Gross Food Week #7: Walden Farms Calorie Free Marshmallow Dip

Ah, yes, Walden Farms. We used to go there on field trips when I was a waifish little girl. Take a stroll past the emaciated cows, lowing for calorie-free feed and water as the calorie-free breeze blew gently on your face. Old Farmer Walden would strap up ol’ Treadmill, the starving mare, and we’d take a ride around the field, its crops skinny and sexy as always, the abundant corn and wheat sheaves nearly translucent after shedding all those calories.
Those were the good old days, and no trip would be complete without a taste of Mrs. Farmer Walden’s special calorie-free marshmallow dip. Of course, this was before WalCorp bought out the farm, but it was just as heavenly as it could be- just like the real, horrifically fatty obese child snack, only…more wholesome. Ha ha, no it wasn’t. I’m just screwing with you. In fact, this has the air of a product made prior to a big corporate buy-out. With its incredibly precious label and short ingredient list, it almost does look like something that an ingenious housewife would whip up in her kitchen, until you open the jar. Shit is downright chemical.
For a brief, miserable summer, my dad decided to teach me some of the basic intricacies of home repair. One of the only things I retained from that summer was how to properly wield an axe to chop firewood, how to perfect my summer burn while lounging outside watching actual home improvement workers do their jobs, and how to use caulk in a small imperfection in an area. Lest you underestimate my mettle, know that this is typical behavior. Because this post isn’t about calorie-free axe murder or harassing working people, let’s see if you can figure out where this is heading. Caulk is not edible, but appears to be. But if you’re a closeted pica sufferer, I’ve got great news: Walden Farms Calorie Free Marshmallow Spread is as close as you can get to legally ingesting caulk, and it’s sort of, kind of, real food.
Let’s get the legal mess out of the way: according to the FDA guidance, compliance, and regulatory information, chapter 9, appendix A, the definitions of nutrition claims, a product is able to state that it is “calorie-free” if it has 5 or less calories per serving. You will receive no legal compensation for ingesting eighty jars of this and getting fat. But it’s not even worth your zero to five calories per serving. With a perpetually cold, thick texture, like cold cream without the lingering scent of baby powder, and a pure white color that absorbs all darkness and shadows, it’s definitely providing all of the defensive indicators to alert you not to consume it. But we forge on, as always. It has a congealed, wet smell like molding wood, with a harsh sugary edge behind it, like the sweet powdered sugar and corn starch scent on marshmallows. It’s not quite a solid and yet too gelatinous to be a liquid, and falls off both spoons, knifes, and fingers, leaving a watery, chalky smear of a trail in its wake. Think saturated marshmallows that have taken a trip down the river, capisce?
The flavor is downright abrasive, with a hideous gloppiness, like poorly cooked pudding, that doesn’t disappear once placed on the tongue. It’s similar to taking an injection of Splenda right into the vein. Any trace of vanilla that was once in this, or at least near this, was absorbed by the great white mass and spat out into the ether, never to be seen again. The flavor is part synthetic and part Elmer’s glue, with an emphasis on the latter. It’s heinous. There’s no better way to tell you. It’s nothing like marshmallows, dip, or marshmallow fluff, which I took out to remind myself what real fake marshmallow spread is like. Phew. This product isn’t worth saving its exaggerated, implausible claim of 330 calories a day. You’re better off eating actual caulk and sealing your own mouth shut. I’m just thankful I didn’t spring for the zero calorie peanut butter and make myself a FlufferHater sandwich.

10 thoughts on “Gross Food Week #7: Walden Farms Calorie Free Marshmallow Dip”

  1. I might be the only person in the world that likes this stuff and gave it a positive review on my blog at CrazyFoodDude.com. Maybe my taste buds have died, but while I do find the taste to be somewhat odd, I still like the product itself.

  2. I’ll second that – I kind of like it…though I’ve noticed that the taste isn’t always consistent from jar to jar. Seems to taste better when mixed with something. I won’t be making fudge with it, but it’s not bad, for what it is (in my opinion!).

  3. I’ve never reviewed this at RodzillaReviews.com, though I have reviewed many other things at RodzillaReviews.com. I believe I tried this once and thought it tasted like aspartame and battery acid, literally throat searing. Again, I’ve never reviewed it on RodzillaReviews.com, but if I did – it wouldn’t score highly.

  4. Wow, you sure pulled in the “check out my blog” trollers with this one, didn’t you?

    I’ll say with this post, you really need to win something for having tried this. A nice bottle of wine, a decadent and creamy dessert, something!!

    I’m way suspicious of anything that claims “calorie-free” because, seriously, why WOULD YOU EAT THAT!!! (sorry to get all shouty) Food = calories. If it doesn’t have calories =/= food. Oy, girl, you are brave.

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