Walden Farms Zero Calorie Spread

  • Date May 26, 2013
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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 scoop didn't look that bad.

Although you can see a hint of the jello like substance.....

First attempt: 

Eating with a spoon straight out of the jar.


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.


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!


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

I love blue agave syrup

Mix together all of the ingredients in a sauce pan (except the popcorn)

Stir in popcorn

Well my attempt at rolling this batter into balls did not work. They wouldn't stick together. So scrapped that idea and put in a pan with the attempt of making "bars". 

Put in freezer (notice my coolwhip)...intent was to serve these bars with a dollop of coolwhip on top

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. 


Taralynn said...

hahaha, this made me laugh so hard! I loved this post. Reminds me so much of my experiences with...this stuff!! -Taralynn

Erinn Pinky said...

The funny part too is I still have the jars in my fridge as I can't bare to throw it out yet. Somehow I need to get my moneys worth!

Sophie said...

Yuck! I would rather have some high calorie and/or fat but NATURAL spread than this. In the past year I have become increasingly aware of all the chemicals in foods, and as food is supposed to fuel my body and chemicals are not beneficial for me, I don't want them in my foods. Zero calorie does absolutely not mean healthy. And yes, those "raisins" are fake. Even if there would be only one single raisin in that jar, there would be calories in it too. This is actually nothing new though. Some years ago I found a favorite yogurt that had delicious chunks of peach in it. Randomly reading the ingredients one day, I realized that it wasn't peach at all - it was gelatine, colorings, artificial flavorings and sugar. Since then I have been very careful reading ingredients because I refuse to feed my body something entirely useless and potentially dangerous.

Erinn Pinky said...

Sophie, thank you for your feedback and comments. Just having to scroll through the post to write a comment made my stomach turn again at the thought of this product. Sometimes you have to go too far down a path of no calories to realize it is that bad for you. It made me feel sick and was a good awakening for myself to remind me that there is nothing better sometimes than the real stuff. Erinn

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Sarah said...

Yep, if it's too good to be true, it definitely is! I always ask myself... if it's zero calorie, what is it made of? Probably not something I want to be eating. Definitely NOT real food!

Seana Turner said...

I'm with Sarah… it has to be made of something! Such a tempting idea, but after reading this, a reminder to stick with real food:) (stopping in from SITS)

misssrobin said...

It's always nice to get the info without going through the yucky experiment myself. Thanks for trying it out and sharing.

AwesomelyOZ said...

Bah - I hardly like anything zero calorie. It usually does have an after-taste which is a big YUCK. Sounds like a yummy recipe! Happy SITS Day Erinn! -Iva

Christina said...

One of those cases where an extra few minutes on the treadmill is worth the regular peanut butter :-)

The popcorn peanut butter ball recipe looks great. I might try it for my kids on movie night! Thanks for sharing!

Martha Woods said...

Oh well, I guess we all have our one thing that we've tried even though we were convinced it was too good to be true! I would rather have the regular PB and cut back somewhere else. :)

You have a great blog! Enjoy your SITS day!

Keia Lee said...

Ha I was really hoping that I just found a great peanut butter spread but nope! I'm glad you wrote about this to spare me the agony of trying it!
happy SITS Day
Love, Keia

Chris Carter said...

UGH!! That sounds terrible!!! Gosh, I'm so sorry you had to have that bad experience!!

Kimberly H. Smith said...

Well...at least it still looks good. To me, anyway. LOL Visiting from SITS.

Meg Sluyter said...

Eeww, that stuff sounds scary. I will for sure be putting that on the list of things NOT to buy. Stopping by from SITSgirls :)

KelBel said...

This is why I usually go for things high in fat and calories-- I eat less and lose weight as a result!

Mrsteeh said...

So Funny! There are just some tastes, textures and things that Don't Work no matter how hard you try...LOL Great way to post it :D

Marie said...

wow, you gave that stuff your all and it just couldn't cut it!
Marie @
In Our Happy Place

SuperMom Blues said...

Oh my goodness, how funny!! Those Walden products scare me to death - HOW IN THE WORLD can they be zero calories?? It's ... It's IMPOSSIBLE!! I don't even want to know what they put in them ... Thanks for trying it so we don't have to ... ;)

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