The Scoop on Sweet Treats

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you’re in luck! You can enjoy Sweet Treats on all Phases of the South Beach Diet. And, unlike desserts, which you can enjoy occasionally, you can have a Sweet Treat or two every day. Feel free to enjoy 75 to 100 calories of our recommended sugar-free Sweet Treats daily. Here’s a complete list of Sweet Treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Note: If you are on the Gluten Solution Program, read labels on sugar-free candies and gum carefully, since some may contain gluten additives.

Phase 1 Sweet Treats

  • Candies, hard, sugar-free 
  • Chocolate powder, no-sugar-added
  • Chocolate syrup, sugar-free
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened baking type (can also use for cocoa)
  • Drink mix, sugar-free and nutrient-enhanced
  • Fruit pops, frozen, sugar-free
  • Fudge pops, frozen, no-sugar-added
  • Gelatin, sugar-free
  • Gum, sugar-free
  • Jams and jellies, sugar-free
  • Syrups, sugar-free


Phase 2 Sweet Treats
You can enjoy all the Sweet Treats on Phase 1 and the following:

  • Chocolate (1 oz.), bittersweet dark or semisweet dark (at least 70% cacao)
  • Pudding, fat-free, sugar-free (1 serving per day permitted)

A word of caution: Some sugar-free products permitted on the South Beach Diet may be made with sugar alcohols (isomalt, lactitol, mannitol, sorbitol, or xylitol) and may have associated side effects of gastrointestinal distress if consumed in excessive amounts. Some people are more sensitive to this than others, so take note of your reaction to foods that contain sugar alcohols. The limit on Sweet Treats should help reduce any side effects.

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