2/21/09

SHOWDOWN...WW style

We all know I'm not a huge fan of Weight Watchers' food. The cakes are minuscule, the muffins taste a bit like the plastic wrapping they come in and the Smart Ones rarely hit the spot. So when Whitman's & Weight Watchers sent me some candy to try out, well...you know how I am.
So  I opted to try out the Weight Watchers® Peanut Butter Cups, as I have yet to see these on the shelves at Canadian retailers.
Each cup is 2 POINTS with 90 calories, 6g of fat and .5g of fibre.
From the outside it looks like a nice little treat when you're craving chocolate and have two points. 
But wait...2 POINTS for each one....five in a bag...retails for $2.99 (according to the Web site)...
You know the little gerbil got on the wheel at this point.
Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?
You're darn right I marched over to the convenience store and bought a package of Reese Peanut Butter cups to compare.Well, lookie here - THREE cups are 280 calories, 15g of fat and 2g of fibre.
Now math is generally hard, but this one was easy to figure out.
Er...what exactly makes the WW ones so damn special then?
So I enlisted the help of Jainey to see how the two stack up beyond the nutrition factor (mostly because the chocolate was delivered to his house, but also because he's super awesome and I miss him).
We both found the Weight Watchers one to be smaller, have less peanut butter and had a semi-sweet chocolate taste to Reese's more milk chocolate.
Although they seem comparable at a glance, the two are not. The Reese one is far superior, melts in your mouth and the peanut butter in it is sooo much better...
for about the same amount of POINTS per cup.
And the Reese ones are easier on your wallet too. Just sayin'
I have a vid with Jainey's thoughts on the cups mid chew, but the audio goes squirrely every which way I upload it. You'll just have to settle for him talking to you in your dreams.
But here it is, your moment of zen:

10 comments:

Jen said...

hm, that's a pretty poor choice on WW side...I don't think there is much that can beat a reese's cup!!!

Lainey said...

Hmm...this makes me want to perform the same taste test myself. But I think it's mainly just an excuse to eat peanut butter cups!

Bi0nicw0man said...

I have found that is true with soooo many "diet" candies. I love chocolate mint and when comparing the York patties vs the WW mint patties, they are also the same points value...and York don't have any of those scary artificial sweetners in them.

It's such a scam.

Lucky you getting freebies sent to you though!!

♥ Dee ♥ said...

You want a REAL peanut butter and chocolate treat??

Airpop some popcorn. Make up some PB2 and put mix it in 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil. Drizzle on your popcorn, then throw in a couple tablespoons of dark chocolate chipits. Let the air popper blow on the bowl to heat the chipits. Stir and eat.

PMS Popcorn.

Hmm... I'm gonna share this on my blog.

*runs out*

MgrMom said...

Ha... I know what you are talking about. I am a sucker for buying WW snacks at my meeting. I usually like their chocolate caramel bars ( 2 pts each). However I can buy Quaker dips for 2 pts. The only benefit that the WW bars have is that they are not addictive like the dips. I continue to buy both LOL.

Sara said...

there is no such thing as diet chocolate in my world. The real thing all the way baby! WW R&D team really need to step up their research though!

Sarah said...

I was TOTALLY thinking huh?! When you wrote the nutritional info... "aren't reese's 2 points each...?"

What a scam!!

Angie All The Way said...

Thanks for that!

The same is true for many "diet" snacks alike and I think it is to take advantage of the population who are uneducated about real weightloss and health and who fall pray to labels that lend them comfort with a reputable label making them think "oh it's WW, so it MUST be a better alternative than Reece" and I bet the sales on them are from people who don't even follow the program!

Food Coma said...

I have had that same thought but never put the work into doing the comparison, thanks for doing that. FYI mini york peppermint patties are 1pt each, yum.

TrixieBelden said...

hey, just stopped by to say "hi". hope you are well.

trixie

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