Delicious sugar-free fudge from Swiss Maid Fudge. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.




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December 2009

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Sugar Free, Gluten Free & Low Calorie Gift Ideas

2009 Picks For Enjoying Great Food With Fewer Calories


These “diet gifts” are great for people who stick to their diets all year long, as well as those who are about to make New Year’s resolutions. Choose from sugar free, calorie free, gluten free and lower calorie gifts. You can also check our prior year’s diet gift ideas.

Products are shown in alphabetical order. Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them.



360 Waterless Cookware

We didn’t believe it until we saw an in-person demo; then we got our own cookware. Honest-to-goodness, you need zero added fat to cook with these pots and pans. It’s brand-new Vapor® Technology that uses the moisture inside the food to cook it fast—and good. Meats brown and taste great: perfect for calorie-counters. The company “set the standard for green manufacturing in the cookware industry.”

  • 360 Waterless Cookware
    $129.95 To $259.95

Buy online at BroadwayPanhandler.com


360 StockpotEverything cooked in this stockpot will have far fewer calories. Photo courtesy 360



Bare Fruit:
Organic Dried Fruit Snacks

One of our favorite diet treats is simple dried fruit chips. They’re baked by the growers in wood-burning ovens with no added sugar, additives or preservatives (in fact, they’re USDA-certified organic). Crunchy, naturally sweet Cinnamon Apple Chips, Fuji Apple Chips, Granny Smith Apple Chips and Dried Pears Chips have just 29 calories per serving! Read our full review of Bare Fruit dried fruit snacks.

  • Bare Fruit Organic Baked Fruit Chips
    Two 2.57-Ounce Packs
  • Three .63-Ounce Packs
  • Additional products available on

Buy online at BareFruitSnacks.com


Apple Chips

Snackilicious organic fruit chips. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.


Big Papi:
Gourmet Hot Sauce

These hot sauces are truly exceptional—the best we’ve ever had. They’re not mere heat: You can actually taste the individual chiles used in each variety. Beautifully made from scratch, they’ll be a Top Pick Of The Week in early 2010. For a calorie counter, they give great flavor with virtually no calories—to soups, stews, eggs, vegetable juice, meat and seafood.

  • Big Papi Hot Sauce
    5-Ounce Bottle
  • The Sampler
    Four 2-Ounce Bottles
  • Additional options on website

Buy online at BigPapiEnFuego.com

  Big Papi Hot Sauce
Hot stuff, negligible calories. Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.

Vertical Rotisserie

Here’s a great gift for lower calorie, healthy cooking. The rotisserie, which cooks chicken, roasts, fish and kebabs, seals in nutritious juices and drains away the fat. A three-hour countdown timer with auto-shutoff lets you tend to other things as dinner cooks. Why buy a pre-cooked chicken that’s been sitting under a heat lamp when you can have your own fresh, juicy one? It’s also an easy way to teach kids a way to simple, healthy cooking. A recipe book is included.

  • Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie

Buy online at Amazon.com with free Super Saver Shipping.

  Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie
The fat drips away for lower calorie meals. Photo courtesy of Cuisinart.

Le Whif: Chocolate Inhaler


Dieters may not be able to eat the chocolate, but they can inhale it. This little device, invented by a Harvard professor, is the chocolate equivalent of a plastic menthol cigarette. You place the inhaler between your lips and inhale gently; tiny particles of chocolate inside are sucked onto your tongue. You enjoy the taste of the chocolate without the calories of chocolate.

  • Le Whif
    Pack Of 3 Inhalers

Buy online at LeWhif.com


Le Whif
Photo courtesy of Le Whif.


Exotic Fruit Club


What’s a better and healthier than fruit? Make it exotic fruit from Melissa’s, the best-known purveyor of unusual produce in the U.S., and it’s fun fruit as well. After all, how many of us have had ambrosia apples, cherimoyas, feijoas, plumcots, strawberry papayas or Saturn peaches?

  • Melissa's Exotic Fruit Club
    3-month, 6-month, or 1-year

Buy online at Melissas.com


Melissa's/World Variety Produce
Photo courtesy Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc.


Nespresso: Aeroccino Plus


Dieting or not, this is perhaps our favorite kitchen appliance. In a minute, it whips up extraordinary cappuccino or latte foam. Just select which type, add cold fat-free milk and push the button. You’ve got a portion of delicious, low-calorie foam to top coffee or diet hot chocolate. We use the latte setting to create frothy hot milk, which we love with a bit of artificial sweetener.

  • Nespresso Aeroccino
    Holds 8.5 ounces of hot milk

Buy online at Nespresso.com


Nespresso Aeroccino
Photo courtesy Nespresso.



Organic Nectars
Agave Syrups

Agave is a natural sweetener that has half the glycemic index of sugar, and is recommended for diabetics and others that restrict their intake of sugar. Yet, it’s just as tasty as sugar—some like it even better, as it lacks the cloying aspects of sugar. Organic Nectars makes dessert syrups with agave, in chocolate, vanilla and goji. Certified organic and kosher. Read our full review.

  • Organic Nectars Agave Dessert
    11-Ounce Jar
  • Additional Options On Website

Buy online at OrganicNectars.com

  Organic Nectars
Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.



PURE Seltzer & Soda Maker

Dieters drink lots of club soda and diet soda. PURE turns tap water into sparkling water or soda in 30 seconds, no electricity or batteries required, no mess or clean-up. Recyclable BPA-free carbonating cartridges do the carbonating. Soda lovers can choose from 25 delicious regular and diet soda flavors and an energy drink. The soda concentrates, made in Israel, are as natural-tasting as you’ll find. A delicious gift that also PURE is a new, minimalist version of the Penguin seltzer and soda maker (read our review). Certified kosher by OU.

  • PURE Seltzer Startup Kit
    Sale price $149.99
    (Originally $169.95)
    Makes 120 Liters
  • PURE Soda Starter Kit
    Sale price $159.99
    (Originally $179.95)
    Makes 36 Liters
  • Additional products available on

Buy online at SodaStreamUSA.com


Soda Stream
No need to schlep bottles of club soda and diet soda, no need to recycle. Make your own fresh, the minute you want it, with Pure Seltzer & Soda Maker. Photo courtesy Soda Stream.



Swiss Maid:
Sugar-Free Fudge

Can’t have sugar? You won’t even notice it’s missing in this delicious sugar-free fudge. In chocolate, vanilla and chocolate walnut, these are real finds for those who can’t have sugar. While there is some calorie savings from the sugar substitute, they’re not “diet food,” though—no candy this delicious is low calorie!

  • Swiss Maid Sugar-Free Chocolate

    By The Pound

Buy online at SwissMaidFudge.com


Swiss Maid Fudge

No one would guess this fab fudge is sugar free! Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.


Vital Choice: Organic Canned
Tuna & Salmon

How  many dieters live on canned tuna or salmon? Treat your favorite dieter to these absolutely delicious organic varieties—so good, you’ll swear the tuna and salmon came from another planet. With Vital Choice, one will actually look forward to that can of tuna on lettuce with diet dressing. Certified kosher by OU.

  • Vital Choice Albacore Canned Tuna

    Three cans

Buy online at VitalChoice.com

  Vital Choice
Cans arrive gift-boxed. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.


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