Giveaway #2 for Reader Appreciation Month


Reader Appreciation Month continues with another giveaway of one of my favourite low carb, gluten free products.

This, my friends, this might be my favourite giveaway right here.  Because there is almost no greater decision in low carb, gluten free baking than what kind of sweetener or sweeteners you will use.  Okay, well there is the consideration of what you will substitute for the flour.  And you do have to think about how you will compensate for the lack of gluten.  But in my mind, it all comes down to the sweetener.  Baked goods are beloved because they are sweet and they satisfy that craving, that need for some little treat.  When conventional “sweets” made with sugar are off limits to you, how to sweeten your treats is a very important decision.  There are plenty of sugar substitutes out there on the market, but they are not all created equal and I certainly have my preferences.  A quick look at just a few of my recipes will tell you what those are.  Considerations in choosing your sweeteners include how they taste, how they are manufactured, and how they behave when combined with other ingredients and subjected to the heat of an oven.

I have for a long time relied on a combination of erythritol and stevia extract, and I still do for the most part.  It works perfectly in most of my cake, muffin and cookie recipes and I’ve gotten used to it.  But there are times when one wants a sugar substitute that behaves almost exactly like sugar.  Swerve is by far the closest I’ve come to finding such a thing.  It is an erythritol based product, but it is sweeter and can be used cup for cup to replace sugar.  And, for me, one of its biggest benefits is that it does not seem to have that funny cooling sensation associated with regular erythritol.  I can use it full strength and not feel like I have been sucking on a mint.  When I’ve made buttercream icing, or confections like the pecan brittle in my Pumpkin Pecan Parfaits, or syrups for cocktails, it’s lived up to my expectations every time!

So, I am happy to report that I will be giving away not one but TWO Swerve Prize packs.  These are so fun, and contain a 1lb bag of  granulated Swerve, a 1 lb bag of powdered Swerve and a fun little Swerve lunchbox filled with baking gear.  Trust me, if you are a low carber or a diabetic, YOU WANT THIS PRIZE!!!  And even if you are not a low carber or a diabetic, YOU WANT THIS PRIZE!!! or I can assure you that you will be delighted with the product, as I am. 

Contest Rules:

1.  Open to residents of the continental United States (sorry, peeps, the shipping to Canada and beyond is just too expensive!)

2.  Leave me a comment wishing me Happy Birthday (it’s tomorrow!).  Yes, this IS a shameless plug for birthday wishes.

3.  For additional entries you may (come back and comment so I know you did it!)

  1.  “Like” Swerve on Facebook:
  2. Follow Swerve on Twitter @swervesweetie
  3. Retweet this post

4. Contest will run until midnight on Wednesday, March 14th, at which time a winner will be chosen at random.  If you have not left me your contact information and I have no way of tracking you down, I will choose a new winner.

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  1. says

    A happy early birthday to you! I would love to see what you are having for your birthday dessert. I am sure it will be something yummy!

  2. Kelli says

    Happy Birthday! Sending the happiest of Birthday wishes along with this post! Thank You for all of the great tips you have given me.

  3. says

    Hi Carolyn. As always, love your recipes and visit often to see what's new. I have never heard of Swerve sweetener until now and would love to win the prize. Keep posting and have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

  4. JennM says

    Happy birthday! I hope it is a fabulous one filled with yummy, good-for-you treats!

    Now off to like Swerve on Facebook!

  5. Stephany says

    Happy early Birthday to you!!! I will be celebrating my birthday on Tuesday, woo-hoo. Would love to win this prize package. Would make for a great birthday present either way. :)


  6. Stephany says

    I "Liked" Swerve on facebook and even left a comment there.


    Have a blessed day,

  7. Carol says

    Happy birthday fellow Pisces!!! No wonder where you get your creativity from…we as Pisces LOVE to create!

  8. says

    Happy, Happy Birthday Carolyn dear, I hope happy days will come to you all year, if I had one wish then it would be…a happy, happy birthday to you from me. Trust me reading it is much better than hearing it sung by me in person.

  9. Marthalynn says

    Happy Birthday! We love you and love reading your blog. Keep up the great work! Wishing you a wonderful year. marthalynn16 [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. beth says

    Happy birthday to you!! Would love to try swerve, as I always combine stevia and erythritol on my own. Sometimes it gets a little old having to tweak it.

  11. Jbug says

    Happy birthday carolyn! hope you have a great day! I would like this swerve kit to make my daughter your gluten free sugar free ginger lemon birthday cake this month! i will like it on facebook too! thank you!!!

  12. says

    Your recipes are amazing! Thank you for sharing your cooking talents with those of us who need inspiration. Hope you receive your heart's desire on your birthday. Have a wonderful day!

  13. says

    Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have an amazing day:-) Your Pumpkin Praline Parfaits are a gorgeous flavor combinations, I love pralines! Hugs, Terra

  14. AnnaZed says

    Happy Birthday! I have never tried Swerve. I probably should because i am certain that I am consuming far too many completely pointless calories of sugar.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. AnnaZed says

    Happy Birthday! I have never tried Swerve. I probably should because I am certain that I am consuming far too many completely pointless calories of sugar.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. AnnaZed says

    I am following Swerve on twitter (where I am @AnnaZed) to remind me to buy some.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. Liz says

    Alrighty, I'm back and I have:
    1. Liked Swerve on Facebook
    2. Followed Swerve on Twitter
    3. Retweeted this post
    Thanks for the chance to win some Swerve!

  18. Liza says

    Happy Birthday Carolyn !! I really like your website and hearing about your family. Your recipes are amazing, especially the sweet ones. Any good baker can make a yummy sweet with standard ingredients. It is the Artist, who does something different, and while I am not the creator of such goodness as you definitely are, it's nice to be a messenger to the uninitiated. Hope you have a wonderful and safe birthday! ~ Liza

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