It's Always the Fine Print

I confessed long ago to having a deep love for the Little Debbie Swiss Roll. They are, however, the proverbial horse I rode in on, and so I have avoided them for two years and counting. It’s not that I can’t have them as an occasional splurge, but more that I would rather spend my splurge calories on something more grand. Like cake!


But that doesn’t mean I don’t still want a Swiss Roll from time to time. Thus, you can imagine my delight when presented with this while I was out shopping running important errands this morning:

Okay, so it’s not Little Debbie. It’s still a SWISS ROLL and it’s only 100 calories! That’s perfect!

Well, maybe not perfect. Even in my salivating glee, I couldn’t help but notice the phrase “6 Twin Pack Snack Cakes.” [emphasis mine]

I flipped the box over, mouth suddenly dry, praying harder than I did during the last round of thunderstorms, that this didn’t mean what I feared. But nooooo, it’s true! The ‘100 calorie’ label applies to one roll only! {sob!}

Now most people would wonder why this was such a big friggin’ deal, but YOU–my kindred spirits in oversnacking–understand that there is a 0.00-0.05% chance that I could ever open that twin-pack and eat only one Swiss Roll. Some of you would even understand the likelihood that the Tippy Toe guideline for 100 calorie snacks, which is ‘one or two per week, if you absolutely MUST’, would go right out the window. I’m guessing I’d be good for two twin packs per day. And that’s not the way I want to live.

So the Swiss Rolls are still at the store, and it’s back to Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Nuggets for me. Two per day, maximum. It’s the perfect serving size, actually, and I haven’t gone over once. One bag lasted me over 3 months. {pats self on back}

The moral of the story? Same as always: Drink your water. Move your body. Read the labels.

Especially the fine print.