My last snack bar review seemed to go down well with y’all (please don’t ask me why I sometimes think I’m from the American South. Sure, I once shot a gun in rural Virginia, but I don’t think that counts), so I thought I’d bring you another installment of My Thoughts On Rectangular Packaged Goods.
I’ve seen Go Natural’s Macadamia Divine bar, comprised of macadamias, honey, and a carob coating, in the supermarket before, but have never thought to buy it. This is because macadamias are not favourite nuts of mine and the carob coating is made with milk solids, which I try to avoid. However, this bar came in my bag of winnings from Vien, so I ate it.
It was surprisingly delicious. The macadamias took up a hefty 40% of the bar, and were supremely buttery and crunchy. The honey and puffed rice combined with the macadamias to create an almost-halva-like taste, and I do love carob. I do.
I cannot even describe the sour, acrid, dry, and chalky awfulness of these fruitnut bars. I tried the Choc Almond Raspberry and the Choc Macadamia, both of which were made only from nuts, dates, cocoa powder, and berries (in the former). They should have been tasty. They weren’t. They made my soul cry. The end.I also had high hopes for Santos’ wheat-free Agave Seed Bar, particularly as Santos’ raw bar was moderately tasty. However, the Agave Seed Bar was crumbly and bland. Also, it’s made with condensed milk, so is a no-go for vegans and the dairy-intolerant.
When I eat choose to eat dairy, I want it to be worth the stomach discomfort. And Jer’s Original Incredibar Peanut Butter Bar was not only worth it, but scrumptious enough to make me forget I’d ever eaten the aforementioned fruitnut abominations. Thank you, peanut butter and chocolate, for always being wonderful.
Jer’s Peanut Butter Incredibar had an aroma of freshly-roasted peanuts, and a soft-soft peanut butter filling that tasted fresher and far more natural than, say, the filling of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. The little kicks of salt heightened the flavour of both the peanut butter filling and the creamy chocolate coating, whilst also making me think of peanut butter frosting atop a cupcake. Thank you, Carolyn, for saving the day with your sent-from-afar treat!
Question Time: Have you tried any of these bars? What are your thoughts?