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Wholesome, Tasty, but Hardly Perfect
on April 28, 2018
These bars fill an important role because of their natural ingredients and lack of preservatives. I've often relied on cheaper protein bars with long ingredient lists, and these offer a welcome alternative. At around $50 for 24, they're not cheap, but I dig family-owned enterprises and liked the bars enough to have ordered the Chocolate Lover's 24-count twice now. It comes with two boxes (16 total) of the Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bar and one box (8 total) of the Dark Chocolate Almond bar. I wish that it were the other way around, as the Dark Chocolate Almond bars taste divine.
These bars are good, but they are imperfect. As someone who prioritizes protein intake, I think it's a touch misleading to call these protein bars, particularly when grams of sugar exceeds grams of protein in both the Dark Chocolate Almond bar and the Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter bar. It is also fair, I think, to describe the consistency as chalky -- you might have to battle bits of the bar in your gums and molars for a little while after eating these. I also think the chocolate chip distribution in the peanut butter ones is a bit inconsistent (the first one I had contained only three chips).
A note to the environmentally concerned: Both times I ordered these bars, they came in what I would call an unnecessarily large styrafoam cooler (see pictures), along with two icepacks. To their credit, the icepacks can be reused, but the coolers are not recyclable in most parts of the United States. Admittedly, these bars are perishable, so they have to be cooled somehow while in transit, but I think the company should consider a smaller styrofoam container or, better yet, a recyclable alternative. For this reason, along with the price and the quality factors I mentioned above, I probably won't order them again.