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Product Review: ThinSlim Muffins

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You may have noticed I’ve severely reduced the number of reviews I do on the blog. There’s a few reasons why. Mostly because they are time consuming, seem forced and major companies tend to think bloggers are just at their beck and call.

That being said, sometimes I get a request from small businesses or companies that “get it.” That’s what happened with ThinSlimFoods. Andrew reached out to me asking if he could advertise on the site and we had a nice email exchange back and forth. He then shipped me 3 samples of his muffins: blueberry, chocolate, and vanilla.

ThinSlim muffins

Honestly, I was intrigued by his product but I didn’t have high hopes. I mean how good can a “diet” 40 calorie muffin be?

When I got the samples over holiday break I immediately looked at the ingredient list expecting to see a laundry list of unrecognizable ingredients. To my surprise it only listed…. (this is the chocolate)

purified water, erythritol, oat fiber, inulin, egg whites, almond meal, modified corn starch, olive oil, xanthan gum, guar gum, leavening (monocalcium phosphate, baking soda), natural flavors, cocoa.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol (sweetener) that has less impact on blood sugar. Xanthan gum is a gluten free baking additive. And guar gum is a thickener, I believe. Everything else I recognized!

Now I was really intrigued.

I tried the chocolate first, of course.

It was good! I mean not coffee-house-huge-muffin-the-size-of-your-head good, but tasty and the texture was moist and dense in a good way. Have you ever eaten a Devil Dog?

Devil Dog Box

It reminded me a lot of the cake part of a Devil Dog, and let me tell you… I LOVE Devil Dogs. (Huge childhood memory for me.)

Honestly, it was so good I had to try the other flavors right away. I was SHOCKED at the blueberry. It was sweet and tasted blueberry-ish even though there’s barely a blueberry (which I think is a negative,) but it tasted good! Perfect alongside a cup of tea.

I even liked the vanilla. It had the same texture as the others with a simple flavor.

I have to tell you I really was shocked! I can see others maybe not liking these because they aren’t like a traditional muffin, but for what they are–a low calorie treat when looking for something sweet–they are perfect!

Now you know it can’t all be good. The price is a little steep if you ask me. $7.97 for a package of 4. That’s pretty much $2 a muffin.

The only other thing that bugged me was the size. They are quite small, but with this nutritional profile….

ThinSlim Nutritional INfo

you can eat 2 for a more satisfying treat. However, then you are looking at a $4 treat!

Regardless, I liked them, a lot. So I decided to join their affiliate program. Click here if you are interested in ordering the muffins or any other of their products and I’ll get credit for the sale.

Has anyone else heard of or tried ThinSlim products before? If you have or end up trying them let me know what you think in the comments.

Full Disclosure: I was not paid by ThinSlimFoods for this review, however they did send me free product and I am now an affiliate. All opinions is this post are my own.



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Discussion

There are 12 comments so far.

    Tonyne

    January 4, 2012

    I love the Vitatops and these sound wonderful too…I just can not bring myself to pay that much for them.

    Michelle Yan

    January 4, 2012

    While the muffins look intriguing anything with modified food starch and that much sugar alcohol would be something I would steer clear off. Two muffins with 20g of sugar alcohols will probably wreck havoc with a lot of people’s digestive systems.

    Man I was SO onboard until I saw the price. If you add shipping on top of that and nope, can’t do it. If they ever lower their prices by at least $2 so it was closer to $1.50 per ‘treat’, I might be able to justify it.

    ThinSlim Supporter

    January 4, 2012

    These are actually fantastic heated up with some cool whip/reddi whip on top! Even with a touch of frozen yogurt. I definitely recommend experimenting with these!

    These look intriguing … and since they’re sweetened with sugar alcohols, they only have 2 net carbs. Exciting news for me, because it means I can eat them on my low-carb diet.

    Woo-hoo!

    Kassie

    January 4, 2012

    Roni,
    Any way you can clarify the size? Can you compare them to something size-wise?
    Thanks :)

    ThinSlim Foods

    January 5, 2012

    Hey Roni,
    Thanks for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed the muffins. I thought I’d jump in to answer some quick questions that were raised by the comments.

    Pricing – If interested in purchasing the product for a lower price, make sure to check out some of our retailers such as locarbu.com and lindasdietdelites.com who sometimes also offer free shipping – thinslimfoods.com prices it slightly higher to support our retailers.

    Sugar Alcohol – While we can certainly understand customer hesitation at 20g of sugar alcohol, please note that Erythritol is the only sugar alcohol shown not to cause GI distress or have an aftertaste.

    Size – At 2oz. the muffins are the same size as the “Vitamin” 2oz. muffins(4pack boxes). They are about 2 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. In physical size (as opposed to ounces) they are small, but very dense.

    KarenJ

    January 5, 2012

    I’ve been at this weight “game” for a long time. I lost weight eating all kinds of foods, including sweets. Now that I’m in my 50’s, I can’t eat foods like this and maintain my weight. It would be nice to have my cake and eat it too, but the truth is that it’s foods like this that keep people fat. For the amount of calories I’m allowed each day, I have to make sure my diet is nutrient dense, and there is no room for muffins even if they appear to be psuedo-healthy :-(

    roni

    January 5, 2012

    Just so we are on the same page I don’t think these are “healthy” at all. I think they are a low cal alternative for those time you are want a treat.

    They look tasty, but 10g of sugar alcohol. I would so be in the bathroom the rest of the day. :-) My body can’t handle that stuff. Remember the discussion about the Fiber One bars and how they affected people? I think that one got some of the funniest comments. :-) The carbs, protein, and fat don’t really add up to the calories (so it would be 2 WW PP even though it’s only 40 calories). It looks like they’re not counting the fiber or the sugar alcohols in the calorie count. Is that typical? I thought most nutrition labels still counted fiber in the calorie count, but I could be wrong.

    Paula

    January 6, 2012

    I remember devil dogs, yankee doodles, yodels and the cute coffee cakes by Drakes. Loved them so I will need to find these 40 wonders!

    FatGirl

    July 10, 2014

    I tried their vanilla cookie. A: It’s huge. and B,C,D,E and F: It’s 2 carbs, 40 calories, 1g of fat, 0g of cholesterol, 6g of protein, malitol free, completely Kosher and I think it’s SCUBA certified. It’s also F’ing delicious. I don’t know how this thing exists but I do know I just ordered enough for the next 6 years. And I vowed that if any of my friends on Facebook send me a report about how they’re made by legless circus performers against their will or they cause athlete’s foot in middle-aged men or something like that, I will just defriend them. Currently these things are more important to me than their friendship. And I think my next order I’ll throw in a few muffins.