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Taste test: Frozen fudge pops

Grocery store freezers are full of low-fat, low-calorie fudge bars. But are they any good? We tried nine brands and found several that would satisfy any chocoholic — without the guilt.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/serving Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Triple Chocolate Chip Bar

1 bar

Skinny Cow Low Fat Fudge Bar

2 pops

Klondike Slim a' Bear

1 bar

Healthy Choice Premium Fudge Bars

1 bar

Calories Fat/Fiber 130

6g / 1g

100

2g / less than 1g

100

3g / 4g

80

1.5g / 4g

Judges' comments These fudge bars were dipped in chocolate and filled with chocolate chips. They had a strong chocolate flavor and a rich, very nondiet boldness. Panelists said they would serve these as a dessert for parties. "These are fun and different," said one judge. "Kind of like a fudge fondue." These were skinny in size, but not in flavor. They were dark chocolate and had a bit of an ice milk kind of texture and taste. One described these as "frozen Swiss Miss." The Klondike bars were an odd, elliptical shape that judges called "modern contemporary.'' The shape didn't hurt the rich, chocolate flavor or the sweet and creamy texture of the bars. Judges raved about the robust size of the Healthy Choice fudge bars. They had a deep chocolate color and taste. One said the bars were "an old-time classic!" Another compared them to Dove bars.
Shopping information $3.68 for a box of six 2.5-ounce bars from Walmart. $3.89 for a box of 12 1.5-ounce pops from Sweetbay. $4.09 for a 21-ounce box of six from Winn-Dixie. $3.99 for a box of six 2.5-ounce bars at Publix.
Product/serving Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Triple Chocolate Chip Bar

1 bar

Skinny Cow Low Fat Fudge Bar

2 pops

Klondike Slim a' Bear

1 bar

Healthy Choice Premium Fudge Bars

1 bar

Calories Fat/Fiber 130

6g / 1g

100

2g / less than 1g

100

3g / 4g

80

1.5g / 4g

Judges' comments These fudge bars were dipped in chocolate and filled with chocolate chips. They had a strong chocolate flavor and a rich, very nondiet boldness. Panelists said they would serve these as a dessert for parties. "These are fun and different," said one judge. "Kind of like a fudge fondue." These were skinny in size, but not in flavor. They were dark chocolate and had a bit of an ice milk kind of texture and taste. One described these as "frozen Swiss Miss." The Klondike bars were an odd, elliptical shape that judges called "modern contemporary.'' The shape didn't hurt the rich, chocolate flavor or the sweet and creamy texture of the bars. Judges raved about the robust size of the Healthy Choice fudge bars. They had a deep chocolate color and taste. One said the bars were "an old-time classic!" Another compared them to Dove bars.
Shopping information $3.68 for a box of six 2.5-ounce bars from Walmart. $3.89 for a box of 12 1.5-ounce pops from Sweetbay. $4.09 for a 21-ounce box of six from Winn-Dixie. $3.99 for a box of six 2.5-ounce bars at Publix.

ALSO SAMPLED: Weight Watchers ($3.78 for six 4-ounce bars from Wal-Mart); Publix ($2.49 for a box of 12 1.75-ounce pops); Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom ($3.58 for a box of 12 1.75-ounce bars from Wal-Mart); Hannaford ($2.79 for a box of 12 1.75-ounce pops from Sweetbay); and Fudgsicle ($3.16 for a box of 12 1.65-ounce bars from Publix).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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