Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Enlightened Peanut Butter Low Fat Ice Cream Bar

[New for 2014] I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I would like to try ENLIGHTENED, "the good-for-you ice cream". I had contemplated buying these as they started popping up at Shaws and Whole Foods, but I just wasn't sure which flavor I should try first. Their current line up is made up for 5 bars and two sandwiches. All the treats are low cal, low fat, low sugar, high fiber, and with no artificial sweetener. Yes, all that and it's still technically ice cream. ENLIGHTENED did ask if I could try their new Peanut Butter flavor first if I was able to, and well, I was able to. Here we go!

Enlightened Peanut Butter Low Fat Ice Cream Bar

Wow.... not what I was expecting. How many temperature cycles has this poor treat gone through? Man that is unappetizing looking. At least it smells like a peanut butter cookie! [the second bar looked somewhat better]

I take a bite... and maybe I need to let it tempter for a few more minutes.

Uggg, I'm not even sure it's fair to review this sample. The outer 1/4" is one consistency and the inside is distinctly another... unless that is just the way it's tempering.... Hold on, let me try eating this another way (like a pudding pop rather than biting it). Ahhh, yeah, that's better, but, well, now I wish these were more of the shape of a classic pudding pop rather this larger form factor.

Yeah, I really don't know what to make of this treat, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I tend to be pretty cranky so you guys know I would toss this if it was really bad. Instead, I'm intrigued and press on.

Regular peanut butter has that naturally fiber-like texture to it, so it's a good match up for a bar like this. It's not a super strong flavor, it's more like a mild peanut butter cream rather than straight peanut butter. It's definitely not a run of the mill flavor.

On Second Scoop: Ok, I took a quick bite before tempering to check the texture and indeed the bar's texture is now uniform. While the inside had one texture yesterday, that same texture is now the whole bar, so I guess we are waiting. I was trying to overlook it yesterday, but the thing that is bugging me most is the sugar replacement in these things. While many people don't even notice it, I tend to be overly sensitive to replacement sugar, whether it be real or artificial. The way it hits your tastebuds just isn't the same and it can be hard for me to overlook. The overall flavor isn't bad, I actually find the peanut butter cream flavoring rather novel, but I'm still trying to settle in to the overall vibe of this bar.

Verdict? Ok, I need feedback here. I'm not positive if I got an off box or not. Let me know if you've tried these, what you think of them, and which flavor I should try next. Thanks!

   

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I had one that didn't go through a million temperature cycles! I like the texture and creaminess of the bar, but I wish the peanut butter flavor was more present. I'm a huge PB addict!

stride4unit E said...

I just tried Yasso's Vanilla Bean Greek Frozen Yogurt Bar. They also carry a peanut butter cup flavor, which I think you should review for us and then compare it to this! Peanut butter ice cream is my favorite food, so this Enlightened bar sounds pretty amazing!

John said...

I really like Enlightened but they do take a while to temper. Definitely try the Mint sandwiches next, but throw them in the microwave if you dont want to wait.

Dubba said...

@Sarah: can you have too much pb flavor? I dont think you can

@Stride: I'm not sure I've seen the PB flavor, but I'll look!

@John: Mint? I can do that

ncgirl said...

I would love to be able to try these, but can't find them locally (yet). A little bit envious :)

Anonymous said...

Just had a coffee one tonight. Definitely mild on the coffee flavor but I didn't mind. Much easier to locate than Halo Top!