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Product Review: Weight Watchers Golden Sponge Cake

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Product Review: Weight Watchers Golden Sponge CakeIt’s been a long time since I had a Twinkie and to be honest I wasn’t THAT big of a fan. I mean, don’t get me wrong, as a kid if someone offered me one I wasn’t going to turn it down but I was more of a Devil Dog, Ring Ding girl myself. So when Weight Watchers asked if I would try their new Golden Sponge Cake I said SURE! But I was really hoping for something chocolate on the inside. :~)

The cakes really do remind me of miniature Twinkies. The cake part is airy and the filling is super sweat. The only difference is they are about 1/2 the size. I’m not kidding they are almost exactly half. Let’s do a little side by side comparison…

  Weight Watchers Sponge Cake Good Ole Twinkies
size .88oz 1.5oz
calories 80 150
Fat 3g 4.5g
Fiber 3g 0g

I’ll let that speak for itself. Ok, now, I can nicely agree with all the other bloggers who have reviewed this product and say things like "it’s a great option and a nice treat for those following Weight Watchers" but…. I gotta be honest.

Yes they taste good! The first ingredient is sugar.

Will you be satisfied after 1? maybe.

If you eat more then one the aren’t you better off eating the actual Twinkie? Especially if that’s what you want in the first place?

Maybe I’m out of line here but I don’t understand why Weight Watchers, the brain child behind the CORE plan, the geniuses (saying this non sarcastically) who came up with the points system, the program I know and love would sell these types of products. Seriously, I can’t even type out the ingredient list it’s so chock full of crap I can’t pronounce. I’m tired of people selling us "diet" foods that are just smaller versions of the food we actually want to eat with a bit more fiber added in to make us think it’s healthier. Come on people, we aren’t morons!

WOW — let me step down off this soapbox….

Ok, now that I got that out of my system I’ll say this. They do taste like twinkies and we will finish the package. I am a believer in everything in moderation but I won’t be buying these for a few reasons…

  1. I’d rather experiment and make my own cakes at home
  2. There are other convenience products that have a better nutritional resume and
  3. If I really want a twinkie I’ll buy a darn twinkie and pray I have the resolve to cut it in half. If not I’ll enjoy my 3 points snack as I just ate 2 of the Weight Watchers cakes for 3 anyway.



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There are 30 comments so far.

    Bonnie

    October 14, 2008

    Ay Ay!! I totally agree with you Roni!

    Check out Bonnies last blog post..Coleen

    Tanya

    October 14, 2008

    I agree – some of the Weight Watchers desert line has questionable taste and nutrition. But some aren’t so bad – the Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar gets 2 thumbs up from me.

    Arlene

    October 14, 2008

    I’ve been looking for these and can’t find them here in Flagstaff. I’d love to think I could just have half a real Twinkie, but I know me: I’d eat both of the Twinkies in the package …

    Check out Arlenes last blog post..Caitlin

    arielle

    October 14, 2008

    I love reason number three. I am constantly praying for the resolve to cut things in half :)

    Check out arielles last blog post..I can feel my muscles growing

    Kristen

    October 14, 2008

    I didn’t care for them at all. Had a very weird taste to me.

    Stephanie Quilao

    October 14, 2008

    I took a look at these WW snacks, and my first reaction was, “The ingredients list looks like a sugar chemistry experiment.” Like you, I am tired of the marketing ploy of selling truly nutritionally crappy products as “health” or “diet” foods.

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 14, 2008

    i’m such a sucker for trying these things! but yea, they usually end up pretty disappointing especially when you see they’re not that different from the real thing nutrition-wise.

    Check out madison (follow my weigh)s last blog post..patience is a virtue

    Maranda

    October 14, 2008

    Roni, great post.

    Check out Marandas last blog post..Quilt Giveaway

    Amanda

    October 14, 2008

    No, Roni, you and I are not morons.

    Are there morons out there?

    Yuuup.

    And it’s not even that they’re morons, per se, it’s just that a lot of people a) don’t care or b) don’t know. Also, it’s to WW’s economic advantage to market those items. I’ve had the muffins (OMG YUM), but I don’t eat them now because…well, they’re not whole foods. They’re not nutritionally any better for you than the ones at Starbucks — they’re just lower in calories. So I can see where they’re coming from, but in your best interest and in mine, you and I both understand it’s better not to include them in our daily eatin’.

    Funny that you mentioned them, though, because I’m doing a post later this week on the economics of diet and health foods. I’ll comment and link it later, ’cause I want your opinion. :)

    PS: Glad you had fun at BlogHer!

    Check out Amandas last blog post..If This Doesn’t Get You to Work Out…

    Petunia

    October 14, 2008

    Hi Roni!

    Not these, but I had some similar WW treats once — I think it was the carmel cake bars, I ate the whole box in one day! And when you eat a whole box, it adds up to more than 6 points! ;-)

    Bottom line, WW or not, I can’t have them in my house. I need to work on my resistance! ;-)

    Crystal

    October 14, 2008

    Is there any room on the soapbox for the rest of us?! Way to go, Roni!!!

    Matt

    October 14, 2008

    I agree 100%. I would prefer to just have the real thing. I myself have tried the chocolate cakes and end up eating 2 or 3. Umm that is not the idea.

    Check out Matts last blog post..Tag! Well ok I will play.

    Biz

    October 14, 2008

    There is no way I could stop at one! And I am a Suzy-Q gal anyway!

    In high school, I ate a Suzy-Q and a Super Big Gulp EVERY morning. Then at lunch I would get the pizza/fries combo, with two giant warm chocolate chip cookies. THEN after practice (I played field hockey, indoor/outdoor track, and then softball) I would hit the food court with my sisters boyfriend!

    When I stopped playing sports, I quickly (well, not that quickly) gained 90 pounds! Huh, what do you mean I can’t eat anything I want!

    Happy to say I am down 50, with 30 more to go – yippie!

    Check out Bizs last blog post..Southwest Stirfry??

    Sarah

    October 14, 2008

    They are good for a quick sweet treat. Like a little dessert after lunch.
    But being a CORE gal, I too am disappointed at the amount of “weird” food they are putting out there. At least at meetings they have whole grain pilafs.

    Susan

    October 14, 2008

    Amen!!! Thank you sooooo much for telling the truth about these products. Love WW, wonderful program, but I’ve spent the last few years making a concerted effort to get preservatives and chemicals OUT of my system/lifestyle… this frustrates me can you tell???

    If I want a Twinkie (not a fan either lol), I’ll have one. ONE! Not a whole pack of half sized cakes that due to the chemicals I’m going to end up binging on, unable to stop.

    Ok… I’ll get off the box and give you room again lol.

    Check out Susans last blog post..Tonya

    Shannan

    October 14, 2008

    Yeah, it doesn’t sound like you’re getting anything but the portion control if you’re taking one for the road. Good review. I’m glad you pointed out the differences (or lack thereof) between the Twinkie and the WW cake.

    Check out Shannans last blog post..Week 7 Has Started!

    Michele

    October 14, 2008

    Great post, Roni! I am not a fan of these tiny things either but I will confess I LOVE the Giant Fudge Bars! :~)

    Michele

    October 14, 2008

    Oh, and I’ve got one other thing to say…you know what really bugs me? How they add fiber to everything to make the points lower! I mean, that is not supposed to be allowed on the plan but they do it with all their products!

    Tammy

    October 14, 2008

    I agree with you on this one Roni. I was just talking about something like this with my hubby the other day. I would rather eat a smaller portion of the food I am craving and count the points than buy the expensive “diet” foods that are really just over priced smaller portions. I figure, that is the beauty of the points system. It allows us to make the choice and go the way of volumetrics.
    When companies we know and trust come up with a product like these “Twinkies” you can be pretty certain it is a marketing strategy in the name of $. And, there will be consumers that fall for it. I mean, it must serve a purpose for somebody….just not me and you.

    Joy

    October 14, 2008

    I haven’t tried these. I WON’T be trying them. I agree with your philosophy 110% – I’m tired of being sold crappy food with questionable ingredients categorized as “diet” food. Seriously SICK and TIRED of it.

    We’re going to need a bigger soapbox, because I’m staking out my little corner of this one.

    Check out Joys last blog post..Kayaking the Queen & Lessons in Friendship

    Carol

    October 14, 2008

    I have no interest in the Twinkie look-alike from WW, however, I am a fan of the chocolate cake. Frankly, when I want a bit of chocolate, I’m not too concerned if it’s highly processed or not. I keep a box of these in the freezer and for me, one cake is the perfect little amount of chocolate that keeps me from jumping off the deep end into a vat of chocolate. So while, I’m trying to eat less process food overall, I’m all for the occasional bit of fake food that doesn’t “cost” me much in terms of points.

    Stacey

    October 14, 2008

    Totally in agreement. My sister and I have this conversation all the time too. We are SO SICK of “fat free” and “diet”products that are so full of chemicals and taste HORRIBLE, that it’s not worth it! I picked up a jar of fat free mayo just to read the ingredients, and one of the first of a long list of crappy ingredients, was corn starch! I would rather have one teaspoon of REAL mayo, than lots of chemical fat free mayo. If we all just went back to the old days when we ate REAL food in moderate portions, we would all be way better off! YAY FOR REAL FOOD!!! LOL!!!

    Melanie

    October 14, 2008

    ……reason #812 why you are, and will always be, a WW rock star :-)

    Vicki

    October 14, 2008

    I’ll pass on the “healthy” version. I’d rather splurge once in a while on the real thing. Make mine a chocolatey creamy Suzy Q !!!!

    dani

    October 14, 2008

    I hate hate that they sell crap food. My WW leader was giving out free samples of the “sides” and i took a look at the ingredients and the sodium. It was off the charts. It reminds that they are a “big business” and looking to make a buck . Do you think there is a way to voice these thoughts to someone who would listen. Roni, how do you feel about the vitalicious ingredients?

    Kathy

    October 14, 2008

    I tried these the other day, as Walmart did not have my WW Lemon cake……I like a 2:00 sweet with my cuppa tea….:-)
    However, I just read through all the posts, and I didn’t read what was my initial reation when I ate one of these cakes……
    Did you notice the shiny residue left ALL OVER YOUR FINGERS when you touched this cake?????
    Is it oil???
    Grease????
    One of the items in the ingredient list that I can’t pronouce?
    I dunno….but it left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended….;-D)

    pam

    October 15, 2008

    THANKS FOR SAYING WHAT WE ALL WANTED YOU TO SAY!!!! FRANKLY I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR THAT TYPE OF CRAP! THERE ARE SOME WW ITEMS THAT I LOVE…..BUT THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER TO PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS. IT CRACKS ME UP WHEN WW TELLS US ONE THING…GOOD OILS, MILK ETC AND THEN COMES UP WITH A PRODUCT LIKE THIS! WE WANT BETTER OPTIONS WW!!!!!! (NOT TO MENTION BIGGER PORTIONS! :)

    debby

    October 15, 2008

    Amen, Roni! Preach on, sister! As I have said before, I have a love/hate relationship with the w.w. snack foods. So I guess the bottom line for me is, they are not as nutritious as what I could make myself, or a few other options. But for tastability, and comparing them to their full-fat cousins, some of them can’t be beat. (I love the oatmeal bars and the mint cookie crisp bars.) Well, there’s a wobbly comment if ever I saw one!

    Check out debbys last blog post..Fascinating

    roni

    October 19, 2008

    dani – Out of all the mixes I’ve seen the Vitalicious are the ones I’m most happiest with. It’s not perfect but compared to some of the other brands they aren’t that bad when you want that fast convenience snack. That’s just my opinion though. Here’s the ingredients…

    Water, whole wheat flour, egg whites, maltitol, organic evaporated cane juice, cocoa (processed with alkali), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter), soy fiber, inulin, wheat gluten, dried honey, erythritol, wheat protein isolate, fruitrim (grapejuice, brown rice syrup), walnuts, natural flavor, leavening (potassium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), lecithin, sea salt, xanthan gum, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, biotin, zinc.

    Jen

    October 20, 2008

    I am so glad you reviewed this! I probably would have bought them, and like their other cakes, wished I hadn’t. I am such a sucker for trying new 1 point treats.

    Check out Jens last blog post..Rubio’s Health Mex