Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mrs. Freshley's Sweet Treats - Review


Mrs. Freshley's


Mrs. Freshley's is part of the Flowers Foods company, which is based out of Thomasville, Georgia. They a leader in the bakery food industry, with 45 efficient bakeries that supply such brands as Nature's Own, Country Kitchen, Sunbeam, and Wonder Bread. Flowers Foods has been manufacturing quality bread, buns, snack cakes, rolls, and pastries for over 80 years, and has enjoyed much success.

Mrs. Freshley's was opened in 1994 as a vending machine marketer, but soon expanded to sell a huge variety of snack cakes and desserts to retail stores across the country. Mrs. Freshley's has been the recipient of many awards for the taste and quality of their products, including one from the American Culinary Institute, and others from Automatic Merchandiser and CSP Magazine. With almost 20 years of experience, you know that you getting a well-made product that has stood the test of time.

 Here is a list of the other Mrs. Freshley's treats that you can indulge in which were not featured in this review:
 
  • Candy Topped Fudge Brownie
  • Fudge Brownie
  • Oatmeal Creme Pie Cookie
  • Buddy Bars
  • Carrot Cake
  • Pound Cake
  • Butterhorn Danish
  • Cinnamon Danish
  • Round Apple Danish
  • Round Cheese Danish
  • Bear Claw Danish
  • Blueberry Cheese Danish
  • Cherry Cheese Danish
  • Cinnabon Cinnamon Danish
  • Apple Danish
  • Berry Cheese Danish
  • Cheese Danish
  • Iced Fudge Cookie Bars
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  • Strawberry Fruit and Yogurt Bars
  • Pecan Twirls
  • Texas Cinnamon Roll
  • Banana Pudding Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Bells
  • Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Little Layer Cakes
  • Orange Cupcakes
  • Pink Snowballs
  • Raspberry Dreamies
  • Swiss Rolls
  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Dreamies
  • Grand Honey Bun
  • Jumbo Honey Bun
  • Cinnabon Cinnamon Honey Bun
  • Cremey Curl Honey Bun
  • Jelly Swirl Honey Bun
  • Iced Honey Bun
  • Chocolate Mini Donuts
  • Cinnamon Mini Donuts
  • Crunch Mini Donuts
  • Powdered Mini Donuts

 I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to review three different Mrs. Freshley's products - the Dreamies, the Glazed Donut Sticks, and the Honey Buns. I contacted Mrs. Freshley's originally because I have heard great things about their snack cakes, but I never had a chance to try them. My boyfriend is a huge fan of these kind of desserts, so I knew he would be very excited to help me test them out. Mrs. Freshley's has been extremely patient with me in terms of getting this review out to you guys -- things have been difficult with school and balancing everything, and unfortunately I can't succeed at my work while also conducting all the reviews I would love to conduct. I am passionate about this blog so I am not quitting by any means...it just means that my operations have slowed.





Dreamies are creme-filled snack cakes with an airy and light outer coating. My boyfriend had been in Twinkie withdrawal, so these were a welcomed sight. He said that they taste better than Twinkies. We had an extra box that we did not use in our recipe (see below), so I shared with my friends as well, who also loved the taste of the Dreamies. They have a great, fresh flavor and you don't have to feel too bad about snacking on one -- the calories are not that high.





Dreamies have 140 calories per snack cake, 3.5g of fat, 5mg of cholesterol, 190mg of sodium, 25g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. They also have 4% of your daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: Enriched bleached and unbleached flour, sugar, whey (milk), corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, egg whites, eggs, palm oil. 2% or less of the following: Nonfat milk, dextrose, egg yolks, modified corn starch, corn starch, mono and diglycerides, salt, whey, protein concentrate, leavening, sodium stearoyl lactylate, soy flour, datem, polysorbate 80, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, polysorbate 60, colored with extractives of turmeric and annatto seed, citric acid, cellulose gum, caramel color, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate and sorbic acid.


 



Honey Buns are glazed snacks that come individually wrapped in a package of six. These were my favorite of the three snacks that Mrs. Freshley's sent -- even more-so when I made them into honey bun bread pudding (see below)! They have that great, homemade bakery taste...much less artificial than you would expect from a packaged bake good. They are perfectly glazed and have a great flavor.





Mrs. Freshley's Honey Buns have only 210 calories per snack cake, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 160mg of sodium, 25g of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. They have 8% of your daily value of iron and 6% of your daily value of calcium. They contain the following ingredients: Enriched flour, sugar, water, vegetable oil, corn syrup, yeast. 2% or less of the following ingredients: Cinnamon, dextrose, corn starch, salt, distilled monoglycerides, soy flour, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, leavening, agar, soy lecithin, datem, natural and artificial flavor, titanium dioxide, monoglycerides, enzymes, wheat starch, colored with turmeric and annatto, ascorbic acid, dry honey, azodicarbonamide, calcium stearate, hydroxylated soy lecithin, preserved with calcium calcium propionate, sodium propionate, potassium sorbate and natamycin.




Mrs. Freshley's Donut Sticks are glazed, and also come individually wrapped with six to a package. I had never had anything like these before -- they do taste like donuts, but with an extra kick. They are scrumptious, and everyone, again, agreed with me! We didn't find anything bad to say about Mrs. Freshley's products.. just that we didn't have more of them to eat. :)





The Donut Sticks have 220 calories per snack cake, 12g of fat, 10mg of cholesterol, 180mg of sodium, 26g of carbohydrates, and 1g of protein. They have 15% of your daily value of calcium, and 4% your daily value of iron. They contain the following ingredients: Sugar, enriched flour, palm oil, water, nonfat milk. 2% or less of the following: soybean oil, egg yolks, leavening, calcium carbonate, salt, mono and diglycerides, calcium sulfate, dextrose, wheat starch, agar, guar gum, soy lecithin, distilled monoglycerides, spice, natural and artificial flavors, locust bean gum, titanium dioxide, sodium hexametaphosphate, corn dextrin, tapioca dextrin, modified wheat starch, karaya gum, enzymes, sodium propionate and potassium sorbate.

Mrs. Freshley's has channeled their inner creativity by coming up with a variety of wonderful, innovative recipes that you can create with their products. These desserts are simple to make, and just further enhance the great taste of Mrs. Freshley's products. My boyfriend and I chose to create two of the new recipes to share here: the Honey Bun Bread Pudding and the Strawberry Short Dreamies. Below I will share the ingredients and instructions with you, as well as our results. Around a month ago, we had company come for my White Coat Ceremony for school, and we knew that Mrs. Freshley's recipes would be a great hit for our families to share with us. They were excited to try our creations, and only had good things to report. 

Honey Bun Bread Pudding

Ingredients (as per Mrs. Freshley's website)
  • 4 Mrs. Freshley's Honey Buns 
  • 1/2 Cup Skim Milk 
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar 
  • 1 Large Egg 
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • 1/8 Tsp Nutmeg 
  • 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon 
  • 30 Sprays Butter Spray 

Directions (as per Mrs. Freshley's website)
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a large muffin tin with cupcake liners. or grease the tins.
  2. Combine milk, egg, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  3. Cut each Honey Buns into 12th's and add to milk mixtures. 
  4. At this point you would add your raisins, pecans, cranberries and any other filler you choose. Let bread with or without fillers to sit for 15 minutes to soak up the milk mixture. 
  5. Spoon bread mixture equally into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until the bread puddings are puffed up and golden brown. 
  6. Remove pan from oven and spray each bread pudding with 5 sprays of butter. Allow to cool completely before serving.




 We improvised a little with this recipe. We made two "batches" so that both of our families could share. We did not have any muffin tins on hand, so we decided to use a baking pan, which seemed to work relatively well. We made sure to coat it in cooking spray so as not to have any honey buns sticking to the bottom of the pan. We added the milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, but decided not to add raisins, pecans, or cranberries as fillers because we couldn't agree on which one to use! By cooking the Honey Bread Bun Pudding in the cooking pan, we noticed that the milky mixture was not soaked up as fast as it could have been. The honey buns did not plump up as much as anticipated. Although our end result wasn't exactly like the picture on the recipe card that Mrs. Freshley's sent us, the taste was still on par. This was such a simple and quick recipe, and it tasted like we had spent a lot more time with it. Our families really enjoyed it, despite the texture not being perfect. It was very flavorful and it tasted like we had made the dessert from scratch. This is definitely a great recipe to try if you are not a master baker -- something I know well. You can get away with making something that people will love without having to have much skill in the way of cooking or baking!



Strawberry Short Dreamies

Ingredients (as per Mrs. Freshley's website)
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 8-ounce tub frozen whipped topping
  • 6 Mrs. Freshley's Dreamies

 Directions (as per Mrs. Freshley's website)
  1. Rinse strawberries.
  2. Remove stems from all strawberries and slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Mix sugar and strawberries in a bowl, then set in fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow strawberry juices to develop.
  4. Arrange Mrs. Freshley's Dreamies into a serving bowl and pour strawberry mixture on top.
  5. Top with frozen whipped topping, serve and enjoy!


Our families enjoyed the taste of the Strawberry Short Dreamies even more than the Bread Pudding. In the picture, you won't see a pound of strawberries, 6 Dreamies, or a whole tub of whipped topping, because we plated these out individually for each of our family members. My suggestion with this recipe would be to make sure that you are going to a store that sells FRESH strawberries, or cares about their produce. The local stores that sell produce at our new apartment are not the greatest; these strawberries, fortunately, did not have mold but they were dry and not as plumped up as they could have been. Therefore, there wasn't a ton of excess juice build up when we let them sit with the sugar in the fridge. I felt like if they were better quality, there would have been more juice. If you have the same problem, I would recommend using some frozen strawberries in addition to "fresh" ones, as well as strawberry syrup -- especially if you are going to plate these desserts out at a party and you want them to look artistically perfect. Again, our creation wasn't exactly like the picture, but it tasted amazing. It was a whole new way to think about strawberry shortcake -- I never would have thought of using something like Dreamies, but it makes sense.. the texture and flavor are wonderful. I would definitely recommend making this recipe at home; it only took us a few minutes to prepare, and did not have to sit long in the fridge. These would be great on a hot day.



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