It’s been a long time since I’ve had the leading brand of fig cookies, so I can’t accurately assess for taste… but one of my sugar-eating friends says they’re “tooth-achingly sweet.”
Q: Does a cookie that’s made with figs (which are super-sweet already) have to have a whole lot of extra sugar added to it?
Speaking for my own family: my preschooler doesn’t often ask for dessert, but when he does it’s great to instead have Barbara’s Fig Bars on hand (which is difficult, as I love to eat them myself.) He doesn’t like the super-sweet fig cookies now, perhaps because his first introduction to fig bars was to ones that, though only sweetened with fruit products, taste darn good.
Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Figs, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Whey (From Milk), Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Baking Soda, Cultured Dextrose, Calcium Lactate, Malic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Sulfur Dioxide Added To Preserve Freshness. Contains: Wheat, Milk, Soy, Sulfites.
And here are the ingredients in Barbara’s Whole Wheat Fig Bars. (They also put out Multigrain Fig Bars and Raspberry Fig Bars. )Sweeteners are again in bold lettering.
Fig filling (Fig Paste, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid), Pineapple Juice Syrup, Whole Wheat Flour, Whole Barley Flour, Date Paste, Fig Paste, Raisin Juice Concentrate, Expeller Pressed Non GMO Canola Oil, Baking Soda, Salt.
According to the labels I’ve checked, ( Nabisco’s
….) they have the same amount of calories (110 for two cookies.) Nabisco is (unfortunately) cheaper than Barbara’s, though, (the informal pricing I’m doing is coming up with about a $.40 difference) and they’re easier to find. (Look for Barbara’s in the specialty sections of grocery stores, or in health food stores, or on-line.)
Q: If you’re on a low-sugar diet and can afford it, are Barbara’s Fig Bars worth hunting down and paying a little more for?
A: Try ’em. You’ll most likely say “Yup.”