>> Sunday, July 20, 2008
I have a bunch of HFCS-free products to review! We've had a lot of success finding suitable substitutes for most of our favorite HFCS-containing foods, so look for reviews to slowly trickle in. I'm going to start with Thousand Island salad dressing.
We eat a fair amount of salad with our dinners, and one of our rules is that Ben (our 4 yr old) has to have a small lettuce salad too. Even though he's not much for vegetables (with a few exceptions), he's come to accept this and not complain about it - as long as his salad has his beloved Thousand Island dressing on it. That presented a minor challenge when we went HFCS free because it seems that most of the conventional salad dressings (like Kraft and Wishbone) have HFCS in them, and few of the organic or "healthy" lines of salad dressings have Thousand Island in their lineup.
We did find a fine substitute, though. Annie's Naturals Organic Thousand Island Dressing is HFCS free and very tasty. In fact, I think that we might like it better than the Kraft version we had been using. It's creamy and has a more pronounced dill pickle flavor. It's a yogurt base, but I don't think that it has any active cultures in it - too bad because then it would really be a home run. The only downfall is the price. Luckily, a little goes a long way, so I'm not going to a moan too loudly about the slight price increase.
(Oh, just as and FYI, I think that Newman's Own Thousand Island also does not contain HFCS, but I haven't seen it in our stores here yet even though they carry Newman's Own. I'm guessing that it would be a little less pricey than the Annie's salad dressing.)