Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Enjoy Life Foods- You Had Me at Decadent

Recently, a representative from Enjoy Life Foods contacted me and asked if I would like to sample some of their Decadent Bars.....is that even a question, really? Are you kidding me? Out of all the companies that I have been lucky enough to receive samples from, Enjoy Life Foods always seems to get me weak in knees. Not only are all of their products safe for everyone in our family but they are one company that never sends us an item that we do not like. And samples- I will admit, I am a sample hog. A food allergy mom with two children that cooks all of the time, send me something that is healthy, tasty and I don't have to cook? Yes please!
Decadence, let's first go over the definition of the word itself. As per the online dictionary, it means "unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence." This being said, I firmly believe that these products were named correctly. I will say that these effected me differently. As you have seen in previous product reviews for Enjoy Life Foods products, I tend to come up with different ways to use them rather than just eating them. These were strangely just coaxing me to eat them as is. And as hard as it was, I did just that (minus the bars that I rationed to my children so they would let me finish tasting them.)

Cherry Cobbler 
My first tasting (scat, children- get away, mine!) - the consistency was great- not too dry and nothing so different from any other bar. This is meant as a compliment. For those of you who do not have food allergies, it is very often difficult to find products that not only taste good but also feel similar to non-allergenic foods. The cherry flavor coupled with a bit of a buttery taste was just like a square piece of pie. For more information about the ingredients, please click here.

S'Mores 
Three words- nom, nom, nom. These are like an allergy-friendly candy bar. The chocolaty goodness was just unbelievable! (ok, my mouth is watering again.) My daughter and I snuck into the kitchen to try these secretly and what we also discovered is that when you eat them alone, they are really good but when you crumble them and put them on top of dairy free ice cream, watch out. You know all of those times you heard your child say they wished they could have those fancy toppings on their ice cream or that special shake with all of the extra goodies in it? This is the answer to that dilemma. I would send you some but these were the first to be gone in our house- I only got one and I was the sampler...talk about unfair. Ingredients can be seen here.

Chocolate Sunbutter  
I do admit, it took me a bite or two to get hit with the flavor in these bars but when I did, whoa. Another chocolaty goodness with a slight hint of Sunbutter flavor. Personally, I found that the bars almost have a caramel-like flavor similar to a candy bar that I have had but cannot put my finger on. I was munching away and I had a few leftover so I decided to try to get back into my old custom of making something with them. Viola- a fast and easy muffin was born.  I used Gluten Free Pantry Muffin & Scone mix as directed and crumbled bits of the Chocolate Sunbutter Decadence Bar into the batter as well as extra crumbles on top. Fast, easy and all gone! Sometimes, simple is better. Ingredients for the Chocolate Sunbutter bars can be seen here.

Cinnamon Bun

Let me set the scene for you- it was a grey, dreary day and all I really wanted was a good cup of tea and something to make me feel satisfied. Almost like when you were little and your grandmother would bake you special cookies? This is the feeling that I got when I tasted these. I considered compiling a recipe but honestly, these were perfect just with my cup of tea. Not too sweet but very similar to an old fashioned cookie of my childhood. My only regret is that I have plenty of tea left but no more bars. It's ok, I will just need a minute to regain my composure... perhaps, a sweet and pure soul will take pity on me and send me some more. Please find the ingredients here.

I want to thank Enjoy Life Foods for all of these delicious samples and for allowing me to be a part of their product reviews. As a food allergy mom, I am grateful that these products are safe and delicious for ALL children, not just children with food allergies. For more information about what other products Enjoy Life Foods offers, please visit their website at www.enjoylifefoods.com.



2 comments:

  1. Fantastic review on our decadent bars! We really appreciate the thoughtfulness that went with describing each flavor and using them in new recipes.

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