I do get random emails now and then asking me to review various products and I haven't found anything I would really like well enough to do a review - until now!
I'm a subscriber to Penny's Low Fat Desserts newsletter and in the last one she was asking people with blogs if they would like to receive samples to try and review on their blogs. I couldn't send off an email fast enough! Just a couple of days later they arrived!!
In February I was in Whole Foods and they were having a chocolate fair and giving out samples - one of the product samples was the most wonderful chocolate peanut butter cookie and I bought a couple after trying them, but since them each time I go into Whole Foods they are out (shows you how good they are!!)
Penny sent me 5 samples - Almond Poppy seed Muffin Top, Carrot Raisin Muffin Top, Toffee Cinnamon Cookie (no sugar added), Chocolate peanut butter cookie and a White chocolate Cranberry cookie. (the nutrition info is at the bottom of my post)
I had the Toffee Cinnamon cookie first and it was so good! I heeded Penny's advice and warmed it in the microwave just a tad and it was warm and very tasty! - I would not have guessed it was no sugar added!
Next up was the Chocolate Peanut butter cookie - I knew I would love this one since it was the one I had already tried, but again warmed it in the microwave for a few seconds and it was sinful!! The cookies are all very good size and this is a very indulgent treat for only two points! I was thinking it would be a great recovery treat after a long run or walk with a cup of milk! Yum!!!
Now the next three I went into having my reservations - each of them had flavors that I'm not crazy about but I figured I would eat them and honestly give my opinion about them....
The White Chocolate Cranberry cookie was next on my list to try and I'm not a fan of cranberries, but this was delish! The balance of white chocolate to cranberry was perfect and just enough - where I wouldn't have even tried it, now if I saw it on the shelf I would definitely buy it!
The Almond Poppy seed muffin top was moist and I didn't add anything to it, just ate it plain - it really didn't need anything - again here - not a fan of poppy seeds but I got over that when I tasted the muffin - hard to describe the flavor - but it was wonderful!! Warmed up in the microwave and served with my coffee, it held me over until the time I normally eat my snack which was another unexpected perk since the muffin top is only 1 point!
And last but not least - Carrot-Raisin Muffin top - I'm not a fan of carrot muffins, cake etc... and I'm not a fan of raisins and I was all prepared to not like this muffin at all - boy was I surprised! I was perfectly spiced, moist with just the right amount of everything! I heated it up and again ate it with my morning coffee and it too got me to snack time. I would have to say that after sampling it - it is my favorite (unless I could get away with eating the chocolate peanut butter cookie for breakfast!)
I also especially like that they are a local company - In Grass Valley only about an hour from where I'm at. I can picture Penny in her kitchen whipping up a batch of cookies and mailing them out to people everywhere! Penny's Website is http://www.pennyslowfatdesserts.com - it is worth the trip to check out their muffin tops and cookies!
As promised here is the nutrition information for the 5 products I sampled - along with the points value as well!
Almond Poppyseed Muffin Top - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 110, Fat Cal 5, Total Fat 1g , Saturated Fat .5g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 200mg, Total Carb 25g, Fiber 4g, Protein 2g, = 1 point
Carrot-Raisin Muffin Top - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 110, Fat Cal 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 240mg, Total Carb 27g, Fiber 4g, Protein 2g, = 1 point
Toffee Cinnamon Cookie (No Sugar Added) - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 2 oz (56g), Amount/Serv: Calories 100, Fat Cal 20, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 15mg, Sodium 200mg, Total Carb 33g, Fiber 6g, Protein 3g = 1 point
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 1.8 oz (52g), Amount/Serv: Calories 150, Fat Cal 25, Total Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 160mg, Total Carb 38g, Fiber 7g, Sugars 18g, Protein 3g, = 2 Points
White Chocoalte Cranberry Cookie - NUTRITION FACTS: Serv Size: 1.8 oz (52g), Amount/Serv: Calories 150, Fat Cal 20, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Transfat 0g Cholest. 0g, Sodium 140mg, Total Carb 39g, Fiber 7g, Protein 2g, = 2 Points
Disclaimer: Author of this blog received samples of the products for a review.