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These sugar free Tootsie rolls are such a fun way to enjoy a low carb version of the chocolate chewy candy. The taste and texture are just like the real thing!
Have you tried using fiber based sweetener syrups in your recipes yet? They’re a common sweetener in popular low carb products and protein bars. They give treats a nice, chewy texture that many people find very satisfying.
Once I came across fiber syrups, I knew they would be perfect to create a chewy chocolate candy. So I set about inventing a low carb, sugar free Tootsie roll.
The original recipe calls for artificial sweetener and skim milk powder. Using this as my basis, I modified the ingredients to create a healthier, low carb candy.
Is taste and texture comparable to the real thing?
I wasn’t entirely sure how the taste would turn out. But as soon as I tried them, I knew I had a winner!
These sugar free Tootsie rolls are very similar to the real thing. In fact, my non-low carb friends could hardly tell the difference! They couldn’t believe they were made with fiber syrup and low carb sweetener.
It’s always great to have low carb treats on hand for when your sweet tooth kicks in. Baked goods like cookies and brownies can be nice, but I really enjoy having these sugar free candies prepared.
They’re a much smaller serving size, so when you just need a small sweet bite, they’re perfect!
How to make sugar free Tootsie rolls
This homemade tootsie roll recipe is very easy to make. And I have a few tips and tricks to share from my experience:
- First, I find that the fiber syrup is easiest to work with when heated. So to start, I microwave it in a glass bowl for about 30 seconds until I just start to see bubbles forming.
- Once the fiber syrup is warmed and thinned, mix in melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Mix together dry ingredients, then work the dry mixture into wet ingredients. The dough will become crumbly as it comes together.
- From there, knead the mix with your hands until the dough is uniform. It will have a texture similar to “Play-Doh” and become shiny as it is kneaded.
- Flatten out the dough, cut it into strips, and then roll each strip into long rolls. From there, cut these long rolls into your Tootsie rolls.
A few notes on the recipe
- You can make your candies into any size you like. Personally, I wanted to mimic the smaller size candy rolls, which yielded about 3 dozen pieces.
- Your sugar free Tootsie rolls will be a bit soft, so you’ll stick them in the refrigerator. This helps them become harder like the traditional version.
- You can individually wrap each roll in a small rectangular piece of wax paper. You certainly don’t have to do this, but they look really cute wrapped up and look more like the real thing this way!
How many carbs in sugar free Tootsie rolls?
Traditional Tootsie roll carbs come in at about 4.7 carbs per roll, plus over 3 grams of sugar. It’s certainly not the worst candy out there, but I knew that I could create a healthier version.
So for this sugar free Tootsie roll recipe, each candy will have 3.3 grams of carbs, 1.4 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of erythritol. Since you can subtract both the fiber and erythritol from the total carbs, this leaves you with 0.4 net carbs per candy.
And compared to how much sugar is in a Tootsie roll, this sugar-free version definitely wins!
Is fiber syrup really low carb?
There is some controversy over the impact that fiber syrups have on your blood sugar. In general, the fiber in IMO-type sweeteners is actually digestible, meaning it does not lower the total carb count.
When I first created this recipe, I used VitaFiber syrup. However, as more information came out about IMO-type sweetener’s impact on blood sugar, I wanted to find a different product.
After some research, I found that Sukrin Fiber Syrup is a great alternative. It gives the same combination of sweetness and chewiness as VitaFiber syrup, but does not appear to have the same effect on blood sugar based on reviews.
You could also use ChocZero Honest Syrup. However, ChocZero is sweeter, so you’ll want to reduce the amount of low carb sweetener used.
Other low carb small treat recipes
Looking for a few other sugar free candies or small treats to ease your sweet tooth? Check out a few of these other favorites:
- Chocolate Kisses Molded Candies have the traditional candy kiss shape and are the perfect bite to ease your chocolate craving!
- White Chocolate Keto Truffles have a creamy soft filling covered in yummy dark chocolate for an indulgent treat.
- Easy Dark Chocolate Keto Fudge combines cream cheese and rich chocolate for a soft, decadent treat. The taste and texture are almost exactly like traditional fudge!
- Sugar Free Keto Coconut Macaroons are the perfect mini treats. Drizzle these low carb gluten free cookies with chocolate for more decadence.
- Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is gluten free, low carb, and meant to be eaten raw. No baking required!
- Keto Brownie Bites are just the right size for snacking!
Sugar Free Tootsie Rolls
- Powder granular sweetener in blender or food processor.
- Heat fiber syrup in microwave until bubbles form (about 30 seconds). Add melted butter and vanilla.
- Stir dry cocoa mix into wet fiber syrup mix until crumbly. Using hands, knead mixture until a dough is formed.
- Shape dough into a ball, then flatten out. Cut into strips and roll out each strip into a rope about the diameter of a Tootsie roll. Cut dough rope into Tootsie roll size pieces.
- Wrap each roll in small rectangular pieces of wax paper if desired. Store rolls in refrigerator so they will be firm.
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Originally Published: January 30, 2015… Post Updated: December 26, 2019.