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24 Nov 2010, Comments (0)

P.O.P. Candy

Author: Healthnuttxo


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Mmmm. Candy.
While I can’t say that I hate candy (that would be lying), I CAN say that I don’t appreciate it when there are trans fats, artificial flavors, preservatives or other additives and fillers in candy. I think it takes the “sweet” part out of eating a “sweet treat”.

But, with P.O.P. Candy, their candy is all natural, and the ingredient list for the things I tried really isn’t even that long. I got to try several of the Butter Crunches, along with the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar that P.O.P. Candy sent me to try for free. While I can’t say they are necessarily healthy, I do think they are a better option than some candies that may have not-so-good for you ingredients.

Anyway….On to the taste!

I tried the following Butter Crunch samples- Almond, Rosemary Almond, P.O.P. Mix, Pistachio and Pecan. Each of the crunches had generally the same sweet base/flavor, with variety with the add-ins, such as the nuts. They were crunchy, but not so hard like it was hard to bite on. They were sweet, buttery, and smooth, and left a very rich feel in the mouth. The Almond variety had a nice toasted almond flavor, that also added a little bit of crunch. The P.O.P. Mix was one of my favorites, sweet salty, with also a slight burnt nut flavor, but tasty! The Pistachio tasted slightly sweeter than the rest, and the Pecan variety had buttery and crunchy nuts. Of the 5 samples I was sent, I didn’t like the Rosemary Almond flavor- it had a little bit of too strong of a rosemary flavor for my preferences.

Then I tried the Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar. All I could say was deeeeeee-licious! It wasn’t a very typical granola bar, as I coulnd’t really break it easily with my hands or pull it apart. It had the sweet buttery crunch, with crunchy nuts and then chewy pieces of fruit. What I didn’t detect, really, was any granola or any chai tea flavor (?). I was confused, but I still really enjoyed it. The raisins were plump, juicy and sweet, and the nuts added the saltiness and a nice crunch.

Overall, the butter crunches as a whole I would give 4 stars, but the Rosemary Almond flavor would get 2 stars. The Chai Tea Granola Pecan Bar would also get 4. The reason the butter crunches and the granola bar do not get 5 stars is, obviously, they are candy so they are not the most nutritious things one could be eating. But, I think it’s fine in moderation! 🙂

I didn’t have access to every nutritional information, but I was sent the information for the Almond Butter Crunch.

57 grams is 330 calories, 25 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Almonds, Butter (cream, salt), Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup (Organic Brown Rice, Pure Filtered Water), Salt.

28 May 2010, Comments (1)

Nutridel Pecan and Almond Cookies

Author: Healthnuttxo

Nutridel is a great brand that makes all natural, delicious cookies. These “cookies” are different than your typical chocolate chip, or sugary treat. They are filled with yummy nuts, seeds and grains, and don’t contain any refined sugar!

I tried the Oatmeal and Flaxseed varieites of the Nutridel cookies once before, but the folks over at Nutridel also sent me the Almond and Pecan flavors to try. Well- let me tell you, I LOVE THESE TWO FLAVORS! Thanks a bunch for sending me them, Nutridel, because I am now officially HOOKED!

Each cookie is flat, crunchy and about the size of a CD. You can see bits and pieces of nuts or seeds in each cookie. They all contain fiber, antioxidants, and are free of eggs, dairy, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. Sounds like my kind of cookie 😉

Almond- a pleasant almond aroma, this one has actual big slivers of almond throughout the cookie. Absolutely delicious. The almond flavor is so nice, you can even detect the “almond essences” listed in the ingredient list. Lightly sweet, but still very enjoyable.

Pecan- oh, wow, YUM! This is my favorite flavor. It has a buttery rich taste of pecans, with an almost fruity aftertaste. You can taste the light sweetness of the molasses as well. Satisfyingly crunchy and absolutely great.

Overall, I really love these 2 flavors. I give them 5 stars. Since I got my samples, I’ve already bought a few boxes of the Pecan and Almond flavors off of the website. Really, these cookies cannot be beat. Low sugar, high fiber, and made with whole wheat flour and all the good stuff! I like having these with yogurt, and I crumble them up on top of my “chocolate muffin/pudding sundae” for a nutritious boost and healthy crunch!

1 cookie is 59 calories, 1-2 grams of fat, 14 carbohydrates, 1.5-2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Almond- Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Amaranth, Almonds, Molasses, Sunflower Oil and Natural Almond Essences.

Pecan- Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Amaranth, Pecans, Molasses, Sunflower Oil and Natural Pecan Essence.

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