Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: PowerBar Roasted Peanut Butter Energy Bar

Sometimes you just need a snack and don't want to eat chips or something unhealthy, so that's where something like this PowerBar Roasted Peanut Butter energy bar comes in.  It's big enough that its more than a nibble (1.23 ounces), but smaller than something that feels like it is a "meal" that is going to ruin your upcoming lunch and/or dinner.  So, needing a mid-morning snack to get me through, I grabbed this bar out of my refrigerator and decided to do a review.  Weighing in at the aforementioned 1.23 ounces, it's about 33% bigger than a Quaker Chewy bar and has about 33% more calories than your standard Chewy bar as well as it packs 140 calories.  It's also all natural and for such a small treat, it packs five grams of protein and surprising 10% of your daily fiber (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).  All told, it's "Pure & Simple Energy" just like the wrapper says.  FYI, I picked it up at Meijer for $0.69.

To continue to use the Quaker Chewy bar analogy, you can see that this energy bar looks pretty similar to one as well.  It's got a standard granola mix with raisins mixed in.  Being that the name of the bar made no mention of the raisins, they were a welcome surprise to me when I unwrapped this one.  Outside of the raisins, there are also noticeable peanut chunks and overall this is all bound together with the roasted peanut butter, as the name implies.

There aren't a lot of shocks on how this one tastes.  It tastes basically like you'd think based on the name with the exception of the fact that the peanut butter flavor has granola and raisins mixed in.  I couldn't discern the raisin taste itself, but I could feel their softness in my mouth as I was chewing through the bar.  The peanut butter flavor was pretty standard, although it was not sweet.  It was hearty, strong and thick and I certainly appreciated that.  In fact, the peanut butter flavor in this was stronger than the previously reviewed Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter granola bar, so I certainly appreciated that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I would say BUY IT.  It's going to cost you a bit more than a normal Quaker Chewy bar, but you are getting 33% more of a bar here, so it's not that horrible of a value.  Plus, the peanut butter flavor in this is stronger than a Chewy bar and that is never a bad thing, unless you don't like peanut butter of course.  And if you don't like peanut butter (and are not allergic to it), well, you've got bigger issues.  Ha!


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