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Product Review: Betty Crocker Warm Delight Minis

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Product Review: Betty Crocker Warm Delight MinisAdd water, click a few buttons on the microwave and have warm molten chocolate cake in minutes! Oh… and it’s only 150 calories?!? (3 wwp) That’s the thought behind Betty Crocker Warm Delight Minis and I think it’s pretty genius. However, you won’t catch me buying them anytime soon. There is enough temptation in my life already. I don’t need to know that on a whim I can make warm chocolate cake when ever I want. Seriously, that’s just a disaster waiting to happen.

That’s not to say they weren’t good. I had them in the pantry for weeks then one night the husband and I wanted something sweet before bed. So we made the two I was sent to review. To my surprise he actually liked it and so did I. How can you not like warm chocolate cake? It’s WARM CHOCOLATE CAKE! Of course we were both disappointed by the size but for 150 calories what did we really expect?

These are the kind of products you have to take at face value. You want something sweet? A controlled portion instead of eating a honking slice? then yeah, if you are going to eat it anyway, then chose the lesser evil. BUT don’t kid yourself, it’s still evil. First 3 ingredients… Sugar, Enriched Flour Bleached, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil –YIKES!

In the product’s defense they aren’t making any health claims besides the calories. They literally are just "mini" versions of their traditional cake mixes made for the individual who needs to cure a chocolate craving FAST! For that, they do do.




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There are 21 comments so far.

    Karen

    April 1, 2009

    Yeah I was not a huge fan of these when I tried them. They were just kind of blah, and you’re right, pretty tiny!

    I’d much rather have some Edys Slow Churned Light ice cream for the same points!

    Michele

    April 1, 2009

    I got a free sample of one of these in the mail. It was definitely good but I would never buy them either. I would actually much rather have a homemade Vitamuffin with some pudding or a WW fudge bar on top.

    sassyaztec

    April 2, 2009

    I’ve seen them and then right by. I would probably eat the whole thing and then keep craving something sweet so I would then raid the entire pantry for more sweets. Not good.

    Plus it’s easy for me to say “No” since it’s processed junk. Not on my grocery list anymore :)

    ~Lisa
    http://sassyaztec.blogspot.com/

    Carol

    April 2, 2009

    I got some of these super cheap with coupons and I’ve made them twice. However, the rest are sitting in my pantry and I never even give them a thought. Definitely not craving producing for me and like some others, I’d rather spend the points on something either a little more substantial or a little more chocolate-y.

    Melissa

    April 2, 2009

    I’ve found 1/4 of dark chocolate raisins from TJs to be the perfect, 160 calorie dessert — takes a lot longer to eat, too :) I am not into baked goods unless it’s the frosting, so something like this wouldn’t excite me. I think things like cakes and brownies ought to be for special occasions and so I agree, having it in the pantry at any time kind of defeats the purpose of a “treat.” That said, I have a wicked sweet tooth!

    Lucrecia

    April 2, 2009

    Having kids in the house, I think this is a splendid idea for a treat! They can have something sweet with nothing left over to tempt me. I don’t want to deprive my kids of all sweets while I try to get to a healthier weight because I’m afraid they will go to the opposite spectrum and over indulge to the extreme when away from me. I’m trying hard to teach healthy moderation.

    I’d have to buy them the day or 2 before wanting to use them because it would be so very tempting and calling my name from the pantry!

    pam

    April 2, 2009

    Agree Roni, Not to mention they are expensive. You can buy an entire box of reduced fat brownie mix and put four Tablespoons in a bowl and two Tablespoons of water and mix it up, nuke for 1 min and it is only 2 points. Much better deal. You can even put some ff cool whip on it for no extra points!!!! That is my economic tip of the day. ha ha ha Another swap is to use the fiber one pancake mix and do the same thing then add a T of mini chocolate chips and a packet of sweet and low. Very very tasty. AND much cheaper!!!!! (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth????)
    Your frugal friend. Pam

    pam

    April 2, 2009

    Sorry …one more comment. I have to confess…….I miss the points!!!! I completely understand the theory……however……..for some reason it helps me meal plan. I use many of your ideas as I prepare meals and it helps me figure the points. I stay motivated seeing your journal and the points you use as you up your activity level. I am a selfish, selfish person…..Booo Hoooo.

    pam

    April 2, 2009

    OKAY…..one more……these mini cups…..not very eco friendly.

    roni

    April 2, 2009

    Pam – do you mean on my food journal? Another reason I stopped was because I wasn’t really measuring everything so in a way I didn’t want to false advertise wwp values.

    I will probably flip flop with the points there as I’m always mixing it up to stay on my toes! :)

    roni

    April 2, 2009

    Oh! and agreed on the environmentally friendly thing! :)

    petunia

    April 2, 2009

    Hi Roni, darling! I haven’t commented here in a while, but I’m still here reading everyday faithfully over my coffee at work.

    I’m sure these are delicious and I’m glad how honest you were in the review. The ingredients are a turn off…

    But my point here is I am pretty positive these would be a trigger food for me. So even though the portion size is nice and angelic — I think if I had just one, It would kick in a sweet craving on overdrive, and before you know it I would eat the other one, and then be searching for more sweets treats.

    For people that can “eat just one” more power to ya!

    susan

    April 2, 2009

    I just looked at these in the grocery store yesterday. Stood there debating for a minute or two and then decided to just leave them there. Thought that a tiny serving would only make me want more. Glad that I passed them up after reading your review. Think that I’ll order some vitalicious muffins instead for when I need a chocolate fix. Thanks for sharing your reviews with us!

    Alison

    April 2, 2009

    I bought them once.. They just aren’t filling enough for me to use 3 points on. I only get 18 a day when I’m losing so 3 points on a tiny piece of cake just doesn’t cut it.

    Nina

    April 2, 2009

    I’m with you, Roni. If I buy it, I’ll eat it! Especially CHOCOLATE!

    Lynn C

    April 2, 2009

    Oh, I actually like these things… My husband and I get them, maybe once every 2 months or so?

    Usually if I really want chocolate, I get no pudge brownies and I bake them as little mini muffins because I like the crisp outer edge of brownies, and making them as mini muffins makes them 1 point each. The problem with those? I make a whole batch and 2 days later we’ve eaten the whole dang box, which is 24 points total… hmmm. (Of course, I usually make them when I’m getting ready to have guests, so they eat some of them, too, but you know…. I never quite manage to keep track of how many brownie bites I’ve had…)

    jodi

    April 2, 2009

    i tried these once – for someone that doesn’t LOVE chocolate, it was pretty good considering the size (but i appreciate the appropriate serving)… i’m not sure i’d buy them again but if it was between a container of ice cream and this – i would chose cake because the container would be gone and not still in my freezer… :)

    Laura Jane

    April 2, 2009

    I’ve tried these. I thought they were pretty good. The good thing is that they are the real thing, just smaller. It’s nice that they are a very controlled portion if I do have enough calories left for a treat. If I make a whole pan of brownies, I end up nibbling on them until they are half gone! This way, I can’t do that. I also really like the full size ones of these (that are about 300-400 calories or 6-8 points). The chocolate chip cookie one is very good and tastes just like the real thing, and again, much better than making a whole batch of cookies and eating half the batter before they even get to the oven!

    Laura

    April 2, 2009

    my almost 8 yr old loves these! and the best part is she can make them herself! i myself, have never tried one. luckily i am not a big chocolate or cake fan! now a bag of chips, that is my desert choice.

    Katie

    April 3, 2009

    I’ve tried these and they’re good, but really fake tasting in my opinion.

    Emily

    April 4, 2009

    I’ve only eaten the Guiltless Gourmet versions. They’re good, but still.. I’m the type of person that likes a ton of food with little calories. lol And I’m not satisfied with one tiny bowl.