Let’s face it, dieting is hard. While being on a diet I often deprive myself of sugar and sweets, and boy do I have a big sweet tooth! While shopping for crackers at my local Fred Meyer store I spotted boxes of Skinny Cow and they called my name. I mean, candy on a diet? That sounded too good to be true, and boy did those little morsels look delicious.
Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters were available in milk chocolate and dark chocolate, but I chose the dark chocolate variety because dark chocolate is supposed to be good for the heart. Hey, I am not only going to indulge in a guilt free chocolate treat, but I am helping my heart at the same time, it was a win win!
The box retailed for $3.00, and consisted of six pouches of “Crunchy crisps and creamy caramel drenched in dark chocolate”. This product is made by Nestle, and my box read “New!” in the upper right hand corner. It also states that each pouch of candy contains only 120 calories. (Other brands of “Turtle Candy” contain as many as 170-260 calories per serving).
Looking at the picture of the Skinny Cow Dark Chocolate Dreamy Clusters they reminded me of those amazing chocolate caramel candies called Turtles. The picture showed five pieces of candy, the front piece measuring almost 2″ in diameter, with the other pieces measuring 1 1/2″ and 1 1/8″ in diameter. I couldn’t wait to get home and taste these delightful looking morsels.
Each pouch is foil lined and seems to be made of some sort of plastic. As shown on the box, there are indeed five very small clusters of Skinny Cow Dark Chocolate Dreamy Clusters in each pouch. However, I ws shocked at the miniature size of these clusters! They measure between 1″ and 1 1/4′ in diameter, pretty darn small.
As far as taste, these aren’t too bad. If I bite into them with my teeth and pull the candy away from my mouth the caramel does ooze out, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of caramel in the small pieces. What I noticed more than the caramel was the crispy texture of what tasted like rice creal. These clusters reminded me of a Nestle Crunch Bar. The dark chocolate flavor was actually pretty good, not as sweet as milk chocolate. My taste test gives the Skinny Cow Dark Chocolate Dreamy Clusters two thumbs up.
Price wise these are a bit expensive. The box contains 6 pouches and each pouch contains 5 clusters. Since I paid $3.00 (on sale), that means each cluster cost 10 cents. A candy bar fills me up more than one of these pouches does. Since I am on the Weight Watchers diet, I really appreciate the fact that Nestle lists each pouch at 2 Weight Watchers points. They are sweetened with sugar and erythritol (a naturally derived sugar substitute).
One pouch contains (as of 8/3/11) 120 calories, 6 grams of fat (3.5 saturated and 0 trans fat), 5 mg of cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 20 grams of carhohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein. I guess these treats are more than simple “empty calories’ like most candy bars, since they do provide some protein and fiber. Overall I would recommend these for any dieter, but watch for sales because I find them on the expensive side.