There I am standing at the grocery store pondering all the boxed stuff on the shelves and this box catches my eye: Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix.
You see, I make lemon bars and while I’m no expert baker by any means, I’d have to say my lemon bars are pretty tasty. So, if I can make lemon bars that means they’re relatively easy to make.
Thus, my brain has to ask: what’s inside this box of Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix? If I was in a rush, would I use this box?
Only one way to find out.
I pick up the box and I have a good read.
So, what ingredients are in this box of Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix?
Read the box and this is the list of ingredients that go into the Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix: sugar and/or golden sugar, enriched wheat flour, vegetable shortening (soybean oil, cottonseed oil, modified palm oil), corn starch, icing sugar, hydrogenated soybean oil, modified corn starch, corn syrup solids, citric acid, natural and artificial flavour (contains modified milk ingredients), salt, baking soda, high monounsaturated canola oil, colour (annatto and turmeric extract)
Well, that’s a zinger. I mean, that’s a lot of ingredients in that one little box. When I make my lemon bars, there are only a few basic ingredients. I mean, I’m not completely clueless. I get that this is a processed product designed for convenience but I don’t know if I’d be okay with all that stuff especially when I consider that sugar is the first ingredient.
I continue to read and look at the Nutrition Facts label. I have no idea how much is 50g but if I were to eat a 50 g serving, that would give me 21 grams of sugar. Do the math and that’s about 5 teaspoons of sugar. That sounds like a LOT in one serving.
Man oh man.
How do I put this nicely? I’m sure this Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix is handy and likely tastes great for those that like super sweet treats.
My family leans more towards ‘less sweet’ so this box would likely be too much for our taste buds. The ingredient list is also a bit on the daunting side. When all is said and done, I think I’m really glad I figured out how to make my own lemon bars and as if that’s not enough, I even figured out how to make lemon pudding cake.
Hey, if you happen to be interested in making one of them, here are the links to get you started:
Thingsthatwedo.com archive post: A Zingy Zippy Lemon Bar
Thingsthatwedo.com archive post: Delicious Lemon Pudding Cake: refreshing any time of the year
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