Monday, August 10, 2009

Product Review: Mini Chocolate Graham Snacks

I am a sweets person. I'm at peace with it. When indulged in moderation, all is well. Other than the organic agave nectar in my morning coffee, I look for (organic) cane sugar. Most of the time. Except yesterday when I was at Ollie's and saw that Pepperidge Farm came out with a very Teddy-Grahams-like version of their classic Goldfish snack cracker. In chocolate.

Naturally, I had to try it. Lo and behold, they taste exactly like Teddy Grahams, which I happen to love but I don't buy because I perceive them to be unhealthy. But these chocolate fishy grahams are made with "Whole Grain" and contain "no artificial preservatives." Indeed, these babies have a whopping 2 grams of fiber per serving. Okay, well it's better than none. They do contain some hydrogenated oil -- why? Really.

(So, now, looking into it, Teddy Grahams has the world's most annoying website, with a misspelled word in the main navigation, but I digress. They also have 2 grams of fiber, despite being made with enriched white flour, only 1g of saturated fat and 8 g of sugar. Hmmm.)

((Come to think of it, why do I trust Pepperidge Farm? I used to buy their 100% whole wheat cinnamon raisin swirl bread for Gregory until I realized it had SUCRALOSE in it! Disgusting. Why bother making a whole wheat variety if you're going to poison it with artificial sweetener? I notice also that they do not list ingredients on their site when you click for nutritional information, so you would have absolutely no way of knowing this without scouring the ingredients.))

So, here's the rub: If you want to indulge a little chocolate graham craving, they are both yummy and there are certainly worse things you can choose. The challenge is not eating the whole bag/box at once. They are equally small and sneaky like that.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (from their sites)

Pepperidge Farm®
Nabisco Chocolate
Goldfish® Grahams / Chocolate Teddy Graham Snacks
Serv size = 51 pieces (30g) / Serving size = 30g

Amount per Serving
Calories 140 / Calories 130
Sugars 10g / Sugars 8g
Total Fat 4.5g / Total Fat 4.5g
Protein 2g / Protein 2g
Sat. Fat 2g / Sat. Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g / Trans Fat 0g

% Daily Values
Cholesterol 0mg / Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 180mg / Sodium 160mg
Total Carb. 22g / Total Carb. 22g
Dietary Fiber 2g / Dietary Fiber 2g
Iron 6% / Iron 6%
Calcium 0% / Calcium 10%

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