Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Jell-O Product Review

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jell-O Product Review

One of the benefits of having a food blog is that occasionally you're given the opportunity to review food products. This is a great way to try new things and to pass on the information to other foodies. I've recently been asked to taste test some new Jell-O sugar-free gelatin and pudding ready to eat snacks. Always on the look out for good low calorie snack options I agreed to give them a try. I was sent samples of the following flavors: Cinnamon Roll and Boston Cream Pie pudding and Raspberry Goji and Strawberry Acai gelatin. All four were low calorie and sugar free; sweetened with Splenda.

I started sampling over the next few days but I just couldn't seem to fall in love with any of the flavors. Although they were creamy and smooth, which was a nice treat, they all had a serious aftertaste that I just couldn't get past.

To be fair to Jell-O I decided to pass some of these samples on to my co-workers and get their opinions. Everyone's reaction was pretty much the same. There seemed to be a strong aftertaste and they seemed to lack distinguishing flavor.

My friend who tasted the Strawberry Acai gelatin said she is a regular strawberry Jell-O eater but found this one very disappointing. "I couldn't taste the strawberry at all," is how she put it.

The Cinnamon Roll taste tester said, "it tastes nothing like cinnamon bun; it doesn't even have a hint of cinnamon flavor."

From the person who tried the Boston Cream Pie I got, "it tastes like plain vanilla with a bit of an aftertaste."

Although I really wanted to give these a good review I just can't. I should've known the words sugar-free and cinnamon roll just don't go together.

If you do try them, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you thought. They're available in the refrigerator section for $3.19 per six pack.

15 comments:

  1. Sorry they weren't good, the flavors sound unique.

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  2. I have tried the jello no fat puddings, but they have nutrasweet in them, so I won't eat them anymore. The new ones with splenda sound even worse.
    If you make your own puddings, and use skim milk and regular sugar, and will have little fat as well without the sugar substitutes.

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  3. I totally laughed when I read the comment, "I should've known the words sugar-free and cinnamon roll just don't go together." :)

    I understand their attempt at trying to appease all those who are on low carb, sugar free diets though. Too bad they taste artificial! I have been contemplating a diet. I think I could do quite well if I didn't have to forgo my hazelnut creamer induced morning cafe. I think that's where I get my sugar rush for the day. :)

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  4. I've tried so many of them and they all seem to have that tell tale after taste- ugh! Stacey's way sounds much better!

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  5. I am so with you. I just can't get into sugar free products. I'd so much rather have something real but just limit my intake rather than gorging myself on something artificial that will leave me with a bad aftertaste.

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  6. Sugarfree desserts are not my favorite and I don't even drink diet soda because of the aftertaste. But I do make sugar free jello occassionally if I want a treat when I'm dieting.

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  7. I tried the Strawberry Acai Jello the other day, and sadly, I didn't care for it either. I think I'd just rather have a few ripe, juicy strawberries instead.

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  8. Hmmm... I like their regular cherry one, but haven't tried the new flavors.

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  9. I love and appreciate your honesty. Good review :)

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  10. Hmm..I've alwasy liked their sugar free stuff. The cinnamon roll sounds interesting. I'll have to look for it.

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  11. I'm not a fan of jello in general, and with the exception of Diet Dr. Pepper there are few sugar-free foods I enjoy!

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  12. I don't mind the SF chocolate ones - if you're dieting they're a decent sweet fix but if you're not dieting and don't have any calorie restrictions, I don't see the point in artificial sweeteners.

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  13. I seem to be in the minority here, but I thought the sugar free chocolate pudding was pretty good. I'm actually eating one right now . . . I pulled it out because of all of the comments I had read - to see if I really like it - and I do!

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  14. "My friend who tasted the Strawberry Acai gelatin said she is a regular strawberry Jell-O eater but found this one very disappointing. "I couldn't taste the strawberry at all," is how she put it."

    That was EXACTLY what I said too!

    The Boston Creme Pie is my favorite, then again- the real thing is too sweet for me.

    I'm actually eating the Cinnamon Roll right now. Its okay, it has a hint of taste yes but what do you expect from pudding?

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  15. the dulce de leche sugar free pudding is INCREDIBLE. ive never had such a good low calorie dessert. its even better after a little freezing. its just like ice cream. the banana fudge supreme is alright and i quite like the boston cream

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