Friday, March 15, 2013

SnackWell's

You may have noticed that I've been on a bit of a snack food kick lately.  Chips, pretzels, snack bars, popcorns, etc.  All that "junk food" that I haven't had in years, has suddenly been super appealing to me.  I don't really know why.

But anyway, in an attempt to be somewhat healthier in my crazy snack food consumption, I recently checked out a bunch of SnackWell's products.  They all come pre-portioned, so you aren't as likely to devour a giant bag of them.  Except ... I didn't find any of the packs to be large enough, and just started opening multiple bags at a time and pouring them into a big jar.  If you are someone who has some restraint and can eat just a tiny package of these, then I can imagine the portioning to be a feature.

I tried several of the most dessert-like items: the drizzled caramel popcorns and the coated pretzels.  They were pretty decent!
Cinnamon Creme Drizzled Caramel Popcorn.
Wow, this really impressed me!

The popcorn was crunchy, not soggy like so many packaged popcorns.  The caramel popcorn itself was sweet and tasty, but the cinnamon creme drizzle pushed it over the top.  So much flavor.  It was exactly as advertised, strong cinnamon flavor and creamy.

It paired amazingly with a glass of eggnog.  Would try again!

Other tasting notes: [ On its own, this stuff is really just too sweet.  Good with a cup of tea, or with eggnog, but hard to just eat by the handful, too sweet!  (yes, I just said that). ] [ One bag was kinda soggy, not nearly as crispy as the others.  Disappointing! ] [ I had another soggier batch, but put them in the freezer, and mixed them with some salty snacks, to create a really awesome sweet and salty mix.  The freezer crisped them up, and the mix of salty snacks cut the sweetness.  Delicious addition to my mix! ]
White Fudge Drizzled Caramel Popcorn.
After the success of the cinnamon creme drizzled caramel popcorn, I tried another variety, the white fudge drizzled.  The caramel corn was the same, but the white fudge was far less flavorful than the cinnamon creme.  This allowed you to taste the caramel corn more, but I didn't like it as much.  Still a very tasty snack though.
Yogurt Pretzels.
These were just ok.  Fairly standard pretzels with a sorta sweet yogurt coating.  The coating was generous and I liked the sweet and salty combo, but they weren't as good as other brands I've tried.

Or as Ojan put it, "What happened to the yummy ones?"  Of course, he was referring to white chocolate dipped Flipz, not slightly healthier yogurt ones :)
Peanut Butter Pretzels.
The reviews I read of SnackWell's pretzels all said the yogurt ones were better, but I love peanut butter, so I gave these a shot anyway, even though I didn't really like the yogurt ones.

I agreed with everyone else, the yogurt ones were indeed better.  These had some peanut butter flavor, but not very much, it was waxy, and kinda sweet.  You just can't make peanut butter coating low calorie and low-fat, and I think that is what SnackWell's was trying to do.

Definitely would not get again, and neither Ojan nor I wanted to finish all 6 bags that came in package.
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