'm on a diet. There's a Sees candy shop down the street! :-

dietcherry 2011-05-23 15:37:31 -0500 Report

Shoot we probably talk about food more than anything else! A bunch of hungry diabetics is what we are! lol

dietcherry 2011-05-24 13:13:32 -0500 Report

I know Im starting to sound like a broken record (Oops! I think I just showed my decade!) when it comes to this stuff, but protein powder really suppresses my appetite and I would suggest it for those who are constantly hungry. I was getting like that because of the amount of insulin I was taking to control my brittle spikes; once I started the powder, I cut my daily insulin dosage by over 20 units! I went from 70 units a day to between 45-50 now! Significant!!!

cavie2 2011-07-09 07:05:33 -0500 Report

word of warning dietcherry get your D.O.B. off your profile or everyone will know what decade!!!

2011-05-24 17:29:33 -0500 Report

I think you mean OUR decade dietcherry. We're probably the same age!! :}

2011-05-23 20:37:31 -0500 Report

You're right, d/c. What I wish is the more food you eat, the better ones numbers are & the more weight one looses!! I know that will never happen, but a girl can dream, can't she?!?! :->

RAYT721 2011-05-23 20:08:24 -0500 Report

Even diabetics have to eat! I was just surfing the web for jello recipes and found this awesome chocolate eclair dessert that can easily modify to be sugar-free. Just about any recipe can be made diabetic-friendly with a few swaps. I am printing out a breakfast bake casserole with 14g carbs that I know I can lower although not bad as is.

2011-05-23 20:28:51 -0500 Report

Hey Ray(T721) I agree w/dietcherry. If you don't start sharing, I'm telling your Mommy!! :D :->

dietcherry 2011-05-24 05:00:12 -0500 Report

Break it up you 2!
OUCH! See's wants $9.15 for 8 oz. of peanut brittle! And another $7.25 for shipping! Ive suddenly lost my taste for peanut brittle! lol

2011-05-24 11:16:27 -0500 Report

I'm sorry dietcherry!! I knew that Sees was expensive, but spending $16.40 (s&h incld) for a box of candy, is HIGHWAY ROBBERY!! I had no idea!! :-(

2011-05-24 11:04:47 -0500 Report

I'm sorry dietcherry. I knew that Sees was expensive, but paying $16.40 (s&h incld.) for a box of candy, (albeit, it is yummy. But that's besides the point) that's like, HIGHWAY ROBBERY!! I'm sorry dietcherry!! I had no idea!! :-(

2011-05-24 10:56:44 -0500 Report

GEEZE!! I knew that they were expensive!! But it costs for 1 box of p'nut brittle a whopping $16.40 (s&h incld.) for a box of p'nut brittle? I knew that they were expensive, but that's highway robbery!! There's only a $1.90 between the price of the candy, & the s&h!! I'm sorry dietcherry!! :-(

2011-05-24 15:31:00 -0500 Report

You are very funny RAY. Very funny!! :-D It wasn't a candy shop owner who famously quoted " There's a sucker born every minute". It was that circus fella. "Old whats his face." My brain is dead" Must eat p'nut brittle!! And lots of it! Will pretend it has no calories. & no carbs!! MMMM p'nut brittle!!

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