I was at Vitamin Cottage today (contrary to popular misconception, it is neither a cottage, nor is made from vitamins) because I wanted to score some righteous natural sweetener.
I have been staring at my stevia plants for a few days now and want some sweet!
Many organic stores in your area will sell stevia. It’s also nice to support your local hippie hut and marvel at all of the various types of organic broths on the shelves.
I asked a nice lady about stevia, and she directed me to a tall kiosk filled with various forms of Stevia. Harps and angels sang (OK, so they sounded like Enya) and I saw before me literally a couple dozen ways stevia is packaged and sold.
I bought the cool stuff pictured above and plan to go back for more pretties, especially since now I know stevia kicks the total cottage cheesy butt of righteousness.
And, catch this action. I got the stuff far cheaper in the local specialty store than I would have online (and I didn’t pay shipping). *pumps fist in the air*
Stevia SweetLeaf Packets, 100 $ 10.75 (versus $12.99 online)
Stevia SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia, Vanilla Creme $11.89 (versus $13.98 online)
I paid a grand total of $24.46 with local tax at Vitamin Cottage.
Online I would have paid $26.97 plus $12.99 S&H (I twist your nostrils not).
Oh my Goth! I know!
Netrition.com thumbwrestles Hippies
While you were making tea, not war, I was doing a price comparison and realize I should have checked out netrition.com too.
Their Sweetleaf liquid is 2 bucks cheaper than what I spent today ($9.99). Now, granted, S&H is still $4.95, but that is a good deal, when you figure in the lower product costs.
I couldn’t find the Sweetleaf Packets at netrition to compare them, but they sell “Now” brand, which is half of the price of the Sweetleaf brand. If you know why this is, please let me know. I am thinking if they’re comparable in product, you could save some serious cashola, and I will proclaim you too good-looking for 13 states and 7 provinces.
Taste test for the Packets
I’m drinking some stevia powder in my tea and this stuff rocks. HARD. One small packet of this stuff has successfully sweetened 2 huge iced tea glasses (20 ounces each) of cold iced tea.
I am psyched to start playing with this stuff in the kitchen in recipes.