Food & Nutrition

7 of the best sugar free sweets we’ve tried

Published by Finn Hayden

It's not a newsflash, but most of the sweets that we eat are packed with sugar. Even the sweets which feel like they might be a bit healthier for us are still packed with sugar - the expensive gourmet sweets brand Candy Kittens pack 59g of sugar per 100g, which is more sugar than you'll find in the same amount of Haribo.

Luckily, the UK has plenty of great sugar free sweets brands for you to choose from, so you can enjoy a sweet treat without any sugar. We thought we'd round up the best that we've tried, let's get into it:

Diablo strawberry & cream sweets

Regular readers might recognise the Diablo brand from some of our other guides, as this brand also makes sugar free chocolate. Although we're big fans of the chocolate from Diablo, we have to admit that we think the sugar free sweets from this brand are even better. We tried 2 varieties from the range - the Strawberry & Cream hard sweets (pictured), and the Cola Bottles. We have to admit, we loved them both but we enjoyed the Strawberry & Cream hard sweets just a little bit more. Learn more and buy them here - hollandandbarrett.com

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Mentos chews sugar free

When we were putting together this article, we were actually quite disappointed by how few sugar free versions of popular sweets we found. Luckily, we did some find some brands will to produce a version of their sweets without sugar, and the Mentos sugar free chews that we tried were easily one of the best. Yes, they taste a little different from normal Mentos. But honestly, it wasn't a huge difference, plus these still had the lovely fruity flavour and chewy texture that you get from a normal Mentos sweet. We found them in Boots, but you can learn more and buy them here - mentos.co.uk

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Lady May Sugar-Free Vegan Gourmet Gummi Teddies (Exotic Fruit)

These sugar free gummi teddies from the Lady May brand are interesting in that not only are they totally free of sugar, but they're also vegan and naturally flavoured. The fruit taste really comes through with these, and each bag contains sweets that are pineapple, pomegranate, mango, lime, and passion fruit flavoured. We also feel that the sweets have quite a classy look and branding, making them good to give as a gift. We're big fans of them, learn more and buy them here - ladymaysweets.com

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Simpkins mixed fruit drops travel sweets

Travel sweets are the sort of thing that your grandma might give you during a long car journey, but not many people realise how packed with sugar these can be. Luckily, the mixed fruit drops from Simpkins are both very tasty and free from sugar. These also come in Forest Fruits flavour, which is also really nice. Learn more and buy them here - amazon.co.uk

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Werther's Original sugar free creamy toffees

We mentioned earlier how frustrating it is that many popular sweets brands don't create sugar free versions of their products, so it's nice to see a brand like Werther's Original do a version of their creamy toffees without any sugar in them. And we have to say, these are just as creamy and satisfying as the standard Werther's Original creamy toffees, in our opinion. The mix of sweeteners used - maltitol, isomalt, sorbitol syrup, and sucralose - give the toffees enough sweetness, but not too much. You can also buy sugar free versions of the classic butter candies from Werther's Originals, which we are yet to try but will soon. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.asda.com

Werther's Original sugar free

WW Mixed Fruit Gums

WW is the new name of the Weight Watchers brand, and we've included a number of the excellent food products from this brand on our website previously, including the very tasty low calorie ready meals. We're also really impressed by the mixed fruit gums from WW, which have a lovely fruity flavour without any sugar added. They also contain no artificial colours or flavourings, and contain just 183 calories per 100g. These reminded us a lot of wine gums, so if that's the type of sweet that you like then you'll probably enjoy these. Learn more and buy them here - boots.com

Weightwatchers mixed gum fruit sweets

Aldi Dominion sugar free soft foams 

If you're looking for a much softer sweet than most of what we've included so far, these soft foams from Aldi are a great choice. We have to be honest, we really struggled to find any own-brand sugar free sweets at the supermarkets we visited. But as is so often the case, Aldi saved the day with these really tasty soft foams. As well as containing no sugar, they're also free from artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.aldi.co.uk

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Chupa Chups

Ok, so they might not be as filling as some of the other sweets that we've included in this list, but having a sugar free version of Chupa Chups lollipops is pretty awesome. These really don't taste like they're made without sugar, and you can find them in lots of flavours including our favourite, cola. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

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So hopefully this guide proves that there are lots of great-tasting sugar free sweets you can buy in the UK. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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