Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar


Today's review subject presented me with quite a dilemma.  First of all, I'm not the biggest fan of dark chocolate.  That doesn't mean that I hate it, but out of all the types of chocolate, dark chocolate is my least favorite.  Secondly, my feelings about mocha are mixed.  I very much like coffee and drink it most mornings, but coffee-flavored food products are not high on my list of desirable things.  That said, I was willing to give another KIND product a shot, despite my reservations, when I picked up this KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar at Kroger for $1.25.  It's 1.4 ounces and has 200 calories and six grams of protein.  As with most, if not all, KIND products, it's all natural, gluten free, etc.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Mariani Cranberry Honeybar


It seems like I've been hitting our friend to the north up for a lot of reviews recently.  As I came to do today's review, I noticed that Mariani is a Canadian company, so that trend continues as I take a look at them once again with this review of the Mariani Cranberry Honeybar that I was able to pick up at the Walmart Neighborhood Market for $1.29.  The bar itself is 1.4 ounces with 180 calories and five grams of protein.  It's also packed with all sorts of healthy characteristics as it's also all natural, gluten free, vegetarian and wheat free.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: Muller Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt


As I've said many times before, I sometimes run into products in the grocery store that are complete surprises to me as they just pop up out of nowhere.  Today's review is one of those as I thought I had pretty much reviewed all Muller products before.  Much to my surprise, as I mentioned, I was in Meijer recently and this container of NEW Muller Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt appeared on the shelf.  According to their website, this is part of a line that is "Ice Cream Inspired" (would be nice if they put that on the container), so I guess there's that.  Anyway, this one set me back $1.29 and is 5.3 ounces with 210 calories and seven grams of protein.  Interestingly, it advertises itself as 6% milkfat on the container and while I've seen products advertise themselves in varying percentages of milkfat up to 2%, I've never seen someone advertise such a seemingly random number of 6% before.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review (#1000!): Skinnygirl Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bar


Today is a big day for the blog and if you didn't notice from the title of this post, this is review number one thousand in this blog's history, so if you'll indulge me for a few moments, I'm going to spend a little time dwelling on the milestone before I get into today's actual review.

Honestly, I can't believe I've written that many reviews and I've done it in a little over three years time.  That's not epic, non-stop production like some blogs out there, but it's still a lot for one guy to take on (excuse me while I break my arm patting myself on the back) AND EAT.  When I started this blog, I figured it would be something that I'd do sporadically for a few months and then move on with my life.  Over three years, one thousand reviews, over 2.5 million page views and over 500,000 unique visitors later, I'm still here kickin' it.  This blog has never been a super successful or overly read blog as those statistics show, but it's chugged along just enough to keep me going for all these years and reviews.

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank everyone that has gotten me this far because if it weren't for the fans whose visits generate revenue via the obnoxious display advertising that clogs and slows down the site, I would have given up this blog a long, long time ago.  I realize that I've mailed some reviews in, not really given my best effort at times and I've even accidentally reviewed some products twice without even knowing it, so there have been times where it perhaps hasn't been worth visiting.  Regardless, that just shows how awesome all of you are and I do want to say THANK YOU (again) for all your visits and support throughout the years.

Since this is the milestone one thousand, I figured I would call my masculinity into question (this is called Crazy Food DUDE) and review a product that is specifically targeted toward women as I've done many times before with LUNA bars.  Still, despite the fact that I'm not female, I think it's okay for me to eat this...well, I'm going to declare that it's okay for me to try out this Skinnygirl Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bar that I picked up at Marsh for $2.49.  Skinnygirl is kind of famous and maybe it's going to her head as she's put two mildly annoying taglines on the wrapper of this bar.  First, this is referred to as a "Tasty Nutrition Bar" on the front of the wrapper.  Should the judgment of whether something is tasty or not be at the discretion of the person eating it?  Also, on the back/side of the wrapper, there was another tagline that said "Treat Yourself Healthy."  Again, if I don't eat this bar, am I not treating myself healthy?  And yet another thing, is a bar that is part of a company that was founded based on Skinnygirl alcoholic cocktails really able to decide what is treating my body healthy or not?  And another thing...the founder of said company is a Real Housewife of New York (Bethenny Frankel), so that doesn't exactly make her a model citizen.  Okay, I'm complaining in a ridiculously long diatribe about things that don't matter again, which is something I've done many times over the course of one thousand reviews, so I guess it's nothing new.

Anyway, this bar is 1.4 ounces and has 160 calories and six grams of protein.  It's also gluten free (isn't seemingly everything now?) and also kosher, if you are into knowing that kind of information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: Leclerc Chocomax Chocolate & Caramel Coated Nougat Bars


In my last Leclerc review, I had fun with the fact that these are made in Canada and that they pitch these pretty hard on their website (they were successful in their pitch).  In the instance of today's review, I'll have a little more fun with their website pitch lines again as today's review is tagged with "Caramel and chocolate simply belong together!"  Well, we'll just have to see about that, won't we?  Anyway, I picked up this box of six Leclerc Chocomax Chocolate & Caramel Coated Nougat Bars on clearance at Kroger again for $2.09 and each bar in the box is 1.1 ounces and has 130 calories with one gram of protein.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Nature's Path Organic Envirokidz Peanut Choco Crispy Rice Bars


I've seen Nature's Path products in my local Kroger stores for quite some time, but I've always stayed away from them because quite frankly, they cost more than I'd typically like to spend.  Part of that is that you are paying a premium for something that is supposedly super healthy, organic, gluten free, etc., but since I'm not particularly fanatical about being healthy, I stay away.  That said, occasionally one of these kinds of products will pop up on closeout and that's what happened in the case of this box of Nature's Path Organic Envirokidz Peanut Choco Crispy Rice Bars that I was able to pick up at Kroger for $1.99.  Ordinarily, these bars would be in the $4.00 plus range, but I guess today was my lucky day.  Each of the six bars in the box was 1.0 ounces and came in with 120 calories and two grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, wheat free, organic, etc.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Yulu Blueberry Aussie Style Yogurt


If you were to take a walk through the yogurt sections of some of my local grocery stores, you would think that the Australians have a problem with the Greeks since it seems like there are all sorts of Australian yogurts taking shelf space away from Greek yogurts.  Perhaps there's some bitterness over the way the Greeks ruined the 2004 Olympics after the Australians did such a good job in 2000 or maybe it's something else.  I know that's a ridiculous premise, but I had to come up with some sort of introduction for this post and that's the best that my feeble imagination could come up with.  Anyway, I picked up another Australian yogurt product in this Yulu Blueberry Aussie Style Yogurt at my local Meijer for $1.39.  It's 5.3 ounces and has 180 calories with nine grams of protein.  Or, as the label on the container says, "Double Smoothed.  Double Delicious.  Honest ingredients and a good source of protein."  Alrighty then.

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