Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pure Chocolate Brownie

Pure Chocolate Brownie($1.49, trader joe's)
1.7 oz / 48g

Ingredients: organic dates, organic walnuts, organic agave nectar, organic almonds, organic cashews, organic brown rice protein, organic cocoa.

Calories: 200
Cals from fat: 80
Total Fat: 9g (13%)
Sat Fat: 1g (6%)
Sodium: 10mg (0%)
Potassium: 250mg (7%)
Total Carb: 25g (8%)
Fiber: 5g (18%)
Sugar: 18g
Protein: 6g

Yet another compressed date bar. This one is quite good; no chemical taste or overwhelming aftertaste; really this tastes more like actual dates and nuts than most of the other bars. This might be good or bad depending on your point of view, but I'll admit I'm sort of fond of it - many of the other bars feel heavy-handed by comparison. The texture is good as well; I'm a much bigger fan of the compressed date bars with a good amount of nuts or granola mixed in. Good bar.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Kind Plus Protein Almond, Walnut and Macadamia

Kind Plus Protein Almond, Walnut and Macadamia ($1.69, Trader Joe's)
1.4 oz / 40g

Ingredients: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, cashews, brazil nuts, honey, soy crisps, glucose, soluble dietary fiber (maize), natural flavor.

Calories: 210
Cals from fat: 130
Total Fat: 15g (23%)
Sat Fat: 2g (10%)
Sodium: 65mg (3%)
Potassium: 180mg (5%)
Total Carb: 11g (4%)
Fiber: 2.5g (10%)
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 10g

Remember the peanut bar? This is the same thing, only it has mixed nuts and costs 4 times as much. I try not to look at prices when buying bars, but I have to admit I'm taken aback that this is basically an ounce of mixed nuts and some corn syrup for over a buck and a half. Its not quite as sweet as a peanut bar, which is a plus but leaves you with the feeling that if you just had a can of mixed nuts on your desk you could eat a handful of them and be just as satisfied. Perhaps moreso; the bar is a bit crumbly and therefore might be a bit messier than a handful of nuts.

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut bar

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut bar ($0.49, Trader Joe's)
1.6 oz / 45g

Ingredients: dates, semi-sweet chocolate chips, almonds, pineapple juice syrup, cocoa powder, rolled oats, rolled barley, rolled wheat, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil, wheat bran, natural flavors, tocopherols, chocolate liquor.

Calories: 170
Cals from fat: 40
Total Fat: 4.5g (7%)
Sat Fat: 1g (5%)
Sodium: 0mg (0%)
Total Carb: 31g (10%)
Fiber: 5g (20%)
Sugar: 21g
Protein: 3g

I have to admit I'm a bit distressed that this bar has "March 12 09" stamped on the front; I hate it when the fancy grocery stores sell me out of date stuff (I of course being incapable of checking the date myself). So I'm not sure this will be a fair review, nor am I entirely sure it won't be my last, but know fair reader I do it all for you; I risk everything for you. How is it that granola bars have expiration dates anyway? That seems counter to the very mission of the granola bar.

Anyway, let's get on to more practical matters, double-oh seven. This is another compressed date "brownie" bar, which surprised me. It is quite rich and has some nuts and stuff that lend it a pretty good texture overall - not too heavy. The aftertaste is definitely the chocolate liquor which isn't bad but does taste a little artificial. It reminds me of some of those fancy candies your grandparents might have really cherished but really just didn't taste that good. Overall I think this is a really good bar for the price, though I do think one might tire of the heavy aftertaste.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

clif kid organic Z bar honey graham

clif kid organic Z bar honey graham ($0.69, trader joe's)
1.27 oz / 36g

Ingredients: organic rolled oats, organic oat flour, organic fig paste, organic brown rice syrup, organic tapioca syrup, organic honey, organic evaporated cane juice syrup, organic soy butter, organic oat fiber, organic rice extract, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors, organic milled flaxseed, baking soda, salt.

Calories: 130
Cals from fat: 25
Total Fat: 2g (3%)
Sat Fat: 0.5g (3%)
Sodium: 95mg (4%)
Total Carb: 26g (9%)
Fiber: 3g (12%)
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 3g

The only way this could possibly be for kids is if you have kids that don't read ingredients. Organic tapioca! Soy butter! No kid would knowingly go in for that. This looks like more of a cereal bar than a granola bar. It smells really sweet when you open the package. It tastes good; though our old friend "chemical taste" can't resist peeking through the aftertaste a little. Texture is a bit softer than a granola bar - really its just a cereal bar. Its a good cereal bar - I like the taste ok, but I really prefer the texture of granola bars to this sort of thing.