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As you can see at left, I'm located in Australia. Australia is a first-world country, but the product availability is AWFUL. And, if you manage to even find what you're looking for, you pay three-to-four times as much for it. So, I'm sorry local shops, but if I can import bulk amounts from iHerb and pay less than buying individual quantities from you, then you've got a mark-up problem. Internet shopping isn't killing the retail industry-- your unrealistic prices are.

My Reviews

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Erythritol is a strange beast.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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It is a GREAT sugar substitute with a low glycemic impact, which is great for people watching their blood sugar levels, their weight, or simply looking for a sugar substitute for whatever reason. It's about 70% as sweet as sugar, so using it as a 1:1 replacement will lessen the sweetness of a recipe (which I like), however, too much of it gives a weird feeling in the mouth. It's a little bit cooling (almost numbing?)-- but that's only if you use A LOT of it (ie; in a sweet pie or cake). In small amounts, that effect is negligible.

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Yummy!

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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I like to use the chocolate drops in mini chocolate cakes with stevia, the english toffee flavour in coffee or tea, and the vanilla one just taste great in everything.

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A great way to sample flavours without committing to a huge bottle

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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The coconut and cinnamon one are great for flavouring baking and hot drinks. I'm yet to think of a good use for the peppermint one though. I tried it in some water and it was like drinking mouthwash, blech! Maybe in some hot chocolate for some choc-minty goodness...?

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One of my favourite Quest bar flavours

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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Quest bars have a huge range of flavours, and between flavours you can get different textures and aftertastes and all sorts of quirks. Most are nougatty-textured bordering on slightly 'plastic', and I personally find a HUGE difference depending on the type of sweetener they want to use in any given bar. Choc Chip Cookie Dough is an erythritol-sweetened bar, and that makes it one of the best-tasting with the least 'fake' aftertaste. The unsweetened chocolate chunks inside the bar are like little pockets of happiness in each bite, and the texture is a good chewy-but-not-too-chewy approximation for cookie dough batter (as close as you can get with it still being a bar rather than a batter, that is). Like all Quest bars, these will melt in warmer weather-- try melting one on purpose in the microwave and topping with whipped cream. Can anyone say DESSERT?

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Tastes better than it smells

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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It smells medicine-y in the tube, and after it's dissolved in water. The taste though, is surprisingly mild. If you've ever had blueberry pomegranate juice before, it tastes like a very very watered down version of that, which I assume is what nuun were aiming for. More tablets might amp up the taste, but I'd be concerned about that medicine element coming through. One tablet for 500mL was a good amount, I think.

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Orange-flavoured, but not overboard

Posted on Jan 18, 2014

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Don't expect a giant orange hit from this-- it's nothing like orange juice or orange-flavoured gatorade. It is however, a lightly flavoured orange with the tiniest citrus tang. Well worth a purchase!

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Great product

Posted on Jan 18, 2014

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Some of the reviews for these tablets seem to be expecting liquid gold to come out of their drink bottle. Of course these don't hydrate you more than just water-- YOU'RE STILL DRINKING WATER. This just adds vitamins, minerals and electrolytes to the mix. This flavour is particularly good-- the lemon and lime play off each other nicely to give a really refreshing taste. One of my favourites.

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Pretty flavourless-- and that's a good thing!

Posted on Feb 04, 2014

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Because this is so mildly flavoured, you can use it in just about anything-- add some cocoa and make yourself a protein drink, dump it in a fruit smoothie for some added protein without the milky effect, or my personal favourite: adding some elasticity to homemade gluten-free bread.

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GREAT STUFF

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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I love this coconut flour. It smells great, has a beautiful texture, and most importantly-- it tastes AMAZING. The spectacular price that iHerb offers is just a bonus. For first-time users of coconut flour, please be aware that you cannot substitute this for other types of flour without adjustments-- it's super super absorbent and your recipe will fail. Start out with recipes that are specifically designed for coconut flour and you'll fall in love.

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Gives you super-slidey lips

Posted on Jan 15, 2014

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I've seen some users of this product complain about how greasy or oily it makes your lips, but I consider that a selling point rather than a product flaw. It keeps my lips really hydrated and that greasy/oily feeling that others mentioned makes my lips super-slidey and protects from the elements. I'm definitely ordering more of it.

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Ridiculously delicious

Posted on Feb 05, 2014

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This is a good one! The freeze dried strawberry chunks are SO GOOD. The texture leaves a little to be desired, but it’s not enough to ruin a great-tasting bar. I didn’t notice any aftertaste from the stevia, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of my favourite Quest flavours.

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Great lip balm!

Posted on Feb 05, 2014

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It's super hydrating and gives you a lovely slick to your lips that lets you know you've not got any chapping going on. The pomegranate oil adds a wonderful scent to it, though I can't taste it at all and would personally classify it as unflavoured.

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