Uh oh. Did I just encourage that plush infant child to think skinny when I know dang well that baby fat is cute? Toys come alive when we are not looking, so my apologies for sending the wrong message to that baby.
thinkThin Bites start off confusing and wrong because the packaging is whacked. I thought I was getting mini Oreo-ish cookies like the box made me think, but what’s really inside are 5 individually wrapped 1.5-inch by 2-inch thick rectangles – about half the size of a standard granola bar.
I bitched for half a second because I wanted to test some cookies, but upon activating the death grip bite of my chewing jaw, I totally changed my mind.
This thing has 5 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar, yet it’s frightfully delicious in a greedy dessert kind of way. The Cookies and Cream version has a sugar free white chocolate coating, a moist & chewy chocolate center that is reminiscent of a brownie, and sporadic pieces of soy crisps (but there needs to be more of those). It also has ingredients like chocolate liquor, cocoa power, and rice flour.
The bitching is definitely over.
This is a delicacy, people. It melts in your mouth and delivers lovely flavor to your taste buds. The toned-down sweetness is achieved through sugar alcohol, which (according to About.com’s health experts) has less impact on blood sugar, contributes less calories per gram, and does NOT promote tooth decay. About.com’s explanation of sugar alcohol is well worth reading.
Never mind the minor chalky aftertaste that you may or may not notice. It’s not enough to whine about – nothing major to report. At 100 calories per bar thinkThin Bites are a sensible sweet snack for sugar sludge slaves, gluten free ghouls, and hungry midnight zombies.
thinkThin is smart. And genius. And I’m eating more.
THINK THIN NOTES
- Price Paid: $3.99 at Trader Joe’s
- Calories: 100
- Fat Calories: 35
- Total Fat: 4g
- Sat. Fat: 1.5g
- Sodium: 65mg
- Carbs: 8g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 0g
- Sugar Alchol: 5g
- Protein: 5g
…also in Chocolate Toffee and White Chocolate Raspberry varieties. Check the box for allergy information.
REACTIONS FROM THE TASTE TEST CREW
Health-hater Husband: Hell, no. I won’t like it….well, it’s not bad, but I don’t like the aftertaste of the vanilla coating. <–duh! It’s chocolate coating.
Greedy Kid #1: It’s not nasty, but I still don’t like it. Too mushy. Who wants the rest of this? <–lame
Greedy Kid #2: Man, these are good! First it tastes like a brownie, and then like a cookie. Can I have another one?
Greedy Kid #3: I don’t want it. I already helped you with the last Taste Test.
Greedy Baby spit it out. <–lame again.
Yum UP! to: The death grip bite of my chewing jaw. It is fierce.
Yuck Down to: Chewed up food, spit out, then recycled.