Saturday, October 11, 2008

If you ever eat sugar free goodies, READ THIS!

It's freezing cold and snowing! And I'm going back to bed with a book but I had to take a minute to blog about something soooo exciting.

This is especially for people who eat sugar free/no sugar added baked goods and who live in the vicinity of Macey's grocery store at 931 W State Rd, Pleasant Grove, UT. The rest of you are welcome to read too, but you'll have to find your own source for these goodies.

There is a company called Hill & Valley that makes the most delicious goodies—cakes, cookies, brownies, pies and muffins. I'm drooling just thinking about them.

They have a white cake with white frosting that tastes just like wedding cake. Oh my gosh! Yum!!

They also have a yummy turtle brownie that is just To. Die. For.

And pies, oh the pies, in nearly every flavor you can think of—I love the pumpkin and the chocolate and the coconut, and. . .

Here's the thing with Hill & Valley —many sugar free/no sugar added products don't quite give you that full flavory flavor and they give you a bit of a bitter aftertaste. If you've been off sugar for 10+ years, like I have, you put up with it just so you can have something approximating sweetness. But these—these Hill & Valley products—are so yummy that my kids will even eat them. Happily. The only problem with that is that because they like them too, I have to share. Bummer.

But anyway. I used to do most of my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart because they have the largest variety of sugar free products in one spot (including seasonal goodies), and since I'm there for the goodies, I might as well get everything else I need because I hate shopping. But lately, WM has cut back on the Hill & Valley baked goods. I've complained about that but they don't care. Apparently they know what I should like better than I do.

Today, I went in to the Macey's grocery store in PG for the deli ham that I like and also for Wheatables (why Wal-Mart doesn't carry Wheatables is beyond me). While I was there, I strolled the aisles to get a few other things I needed. And—lo and behold—I stumbled upon a display of Hill & Valley products! I picked out a white cake (see the image? I bought that exact cake) and some chocolate cupcakes.

Then I went over to the bakery to talk to the manager. I wanted to tell her how pleased I was with their addition of these items.
The manager said that Hill & Valley had sent them to a meeting of bakery managers yesterday and they'd gotten overlooked.

When she asked corporate what to do with these scrumptious goodies, they'd told her to throw them out. (WHAT?!!? I just about burst into tears over the thought of that!)

But, clever woman that she is, she put them out yesterday afternoon—just to see if they'd sell. She asked me lots of questions about what I liked about them, which of the products I'd tried, what I didn't like, etc. Then she said that if they sold well, she'd try to continue to stock them. (Just in case they don't, I went back to the display and added a chocolate cake and some apple walnut muffins to my basket. They freeze fine and are just as yummy later.)

So, now I need your help, dear beloved bloggy community. I'm on my knees, begging you please, please, please. . . If you live near the Pleasant Grove Macey's, and you ever eat sugar free desserts, GO BUY SOME OF THESE GOODIES NOW!!!

I don't care if it's cold and snowy. Get yourself out of bed and go get some before they're gone. And while you're there, go tell them in the bakery that you are so happy to see these products in their store. You can also tell them I told you about them if you want (but that's not so important).

Now playing on my iPod: Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

What are you doing still reading this blog? You should already be on your way to Macey's.



*This is not a paid advertisement. I have not received any compensation whatsoever for doing this. This is just my one woman campaign to get these absolutely delicious treats as a permanent product in my local grocery store.


Carrie K. said...

Oh, I wish they were available here! I'm north of Spokane, and the only stores in Wash. state that sell their products are in the western side of the state.

I gave up sugar on Labor Day, though I do still enjoy occasional treats with Splenda, like no sugar added ice cream. I really miss the baked goods, though.

Josi said...

I don't know if I could ever go sugar free for the baked items alone, but I"ve had some wonderful SF items that nearly convert me for a moment. I really hope they keep the line and BIG cheer for you going to the bakery person. Without your feedback they'd never know they were an important item.

Sandra said...

So I assume that breakfast was yummy?

I saw these in Karlene's cart this morning and they looked so yummy. But sorry, I just spent 4 hours sitting in the cold and snow and am not putting shoes back on to go back to the store. But next time I am down there, I will be sure to pick some up and talk to the bakery lady.

Oh, and what is their sugar substitute?

Cindy Beck said...

Thanks for the tip. My hubby isn't supposed to have sugar (diabetic) and if I can find a sugar free treat that he enjoys, that would be great.

I'll have to give them a try!

Kimberly said...

My best friend lives in Pleasant Grove - I'm sending her the link to this post now!