Zero Calorie Spreads? Peanut, Chocolate & Cinnamon Raisin..... Big Fail
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. In this case, I should have known better after reading the review of the product by Taralynn McNitt on Undressed Skeleton - one of my favorite bloggers. I should have trusted her. However, I was trapped, I was drawn in by the good website, by the zero calorie spreads, by recipes and by the gimmicky logo of "save 10,000 calories a month the Walden Way". So, I put in the order and got one of each zero calorie spread from Walden Farms. They have more than just spreads, they also have bbq sauces, salad dressings etc, but I decided to stick with their peanut, chocolate and cinnamon raisin spread.
The intent. To put on my rice cakes in the morning. To mix into my smoothies. To add into my frozen yogurts, to mix with cool whip at night for pudding like products. I had high expectations --- I got others excited.
The product arrived the day we left on our road trip, so I was forced to leave the box at home and wait three weeks until we got home to taste this new product.
First attempt:Eating with a spoon straight out of the jar.
Result:Absolute fail. Disgusting. The texture is what got me. Almost like a gelatin, and the aftertaste....I can't even put to words what the after taste was.
Second attempt:Mix with some PB2 and add to rice cakes.
Result:Even PB2 couldn't mask the taste. The cinnamon raisin was acceptable. I didn't hate it, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy the product just for this use. And then, my cynical brain was wondering how it was zero calorie if there were chunks of raisins in each scoop and then I started to think crazy thoughts about how the raisins were also fake substances of gelatin and thoroughly grossed myself out.
Third attempt:Make a dessert. At this point, I figure, why not make a dessert that is normally pretty high in calories and that could be frozen. The goal was, find a low calorie dessert option and I figured the freezing part would help with my texture issues. I found a recipe for frozen peanut butter popcorn balls and decided this was going to work!
Result:Also, an epic fail. However, I did spend a lot of effort finding a good recipe for popcorn peanut butter balls, so will at least share this for those that might want to make with real peanut butter. And for those of you still reading this, why not enjoy in my failed attempt a little longer. If anyone out there makes this recipe and can get it to work please let me know as I do believe popcorn balls sound delicious!
4 cups air popped popcorn (4 tlbs of kernels)
Zero calorie spread (4 tlbs)
Coconut, shredded (2 tbls)
Cocoa Powder (1 tbs)
Agave Syrup (1/8 cup)
Miniature Marshmallows (1 cup)
Make the popcorn and set aside
Mix together all of the ingredients in a sauce pan (except the popcorn)
Out of freezer. No bars here. Just a mess. At this point, I was like, ok, it could still be a delicious crumble on yogurt or something? Then I tasted it. YUCK. Into the garbage it went. Nobody is perfect, and zero calorie spread is far from it.