Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Rickland Orchards Cranberry Almond Greek Yogurt Bar

As part of my renewed focus to branch out and review more bars that I have limited reviews on, I'm lead to another review of a Rickland Orchards product with this review of the Rickland Orchards Cranberry Almond Greek Yogurt Bar.  This bar is another cog in the wheel of the seemingly overwhelming trend of Greek yogurt that are hitting the market and I picked it up at Meijer for $1.25.  It comes in at 1.41 ounces and has 160 calories with seven grams of protein.  It's all natural and high in fiber as well, so there are ample health benefits (supposedly) to consuming this bar.

Like most of these Rickland Orchards products, this bar contains the "+Honey Roasted Granola" label on the packaging, so that is obviously the main component of the bar other than the added flavor of the additional nuts and/or fruits.  In this case, the nuts and fruits are almonds and cranberries and while they are not large in the mix of the granola of the bar, they are certainly plentiful and well spread throughout, so that is an encouraging sign.  The rest of the bar consists of a plain Greek yogurt base layer and a decorative swirl of Greek yogurt on the top.  In it's construction, it's pretty basic, but it doesn't need to be fancy as long as it tastes good.

And thankfully, the bar does taste good.  The granola adds a nice crunch with a hint of sweet honey, but it is not so hard that it is going to cause you to break your teeth.  In fact, it is borderline soft and when you meet the occasional almond, it gives the granola a little extra pop as you are chewing through.  The cranberries bring a tart sweetness to the table and also add a little chew to the bar as you are making your way though as well.  All in all, it's a pleasant combination.  The yogurt, just like in the other Rickland Orchards bars, doesn't really add a whole lot of flavor, but it does add a cooling, milk-like taste and feel to the bar.  I would almost compare this to eating a bowl of granola cereal.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I wouldn't rate this bar as outstanding, but it is a very good one.  I would go back to my bowl of cereal comparison again and say that if you can almost replicate that in bar form, you've got a good product that gets a BUY IT rating from me.  Something tells me that all these Rickland Orchards reviews are going to basically be the same review with a slight tweaking of the flavor, but when you've got a combination that works, why mess with success?

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