Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nestle Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp

Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Peanut ButterI don’t follow ice cream much, I can’t eat that much dairy and if I’m going to have some I’ll make it cheese. But I have seen a line of low calorie ice cream products called Skinny Cow (this concoction used to be called ice milk, which was an accurate description, but the FDA later caved and allowed it to be called low fat ice cream). Personally I’m put off by the appearance of emaciated & bony cows. It reminds me of images of drought and famine; it’s never something I would think any farmer would cultivate nor something I would associate with a healthy choice. The frozen dairy line is made by Dreyer’s, which is owned by Nestle.

The natural extension of removing calories and virtually all of the actual cream from a product that contains the word cream within its name would be to tackle chocolate. The Skinny Cow confectionery line was introduced a couple of months ago with four products. I’ll tackle their Heavenly Crisp bars today. They look and sound like they might be chocolate, but do not in fact contain any of the stuff. They come in two flavors, Milk Chocolate Flavor and Peanut Butter Flavor. I was given a sample of the milk chocolate version a few months back was honestly wasn’t that interested based on the packaging. But then I saw the whole line at the grocery store last weekend, especially the Peanut Butter Flavor and thought I’d give it a try.

Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter

The Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter looks more like a nutrition bar than a candy bar (though there isn’t much nutrition in there either). The package itself is small, thin and light. The bar is only .77 ounces and the package says that it’s only 110 calories. There’s an accurate depiction of a cross section of the bar and lots of female friendly swoops and curves along with pink accents.

The bar is 4.5” long and 1” wide. It’s also quite thin, at less than a half an inch.

Skinny Cow Peanut Butter Bar

The bar smells good, like peanut butter and sugar, a little like the center of a Butterfinger bar. The bite is crisp and crunchy, the wafers are flavorless, but light and dissolve quickly. The cream between the layers is a salty and smooth peanut butter concoction. The chocolate coating, well, that’s a chocolate flavored coating along with a few ribbons of something yellow that I’m guessing is actually made with peanut butter. The coating melts quickly and has very little flavor that’s able to shine above the peanut butter. It’s sweeter than the peanut butter center, and of course the lighter, creamy texture provides a nice blanket to the rest of the elements.

The combination is quite tasty. There’s a lot of texture and the thinness of the bar means that there are lots of bites to it. For 110 calories, it feels like there’s more to it than a single finger of a Twix which is about the same calories. But let’s not kid ourselves, there’s not much to this, it’s mostly air. The calories per ounce are on par with any other chocolate candy out there, including most actual chocolate candies like Snickers bars, Twix or just plain chocolate.

Nestle Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp

The Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Flavor Heavenly Crisp package looks similar to the peanut butter, naturally. I only had one bar of this to try, as it was a sample that I received before they were on store shelves.

The package describes it as delicate wafers layered with delicious milk chocolate creme. It makes no mention of the outer coating, and why would it, it’s mockolate. The ingredients for this bar are dismal for a diet food:

Sugar, Wheat Flour, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Nonfat Milk, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, High Oleic Canola And/Or Sunflower Oil, Chicory Root Fiber, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Maltodextrin, Milk, And 1.5% Or Less Of: Baking Soda, Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Vegetable Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, Sorbitan Tristearate), Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, TBHQ to Protect Flavor, Ground Peanuts.

Nestle Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp

The chocolate coating is a little cool on the tongue and very quick to melt. In fact, the melting was such as problem that it was hard to photograph and even hold in order to eat without becoming a sticky mess. The flavor is like a chocolate pudding, more on the milky side, but still with enough of a cocoa punch to be discernible.

It was less satisfying than the Peanut Butter Flavor for some reason. It might have been that it was more sweet or that it has half of the protein.

I really resent portion control sold for premium prices, especially when the ingredients here are so convoluted from actual wholesome and tasty real ones. There’s really no reason not to use real chocolate here if overall health is the goal. Even though there’s added fiber in these bars (that’s the chicory root fiber that’s also called inulin sometimes), there’s only 1 gram per portion. A portion of 70% dark chocolate with the same number of calories has about the same amount of fiber anyway. And real chocolate is usually only four ingredients and usually half the price of this stuff per pound.

So here’s my suggestion. Eat stuff with better ingredients. Try the Q.Bel Wafer Rolls (they’re actually a little lower in calories per ounce plus all natural, about the same price and actually taste better). Trader Joe’s has some great portion control chocolate (the little Belgian Bars or even a 100 calorie Chocolate bar). Or just buy mini KitKats or Pretzel M&Ms.

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Name: Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Milk Chocolate Flavored
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silver Lake)
Price: $.99 retail
Size: .77 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Categories: Candy, Nestle, Cookie, Kosher, Mockolate, 5-Pleasant, United States

Name: Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Peanut Butter
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silver Lake)
Price: $4.29
Size: 4.65 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Categories: Candy, Nestle, Cookie, Kosher, Mockolate, Peanuts, 6-Tempting, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:47 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewNestleCookieKosherMockolatePeanuts5-Pleasant6-TemptingUnited States

  1. Aw, I still had these from the Candy Expo and was pretty interested to try them, but now I’m not as excited. Although, I will say, I do love their ice cream sandwiches, so I can deal with average bars.

    Comment by Lisa on 6/15/11 at 4:45 pm #
  2. I just ate one 10 minutes before seeing this blog entry!

    Much similar in taste to the Little Debbie Nutty Bar, though much thinner.

    I benefit from portion control, and not being real chocolate doesn’t set off my inner chocolate monster, so this is a satisfying, safer treat for me.

    The Qbels are a better overall product, but harder to find in my area (and more expensive).

    Comment by theatrenut on 6/15/11 at 5:02 pm #
  3. As it’s my last name, please correct the spelling of “Dreyer’s” - I always say I’m a an ice cream brand, not an appliance!

    (No relation that I am aware of, BTW.)

    Comment by Elizabeth Dreyer on 6/15/11 at 8:51 pm #
  4. The picture of that cow on the packaging is Just. Disturbing.

    Comment by Alix on 6/16/11 at 11:43 am #


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