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Celebrate 15 years of SPLENDA® Sweetener!

Celebrate 15 Sweet Years of SPLENDA® Sweetener

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Fifteen years ago (1998), calorie-conscious consumers in the U.S. did not have the option of enjoying sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products) in prepared foods, beverages or as a no-calorie sweetener. No-calorie sweeteners were limited and not all had the ability to be used in cooking and baking without losing their sweet characteristics.

But to the delight of calorie-counting consumers, in 1998, after extensive review of scientific research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of sucralose in a wide variety of products.

Hip, hip hooray! Sucralose could now be used in 15 food and beverage categories – and was given the broadest initial approval ever to a food ingredient in the U.S.

This approval came after over 100 studies conducted worldwide demonstrated the safety of SPLENDA®, a brand name for Sucralose.

Canada was the first country to approve use of sucralose, hence many anecdotal reports from my friends who purchased SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener while on visits to our neighboring country to the north! Today, SPLENDA® is approved for use in more than 80 countries.

In the U.S. alone, SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (Sucralose) is a key sweetening ingredient making thousands of sugar-free and low-calorie products possible. There are over 1,700 such products by some of the world’s leading food and beverage manufacturers – purchased by over 80 million households in this country every year.

Since the U.S. approval of SPLENDA®, regulatory, health, and food safety authorities worldwide did their due diligence with extensive reviews, and they also concluded that sucralose is safe for use by everyone. This means sucralose can be used safely during pregnancy, by people with diabetes, by children, and more.

A Trip Down Memory Lane…

My how time has flown by! Remember what else was going on in 1998, the year SPLENDA® was approved by the FDA?  There is far too much to mention here but these iconic activities are things we sometimes take for granted because, like SPLENDA®, they literally became part of our everyday lives:

  • Microsoft released Windows 98 (of course, that version is now considered an antique!).
  • The first Apple “iMac” was introduced.
  • Google, the most popular Internet search engine, was founded.
  • The world’s first MP3 player was released.
  • The very first Harry Potter book was published.
  • The uber popular TV show Seinfeld was coming to an end after lasting 9 seasons.

Want to Celebrate the Anniversary of  SPLENDA® Sweetener in Style?

Try one of the richest and most beloved desserts around, but with less added sugar... New York Style Cheesecake


1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 1/2 pounds regular cream cheese
1 2/3 cups SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
3 tablespoons flour
5 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Make Crust: Mix crumbs, ¼ c. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and butter together and press into a 10-inch springform pan.
  • Make filling: Beat cream cheese, 1-2/3 c. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and flour in a medium bowl until well mixed and smooth. Add eggs and egg yolks, beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Mix briefly and add heavy cream. Mix until well blended. Pour filling over crust.
  • Bake 10 minutes at 475 degrees F. Turn oven temperature down to 200 degrees F and bake for 1 hour. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for one more hour. Cheesecake will be slightly firm to the touch. Let cool 15-20 minutes before placing in the refrigerator. Refrigerate a minimum of 4- 6 hours or preferably overnight before serving.

Serves: 16

Servings Per Recipe: 16
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/16 of cheesecake)
Amount Per Serving

Calories: 350
Calories from Fat: 290
Total Fat: 32g
Saturated Fat: 19g
Cholesterol: 185mg
Sodium: 300mg
Total Carbs: 8g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 8g


Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.


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