Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stash Tea's Organic Agave Nectar Sticks

Lately I've been reading more and more about the benefits of agave nectar, so when I saw these boxes of Stash Tea's Organic Agave Nectar Sticks at Marshalls recently I decided to give them a try. Surprisingly, this was one of those rare times when the Marshalls price wasn't that great a bargain: $3.99 instead of the $4.95 on the Stash website. (At least I saved on shipping, I told myself.)

According to Stash, "A natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant, agave nectar is sweeter than sugar so less is needed. It has a low glycemic index and is a vegan friendly honey substitute with a consistency similar to honey."

When I opened the first stick, I sipped a few drops "straight" just to see what it would taste like before going in my iced tea. It tastes just like a simple sugar syrup, the kind you get by boiling a cup of water and a cup of sugar. I don't sweeten my iced tea much anymore now that I have plenty of mint to flavor it, but the agave nectar provided a slight amount of sweetness which I noticed more at the bottom of the glass. Have any of you tried these Agave Nectar Sticks, or simply agave nectar? I would enjoy hearing other reviews and/or uses of this product!


  1. I haven't tried them since I don't use sweeteners, but have thought about using the agave to sweeten other things.

  2. Hi Angela,
    What a neat little idea from Stash. Better than carrying a bottle of agave nectar around in your handbag... people would think that's weird :o)

    I use agave nectar for several of my teas, I get mine from Trader Joe's. It's a very mild sweetener, so I like to use it in rooibos teas and green teas, which don't need very much sweetening. For my black teas, I stick to real sugar.

    I'm glad to see other folks finding out about other natural ways to sweeten their teas other than those dreaded pink & blue packets. Chemicals are bad.


  3. I've been wanting to try agave nectar. The sticks are certainly a great convenience - portable and less messy. I'll have to look for some - thanks for the review.

  4. OK, I could get REALLY excited about these! I've used agave as a sugar replacement. I like it in iced tea b/c it stays liquid. Agave is a great sweetener for those non-white-sugar and/or vegan folks!

  5. I have used a lot of alternative sweateners, and agave is not my favorite. It has a bit of a "wang" to it that I don't care for, but I know a lot of people who love it. To me the flavor comes out even more in baking. I know many people who simply love it, however, and several who greatly prefer the blue agave to the regular.

  6. I've not seen this particular product. But I used to use a lot of agave nectar before I got pregnant with my son. While we were trying to conceive I read a few too many studies that made me quit using it. Since having my son I haven't purchased agave nectar again, mostly because I've cut out most sweeteners in my tea and oatmeal.


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