March 9, 2010
Skinny on calories, (somewhat) light on flavor

Thumbnail image for skinnycow.jpgSkinny Cow, a line of low-fat ice cream sandwiches and bars by Dreyers Grand Ice Cream, has launched two new flavors of its truffle bars and sent The Bee some to try out.

It took about 1 minute to empty both boxes.

The new flavors include white mint and caramel, both of which are drizzled with chocolate.

I thought the white mint was light and refreshing, like the low-calorie love child of an Andes Mint and a Peppermint Patty.

Others, however, weren't fans.

"It was 'OK,' a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5," one coworker said. "...It didn't taste very minty; the flavor was very subtle (almost non-existent). I think it may be because it didn't smell like mint and that flavor is linked pretty close to its scent. The chocolate coating helped ... But with so few calories, it would be satisfying while on a summer diet."

I had high hopes for the caramel, since chocolate and caramel are one of my favorite flavor pairings, but found the truffle bar's flavor too sweet.

But for 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber per serving - just 2 points if you follow Weight Watchers - the ice cream would definitely help keep my hand out of the cookie jar.

Another writer thought the caramel bar was "tasty" and said he wished he had let it thaw a bit more (the bars came to our office packed in dry ice, so were hard as hockey pucks upon arrival).

He was a bit troubled by the ingredients, however.

"There were a few too many things with ingredients that had words of four, five and more syllables," he wrote. "For me, I'm more concerned about that than calories, but I would probably eat it once in a while, if offered."

The new flavors are available in stores and run about $4.99 to $5.29 per box of six bars.For more information about Skinny Cow ice cream and flavors, go to the product's Web site.

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