Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut, Roasted Mixed Nut

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut, Roasted Mixed Nut ($3.19 for 6, Publix)
1.2 oz / 35g

Ingredients: roasted peanuts, high maltose corn syrup, rolled oats, high fructose corn syrup, crisp rice, palm kernel oil, cashews roasted in safflower oil and/or canola oil, almonds, wheat flakes, fructose, canola oil, yogurt powder, cashew butter, water, maltodextrin, salt, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, honey roasted almond butter, color, natural flavor, peanut butter, baking soda, macadamia nut flour, pecan flour, sunflower meal, sesame seed, mixed tocopherols.

Calories: 160
Cals from fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g (12%)
Sat Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 150mg (6%)
Total Carb: 21g (7%)
Fiber: 1g (6%)
Sugar: 12g
Protein: 3g

This is similar to yesterday's bar but sadly it is not quite as good. It is pretty good, and is the same basic formula (granola sits on yogurt icing) but this one has slightly more icing which I actually don't like as well. In this case, the store brand from yesterday beats out the name brand.

Publix Sweet & Salty Almond

Publix Sweet & Salty Almond ($2.69 for 6, Publix)
1.23 oz / 35g

Ingredients: almonds, toasted oats, sugar, high maltose corn syrup, crisp rice, wheat flakes, fractionated palm kernel oil, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat dry milk, canola oil, glycerin, corn syrup solids, salt, water, soy lecithin, non-fat yogurt powder, honey, natural flavors, gelatin, vanilla extract, caramel color, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, mixed tocopherols, peanut flour

Calories: 170
Cals from fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g (12%)
Sat Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 140mg (6%)
Total Carb: 21g (7%)
Fiber: 1g (4%)
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 4g

Man, I'm already sorry I'm reviewing this bar. It is delicious, but now that I've had to write down what is in it I'm feeling a little bad about it. It's all sugar and glycerin and gelatin and hydrogenated craziness. Maybe that's why it tastes so damn good! This is a rather nutty granola bar that has rather fortuitously sat down on a bench or something that was covered in a yogurt/icing paint. So now the bottom of the bar is all icing. Not too much, either, and it is darned tasty. The nutty granola part is good too - nice nutty crunchiness with a sort of chewy granola. This is a great bar, I just wish it wasn't all scary ingredients - I didn't even write down the parenthetical ingredients for crisp rice and toasted oats, both of which have some additional sugar and such as you are probably already aware. I just can't believe this thing doesn't taste like a bunch of chemicals, but it really doesn't. It's great.