Updated: 01/13/2018

Walden Farms Review - 6 Things You Need to Know

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I paused before I hit the “publish” button on this one, because my conclusion was a bit of a shocker. We at DietSpotlight did one of our in-depth reviews, scrutinizing the ingredients, side effects, customer-service quality and scientific studies. We additionally read dozens of user remarks and responses from around the web. At last, we summed up all of the information we found to give you the bottom line.

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What is Walden Farms?

To begin with, Walden Farms is a brand of specialty food products. These include flavored syrups, coffee creamers, salad dressings, pasta sauces, peanut spreads, condiments and more. According to the official website, these products are free of calories, sugars, gluten and carbohydrates. In other words, these foods are intended to be healthier alternatives that assist you with fat loss or weight management. Everything can be purchased directly from the main website. There are even some free recipes and menus provided.

According to the official website, this company has been around since 1972. Some Walden Farms ingredients include concentrated natural flavors, spices, herbs, vinegars, real fruit extracts and Splenda. You can potentially cut out up to 10,000 calories per month by switching to these products. Moreover, there are some positive customer reviews posted on the website, but read on…

Unpleasant Taste – “Can You Handle It?”

One issue we have is with the unpleasant taste of some products. According to our Research Editor, “Numerous customers have reported that Walden Farms foods have an unsavory flavor. Naturally this is concerning, because if you can’t handle the taste, you will not use the product.”

One person stated, “Taste is bitter. I won’t waste any other food by pouring this chocolate syrup on it. It flowed down my drain rather nicely, but I’m sad that I wasted the money.”

However, a different customer said, “Tried the caramel coffee cream. It’s not too bad.”

“It has an aftertaste, which I expected. Can’t have everything. I would love less sodium, but I understand that salt preserves the product. It serves its purpose,” revealed another.

Negative Customer Comments About Walden Farms – “Another Concern”

There are quite a few negative customer comments posted on the web regarding Walden Farms foods. For example, one user said, “I tried a few of the syrups and wow. This is quite disgusting. First of all, it tastes very bitter. I will not buy any more Walden Farms products.”

Then again, a different person reported, “The chocolate syrup is one of the few Walden Farms products I would recommend. In my opinion, this syrup is yummy.”

Another commented, “Well, it isn’t great, but it’s low-calorie and really nice if you can’t have the regular stuff.”

The research we’ve conducted has shown if there’s a specific part of a diet product or weight-loss food that is quite troublesome (unpleasant taste, negative customer comments, high cost) the chances of lasting results are not very good. This means if Walden Farms foods do in fact taste bad to a lot of people, this could be a deal breaker.

The Science – “Is There Any?”

At DietSpotlight, we like to see some documented research that backs up the product we’re reviewing. In regards to Walden Farms foods, there are nutrition labels presented on the website. This way you can see that these products are free of calories and sugars. However, this does not mean you will automatically lose weight. You must cut out certain foods, which may be difficult if you do not like the taste of these products.

What Users Are Saying

"Takes away that yearning for peanut butter"

"I put it on rice cakes with some sugar free jelly..great low calorie snack.Not as good as real peanut butter, but no calories..no contest."

"Bought this as a gift for a low carb friend. Unfortunately, he did not like it at all. The peanut butter flavor was very washed out and it did not taste good at all. I tried it and agreed, not true peanut butter taste. Save your money!"

The Bottom Line – Does Walden Farms Work?

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for. Here is our bottom line on these no-calorie food alternatives. First off, we appreciate that no one really reported any Walden Farms side effects or adverse reactions. Also, there are a variety of products to select from, which is nice. Then again, we have some reservations about these foods because there are some customer complaints about the overall taste. Also, we’re concerned about the various other discouraging user remarks we found posted online.

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Q:
What are the ingredients in Walden Farms?
A:

The ingredients found in Walden Farms products are Splenda, spices, herbs, concentrated natural flavors, real fruit extracts and vinegars.

Q:
What are the side effects of Walden Farms?
A:

Some users have experienced bloating and bad gas as a result of using Walden Farms products.

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How do I know if Walden Farms is right for me?
A:

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Does Walden Farms work?
A:

According to the Walden Farms website you can save 330 calories a day, 10,000 calories a month and lose up to 34 pounds a year just by switching to Walden Farms products. While there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim, anytime you are cutting calories you will lose weight.

Q:
What is the price of Walden Farms?
A:

You can get a 12 oz bottle of Walden Farms syrup for less than $5.

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Where can I buy Walden Farms?
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You can purchase all Walden Farms products from their official website at www.WaldenFarms.com.

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How should I take Walden Farms?
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You should use Walden Farms products anytime you want to add flavor to your favorite dished without adding more calories.

Q:
How do I contact Walden Farms customer service?
A:

You can contact Walden Farms customer service by calling 800-229-1706 or by emailing customerservice@waldenfarms.com.

Q:
Can I return Walden Farms?
A:

There is no return policy clearly outlined on the Walden Farms website.

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What are the most common complaints about Walden Farms?
A:

The most common complaint you will hear about Walden Farms products is in reference to how they taste. Some have described it as unsavory while others have said it is bitter. A lot of users have also complained about the bad aftertaste.


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Previous Walden Farms Review (Updated August 20, 2013):

What You Should Know

Walden Farms is a specialty food line that offers no calorie alternatives to popular foods and sauces. According to the official website, people choosing Walden Farms products over traditional choices can save up to 10,000 calories every month. Saving 10,000 calories adds up to about three pounds of weight loss per month. Over the course of a year, the dieter could lose more than 35 pounds. Prices for Walden Farms foods are slightly higher than popular brands, but the cost is spread out over the month / year. Some of the most popular products include Carb Free sauces and condiments and calorie free chocolate syrup and fruit jams.

List of Ingredients

Food products offering lowering calorie and carbohydrate counts for dieters.

Product Features

Walden Farms offers an alternative to high calorie foods to reduce caloric intake and lose weight. The products are made with ingredients that create good tasting food products without the guilt. Customer reviews listed on the official website are consistently positive and often report significant weight loss. All Walden Farms products start with purified filtered water. From there, artificial and natural flavors are added along with vegetable based thickeners to create the food product. Splenda, or sucralose, is the sweetener used in all Walden Farms products. While all products are listed as having 0 calories, there are trace calories in all ingredients. These trace calories could add up if the dieter uses more than the suggested serving size. Even with trace calories, Walden Farms products contain far less calories than popular full fat or full carbohydrate versions. Walden Farms products are priced higher than other brands. Consumers can expect to pay $1 to $2 more for a no calorie version of most of the product. Select retail grocery stores carry Walden Farms products and online ordering is supported via the official website.

Advantages

  • No calorie foods can significantly reduce caloric intake.
  • Weight loss is supported with customer testimonials.
  • Higher prices are worth reduced calories.

Disadvantages

  • Walden Farms products may be hard to find.
  • Artificial flavorings are often added to reproduce authentic flavors.
  • Only suggested serving sizes will contain 0 calories.

Conclusion

In order to lose weight, the dieter must decrease caloric intake and increase calorie burn. Proven fat burners can take care of the increased burn, but the dieter must change how they eat in order to lose weight and keep it off. Walden Farms is a good choice for reducing calories the easy way. All products contain minimal to 0 calories and users claim the foods taste just as good as the original or, at least, other diet varieties. Consumers also have the ability to order Walden Farms products online in bulk if they find one product they love.
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Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with doctors specializing in weight loss and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. full bio.

48 Walden Farms Reviews

  •  Good!
    Nancy (Verified User)

    I had a bottle of the itallion dressing and I liked it better than the regular dressing. Very good!

    Reply
    • Summer (Editor)

      There are some good Walden Farms flavors. Unfortunately, there are also some iffy ones like the Thousand Island Dressing.

      Reply
  • Thank you for your research
    Roxanne

    Thank you very much for this article. I was thinking about buying their pancake syrup but it looked too good to be true. If it has an aftertaste, I’ll just stick with Truvia and bananas on my french toast. Thank you for saving me from spending the money!

    Reply
  • Betsy

    With my strict diet, it’s hard to find anything with flavor that I’m allowed. Walden Farms products give me the oppertunity to make boring into tastey. I like several of their items. Anyone know what stores carry their products? Walmart is sky high! Kroger has an ok selection. I can find only a couple things at Farm Fresh. I’d like to try the mayo.

    Reply
    • Linda

      Sprouts sells a variety of the products at $3.99 per bottle, mayo, 3 barbeques sauces, Carmel syrup, LOTs of their salad dressings, marmelades, peanut butter, and some others. They are not all together but spread out in the store with like sauces. Some i like the way they are, especially the pancake syrup – for me, GREAT! and the barbeque sauces, and some salad drssings. I got “cole slaw” dressing today cause I love coleslaw and it was good, but no need to use a lot of it! The carmel syrup is good, but, as I said in another review, is AMAZING on salmon if mixed with soy sauce!!! I HATED the chocolate the first 2 times I tasted it, but mixed in some of the bread recipies or smoothie recipies is good cause the awful taste is hidden. Hope this helps

      Reply
  • Where to get coupons?
    Bette (Verified User)

    Love the Walden Farms products. Most of products are great! Have lost 25 pounds and will continue to use these products. Where can I get coupons for theses products?

    Reply
    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Bette. Congratulations on losing 25 pounds! That is great 🙂 We’re not affiliated with the company and therefore can not offer coupons for it. However, we know Dietspotlight Burn is giving out free samples. It’s a dietary supplement that helps you lose weight too! Has a bunch of positive user feedback.

      Reply
    • Roxanne

      Just found a coupon in a magazine. If you go to waldenfarms.com/wso17 you will get a free item with your order 🙂 Says offer ends 10/31/17.

      Reply
  • what vegetable fiber is made from?
    denise

    Does anyone know what vegetable fiber is made from. I’m allergic to a lot of vegetables and need to know which vegetables are used to get vegetable fiber. I can’t seen to get a response from WF.

    Reply
  • I need to loose 50 pounds
    Pat Parker

    I heard of your program from a friend and I need to lose and keep off fifty pounds, for health reasons how can I get into your program?

    Reply
  • ioanna

    How many calories for the whole package of choc. Dip?

    Reply
  • cleveland
    Anonymous

    Where in the cleveland oh area is waldens ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce sold?

    Reply
  •  I am pleased with most of the products.
    Stella Kawaauhau (Verified User)

    I am pleased with most of the products. Sometimes needs to be doctored to taste better, but I’m glad these are availabel in Hawaii where nothing usually is.

    Reply
    • Sarah

      hey stella kawaauhau. I live in hawaii I was curious where you bought the products? contact asap by email thank you.

      Reply
    • Corinne

      Yes, I want to know where on Oahu can I find Walden Farm products.

      Reply
    • natalie Speedracer

      yes, where on oahu?

      Reply
    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Stella. Happy to hear you’re pleased and you have access to the products. I hear your concern about the taste, want an alternative to lose weight, without worrying about the taste? Could maybe sample Dietspotlight Burn. It helps shed fat and helps you slim down quickly.

      Reply
  • Mike Peters

    Tried the Raspberry Fruit Spread. While the texture is like trying to spread cranberry sauce from the can, the taste is actually RIGHT ON!!!! Great on cinnamon raisin toast (Ezekiel). I saw blueberry fruit spread as well. This works for me….BIG TIME!!! I’d give this product a solid A!!!!

    Reply
  • This works for me !
    sally (Verified User)

    It’s not bad for calorie free. The ginger dressing is good but not as good as a couple of others. The ranch is fine. I found it thick and hard to get out of the bottle. But it is msg free so that works for me.

    Reply
  •  ELAINE (Verified User)

    I make my own stuff and add Walden Farms products to cut the calories, carbs, and fat in half this way I also get some good flavor too. That being said I just bought the “peanut” spread for the first time and it is pretty disgusting. I am hoping that if i mix it half and half with my all natural peanut butter that it will be an acceptable subtitute…..we shall see.

    Reply
  •  Good Taste!
    Audreiy (Verified User)

    I love the salad dressing, I have not tried the syrup I hope there is no cancerous products in them. but love the taste.

    Reply
  •  i love all your stuff
    julie (Verified User)

    i think you need to come out with more stuff especially pasta i love all your stuff and iam losing weight.

    Reply
  • Any suggestion to make the taste better
    Patriia Wilson (Verified User)

    I’ve bought quite a few of the Walden products. I’ve enjoyed them – some products better than others. And, basically all products that I’ve bought, better at different times than at other times. I would like to know if there is some constructive help that would shed some light about eliminated the strange taste that I find disrupts my enjoyment of these products. Thanks for your help!

    Reply
  •  It's all about perspective
    Your Name (Verified User)

    If you are complaining about the taste of the pb and marashmellow sauces and want a real taste then eat the real stuff. If you want zero everything then these products are great! It’s all about perspective and what you really want to achieve

    Reply
    • Your Name

      I completely agree. I use their products all the time. I am thrilled there is a product out there that I can add to my food without all the calories and carbs. Some of their products are as good as the real deal. Its a matter of taste. But its a personal choice, and I choose no calories 🙂

      Reply
  •  Love the Honey Mustered
    Donna Holmes (Verified User)

    Love the balsamic vinegar dressing and the honey mustard dressing we use it for dip also .my 12 year old granddaughter loves the honey mustard also!!!

    Reply
  •  Loved the product.
    GAIL CHETELAT (Verified User)

    Cant say enough good things. Tried so many times to successfully diet. Since I found W.F. January 19–I have lost 34 lbs. Yes I have made different choices as well but these wonderful products keep me legal!!! Life long customer for sure!! Love You W.F.!!!!

    Reply
  •  Loved the product.
    Elizabeth (Verified User)

    I was lucky enough to find these on clearance or else I
    Would have never known about them because they are not located
    With the dressing aisle. They are in the gluten free. I was excited
    About the zero calories but it does have 220 sodium per serving
    It has to have flavor right? My favorite is the thousand island at $1.69. They just went in sale for $2.50 and I’m anxious to try the raspberry and sugar free bacon one. Being a diabetic has daily challenges and this in part of eating and exercise has helped me lose almost 30 pounds. It’s a great tool and I’m so glad I found this product. Yes it is runny and no it goes not have any calories. Thank you for making this product!!!

    Reply
  •  Hate the peanut butter
    Edward Chauvin (Verified User)

    Enjoy your salad dressings! Yum. Donot like the peanut spread, however. No taste or texture.

    Thanks!

    Edward Chauvin

    Reply
    • Beverly Strange

      I learned to like the peanut butter after a while, I do like the chocolate peanut spread better. Those products I really like are, the pancake syrups, the moca coffee creamer, french vanilla coffee creamer, hazelnut creamer not bad has a bitter after taste, italian, sesame, salad dressings are awesome, bbq sauces even my kids like, ketchup too sweet, mayo is just funky, cole slaw dressing is not bad has a sour taste, chocolate syrup ok lil bitter, apple butter good flavor texture slimy, marshmellow dip, eh ok again texture, carmel dip chocolate dip, onion dip just nasty, ranch not bad. Just wish that these products weren’t so hard to find and expensive. I am on a very low carb diet and purchase several of these products at a time which gets extremly expensive.

      Reply
  •  Mix with peanut butter
    mary (Verified User)

    I mix the peanut butter with PB2 from Belle Plantation (powdered peanut butter) and it tastes fantastic.

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      PB2 rules!!

      Reply
    • Anonymous

      How much PB2 does it take? Mine still tastes like poison. :/

      Reply
  •  Great ingredients
    Marden

    I use the choc dip and choc sauce on strawberries – great! Also like the raspberry vinaigrette on spinach and mushroom salad. Just found the tomato basil sauce and garlic herb so looking forward to trying them.

    Reply
  •  Did not like the product
    Jennifer (Verified User)

    Just tried the Wladen Farms Honey Mustard. YUCK!!!! Very Gross. I bought alot of different products from them. I hope some of the other stuff I bought is better.

    Reply
  •  I love the dressings!
    Penny (Verified User)

    I love the Walden Farms Cesear, Thousand Island, and Ranch dressings. I have also lost 15 pounds (with moderate exercise). The products are a little “runny” but taste good. I plan to order the products on line due to my grocery store will no longer carry the products.

    Reply
    • Chelsea

      Here is a good place to order online from, they also have good prices on shipping.

      Reply
  •  Great Product! Able to lose weight
    Jeanne Antantis (Verified User)

    I’m a diabetic and without WALDEN FARMS, I would be on insulin. Not only that, but I’ve lost 60 pounds using it. YOU ARE GREAT; PLEASE CONTINUE!!!

    Reply
    • Norma

      I bought the Cholate Syrup for an Ice Cream Party for my diabetic Daughter to use. We were excited to find it, will keep looking for other items. THANK YOU

      Reply
  •  Want to know the ingredients
    Joann (Verified User)

    I LOVE walden Farms SUN DRIED TOMATO dressing. I buy it on the web by the case because my grocery stores only carry a few bottles at a time, and I buy them out. I like some of the other dressings, and the PB and the chocolate dip, but the sun dried Italian Salad dressing is WONDERFUL. Since I use so much, I’d like to find out the cal. carb, pro and fiber count in say 1/2 cup. I know the 2T serving is “0”

    Reply
  •  Will continue to use the product
    Laura (Verified User)

    In Alaska I pay $5.19 per bottle and it’s well worth it. I’ve lost 65 pounds and plan to continue using Walden Labs products when I’m at goal. Our problem is that we have a limited selection.

    Reply
  •  Most of these products my wife and I really like.
    Rob G (Verified User)

    Most of these products my wife and I really like. The russian, the ranch, the apple butter dip, the asian dressing, the ginger dressings are all great.
    The marshmarrow dip..what are you guys all eating, we love this stuff! We put it on jello and other fruits…MAN its awesome.
    The chocolate, meh, not so good, and the apricot dip doesnt have enough flavor.

    I only wish they would make a cheese type seasoning or dressing, would be perfect.

    Reply
  • I am a mechanic
    Joe

    Purchased a bottle of Ranch salad dressing, and a bottle of Honey Mustard. Now don’t get me wrong, low/no calorie goods are supposed to be “similar” in taste to what they are trying to replace…. but quite honestly these both taste the same. I first thought of battery acid taste (I am a mechanic, we taste these kind of things) but I’ve come to a decision it’s more of a crushed up aspirin flavor. I can’t get past just a small taste of these two horrible products. At $3.99 per bottle you are better off going without dressing at all.

    Ironically I purchased these at a Fresh Market who refuses to take back the product. I have no response from Walden farms on their 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Reply
  •  Marshmallow
    Claire (Verified User)

    I got an amazon.com gift certificate for Christmas, so I purchased the Walden Farms chocolate dip, marshmallow dip, caramel dip, peanut butter, and chocolate syrup, and the chocolate dip was the only one that I could put into my mouth without gagging. I’d have to say that the peanut butter and the marshmallow dip were the worst of all of the items. And the worst part? I was so excited to get the items that I wasted a gazillion bucks on expedited shipping!

    The texture of the items was the same – a gelatin-like mass of…I don’t know. I figured that perhaps if I could smooth out the texture, they would be more palatable. I spooned each of them out into small bowls and stirred them up with a spoon. The texture evened out okay, and was somewhat more palatable after that, but good god, I simply could not get used to the taste!

    The marshmallow, upon removing the cover, exuded this smell that I recognized but could not quite place. It smelled like something you would find in a craft store. Food should not smell like that. When I tasted it, it had this odd salty taste, rather than sweet, as did the caramel dip.

    I spent 40 bucks in total, and 20 minutes after receiving my long-awaited items, they are sitting in the trash can.

    Do not waste your money on this.

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  • Ronnie

    I stumbled into the Walden Farms brand by sheer accident while looking for a low carb dressing that would add a little taste to my Adkins menu. While the dressings do seem a little “runny”, they do quite well for their intended purpose. I absolutly love the spicy BBQ sauce and use it all the time now. I hope to add other Walden Farm products to my diet as I continue my trek towards a healthier lifestyle and continued weight loss.

    Reply
  •  BEST TASTING PRODUCTS EVER .
    silvia (Verified User)

    You know ! If you are trying to lose weight,nothing is going to tast the same as what u r used to.I have tryed Waldens Blue Cheese and many other products of theres. AND I have found them to be top of the line counting cals and tast : texture is NOT BAD :in fact I was so impressed by the tast that ,the testure went down like gooooodd!Really!! WEIGH THE THE ODDS :YOU CANT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO! and if u want your cake and eat it too ! GET WALDENS
    BEST TASTING PRODUCTS EVER . THANK YOU WALDENS. PS. LET ME KNOW WHEN U MAKE CHIPS WITH NO CALS SO I CAN EAT CHIPS AND SALSA IN FRONT OF MY TV ,LOL, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .. LOVE CB MAC

    Reply
    • Christy

      I agree, for having ZERO calories (or even trace amounts) these products taste just fine. There is no way I would expect them to taste the same as a full-calorie version, that would be ridiculous of me. I’d say they are definitely worth it. I’m not a big fan of the bacon ranch dressing or the fruit spreads per se, but I can definitely live with the others.

      Reply
  •  the product isn't cheap
    Chaplain Lily Kerr (Verified User)

    I’m an ex-marketing and promo person, and I hate to burst your bubble, BUT… your marshmallow dip is about the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth – and I’ve had an awful lot of things in there over the years. I’ll eat just about anything. I don’t know about the rest of your products, but I’ll be returning this to my Publix as well, here in Naples, because the product wasn’t cheap, as you know. It’s like, slimy, waxy, no taste at all – not even sweet, heavy. I know what it reminds me of! Putty you put around the tub. When I opened it, and put a spoon in it, I was alone and I could feel my eyes scrunching like in a squint, and I feel that way now writing to you. Your salad dressings have a bit of that slime, putty feel, but I can get a couple of them down and do buy them. I’ll bet this was a tug of war in the R&D room. Whoever said, “don’t,” ought to get a promotion. I vote the boss said, “go with it,” and nobody wanted to tell him the truth in love. Well, I will. Blessings. 🙂

    Reply