Walden Farms products are definitely hit or miss (and maybe a little bit more miss than hit), but that hasn't deterred me from being adventurous (some would say foolish) in trying their products. Take today, for example, when I decided on a whim to purchase the Walden Farms Apple Butter. Would it taste as artificial as the others, or would this one hit the right notes? I couldn't wait to find out.
The first thing I did was scan the ingredient list to see what I was in store for, and I was met with lots of chemical-sounding compounds. I must say, though, I expected no less from a zero-calorie product. Those ingredients are: triple filtered purified water, apple flavor, dehydrated apple, natural flavors, sucralose, citric acid, cellulose gel, and xanthan gum. Actually, I think most of those are in there to give this product its jam-like consistency, so maybe it's not as artificial as it could be.
I cautiously opened the product and took out a spoonful. I know it seems strange that I chose to eat it straight, but I wanted to get a sense of what it tasted like on its own before using it as a topping or spread. I must say, I was very surprised and pleased with the taste! The apple flavor was surprisingly real (I guess that's because it actually has dehydrated apples in it), and it had a little bit of a cinnamon-like kick at the end. The consistency isn't quite as thick as jam, but then again apple butter generally has somewhat of a different consistency to begin with. It's more of a jello-like texture, but once it's spread on something, you don't notice it. I smeared some on a slice of bread and added peanut butter to another slice for a delicious sandwich.
Walden Farms products are marketed as calorie free, sugar free, fat free, gluten free and there is a long list of 0's on the nutrition label. They have a LOT of products including jams, syrup, peanut butter, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, and many other sauces (including marinara!). The Caramel Dip has already been reviewed - and it was not a favorable review - but the lure of calorie free dips was too strong, so I ignored prior warnings and tried the Walden Farms Chocolate Dip, Caramel Dip, and Marshmallow Dip.
All three dips I tried tasted weird, tangy, chemically, and way too artificially sweet. They all had the same gummy texture, although I think the Caramel dip was tolerable in small amounts. The chocolate dip was revolting! Now this stuff isn't cheap. Each 12 ounce container was over $5.00! Still, the thought of calorie free chocolate made me spend a ridiculous amount of money on these sweets - a decision I intensely regret and hope to save you from.
Have you tried any of the calorie-free products from Walden Farms? They focus on sales and distribution of specialty sauces featuring no carbohydrates, no sugar, no fat, no cholesterol and no calories. I have tried several of their products and I must say I've yet to find something that I like. I was hoping this Walden Farms Calorie Free Caramel Dip would be the answer to my prayers, but unfortunately I was once more left disappointed.
After seeing how thick the caramel looked, I was willing to give it a shot. I must admit I was kind of excited but that feeling didn't last too long. I opened it and scoop a spoonful of caramel dip, the texture looked nice, creamy and thick but unfortunately that was all that was good in this product. The taste was bland, kind of sweet, but very far from resembling a delicious caramel flavor. After eating it, I experienced an awful, kind of weird and bitter after taste. Believe me when I tell you that you really don't want to find out for yourself, just stay away from it!