If you ever take a look at the Walden Farms website, you can see that they have A LOT of calorie free products. Because of this and my propensity for saving calories, you are going to see A LOT of reviews on these products and next on the list is the Caramel Syrup. If there's one thing I love, it is caramel flavored food, so this one was right up my alley. I picked this twelve ounce container up at Kroger for $3.69.
Texturally, this does not compare to actual caramel at all. Actually, it is kind of runny like a lot of Walden Farms products can tend to be. Caramel syrup, while not creamy, does at least have some sort of "body" and gooey-ness to it and this does not have that. Seeing that the syrup on this bottle appears as if it has some body to it, I would almost consider that false advertising, but whatever...I'm not going to split hairs over it, especially when restaurants do this all the time.
In terms of taste compared to regular caramel syrup, I would say that this one is pretty close. While it lacks the body and stickiness of regular caramel syrup, it does have enough of the flavor components to trick you into thinking you are eating actual caramel syrup, which is nice. The one thing this does have though is a slight acidic bite at the end, but when you've had as many Walden products as I have, you get used to that because they all have that bite (some of them have it stronger than others).
Buy It of Fly By It? Definitely BUY IT. I usually put this stuff on oatmeal, ice cream or parfaits and it works great. It is runny and you have to use a bit more than you'd like because of this, but it's really the flavor you are going after here and not really the texture. It's a sacrifice that I'm willing to make in the never ending calorie war.