NEWS: What The Hell is Nectresse?

Nectresse Packets

So, you know how Equal comes in the blue packets, Splenda comes in the yellow packets, and Sweet’n Low comes in pink packets? Well, there a new no-calorie sweetener that’s going to claim orange packets. That’s sweetener my friends is Nectresse.

I know what you’re thinking. It totally sounds like a brand of citrus shampoo, but it’s not. Also, I think Nectresse would make a great stripper name.

This new natural no-calorie sweetener is made by the folks who make Splenda and, according to those folks, a packet of Nectresse provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar. The sweetener is made with erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, and molasses.

Yeah, I don’t know what monk fruit is either, so I AltaVistaed it, after I Googled to see if AltaVista still existed. Google led me to Wikipedia, which said it’s a small gourd-like fruit that’s native to China.

The Wikipedia entry didn’t specifically say why it’s called monk fruit, but after seeing pictures of it, I can only guess it got its name because the fruit looks like the bald head of a monk.

Nectresse Container

Pictures taken at Target.

WEEK IN REVIEWS – 11/5/2011

London 2012 Olympic Mascot Wenlock

Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

Soooo…the mascot for the London Olympics…um, what is it supposed to be? With the gigantic eye, I’m guessing it represents the thousands of closed-circuit television surveillance cameras all over London. (via Foodstuff Finds)

Paper hole puncher review! Or as I like to call them, confetti makers. Or as janitorial people call them, The Devil. (via Office Supply Geek)

I’m disappointed this Alaskan wilderness trail mix doesn’t contain bear, moose, salmon, or crude oil. (via Foodette Reviews)

Bazooka Gum has a comic strip on its wrapper. The wrappers on these Maoam chews have what I assume are Kama Sutra position instructions. (via Candyblog)


be wary (of bad spelling)

Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

Whoever came up with the name for the coffee energy drink Monster Xpresso Midnite should’ve drank an energy drink before coming up with the name, because, perhaps, they wouldn’t have been so lazy with its spelling. (via Energy Fiend)

Thanks caffeinated pantyhose! You’re giving the chipper, hyper, and annoying female co-worker another way they can be even more chipper, hyper, and annoying. (via Possessed by Caffeine)

Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit has a juicy secret. I hope its juicy secret is that it killed a man. (via Sugar Pressure)

Spreadable light port wine cheese sounds gross, but the Wikipedia entry for port wine cheese is awesome. (via Clearance Cuisine)

There’s a beauty beverage called Self. I wonder how many spoonfuls of sugar I’d have to add to it to make it self-conscious? (via Probably Edible)

THE DAY IN REVIEWS – 1/10/2011

Tiny Habanero

Here are a few product review posted today from other blogs we follow.

It seems the “dash of ginseng” in the Trident Vitality Awaken gum doesn’t do anything to perk someone up. Perhaps a dash of habanero seeds would’ve been more effective or whatever virus turns living people in zombies, because zombies never go to sleep. (via Gum Alert)

This alliteration sounds gross. (via Foodstuff Finds)

Who needs a high powered blender to make a milkshake? You can make a milkshake with this ice cream, milk, a spoon and your sexy high powered body to stir. (via On Second Scoop)

I wonder if I can crush a Lighter Spider Energy Drink can with a rolled up newspaper. (via Caffeine King)

I’m extremely disappointed The Megaclip is not a SyFy original movie. (via Office Supply Geek)