Vitalicious VitaTops

VitaTops

These 100 calorie treats give you nothing but the muffin top and lots of flavor. The downside of these treats is that I don’t feel satisfied after having one. I’ve tried them for breakfast and still felt as hungry as before I ate them. Snack, same thing. The most disappointing thing about the VitaTops is the packaging. Picture after picture show lots of chips, fruit or whatever on top, yet I keep getting VitaTops with few. I’ve yet to see one that comes close to what I see on the packages.

Apple Crumb VitaTops: The newest addition to the VitaTop family contains apple chunks and crumb topping and is made with apple sauce and organic sugar. I toasted the Apple Crumb and it’s better than using the Microwave. The top was not crumbly as I had hoped and I barely noticed the apple chunks. After trying it a second time, I’m not sold on eating this one again. This isn’t to say it’s awful, but rather I can pass on it for something else especially the Double Chocolate Dream. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 8g fiber and 3g protein. Rating: 3/5

Banana Choco Chip VitaTops: Wow. THREE banana-flavored VitaTops. Read the next two and you’ll see they have been disappointments. This is the newest addition and Vitalicious got it! Like having a well-made banana bread — just a touch of banana flavor with chocolate chips bringing it home. One of my faves. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 9g fiber and 5g protein. Rating: 4/5

Banana Fudge VitaTops: Banana? What banana? This tastes like any other chocolate flavored VitaTop with chocolate chips. Banana Fudge Kosher VitaTops with real cocoa, chocolate chips, banana puree, whole wheat & organic sugar. Nutrition:  100 calories, 1.5g fat, 7g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 1.5/5

Banana Nut VitaTops: Finally, a VitaTop with lots of a topping — in this case, the nuts. But this one also has the weakest flavor. I can hardly taste banana, and it’s one of those flavors that shine through easily. At one point, I thought I was eating Golden Corn VitaTop (and I had not even tried it yet). I didn’t even finish it. These contain walnuts, rolled oats and whole wheat. Nutrition:  100 calories, 2g fat, 8g fiber and 5g protein. Rating: 1.5/5

BlueBran VitaTops: I made this one after the Cranbran and thought it’d be the same. It isn’t. This one was not as tasty as the Cranbran. How? I can’t figure it out. Maybe the cranberries play nicer with the muffin than the blueberries. Note to self: Cook longer next time. Made with real blueberries, cinnamon, whole wheat and organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 5g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 2.5/5

Chocolate Mint VitaTops: This tastes like the other chocolate VitaTops, except add the right amount of mint flavor that neither overwhelms or underwhelms. Delicious way to take care of those cravings for something chocolate and minty. The all natural muffin tops are made with real milk chocolate, chocolate chips, whole wheat & natural peppermint oil. Delicious cooked in the microwave. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 9g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 4.5/5

CranBran VitaTops: I made the Raisin Bran VitaTop before this one and expected the Cranbran to taste the same except substitute the craisins for the raisins. The cranberry tasted better. I don’t know if it’s because I cooked it a tad longer to get a little more crisp with a slight burnt taste to hide the bran-ish taste. But the cinnamon comes through much better here and blends beautifully with the bran and cranberries. The all natural Cranbran has real cranberries, cinnamon, organic sugar, whole wheat, soy and oat bran. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 5g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 3.5/5

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate VitaTops: One bite and you get a satisfying dark chocolate flavor with a touch of fruitiness.  The VitaTop also has melty chocolate chips to add soft texture to the wonderful flavor. The dark chocolate pomegranate contains cocoa, pomegranate, whole wheat and organic sugar. Each muffin top contains CoroWise brand TM which may help lower cholesterol. Rating: 4.5/5

Deep Chocolate VitaTops: It’s hard to tell the difference with the different chocolate VitaTops. They’re all good and moist. This one had the fewest chips with only two, maybe three. I could hardly detect melty goodness. Nonetheless, still a wonderful chocolate treat. Deep Chocolate contains cocoa, chocolate chips, whole wheat & organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 9g fiber and 4g protein.Rating: 4/5

Double Chocolate Dream VitaTops: I think these are my favorite. When I took the VitaTop out of the toaster oven, the smell reminded me of chocolate PopTarts. Of course, it doesn’t taste like that — just pure chocolaty goodness. The VitaTop doesn’t have very many chips and I couldn’t taste the white chips.  Double chocolate Dream VitaTops contain cocoa, white chocolate chips, whole wheat and organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 9g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 4/5

Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTops: Definitely a rich chocolate flavor with the occasional peanut butter zing as there aren’t many chips in a VitaTop. Wishing there were more chips, but know that it would increase the calories and all. Pictures show at least 10 chips. Mine had maybe five. The VitaTop does better in the toaster oven. I microwaved it to thaw it (just a little too much at 20 seconds) and then toasted it. Much better and peanut butter comes through more, but not as much as hoped. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 8g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 3.5/5

Golden Corn VitaTops: Wasn’t sure what to expect this one — a corn bread copy, perhaps? Corn bread isn’t one of my favorite things, but I don’t dislike it. The Golden Corn VitaTop has a subtle sweet corn flavor. It’s a tasty flavor that will please corn bread and corn lovers. Made with corn flour, corn bran, whole wheat and organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 10g fiber and 3g protein. Rating: 3.5/5

Raisin Bran VitaTops: I love all things raisins including raisin bran. So I figure this one would be a winner. Not so much. The chocolate VitaTops beat this. The only advantage Raisin Bran VitaTop has over the others with chocolate chips is that it has a better raisin to VitaTop ratio than the chips do. The VitaTop itself without the raisin just leans towards the “bran” taste that people complain about and I tend to like this stuff more than the average person. The cinnamon doesn’t come through well. The all natural Raisin Bran has real raisins, cinnamon, organic sugar, whole wheat and oat bran. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1g fat, 5g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 2.5/5

Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTops: Another one that smells like chocolate Pop Tarts. Since I am not eating these side-by-side with the Double Chocolate Dream, I can’t taste a difference. The only difference I can tell is that these come with chocolate chunks. But bite after bite is chocolate goodness with the occasional melty chip. These contain cocoa, milk chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, whole wheat and organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 9g fiber & 4g protein. Rating: 4/5

Sugar Free Velvety Chocolate VitaTops: Tastes like any other chocolate VitaTop with melty chocolate chips. The biggest surprise: It was not dry. Nutrition: 90 calories, 2g fat, 9g fiber, 23g carbs & 4g protein. Rating: 4/5

VitaSandwich

These are whole wheat English muffin sandwiches with egg and cheese. I tried both the Egg ‘n Cheese and Veggie VitaSandwiches. Dry. Bland. Segregated in that they don’t blend together well. After heating the sandwich, the cheese wouldn’t melt into the rest of the sandwich. It kept coming apart even when melted and plenty hot. Sure, it breaks seven records — but taste ain’t one of them. Is it me? Nah. I had others try it and all had same comments. Nutrition: 150 calories, 2g fat, 0g sat fat, 3g cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 23g carbs, 7g fiber, 3g sugar, 14g protein. Rating: 3/5

Note: I tried them again cooking them differently and it was much better. I toasted the English muffin and carefully cooked the rest of the sandwich in the microwave. Upgraded rating from a 1 to 3.

VitaMuffins

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffins (4oz size): I rather have the 2oz for 100 calories, but this came in a packaged deal. The size of these are bigger than homemade muffins, but not giant like you see in coffee shops. The rich chocolaty muffin also smells like chocolate PopTarts when you take it out of the oven. It fulfills your chocolate cravings and the melty chips just ooze in your mouth. The muffin was not dry at all and had the texture of a good muffin. I still felt hungry after eating one for a snack after my workout and drinking lots of water. You’d think the 18g fiber would fill me up. These contain cocoa, chocolate chips, whole wheat & organic sugar. Nutrition: 200 calories, 3g fat, 18g fiber, 7g protein. Rating: 4/5

VitaBrownies

Deep and Velvety Chocolate VitaBrownies: This thick brownie would be better thinner and wider than thick and square. Maybe the company did this so it wouldn’t have to spread the nuts, but it has a generous amount of nuts on most brownies. One of the four looked lonely with so few walnuts. Anyway, it tastes like a brownie should — no dryness and lots of chocolate. However, I didn’t like it and I almost didn’t finish it, but I was trying to figure out how to describe it. It has no weird aftertaste. Just not tasty like the other chocolate products. Contains cocoa, walnuts, whole wheat and organic sugar. Nutrition: 100 calories, 6g fiber and 4g protein. Rating: 2/5

Peanut Buttery