Review: Breyer’s Carb Smart Fudge Bars

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Are you one of those people who love ice cream and other frozen desserts only to be saddened by the number of calories? Me, too. I’m always on the lookout for good frozen snacks, and I am quite pleases with the Breyer’s Carb Smart Fudge Bars I picked up recently.

The trick is to not overeat them just because they are low in calories.




What are Breyer’s Carb Smart Fudge Bars?

This product is a decent answer to those who love fudge bars without loving the number of calories in most chocolate products. Because I am a fan of Breyer’s products anyway, the Carb Smart line was the obvious next step for me.

It’s a box of six individually wrapped bars. This is beneficial for people like me who have a hard time portioning out ice cream. Depending on the day, it’s just easier to grab a bar and call it good.

The best part is the Carb Smart bars don’t taste like frozen, fudge-flavored water. This is a common problem, especially among weight-loss goods on the market.

Personally, I haven’t experienced a bad product made with Splenda yet. I’m sure it’ll happen someday, but not today.

Why Should You Want Carb Smart Fudge Bars?

Each of the fudge bars contain only 70 calories, which is incredibly lower than most of my usually snacks. Then again, it’s also not a 1/2 pint of ice cream. But, I find it to still be a filling dessert for after lunch or dinner.

Carb Smart bars are great for those who are like me and have a sweet tooth but still watching their intake. They have a good taste and a silky-smooth texture.

I’ve come across quite a few “fudge” products that just seem to miss the mark in flavor. I’m glad to find that Breyer’s actually paid attention and created a decent weight-loss alternative.

Like I said before, it’s easier to portion out snacks if they’re already pre-packaged for you. I tried getting buckets of ice cream because it’s cheaper and tried to talk myself into properly measuring out each scoop by weight. Unfortunately, I suck at this process.

What Kind of Health Benefits Are In It?

Carb Smart Nutrition LabelThese fudge bars are made with Splenda, which drops the calorie count quite a bit. I am a fan of Splenda simply because it helped me lose a lot of weight just from not adding real sugar to my coffee.

In the end, the Breyer’s Carb Smart bars only contain 3g of sugars as opposed to the incredible number in most other frozen desserts.

Another aspect I like about the Carb Smart bars is the lower number of carbohydrates. The fudge bar product line only has 11g, which isn’t bad for a frozen dessert. Especially if you consider how I love things like Klondike bars year round.

According to the box, this snack has less than 2% of whey. This is a common additive when manufacturing healthy choices for eating. Whey is also a common element in many weight training and weight loss products.

Considering the formula for fudge bars, it also has a bit of vitamin A and calcium at 6% of your daily value each.

The Carb Smart fudge bars I picked up use no artificial growth hormones on the cows delivering the milk for the product. For those staying away from human-driven animal chemistry, this is a good product for yourself and the children.

Because it’s a frozen dessert, the Carb Smart bars have a low sodium count. In fact, the fudge bars only sit at 40mg. Again, this is far lower than most of my other snacks and meals. If you’re worried about high blood pressure, this is something you might be interested in.




Will It Work to Help Lose Weight?

The fats, low calories and low carbs are ideal for those on carb-conscious diets. Personally, I focus primarily on calories for losing weight. Which means the Carb Smart bars are about half of what I normally eat.

In other words, this helps keep my calorie totals in MyFitnessPal in the green. And this is how I’ve lost nearly 70 pounds…by watching the caloric intake and making better choices when eating and snacking.

But keep in mind that anything in excess is capable of damaging your weight loss journey. Just because it’s only 70 calories doesn’t mean you should have two in one sitting.

One thing I might have to point out is how the product contains maltitol. This is bad for those who have a problem with high blood-sugar levels. Maltitol is about four times the sweetness of sugar, and it has potential to raise your insulin levels. 1

This can be bad for certain diabetics, so you may want to watch your intake of products containing maltitol. However, this doesn’t mean Carb Smart bars will instantly throw your body into shock. It’s just something to note.

Speaking from someone who often feels the pangs of hypoglycemia, the Carb Smart bars don’t affect me in a negative way. Then again, this is because I often have a low blood-sugar level. 2

Carb Smart Fudge Bar

Where Can You Get Breyer’s Carb Smart Fudge Bars?

This is a Breyer’s ice cream product, which means you should be able to find it anywhere the brand is sold. Personally, I picked it up at my local Walmart. I don’t remember seeing them in Safeway, but I wasn’t really looking in the past.

I spent just over $3.00, which makes each bar worth a little more than $0.50 each. In the grand scheme of things, 50 cents really isn’t all that bad for a good tasting frozen treat.

What’s the Bottom Line?

I am a fan of the Healthy Choice fudge bars you can pick up from Costco. I would have to say the Breyer’s Carb Smart fudge bars are along the same lines in terms of quality. It’s still cheaper to pick them up from Costco, but this is a good alternative if you don’t have the means.

I’m more than likely going to add this to my regular shopping routine. I’ll try the other flavors as well, but this one is among my favorites now.




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Breyer's Carb Smart Fudge Bars

3.18
8.7

Taste

8.5/10

Price Value

8.0/10

Calories per Serving

9.3/10

Health Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Silky texture and good taste
  • Low calories, carbs and fats
  • No growth hormones

Cons

  • Cost per ounce is a little high
  • May be bad for diabetics

Sources

  1. https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/sugar-free-labels-can-be-deceptive/
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypoglycemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20373685

Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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