Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kind Breakfast Peanut Butter

Kind Breakfast Peanut Butter (4 for $2.49, Kroger)
1.8 oz / 50 g
Ingredients: oats, dried cane syrup, peanuts, canola oil, brown rice flour, oat flour, salt, gum acacia, water, raisin paste, peanut oil, peanut flour, millet, honey, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, vitamin e. 

Calories: 230
Cals from fat: 100
Total Fat: 11g (17%)
Sat Fat: 1.5g (8%)
Sodium: 135mg (6%)
Total Carb: 28g (9%)
Fiber: 5g (20%)
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 5g

These are like the bastard child of clif and nature valley - two little bars about the size of a mini clif per pack. They are extremely cookie-like which is sort of a nice spot to land in; somewhere between the clif blobs and the nature valley bricks. No chemical taste at all which is great. I mean, you couldn't put them on a plate and fool anyone into thinking they were cookies, they are too grainy for that- but they are a pretty pleasant if sort of dry texture. Like maybe you had a hippie mom who made cookies with rice flour and millet and honey and quinoa, you know? That hippie mom would love these things, except of course the part about buying them from "the man." 

Monday, September 21, 2015

JIF Creamy Peanut Butter Bar

JIF Creamy Peanut Butter Bar (5 for $3.79, Kroger)
1.4 oz / 40 g
Ingredients: rolled oats, sugar, corn syrup, palm and palm kernel oils, why protein isolate, partially defatted peanut flour, isolated soy protein, peanut butter, glycerin, milled corn, corn syrup solids, natural flavor, honey, fructose, calcium carbonate, salt, fruit juice concentrate, water, soy lecithin, reduced mineral whey powder, canola oil, skim milk, molasses, salted butter, sodium citrate, fruit and vegetable extract for color, cocoa processed with alkali, tocopherols. 

Calories: 190
Cals from fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g (12%)
Sat Fat: 4g (20%)
Sodium: 150mg (6%)
Total Carb: 21g (7%)
Fiber: 1g (4%)
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 7g

I eat JIF peanut butter so I naturally picked up a couple of boxes of these - this is what they are counting on, really since the actual bar is not really going to sell itself. It is a standard chewy granola bar with a sort of peanut butter icing covering both the bottom and the top. The texture is fine although the coatings are a little much - sickly sweet and chock full of chemical flavor. I count at least 7 different sweeteners in the ingredient list and at least 5 other things I wouldn't be able to identify in nature. Calcium carbonate is an antacid so I guess maybe they are predicting this will give me heartburn? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kind Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt

Kind Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt (5 for $4.29, Fresh Market)
1.2 oz / 35 g
Ingredients: oats, millet, brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, quinoa, oat flour, tapioca syrup, dried cane syrup, honey, canola oil, chocolate liquor, sugar, brown rice syrup, gum acacia, sea salt, natural flavor, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, vitamin e. 

Calories: 140
Cals from fat: 40
Total Fat: 4.5g (7%)
Sat Fat: 1g (5%)
Sodium: 95mg (4%)
Total Carb: 24g (8%)
Fiber: 2g (8%)
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 3g

A thin, squarish, chewy granola bar supposedly set apart by the popped sorghum it includes. The ingredient list reads like a whole grain dream, or a feed trough. It tastes sort of how you'd expect - the various grains lend a sweetness and a variety of textures that are very interesting but ultimately sort of just "grainy." The chocolate chunks are a welcome addition. Overall this bar is ok, at least a little novel for its choice of feed grains.