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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Great or Gross? Skinny Cow Vanilla Cookie Sandwich

People have been RAVING about this Skinny Cow stuff to me, and since it's trendy, I thought I would check it out.

Available in the frozen desserts section of most grocery stores, Skinny Cow products promise tasty ice cream treats with a fraction of the calories. Their tagline is "Sweet surrender, no regrets". The ones I tried said they were 97% fat free and 130 calories each. Which is pretty good, I think.

1-1 tie PRO AND CON: Checking the nutritional information, it looks like they're telling the truth on the front of the box, there is only 1.5g of fat but quite a few carbs and quite a bit of sodium. So there's a bit of good with the bad, see for yourself:


+1 PRO for a pretty decent ingredient list. Yes, there's some diglycerides, but ultimately this is not any more offensive than a typical dessert ingredient list.

-1 CON for confusing marketing:


I get it, the product uses skim milk so it's a skinny cow hence the brand. I'm wondering if it's absolutely necessary for the cow to be seductively draped over the logo like it's on bovine Chatroulette? Is this cow an extension of me? Is that why it's wearing red lipstick, like I do almost every day? So many questions.

+ PRO for cute copy and a wide range of products on their website. See for yourself: http://www.skinnycow.com/

+++ PRO for the fact that Skinny Cow is sponsoring the 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, a movie I have seen no less than 144 times. Nobody puts that oddly anthropomorphized cow in the corner.

+ PRO for taste. The cookie tastes EXACTLY like its regular, high-fat counterparts. You can taste that it is a lower fat ice cream, but it doesn't take away from the taste, just a bit on texture (not as rich). The cookie holds together well and is crumbly and soft as it should be. Delicious overall. If I was blindfolded I'm not convinced I could identify this product as low-fat. And that's a good thing.

RESULT: GREAT! Totally worth checking out this summer while its still hot. Buy some!

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