Diabetes and My Love/Hate Relationship With Sugar Free Candy

Ever since Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes… I’ve had a love/hate relationship with sugar free treats. OK. Mostly *hate*. Too much sugar is a bad thing for someone with diabetes. We try to avoid it the best we can. I’ve written before about allowing Alli to participate in birthday parties by making adjustments to her insulin. I don’t shelter her completely from sugar… but I am choosy about what I do give her. Sugar free candy is one of those things that I just avoid. Why? Well…

Most sugar free candies are indeed sugar free… but… they are high in carbohydrates. Carbs become sugars and sugars spike Allison’s blood glucose level. Having Diabetes means that her body doesn’t produce insulin. Insulin is what helps to regulate a normal person’s blood sugar. So even if a candy is sugar free… if it’s high in carbs… that negates the idea of it being sugar free in my eyes.

Well meaning friends and relatives have purchased “sugar free” treats for Alli. The first thing I do is look at the label. If it has more than 10g of carbohydrates… I already know I’ll have to adjust her insulin to have the treat. Often times full sugar candies are better for her as a treat than the “sugar free” kind. I think what bothers me most is that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation endorses some of these treats. That gives parents a false sense of trust. As parents, we can’t accept that. Just because something is endorsed doesn’t mean that it’s good for our child. Check the labels and be informed.

Do I *love* anything about sugar free treats? I do. I love treats that are sugar free and low in carbohydrates. This isn’t an easy thing to find. I actually had given up actively looking until I heard from Atkinson Candy Company. Who? The Atkinson family has been making candy in Texas since 1932! Their brands have been around for what seems like forever to me… Could candy that was created in the 1930’s possibly be relevant to me or my readers? They told me about their sugar free line of candy and asked if I’d take a look at it. Scott, the candy rep, had a sweet southern drawl. I was tempted to give into his smooth gentile ways but I stuck to my guns and said… “I can’t write about your candy unless it’s low in carbs. I’ll have to look at the labels.”

*yay me*

And I did look. The sugar free candy from Atkinson Candy Company is indeed sugar free and low in carbs. Allison’s favorite is the Peanut Butter Bars. They have a total of 8 carbs. They’re a crunchy little candy with a burst of peanutbuttery goodness. It’s a treat that satisfies even my sweet tooth! The best part about this candy? I don’t have to make adjustments to Allison’s insulin.


I’m going to write a bit more about the Atkinson Candy Company in the next week or so. I’m having some fun playing with it… I have a recipe in the works to share. Oh… and did I mention they also manufacture gluten free treats? Yeah. I’m a fan. And you can be a fan too by reaching out to them on Facebook and asking your own questions about Sugar Free. I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Just like I was.

*This is a multi-channel compensated campaign. I would never accept such a campaign, had I not truly loved the product. All views are my own. All of my daughter, Allison’s views are her own. Had she tasted the candy and spit it out… you would not be reading this post right now. *much love* -Kelly



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