November 1, 2009

Petite Treats = Big Satisfaction

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Pepperidge Farm.

I must say that I was thrilled to be able to do this review of Pepperidge Farm® Petite Pirouette® and Petite Twists®. Pepperidge Farm cookies have been my personal favorite for many years now.

My mom and dad loved Pepperidge Farm® Mint Milano® cookies. I mean, hide them from the kids, loved them. Can you relate?

I'll never forget when I found my mom's secret stash of Milano cookies when I was a teenager. They were in a low cupboard, in a sauce pan with its lid on. INGENIOUS! What kid is ever going to go and look in the sauce pans? Well, I guess eventually I did, but I wonder how long she had been using that hiding spot. Moms are so smart! But those were her sweet indulgence in the day when she just needed a break.

Well, now I am a mom of three hungry kids who always want my treats. So, yes, I have resorted to a secret stash too. But sometimes you need something yummy, just for you.

What I love about the Pepperidge Farm Petite Pirouette and Petite Twists is that they look and taste like a guilty pleasure, but in reality, you don't have to feel guilty at all. Let me introduce you to these special treats.

Petite Pirouette is a delicate, crispy rolled wafer with creamy, chocolaty filling on the inside. Try either the chocolate hazelnut or chocolate crème flavor - or both! Three Petite Pirouette rolled wafers add up to 90 carefree calories!

Petite Twists puffed pastries have layers of delicate, crisp pastry swirled with sweet cinnamon or raspberry. A delightful treat with 90 calories in two treats!

Now, these petite treats are perfection by themselves, but they take one of my favorite indulgences to the next level. Ice cream! I made these sundaes in the spirit of the petite treats. They are high impact visually and on the taste buds, but very forgiving when it comes to your waistline. P.S - Sharing is optional.

Petite Pirouette Sundae

Doesn't that look good?

All I did was layer:

1/4 cup light vanilla ice cream
1 TBSP sugar-free hot fudge
thinly sliced banana

Repeat layers and top with light whipped cream and a Chocolate Crème or Chocolate Hazelnut Petite Pirouette

When I took a bite of the Cinnamon Petite Twists, I tasted a flaky apple pie crust. Oh yum! So I decided to make an apple pie topping for reduced fat vanilla ice cream with this perfect, flaky, Cinnamon Petite Twist as the crust. Here is the recipe for the topping:

Apple Pie Ice Cream Topping


  • 4 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large skillet, combine the apples, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons water, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cook and stir over medium heat for 4-7 minutes or until fruit is tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining water until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve over ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup (calculated with 1/2 cup reduced-fat ice cream) equals 197 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1 starch.

Add some light whipped cream and a Cinnamon Petite Twist and you have a "deconstructed" guilt free apple pie for the holidays.

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