Bear with me though. I'm going to be a little unorthodox. In case you haven't noticed, this post isn't titled "Food Review of Yasso bars." See, while I am a diehard Yasso lover, I also found these new bars by Enlightened that I've just go to share. While my parents were gone for a second week on St. John, I did a heck of a lot of grocery shopping. After wandering the aisles of Kroger for an hour, I came to the frozen food for my beloved Yasso bars. To my dismay: They were fresh out of every flavor but one that my family doesn't like as much-- chocolate raspberry-- so I grabbed some Enlightened bars. They were less expensive and pretty comparable, so I figured I'd give them a try. It sure beat running to another grocery store for the Yasso bars. Anyway, when I finally tried one of the bars that night: I was shocked. It wasn't just good...it was GOOD! My Yasso-obsessed-mind was confused and my taste buds were rocked. So now, the question becomes: Which is better?!
This simply isn't a fair question though! They are both heaven in my mouth. Rather than sway you one way or the other-- because I don't quite know myself-- I'll just present the facts and you can go out and try these two delectable treats for yourself!
chocolate fudge, mint chocolate chip, dark chocolate raspberry, sea salt caramel, peanut butter cup, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla bean, mango and coconut
*Nutrition varies by bar, but all bars have 6-7 g of protein and 80-100 calories
These bars are the more expensive of the two brands. At full price at Kroger, a box goes for $6, which is an awful lot! I found coupons the last time I bought some (buying groceries for the family), but that isn't usually the case. However, Kroger has had a digital coupon for them lately, so hopefully that continues. It helps me rationalize my extreme addiction to these things.
My favorite Yasso bar has to be either raspberry or sea salt caramel. It just depends if I'm in the mood for a fruity bar or a different flavor, but I can't say I dislike any of them. However, I haven't been able to find the elusive mango or vanilla bean flavor. Every flavor I've tried is extremely smooth and melts in your mouth after a couple of minutes to thaw. Perhaps it is just me, but the blueberry flavor always seems to fall off the stick for me though...which is a tad weird, but it tastes just as good with a spoon. My only negative about these bars is the price. I've found coupons online, like the one HERE, but they are usually around $6 a box. That's a lot for only four bars. When I'm at college, maybe not. When I'm at home: I have one every single day :)
Enlightened Ice Cream Bars
Flavors: fudge, coffee, orange cream, peanut butter and toasted almond
*Enlightened Ice Cream bars do contain erythritol, which is controversial in the healthy food market. They also have a few ingredients on their list that I've never heard of, which can be a red flag. If you are one who is very sensitive to what is in your food, this is something you will want to research further.
Enlightened Ice Cream bars are about the same price as the Yasso bars. They've been on sale lately though because they are quite new. I'd be interested to see how the prices compare over time.
My take: What gives? If you look at the stats, the Enlightened Ice Cream bars look like they are leaps and bounds above the Yasso bars. Here's the thing though: the ingredient list for the Enlightened bars is a little iffy, and they are a bit smaller than the Yasso bars. I do love them though. I've only been able to find the peanut butter and fudge flavors, but they're both delish! They definitely have a creamier texture than the Yasso bars, but then again: They don't have the fruity flavors that Yasso has. They also don't have any iron, while Yasso bars have 2% of your daily iron needs.
With the price and nutrition to be pretty comparable, I would say that the debate lies in what flavor you are looking for. The Enlightened fudge bar beats the Yasso fudge bar hands down. But the fruity flavors of the Yasso bars and the Yasso sea salt caramel are pretty amazing themselves, plus they are a bit larger than the Enlightened bars. In the end, I'd say you can't go wrong with either. Both brands give you a great dessert that is loaded with protein, calcium and taste. Try both the next time you hit the store. Let me know which you like better, or if you prefer a different brand!