I don’t often get to use the words skinny and candy in the same sentence, but every now and then you just get lucky.
I’ve tried the Skinny Cow brand of ice cream treats before and enjoyed them, but they never made it to my OMG!-I-must-have-them-again category. Despite my absence, the brand somehow survives and thrives. They’re even expanding into new territory: candy!
I had seen this candy in one of the weekly sale circulars. While I was mildly intrigued, I automatically placed it into the category of over-priced, over-hyped 100-calorie snacks that line the grocery shelves. I have nothing against these products–in fact, I’ve tried many of them in the past–but they don’t fit my budget (see previous comment re: over-priced) or my everyday nutritional goals, so I don’t give them much thought.
Well. As I was waiting to check out at Walgreen’s the other day, I spotted a display of Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters for sale in a single serving! I snapped them up so fast the lady in line ahead of me pulled her sweater closer to offset the breeze. After a quick check of ingredients to make sure there was nothing in there that might kill me (at least not in a single serving), I forked over the $0.80+tax and made a mental note to swap out the two dark chocolate Thin Mints later I’d planned for later in the day for this snack. I justified my impulsiveness by claiming that it was all for research purposes. (The things I do for you people.)
Tasty, but with a little bit of an…oily feel, for lack of a better description, that lingers. I thought it might be because it was milk chocolate, but regular old Hershey bars don’t taste greasy. Um, or so I’ve heard.
Good portion size. I was a bit disappointed to open the package and find 5 teensy clusters, but apparently the Skinny people did some market research, because the size is just about right. In fact, my choco-satiety meter was happy after three clusters. Not that I didn’t eat the other two just because the package was open, but if I’d been at home at the time I ate them, I
probably would have just popped the leftovers in the fridge and enjoyed them later in the day.
Like any commercial chocolate, this one has a bunch of ingredients. One mention-worthy item is maltitol, a sweetener replacement that causes some folks to experience intestinal issues when ingested in abundance. I haven’t noticed any issues with it, personally, but then again, I don’t think I’ve eaten too much of it, either.
Bottom Line: I’ll definitely try the other varieties of the Skinny Cow candy at some point in time, especially the dark chocolate cluster, but it won’t become a pantry staple. I tend to hold out for smaller quantities of real chocolate. Your mileage may vary, of course, and mine may change if any of the other flavors set my chocolate-loving heart afire.
Have you tried the new Skinny Cow candy products? What did you think? Were they yummier to you than to me?
FTC: Hah! This review is wholly uncompensated. In fact, I probably still have the receipt if you’d like to come over here and find it in this mountain of paperwork.
Hmmm…I need to find that receipt. because with this blog entry, that candy is now a deductible business expense.