The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Muffins and the SpongeBob SquarePants Chocolate Krabby Square Muffins are, like other Garden Lites products, chock-full of vegetables. Mixed with lesser quantities of other ingredients, they are moist, delicious treats.
We assembled a panel of three children for this review. I'll call them Anna, Bryn and Caitlin.
The Ninja Turtle Muffins are, well, green. They're made with zucchini and spinach, but taste nothing like those vegetables, which are among the first ingredients. They are, in fact, quite sweet. Best of all, like all Garden Lites products, they're gluten-free and free of the most common allergens. They're even produced in a nut-free facility.
Interestingly, the chocolate muffins were less sweet. However, they also were very good, especially considering they had more zucchini and carrots than less-appealing ingredients.
In a statement, Garden Lites' Assistant Brand Manager Julie Gould said parents may feel like they've won the lottery with the new products. “We know parents are concerned about proper nutrition and Garden Lites Muffins make sensible snacking easy. Kids love the taste and the character appeal, while parents love the fact that they make it an easy way for kids to get their vegetables,” she said.
Caitlin, age 5, enjoyed the chocolate muffin, but wasn't a fan of the Turtle one. It may have been the taste, but she did eye the green muffin with apprehension, due to its color. She wanted more of the chocolate, so we'll consider it a hat trick!
The new Garden Lites Nickelodeon-theme muffins are available at select retailers. They come in a box of six individually-wrapped muffins that sells for about $3.49. Both varieties can be found in the frozen section of stores nationwide, including Target, Publix, and ShopRite.