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Review: Dreyer’s/Edy’s Outshine Bars

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Especially when you’ve got a tasty frozen treat to take the edge off the heat. If said treat contains natural ingredients and won’t pack on the pounds, all the better.

Enter Dreyer’s (or Edy’s, depending on whether you reside east or west of the Rocky Mountains). Their (sorta) new Outshine bars live up to their name, outshining the competition in terms of both flavor and nutritional value. Quite frankly, these are some of the best frozen treats (don’t call them Popsicles!) we have ever tried.

Dreyer’s has been making frozen fruit bars for 18 years, relying on simple and all-natural ingredients. They’ve recently rebranded their product with a new name and expanded flavors, and added combination fruit/vegetable bars to the lineup. Flavors are diverse, and include the usual suspects (strawberry, grape, raspberry) alongside some rather unique ones (creamy coconut, lime, pineapple, pomegranate). There are even seasonal varieties such as blood orange and grapefruit. Especially intriguing are the fruit and veggie combos. Tangerine carrot, strawberry rhubarb, and apple & greens are the stars here. Nutritionally, you can feel pretty good eating any of these bars. They all contain real fruit, fruit juice, and vegetables. In addition, they are low in calories (most range between a paltry 25-60 calories per serving) and fat-free (with the exception of the creamy coconut). Sugar and carbohydrates aren’t too outrageous.  strawberryrhubarb-tangerinecarrot-blueberry

The important question is, do they taste good? The answer is an emphatic yes! We tried a couple of variety packs – one fruit, one fruit/veggie. We actually like the latter best. The tangerine carrot is smooth and citrusy with a perfectly balanced sweetness, while the strawberry rhubarb has a little more “bite.” The fruit flavors are more pronounced than the vegetables, as they should be. Less impressive is the blueberry medley, though I’m impressed you can now actually find a blueberry “popsicle.” It’s not that this bar doesn’t taste good, but after having the other interesting combinations, it just seems a bit boring. On the fruit side, we tried the variety pack that contains strawberry, wildberry, and lime. Of those three, we all enjoyed the lime best. It’s lightly tart and amazingly refreshing. What we like best about the Outshine bars is their emphasis on fresh, natural ingredients. This commitment to quality is completely evident in the taste.

The bottom line? Dreyer’s lineup of Outshine bars are tasty, refreshing, and a lot better for you than ice cream. You really can’t go wrong with any of these flavors!

Our rating? 4 knives!

4 Knives


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33/365: National Heavenly Hash Day

Today is one of the odder food holidays we’ll be celebrating, because there seems to be no general consensus over what, exactly, “heavenly hash” is. It’s described as a sweet confection containing marshmallows, and can refer to candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, rice pudding, or ambrosia. I even came across a recipe for a heavenly hash martini. So, I guess, pretty much anything involving marshmallows and fruit, then?

At least it’s not Groundhog Day. I mean, it is Groundhog Day, but at least we don’t have to eat groundhog. Although that would be a lot simpler, and it probably tastes like chicken anyway.

So much confusion reigns that one intrepid blogger contacted several ice cream companies to ask them the difference between Heavenly Hash and Rocky Road (which Wikipedia claims are basically the same thing). The responses are amusing (and still somewhat inconclusive). Rocky Road is a mixture of chocolate ice cream, mini marshmallows, and almonds, while Heavenly Hash is a mixture of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, mini marshmallows, and nuts. Since both Edy’s (Dreyer’s on the west coast) and Ben & Jerry’s agree – and because we’re both slightly hung over and thinking too hard hurts – we’re keeping it simple. We bought a pint of Rocky Road, and we still have leftover vanilla ice cream from our Peach Melba challenge last month. We just mixed the two together and created our own Heavenly Hash. If by definition that’s good enough for the Ice Cream Conglomerates, then it’s good enough for us!

I don’t even have a history on Heavenly Hash (though Rocky Road was created during the Great Depression and its name was meant to make people smile. “We’ve got a rocky road ahead of us.” Ha-ha, yeah, that’s a hoot. Said people jumping to their deaths from tall buildings after losing their life savings in the stock market crash). I guess in that regard, Heavenly Hash is an appropriate name, too…

Heavenly Hash

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