Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Zone Perfect Sweet & Salty Cashew Pretzel Nutrition Bar

Zone Perfect has had a good reputation here on the blog so far.  In prior reviews, I've reviewed their bars previously and just drooled over some of them.  This time, I'm venturing out into a different product line of theirs, the Sweet & Salty Zone Perfect bars and specifically, the Cashew Pretzel flavor.  This one clocks in 1.58 ounces with 200 calories and a respectable ten grams of protein.  I picked it up at Kroger on sale for $1.00.

When I take a look at the ingredients on this one, only one thing pops to my mind:  a Hershey's Take 5 candy bar, minus the chocolate.  For those of you that don't know about Take 5 bars, well, I'm not going to go into it.  Just eat one and you'll see what I mean.  It's a close second to PayDay as the best candy bar out there.  Anyway, back to Zone Perfect's Cashew Pretzel bar.  This one has pretty much every single conceivable ingredient that are on my favorite flavors list (caramel, pretzel, cashew, peanut butter, yogurt chips).  The only thing missing is chocolate, but if blended right, any bar can come over the lack of chocolate.  As you can see in the photo above, all those ingredients are mixed in with a rice crisp mix that is bound together by the peanut butter in the bar, which since peanut butter is the binding agent, makes it sticky to the touch.

In terms of the taste, I would say that it tastes a lot like a Take 5 bar, minus the chocolate of course.  The pretzel adds a nice "airy" crunch (because of the airy texture of a pretzel) while the cashews add a solid crunch to the already airy rice crisp mix.  That crunch mixed with the strong, hearty peanut butter flavor is a nice blend.  To top it all off, the crunch and strong peanut butter flavor are accented by the sweet caramel after taste and the cooling yogurt chips.  All in all, it's a perfect blend of sweet and salty and being that was Zone Perfect's intention on this one, they were successful.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Definitely BUY IT.  As I've said before, any time you can simulate a candy bar's taste in a "healthy" product, then you are a winner every single day of the week and Zone Perfect is a winner here.  Buy this bar and you will not regret it.



  1. I was reluctant the first time I bought this, but it was on sale (and the others werent). It really surprised me with how tasty it was!

  2. Glad you were pleasantly surprised. I've found that Zone Perfect usually does a pretty decent job with their bars.


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