Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: CLIF Peppermint Stick Energy Bar

Every fall, CLIF releases seasonal flavors of their classic CLIF energy bars.  These flavors include Peppermint Stick, Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Iced Gingerbread.  They are only available at certain retailers that sell CLIF products, so they can be difficult to find and that was the case for me.  But, one day, I saw the Peppermint Stick as part of a free giveaway on CLIF's Facebook page, so I signed up and a couple weeks later, my bar arrived.  If you can find this in your local store (they have it available through their website as well), it would normally run you around $1.00-$1.50.  Each bar is a large 2.4 ounces and packs 240 calories with nine grams of protein.

As you can see, this is CLIF's standard chewy energy bar mix with peppermint pieces mixed in.  I have to be honest, these peppermint pieces are larger than I expected them to be.  The peppermint/energy mix is then topped with a swirl of white icing to make it look like a happy holiday treat.

After first bite, my thought was that the energy mix tasted itself tasted the same as I would expect (chewy, wet, etc.; almost like a hardened oatmeal), but WOW, this peppermint had a lot of kick.  Now, I love peppermints and eat multiple peppermint candies a day, but I found the peppermint in this one to be too overpowering.  Frankly, the mix of peppermint with the energy mix was kind of appalling and nasty to me.  The icing was essentially an non-starter as I really couldn't taste it either way.

Buy It or Fly By It?  FLY BY IT.  I'm glad I got this for free because I'd be pretty upset if I spent $1.00 on this one.  It's not that it was awful, but the flavor certainly was not appealing to even me, an avowed peppermint lover.  That said, some people may find this combination appealing, but I certainly am not one of them.


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