Review: Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons by Amy Dungan

Jennie's Coconut Macaroons

If you like coconut, you probably have a soft spot for coconut macaroons. If you are also living the low-carb lifestyle, you probably miss coconut macaroons as well. I wasn’t so much a coconutty kind of person before starting a low-carb diet, so macaroons weren’t something I ate often, if at all. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had the full-sugar version. I’m telling you this so you’ll know that I can’t really compare this product to it’s high-carb counterpart, since I can’t recall what they were like. What I can do is tell you what I think of

I had no idea what to expect with these cookies. They look like little balls of cake, which certainly had me anticipating trying them. Pulling one out of the package, they were kinda of sticking to my fingers and they smelled really good. To make a long story short – they are good. No. Not just good. These macaroons are oh-dear-heaven-I’d-sell-my-grandmother-for-these good. Moist and chewy, the texture is certainly what you’d expect from a coconut dessert. They also have that rich coconut taste that is perfectly sweetened.

I found myself walking by these often, wondering if I have the courage to have one more serving of Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons. I say courage because these are sweetened with maltitol. Yes, my old nemesis. I have to admit that I’m totally in awe of these little balls of chewy goodness though – not one tummy gurgle despite eating more than one serving in a day. I’m not sure why this happened, but I’m not complaining. Normally I would have eaten a couple of servings of something with maltitol and then would have requested to have my mail forwarded to my bathroom for the rest of the week.

Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons has the kind of ingredient list that makes me tingle from head to toe. Jennies Coconut Macaroons contains a whole 3 ingredients. If one of those wasn’t maltitol, I think I’d be enjoying these very often. I’m also very impressed with what these cookies do not have. There is no soy, wheat, sulfites, lactose or trans fats.

Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 2 macaroons
  • Servings per container 5
  • Calories 70
  • Calories from Fat 35
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 10mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
  • Dietary fiber 1
  • Sugars 1g
  • Sugar alcohol 12g
  • Protein 1g

Ingredients: Unsweetened sulfite free coconut, maltitol and egg whites.

*Net carbs as listed by the manufacturer on the package = 0g per serving. (Personally, I would probably count at least some of these sugar alcohol carbs anyway.)

You can also find Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons in chocolate, which I’ve haven’t yet tried, but hope to soon. I can only imagine how tasty these would be with the addition of chocolate. (Chocolate makes everything better, right?) These would be great for the occasional treat, but I wouldn’t recommend them for daily consumption. Despite the fact that they didn’t cause me to be socially offensive, they could probably stall weight loss if eaten too often.

I’m now a big fan of Jennies Coconut Macaroons and give these 4 1/2 stars. If they find a way to make these without the maltitol, I’ll be head over heels in love.

Disclosure: I was provided this product free of charge in order to review it. It in no way affected my opinion of the product.

© 2011 by Amy Dungan. Article and photograph used by kind permission of the author. Send Amy your comments to Amy Dungan.

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