My mom used to make frosting like this. It tastes a bit like marshmallows and yes, it is sweet because 1) it's frosting and 2) it has sugar in it. But, it's not nearly as sweet as buttercream or frosting in a can. I think the taste is great, but I suppose it's all about personal preference.
If yours came out runny, I would chalk it up to baker error. Your bowl and beaters must be totally clean with absolutely no greasy residue. Egg whites cannot have even a drop of yolk in them. If they do, they will not form peaks.
With sugar syrup, you can't cook it too long or else it will start forming a crust. Pouring the syrup close to the side of the bowl helps incorporate the syrup gradually.
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My mom used to make frosting like this. It tastes a bit like marshmallows and yes, it is...