Product: Helwa Enjoy Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Wafers – $2.99+
I am not going to lie…there are times that I miss certain types of candy in my life. Because, I grew up on some of these famous chocolate bars…enjoyed them as a child into adulthood. Not on a regular basis, mind you, but every now and again, it was nice to indulge a little on…a Kit-Kat Bar. Seriously…Kit Kat Bars were an all-time favorite of mine. You’d think it would be Reese’s with how peanut butter crazy I am, but I would take a Kit-Kat over a peanut butter cup any day. My sister…the exact opposite. But there was just something so addicting about that chocolate coating over that crispy wafer. The sweet meets sweet. The texture, flaky…yet creamy. It was heaven in candy bar form.
I won’t like…to this day I get sad when have to bypass those little Kit-Kat Bars at the grocery store or department stores. Not that I need them…I don’t. And it’s not that I even want them (though, I kind of do!). It’s just that I physically can’t have them anymore.
Enter…what I deemed would be my crave stopper.
I was coming home from seeing The Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Dayton, Ohio…passing right through Cincinnati. And Cincinnati is the home of the most epic grocery store (aka: Foodie Heaven) in the world – Jungle Jim’s. And yes…whenever possible and whenever I have the time while traveling through…I make a point to stop in. They have a rather large gluten-free section (yes…mostly processed foods, but I don’t overindulge in these regularly…so every now and again, I pick something new up to try!)…so I try to find one or five (HA!) products that I’m curious about and haven’t seen anywhere else. On this last trip, I actually behaved myself. With the holiday season in full swing at the time, I was on a very tight budget.
But one inexpensive little treat did catch my eye…and it was because it looked all the world to be a gluten-free Kit-Kat Bar.
YES!! You better believe I shelled out the $3.00 to give this a try. But, I waited…and saved it while I worked through some items I had around longer. But tonight…tonight was the magic night. Dessert…half of the candy bar. Half of what I called a gluten-free Kit-Kat Bar. My only hope was that it lived up to everything I was making it out to be in my head.
So, the candy itself is called Helwa Enjoy Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Wafers. Not as catchy as Kit-Kat…but copyrights and all…*wink*. But, just from the image on the box…it looked all the world like my favorite candy bar growing up. I was overjoyed.
The Helwa Company has been family owned and operated since 1953, where Helwa Wafelbakkerij, located in the Netherlands, committed itself and its business to making premium quality cream-filled wafer biscuits. Since then, they have branched out from their traditional crispy, cream filled wafers to release products that are organic, gluten-free, sugar free and all natural. Not only that, they focus on using ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors.
The Helwa Enjoy Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Wafers…
…are LOVE!! They aren’t Kit-Kat’s…but they sure as hell come close. The wafer inside these are lighter and not as crispy as I remember Kit-Kat being (granted, it’s been 3 years since I’ve eaten one…and I’ve honestly forgotten how things taste at times). That being said, I loved the hit of sweetness with the light crispy wafer inside. It was very reminiscent of one of my favorite candy treats…and I devoured these…to the max! SO delicious!!
So, let’s talk about ingredients, shall we? The Helwa Enjoy Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Wafers are made from milk chocolate 80%, palm oil, sugar, rice flour, potato starch, teff flour, soy flour, skimmed cocoa powder, soy lecithin, coconut oil, free range egg yolk, salt, and sodium bicarbonate. These chocolate coated wafers are suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free and wheat-free.
As far as nutrition goes, I’m not going to lie…for being a candy bar, these aren’t bad statistics at all. The serving size is one pack- there are three in the wrapper – which…is like eating a standard Kit-Kat bar. This serving will provide you with 120 calories and 8 grams of fat. These are cholesterol free, but do contain 10 grams of sugar, which, for a candy bar isn’t awful. Not in the slightest. This serving will also dish up 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. It’s candy. It’s sugar. You won’t stay full for long. Trust me.
But…damn…is it ever good!! I don’t eat candy all that often, but when I do, I’m proud of indulgences like that. I can’t remember the last time I got to eat my favorite candy from my childhood and young adult life…but this came so close…it almost brought me to tears. Good things come in little packages!