Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut Toasted Coconut

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut Toasted Coconut (6 for $2.50, target)
1.2 oz / 35 g
Ingredients: roasted peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, whole grain oats, palm kernel oil, toasted coconut, rice flour, whole grain wheat, vegetable glycerin, almonds, honey, maltodextrin, palm oil, mixed tocopherols, whey, fructose, canola oil, salt, soy lecithin, corn starch, barley malt extract, baking soda, natural flavor. 

Calories: 170
Cals from fat: 80
Total Fat: 9g (13%)
Sat Fat: 3.5g (17%)
Sodium: 135mg (6%)
Total Carb: 20g (7%)
Fiber: 2g (7%)
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 3g

Sugary. Coconutty. Perfectly acceptable coconut version of the popular chewy nature valley bar. I still like almond the best, but this is as good or maybe better than the peanut one.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate (6 for $3.09, target)
1.49 oz / 42 g
Ingredients: whole grain oats, sugar, peanuts, salt, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor, canola oil, rice flour, brown sugar syrup, honey, baking soda. 

Calories: 200
Cals from fat: 90
Total Fat: 10g (15%)
Sat Fat: 2g (9%)
Sodium: 170mg (7%)
Total Carb: 26g (9%)
Fiber: 2g (10%)
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 4g

If you ever wondered, "why don't they combine the chocolate granola bar with the peanut butter goop that's on top of the peanut butter granola bars?" then do I have good news for you. There are no surprises here - it is really just the peanut butter goop from on top of the crunchy peanut butter granola bars, slathered on the fairly recently invented chocolate crunchy granola bars. Nature Valley crunchy bars don't seem like they could be controversial, but if you look at the ingredients, at least three of them are sugar. This bar isn't particularly good for you. Also, the peanut butter goop isn't really my favorite, it can get a little messy. But this is a great combination, completely unsurprising but reliable in its familiarity. If you like these, you like them; I do. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Larabar Kid Chocolate Brownie

Larabar Kid Chocolate Brownie (6 for $3.99, target)
0.96 oz / 27 g
Ingredients: buckwheat flour, unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla extract, honey, coconut oil, water, chia seeds, cocoa powder, sea salt.

Calories: 120
Cals from fat: 60
Total Fat: 5g (6%)
Sat Fat: 3.5g (18%)
Sodium: 35mg (2%)
Total Carb: 17g (6%)
Fiber: 2g (6%)
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 1g

This is an all-chocolate fig newtonish thingy. It looks exactly like a dark brown fig bar. I'm not sure what the difference is between the outer section and the inner, it all just tasted the same. The package held a single newt-sized bar, which is a little disappointing but since it is half fat I guess "think of the children?" It was good, and sweet while still having a sort of "unsweetened cocoa" foundation, so I think dark chocolate fans might be pleasantly surprised. No nutritional value but tasty.