Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert. Filled with apples and cinnamon, the pie should be packed with sweet flavors complemented by a rich, buttery crust.
While the sugar-conscious are not likely to be eating much apple pie, restaurants like Marie Callender's are trying to make their desserts more accessible to those with a sweet tooth by offering no-sugar-added, artificially sweetened products.
Marie Callender's No Sugar Added Apple Pie is one of two choices to get your dessert fix with less sugar at their restaurant. It has a thick, flaky crust with a golden-brown color to help the pie look like what your grandmother would make. The filling also looks good as it's packed with cinnamon and medium chunks of apple. Overall, the appearance would not give away the fact that this pie has no added sugar.
The flavor, on the other hand, is a dead giveaway that something is missing. Sometimes, when artificial sweeteners are used, there is a strong, unnatural sweetness followed by some level of aftertaste. However, this pie is so lacking in overall flavor that any type of additional sweetness would be welcome. There is some cinnamon flavor, but the crust is not buttery and the filling is, in a word, bland.
Pass on the Apple, Go for the Razzleberry
While Marie Callender's effort to make some of their pies more healthy is commendable, their No Sugar Added Apple Pie execution is lacking.
The pie itself is not particularly healthy and the "no sugar added" description may be misleading to diabetics as the pie's high carbohydrates will still significantly raise blood glucose levels. More importantly, the pie simply does not taste good -- but Marie Callender's No Sugar Added Razzleberry Pie is a much sweeter and flavorful option if you must have a sugar-conscious dessert.
The Bottom Line
While Marie Callender's No Sugar Added Apple Pie sounds good with only 7g of sugar, the carbohydrate cost for this very bland pie is actually 51g, making it a very high carbohydrate dessert -- not good for your taste buds, waistline, or blood-glucose levels.
- Flaky, golden brown crust
- Looks like your grandmother's apple pie
- No significant aftertaste
- Bland overall pie flavor
- Crust is not buttery
- Total carbohydrate count is not diabetic friendly
- Cinnamon apple pie
- 480 calories, 7g of sugar, and 51g of carbohydrates
- Sweetened with aspartame and natural sugar from the apples
Nutrition Facts for Marie Callender's No Sugar Added Apple Pie
Per 1/8 of a pie serving: 351 calories, 21g total fat, 9 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 363 mg sodium, 0 mg potassium, 38 g total carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugars, 3 g protein