I have to admit. This was not what I was expecting. When I ordered the Element Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes, the words “rice cake” didn’t make an impression on my brain. What I imagine was something like a chewy treat made with rice. Instead, I got what it really is…a chocolate covered rice cake.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a bad idea. In fact, I am pretty sure I thought of making one myself a few time when I had PMS (I may have even tried it). It’s just that it’s not what I thought I was buying.
This treat is made in Italy. Element Rice Cakes come in a variety of flavors though not all are vegan. The cake is the size of a normal rice cake. It is unsalted and topped with dark, rich chocolate. The rice cake is a bit bland, but the two flavors combined reminded me of those rectangular wafer cookies with the ice cream cone pattern and the icing in the middle. It has about the same crunch as well.The two flavors together, chocolate and rice, are not bad together.
Each cake has 3.5 grams of fat, 20 mg. of sodium and 5 grams of sugar. Compare this to Lundberg Farm Organic Lightly Salted Rice Cakes which have .5 grams of fat, 35 mg. of sodium and zero grams of sugar.
They come in 2 packs, 6 packs, and bags of minis. It is cheaper to buy a whole pack of plain rice cakes, though.
You know, this would be a great Halloween treat! If your child is vegan or has dairy allergies, this would be a good replacement. They also come in corn cakes. Both are options for folks who have wheat or gluten sensitivities. The packaging does say they may contain traces of milk or nuts. I am assuming that’s because it is processed on the same equipment as other products.
All in all, I liked them .I liked that they had very little sugar and sodium. It did satisfy my curiosity over what it would be like to smother a rice cake in chocolate. But, I think I’d prefer regular rice cakes as my daily snack. This is more a special treat than something I’d have all the time.
Disclosure: I purchased this product and did not get any compensation for this reviews. The opinions listed here are my own.