Product Revew: Skinny Cow Candy

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!

Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters 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.)

My verdict:
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. :)

18 thoughts on “Product Revew: Skinny Cow Candy

  1. Thank you for the feedback on these, Cammy! I have yet to see them, but the photo on the Skinny Cow candy package reminds me of these delicious chocolates I enjoyed as a kid (I think they were called Kady Dids). If I see these candies, I’ll probably give ’em a try, as well. But I know nothing will beat even a small taste of my faves…Milky Way Midnight on this side of the pond and Time Out! in the UK. :-)

  2. I JUST saw these for the first time at WalMart today and almost bought them – but there weren’t any in single serving sizes. Thank you for this review, Cammy. They also had them in wafer bars as well. I’ll look for your review on that (for research purposes) in a future post! lol

  3. Haven’t seen them here…but I think most things arrive in the States well before they get to Canada. The Boss and I had an ugly experience with maltitol and it is nothing we want to repeat.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the review, Cammy! I like small pieces of the “real thing” better, too. (or just diving into my dds’ Easter baskets- but that’s wrong, nutritionally anyway. ;))

  5. Thx mucho for the review! I have not even tried their ice cream – not an ice cream person & can’t handle dairy AND rather have a cookie! 😉
    Malitol – not good for me! I guess back to cookies for me! 😉

  6. I am running the other way! I had to give up on Skinny Cow ice cream bars years ago since I could not eat them in moderation. NO way am I trying this candy!!!

  7. Cammy!

    Thanks for the review. I think I’ll stick with Hershey’s with Almonds. My all time favorite! :)

    That greasy feel, that’s not right!

  8. Thanks for taking one for the team. 😉 I haven’t tried these but I think I’ll stick with the good stuff when cravings hit. I’d rather have a little bit of the real thing than a less satisfying substitute.

  9. I do not like the idea of the Maltitol at all. I don’t think I’d eat that stuff on my hungriest day. Aren’t I lucky?
    I stopped buying the frozen skinny cow stuff because it was too expensive. Regular fudgecicles are only 100 calories each too and are dirt cheap. There’s nothing particularly natural or organic about skinny cow so why bother.
    Gee, I didn’t realize I felt so strongly.
    I’m a firm believer in real food and if I’m going to eat sugar it will be actual sugar by gum.
    Thank you for making the sacrifice for the purpose of sharing knowledge!

  10. I have not seen these in CA. I am with Karen that I had a tendency to eat too many of the Skinny Cow ice cream thingies when I bought them. But thanks so much for putting yourself out there and doing the research!

  11. I have never seen these! But I am with you on the chocolate thing – I hold out for those small quantities of the real deal. Mmmm… dark chocolate, here I come!

  12. OMG giggling at the OILY FEEL comment as Id just picked those up yesterday at the store….and set em back down.

    kinda glad i did :)

  13. Hi Cammy. These haven’t made their way over the border yet – haven’t seen them, but will definitely pick them up and try them on our next cross border grocery excursions. Have a great day.

  14. I had no idea they were getting into the candy business! Some of those sugar alcohols don’t agree with me so thanks for the heads up on the ingredient list.

  15. I was in Walgreens yesterday shopping, I went through the candy section, I was able to resist buying any. The cashier pointed out to me that there was a candy special on the counter. I couldn’t resist then, so I bought 3 packages of candy. I thought oh well I now I might as well go to ahead and blow my day of points. Went to Mc Donalds and got a meal. As I was waiting for my food I ate one of the bags of the peanut clusters. OMG it was YUMMY!
    Then I look at the package and it had Weight Watchers points on it. I had already paid for my food, so needless to say I ate it! So while I was still out I went back to Walgreens and bought 6 more packages of them.
    For anybody on WW pts this candy is a great treat!!

    • Pat I too bought the single serve at Walgreens for 37cent’s a pack,but you better calculate your WW points because the Skinny Cow people made a BIG mistake & put 2pt’s apack on the bag,their really 4pt’s a bag,BIG difference. They used the old W W point’s system.

  16. I love the Skinny Cow candy! My favorite is Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter Flavor. No oily aftertaste or anything weird. It doesn’t taste diet. It’s smooth, it’s great, better than the regular extra fatty candy that most folks are accustomed to. The Peanut Butter flavor is 110 calories. I also like the Dreamy Clusters in Milk Chocolate that you reviewed. They’re wonderful! They taste like a Nestle Crunch bar to me.

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