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.
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!