Sunday, November 30, 2008

Treat of the Week:
PhillySwirl Fudge Swirl Stix

Our treat of the week comes to us courtesy of an evening run to super Walmart. We actually picked out a treat yesterday, but it's so hard to go by the freezer section and not pick SOMETHING. My daughter really wanted those pops that look like giant M&Ms, but at 12 grams of saturated fat, I decided we should hold off. Well, hold off is the wrong word: I did say no, but it was followed by "these look cool, how about we try these instead?" Don't worry, at some point we will try the M&Ms.

Now the package is very attractive on these pops. You see 3 very well swirled treats and the words "99% fat free" and "57 calories". I love ice cream, but there's nothing wrong with mixing in low cal snacks, especially when you've already had 3 slices of dessert earlier in the day. So I pop open the box and see 12 treats before me, all wrapped in clear plastic. Not only that, but they are labeled. How many times have you opened up a mixed bag of treats (cough)popsicles(cough) and not had the foggiest which is which?

Ok, after being impressed by the packaging, the reality train comes slamming into the picture. What in the world is before me? This looks nothing like the pretty picture. Where's my perfect blend of vanilla and fudge? I'm trying not to let it bother me, but talk about a horrible first impression. Ok, breathe, and go in for the taste test, that's what really matters. Diagnosis? sorry, having trouble finding the flavor, give me a couple more bites. The problem is, when you make a pretty FAKE picture, the buyer is led into believing that they'll get alternating bites of vanilla and fudge. Instead, it's just one boring, messy, unfun, unamusing flavor. Exaggerating? I washed it down with a bowl of Frosted Rice Krispies.

There are 3 flavors in the box, so let's hope for better results next time.

Nutrition: 57 / 0(1%) / 0 / 1

Current 2014 Packaging (courtesy of Phillyswirl)

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