Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Klondike Bar - No Sugar Added Vanilla

[By Nick] I never really realized how many different sugar free/no sugar added products there are on the market nowadays. Ever since my positive experiences with Clemmy’s, I’ve been more open to seek out these options in the freezer isle. I noticed that the folks over at Klondike make a couple of their iconic bars in no sugar added versions. So with my new found curiosity and some requests for more no sugar added products, I picked up a package of their vanilla no sugar added bars.

I do remember seeing these come in a box a while ago but I do like the change to the tradition Klondike packaging. I never liked separate packaging for different subsets of products. For those who can no longer have the original varieties, I can imagine them feeling excluded with the old packaging. With the switch, if you didn’t read the name you would think it was just a normal old Klondike bar.

The same holds true when you remove the bar from the wrapper. There’s really nothing different visually from the original bar. Cutting it in half, the shell does seem to be not as thick though. Taking a bite, the first and only thing you taste is the chocolate shell. From what I remember, it is very reminiscent of the regular bar and has a nice crunch even with the lack of thickness. The problem here is the vanilla ice cream because it is basically tasteless. Even sampling it alone, you can only barely get a hint of vanilla flavor. I know what you’re saying, “it’s has no sugar added, what did you expect?” Well seeing as Clemmy’s Vanilla Bean was really good; I was expecting a decent amount of vanilla flavor. Seriously, Klondike has no excuse for using such a bland vanilla ice cream when Clemmy’s can do it. As for the texture, it’s not as dense as a normal Klondike bar but at least it still had a bit of creaminess to it.

If you have some sort of dietary restriction where you couldn’t have sugar, I would recommend these for the nostalgic flavor of the shell. If only the vanilla flavor wasn’t nonexistent, I would have no problem recommending this bar to anyone looking to cut their sugar intake. As is though, I’d rather just eat half a normal bar and cut the sugar that way.

Verdict?  Tasty shell, bland ice cream
Buy Again?  Nope


Adam said...

I used to eat NSA ice cream stuff. Then I learned how sugar plays such an important role in the freezing process, and realized how much smoother ice cream is without gums, and how much better my guts feel now that they're not trying to process SAs. If you're looking for a good low sugar ice cream, I'd suggest French Vanilla. It's typically the lowest sugar regular ice cream due to the egg yolks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a NSA review Nick! Now I know to skip these.

I buy the Clemmy's because of your review and always enjoy it.


Nick Rovo said...

Adam, I have no need to reduce my sugar intake. I just like branching out and trying things other might be interested in knowing about.

Beth, no problem! Any other nsa products you would like for me to give a try?

jrdunn said...

if you can find klems no sugar added cookies and cream frozen yogurt I really recommend it. Tastes pretty close to regular ice cream to me

Nick Rovo said...

Jrdunn, klems? I can't seem to find anything about them online. Could you please link me to the product you're talking about?