August 2011

Safeway Select Extra Dark With Cranberry & Orange

I'm far from a food snob. In fact, I buy Safeway Select versions of almost everything whenever I have the chance. The Safeway Select frozen pizzas, for example, are awesome.
As we all know, store brands are just re-branded products from other companies. I mean, obviously Safeway doesn't operate a huge series of warehouses that makes frozen pizzas one day, and premium chocolate bars the next.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Toffee With Walnuts and Pecans

That's quite a mouthful, name-wise. I actually didn't realize that this bar had stuff in it until I brought it home. The line with the inclusions ("toffee with walnuts and pecans") is printed in a smaller font, in a lighter gray, and frankly I just wasn't paying attention. Trader Joe's on a Saturday afternoon: not the best place to make an informed, considered decision. You pretty much just throw stuff into your cart as fast as you can and get the heck out of there!

Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters

Skinny Cow made its name with a line of surprisingly delicious ice cream treats. These managed to be fairly convincing as ice cream treats, while still having only a fraction of the fat. Or maybe it was the calories. Honestly, I don't remember. I only had them once at a friend's house, and I wasn't in a mood to ask to see the box or anything. They were pretty tasty, I remember that much.
I was intrigued by the possibility of Skinny Cow candy. What if they could perform this magic alchemy on candy, too? The prospect of "diet candy" is one which many companies have taken a run at recently, including Crystal Light candy, which I have seen but not tried. (I imagine it's like Jolly Ranchers, but with the tang of aspartame.)