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The Package Contains the Words "Chocolate" and "Cake." What More do You Need?

  • Apr 11, 2009
Pros: They have chocolate

Cons: Way too light

The Bottom Line: Are you still looking at the words "chocolate" and "cake?" Quit drooling on your keyboard.

In terms of very odd sociological personality contradictions, the term "dieting chocoholic" probably shares a ranking near other impossible ideas like "black white supremist." It's easy to sympathize with these poor, confused people, trying to do what's good for their bodies but under constant assault by demons like Mars, Nestle, and Hershey's. Chocolate ranks near the top of a health nut's don't-go-there list even if it's stated as low-fat. (Low-fat, after all, only stays low-fat if you don't eat more of it than you would regularly.) 

Mini-Delights, from the grain gods at Quaker - best known for some of the best damn instant oatmeal on the planet - are the odest compromise between health and chocolate I've seen yet. These cute bite-sized cakes can usually be found in .70 ounce bags for easy portability in case of a road trip chocolate attack. Right on the bag, under the words "Mini-Delights," Quaker makes the proud shout that their bags are 90 calorie packs. A single bag of Quaker Mini-Delights contains 3.5 grams of fat, all saturated, and a gram each of dietary fiber and protein. The ingrediants are prevalent with wheat, milk, and soy and the bag warns they may contain traces of peanuts.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you would safely assume you could safely guess that what you are looking at is a duck, right? Quaker begs to differ. At first glance, Mini-Delights would be rice cakes. They share the same texture, same bland taste, and to a large extent, the same look. And when I say the same look, I mean some of them are flat. Some of them are bowl-shaped with chocolate drizzle on either the inside or the outside of the bowl. But Quaker says these cakes are actually multi-grain cakes which are made with two types of whole grain wheat flower. If there's a difference, I haven't been able to taste it. Indeed, Quaker seems to have created this particular flavor of Mini-Delight with the motto "chocolate makes everything better" solely in its mind. There's no effort put into the actual cake.

Depending on your palette, Mini-Delights will live or die depending on the chocolate drizzle. The drizzle is in fact drizzle, used sparingly on a single side of the cake. It's not milk chocolate but a well-made brand of dark chocolate which is just sweet enough to have any bitterness, yet not too sweet as to turn the chocolate taste into something which more closely resembles sugared wax. Despite the sparing use, the chocolate holds up very well under the bland taste of the actual cake and the result is a taste of chocolaty sweetness which is massaged by salty blandness. It makes for a beautiful simplicity. 

Quaker Mini-Delights are very tasty but very light. If you're looking for a simple snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, these will have definite value for the dieting chocoholic. But if you're taking a break from a construction job and you need something to fill yourself up, there's nothing in here to fill you up or convert into energy for the second half of the workday. The chocolate taste is stronger than one would expect, but not overwhelming. And supposing your diet is a 2000-calorie-a-day diet, this would only comprise a very small part of it, despite containing a 16 percent share of fat. It's a worthy effort to cater to sweet-toothed and the health nut, but I'm not going out of my way to hunt them down myself.


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