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Review - The Best Store Bought Carrot Cake Ever
A favorite thing
Just like Oprah Winfrey has her list of "Favorite Things", I often write hubs about some of my favorite things ranging from foods to makeup product recommendations. I'm a pretty picky eater and once I find something I absolutely love, I don't grow tired of it too easily. Instead, I eat that same thing pretty frequently, probably more frequently than I should.
I also have a penchant for eating foods with all natural ingredients - no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives or chemical additives, no artificial sweeteners (aspartame,etc). I also stay away from high fructose corn syrup.
So, in choosing my favorite store bought carrot cake, it is important that it does no contain any of the above.
Carrot cake is generally near the top of my list for favorite flavors of cake already. Now the task was to find the best tasting carrot cake without spending the time to bake a homemade one which I have only done once or twice before.
Over the years, I have tried several brands of store bought carrot cakes the majority of which were frozen and needed to be thawed. One cake tops my list for taste and quality. I was so intrigued, I needed to find out more about the company. It turns out that these cakes can not be ordered direct from the manufacturer by individuals. They can only be purchased by vendors. You must look for them ardently at select vendors which include among them - Walgreens and some convenience stores. If you own a store, you must buy these cakes from the manufacturer in bulk and often on credit starting at a case of 800! If you are reading this and you do own a store, I encourage you to stock these cakes because they are the best!
The company started with a family recipe for carrot cake very specifically and perhaps that is why their carrot cake strikes me as exceptional. In fact, I have tried their other cakes such as their chocolate cakes and I was not as impressed.
Ne-mos carrot cake
Now, I promise that I do not work for this company but I stand by their product and I'm shamelessly offering them free advetising/marketing by writing this article just because their carrot cake is that good.
Now that you have patiently read this rant, without further ado my pick for best ever store bought carrot cake is Ne-mos.
The cakes are sold in individually plastic wrapped squares and typically cost 99 cents a piece when you are able to find them in your local store. They are usually kept in the refrigerated section. They are made of all fresh ingredients and are perishable with a "sell by" or "consume by" date typically within 3 weeks after purchase. If you choose, putting these in the freezer would help them to last longer as well.
Portion control and nutritional facts
The cake portions are not large. The small square can be presented nicely to a dinner or party guest if it is removed from the plastic and placed on a saucer.
You must note that this is not a low fat food. It contains carrots, sugar, eggs, walnuts and vanilla among its simple ingredients.
Among the nutritional facts of the Ne-mos carrot cake are the facts that just one contains over 300 calories, over 20 grams of fat and over 30 grams of sugar.
When it comes to monitoring your weight, portion control and calorie control, I really would not recommend that this be eaten frequently as a dessert after a meal or as a random snack but maybe instead of your typical breakfast meal. When you eat this as a meal with a glass of milk, you can still indulge in the great taste without adding too many calories to your daily intake. Personally, I occasionally love cake for breakfast.