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When You Need a Treat: Pillsbury’s Sweet Moments Brownies

Pillsburty Sweet Moments

Pillsbury's Sweet Moments Brownie Bites are yummy, but one must exercise portion control!

When Pillsbury contacted us to let us try its new Sweet Moments Bite-Size Brownies flavors, I knew it would be a bit of a stretch. We usually talk about the healthier side of snacking—granola bars, lighter versions of bad-for-you indulgences. But I just couldn’t pass up testing out their two new flavors, Caramel Brownie Cheesecake and Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake. Seriously.

Are they yummy? Of course they are. When my husband skeptically bit into one (he’s used to being my secondary taste-tester for reviews), I said, “Don’t worry, it’s not healthy.” He breathed a sigh of relief and said he could tell. Served cool, the outside chocolate layer is crisp and the inner layers of brownie, cheesecake and filling are moist and delicious. I’m not going to lie: I was more than a little sad when Hurricane Irene’s power outage forced me to toss the packages before I’d had a chance to “test” all of them.

With 12 brownie bites to a package, you’re going to want to make sure you pace yourself and avoid tossing the whole package down the hatch in one sitting. Three pieces of the caramel cheesecake version will cost you 190 calories, while raspberry cheesecake will clock in at 180. However? I was usually more than satisfied with one of the bites and never ate more than two, which honestly isn’t a terrible calorie count for an occasional dessert. And come on—you’re getting a cheesecake AND brownie fix. So, if you’re a cheesecake, brownie or chocolate lover, AND you can get a grip on portion control, these indulgences are a perfect way to grab a moment to your mom-self and treat yourself after a tough day!

Want to try some of your own? Comment below and consider yourself entered to win a coupon for a free Sweet Moment (or 12) of your own. Winners will be randomly chosen in about a week. U.S. residents only, please.

How do you indulge? Any tricks on getting high-calorie cravings satisfied in a lower-calorie way? —Erin

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