REVIEW: Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies (Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge)

Written by | July 20, 2011

Topics: 4 Rating, 5 Rating, Fiber One

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies (Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge)

Oh, Fiber One Brownies – how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways:

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Let’s start over.  It was the best of brownies; it was the worst of brownies.  Well, actually not so much “best”…

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Fiber One Brownies, I love you true; you keep me thin, you make me–

Hmm.

You know, sometimes a clever intro just isn’t happening.  (Some would argue that for me they NEVER happen.)  Let’s just move on.

As past reviews will attest, I’m generally not very good about what I eat.  Way too much soda, red meat, and sugary products, and not nearly enough stuff that is statistically less hazardous for you than rat poison.  Fiber One Brownies are an attempt at a compromise, finding something that won’t kill me and might actually make me healthier without requiring the slightest change in diet.  Because I’m an American, dammit, and if you think I’m not eating what I want when I want, you can get the hell back to Russia, commie.  Some of you may consider that jingoistic, but ask yourselves this: where’s my scotch?  Come on, scotch, you and I need to get this review done by toml;djknsado;aodnj

While the idea of a low-calorie dessert that also tastes awesome is obviously going to appeal to everyone, I think most of us are rightly skeptical of such products, as 9 times out of 10 they taste like urinal cakes rather than the thing they’re trying to emulate.  So I went in with understandable trepidation, yet also hopes that this would be the product to reverse the trend.  Visually they look okay — kind of small, but for 90 calories you’re probably not expecting a massive brick of chocolate.  But in terms of taste?  Put it this way: I’m halfway through each box, and I’ll let you know when I get to a good one.

I think “moist” is an adjective most people would use to describe their ideal brownies and towelettes, and it’s also the last word you’d use in reference to Fiber One Brownies.  “Like they mixed coffee grounds in with the recipe” would be a more apt descriptor.  They’re basically the dessert equivalent of the saltine challenge.  You just might be able to eat six in a minute, but if they don’t dehydrate your mouth, they’ll be dehydrating you in an entirely different way in the near future.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that means you should definitely try it.  Let me know how that works out.

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

The peanut butter ones do carry a peanut butter taste, but it seems to coexist alongside the chocolate instead of melding together.  It’s like a gentrified country club that reluctantly agrees to allow minorities in, but then refuses to talk to them and pretends they aren’t there.  And yes, I just compared peanut butter to racist WASPs, which should tell you just how uninspired this peanut butter is.  And how very, very far I’ll go to stretch a metaphor.

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies Chocolate Fudge Brownies

The chocolate fudge variety is slightly better just by virtue of not trying to mix together two flavors that seem bound and determined to fight each other.  There’s just a hint of fudge flavor underlying the chocolate, which I don’t blame them for because for 90 calories, I had assumed one of the packaging machines was operated by a guy who once heard about fudge from a friend.  It’s a bit less dry than the peanut butter kind, though actually using the word “moist” on the back of the package is still an exaggeration gross enough to merit at least three lawsuits.  Still, I suppose if you’ve only got 90 calories left to spare for lunch and you work at one of those places that frowns on drinking light beer at your desk, there are worse options out there.  Not many, but some.

Between this review and Stephanie’s shit fit from the other day, it may seem like we’re beating up on Fiber One lately.  But really, it’s their own fault for sucking.  Sure it’s impressive that the products are so low calorie and will probably induce you to lose at least half of that, but if they taste bad, I can just eat celery and not pretend I’m getting dessert out of it.  I suppose these are useful for people who are mentally hung up on the idea of needing dessert but don’t have the calories to spare, but everyone else can safely take a pass.  Your colon may not thank you, but your taste buds will.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 brownie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie – 90 calories, 30 calories from fat, 3 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 110 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of total carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 7 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein.  Chocolate Fudge Brownie – 90 calories, 25 calories from fat, 3 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of total carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein.)

Other Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies reviews:
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Item: Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies (Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge)
Price: 2 for $5.00 (on sale)
Size: 6 brownies
Purchased at: Giant
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Chocolate Fudge Brownie)
Pros: Low calorie.  Small, so easy to transport.  Visually acceptable.  Tasty hint of fudge.  Cheaper than a colonoscopy.
Cons: Non-clever intros.  Coffee ground brownies.  Moist as a hot sidewalk in July.  Racist peanut butter.  Fiber dehydration.  Stretching metaphors like a woodchuck stuck in a taffy machine.






23 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Marvo says:

    I tried both of these. I also tried the cereal Stephanie reviewed. I’ve consumed more fiber these past two weeks than I did for the previous two months.

    • Gurleen says:

      I love these Fiber One Brownies and also the bars!! I don’t know why people are hating on them so much!! I’m in wrestling and lately, they have been helping me keep my weight down. They taste delicious to me-better than a regular brownie..but then again, it might be because I don’t like things that are toooo chocolaty. Overall, I love that I bought these Fiber One Brownies and Bars because they are amazing :D

  2. Lisa says:

    alriiiiiiighty, guess im not buying these. I wasn’t really expecting them to taste good anyway- only 3 grams of fat? 7 grams of sugar? wheres the flavor coming from? and then theres the fact I hate fake fiber. oh well. thanks for the heads up :)

  3. Orchid64 says:

    “Fiber One Brownies, I love you true; you keep me thin, you make me–”

    With a little modification, we get, “Fiber One Brownies, you make me thin, you keep me poopin’.”

    It’s ad copy gold! Gold, I tells ya!

  4. Shannon says:

    Out of curiosity, I recently tried these too. I agree with the dryness and coffee taste you mentioned. I enjoyed the thought of eating such a more healthy brownie than I probably enjoyed eating the brownie itself. Also once I heated them in the microwave and allowed the chocolate chips to melt, they were a little better.

  5. Lizabet says:

    Another awesome review.

    Drew, you are the wind beneath my wings. Especially after that much fiber.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Yeah Fiber One, stop sucking so hard!

    I will never enjoy a dessert bar that makes me think of country clubs.

    Awesome review!

  7. Drew says:

    Lisa: I suffer so you don’t have to. ;) Cheers!

    Shannon: I could see microwaving them making the taste a bit better. Maybe I’ll try that with, oh, the six I have left.

    Lizabet: Is that why my 2-year-old has been avoiding me? I thought it was just because I’m uncool.

    Stephanie: I heard Tiger Woods fired his caddy because he tried giving him Fiber One products on the course. Probably a true story.

  8. Callie says:

    ^_^;; I actually love these things.

    I’m lactose intolerant so for me it is a way to enjoy brownies because the milk/butter fat content is much lower than a regular brownie.

    As for the coffee taste that people keep noting, it is cause by the replacement of some of the chocolate with something called Chicory which is often used as a coffee substitute.

  9. denise says:

    I love the fiber one brownies! I am on weight watchers, so the ability to have a little brownie for 2 points is a bonus! They are yummy warmed in the microwave and topped with a little cinnamon-infused whipped cream. mmmm. They are a tad dry, but the whipped cream and warming helps. They taste more dark-chocolatey to me.

    • Tara says:

      I too love these brownies…I’m so glad to see someone else does. Honestly, I’m afraid I’m becoming addicted to these little things – I’m also on weightwatchers – so with a glass of skim milk (also just 2 points) they are fantastic! I think it’s the chicory that I’m favoring… I’m from southern Louisiana so I drink coffee with chicory as well. Anyway – hopefully General Mills won’t stop making these because of the bad reviews :(

  10. charlotte says:

    You are way off, these brownies are great. They are 90 calories! Which is awesome. We eat a lot of healthy food in my house. We buy fat free milk, ground turkey, never any red meat. I hide these from my kids, otherwise they would eat them all.

  11. ashley says:

    These brownies are awesome…everytime I go to the grocery store they’re sold out of them (so my husband and I aren’t the only ones who seem to love them). Everyone else whose tried them at my job also are pleasantly surprised they’re yummy. Not too sweet and not heavy. My husband prefers these to normal brownies, oddly enough…

  12. Kevin says:

    Nice dark chocolate flavor. No, not as good as home-made, but not bad either. Every time I eat one, I’m amazed that the chocolate is so dark tasting. For me, that’s a good thing. I love dark chocolate.

  13. Lori says:

    I need at least a whole glass of water just eat one brownie. :P Its fun to watch my little sister try and eat one in the car without a drink, makes road trips even that more fun :D

  14. Josh says:

    I don’t understand why people on here seem to dislike them. They are delicious and not as dry as people are whining about. They taste great and they’ll keep you regular, why not eat them?

  15. susan says:

    really?? i love these! my problem is trying not to eat a whole box in one sitting. lol. however i grew up in the 80′s and 90′s, by grow up i mean teens and 20′s, when diet food was REALLY bad. rice cakes were like chewing on a beer box and i held my nose and ate cottage cheese while gagging the whole time til i just couldnt do it anymore. so i ate plain tuna with 2 crackers and and 3 grapes. so im pretty happy about the fiber one brownies. my husband and sons might not agree due to all the gas that can occur! hahaha

  16. SB says:

    I tried these and they aren’t terrible. My main complaint is the gas that comes with them if you eat more than one. Ugh.

    • Sarah says:

      Unbelievable gas!!! They are very delicious but I have too much gas from eating one! Guess I’ll have to find something else…

  17. Jessica says:

    I love Fiber One bars!! Seriously!! When you need a skinny stomach, start a week ahead and eat a Fiber One bar twice a day, apples, and Progresso soup! Omg *TMI* but you will poop SO much, and have a thin stomach really quickly! I do this for my pageants! Yummy way to lose weight!

  18. Steven T says:

    I’m trying to lose the extra 60 pounds my lifetime of eating crap have given me. I ate one these today as the first dessert I’ve had in a month. It must be my lack of reliable taste buds as I thought it was the best freakin brownie I’d ever had. Did I mention I haven’t had dessert in a month?

    • TONI B. says:

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE BROWNIES! AND TO THINK I CAN EAT THEM AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WEIGHT GAIN!I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEONE COULD NOT LOVE THEM!

  19. KJ says:

    I think they changed these a bit from when this review was written. I can’t find a flavor of these that aren’t fantastic. The chocolate one’s are probably my least favorite but still great. The new Coffee cake one’s are incredible. By far the best low calorie dessert bars out there.



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