Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review: NuGo Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bar

So my last NuGo review didn't go so well.  I was so appalled by the bar that I spit it out after I got halfway through because I couldn't bear the thought of eating any more of it.  Because of that, I wasn't exactly excited to review this NuGo Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bar, but since NuGo sent me coupons to get this bar for free, I felt that I had to give it a review.  Plus, I was hungry, which also may have had something to do with it.  The bar itself was 1.76 ounces with 200 calories and ten grams of protein.  It was also dairy free, which as I learned from NuGo after my last review, all dark chocolate is that way.  I never knew that.

This bar was pretty simple in its construction.  It had a thick dark chocolate exterior with a rice crisp interior that was interspersed with a few chocolate chips.  The dark chocolate itself didn't have the typical bitter smell of dark chocolate that I loathe, but instead smelled somewhat mild and appetizing.  Being that I had such a bad experience with my last NuGo bar, I was quite please that this one didn't at least start out poorly.

It really didn't taste bad either.  In fact, I'd say that this was less dark chocolate, at least to me, than I would have expected.  The chocolate was of course thick like you would expect based on its exterior, but it was creamy and did not have that bitter and heavy dark chocolate taste that you can find in so many dark chocolate products.  The rice crisp provided some nice crunch as I made my way though the bar, but it was essentially flavorless as all the flavor in the bar was coming from the thick exterior layer of dark chocolate as well as the melty and soft interior chocolate chips, which again, tasted closer to regular chocolate than they did to dark chocolate for me.  They also added a nice occasional softness to break up the crunch of the crisp as well.

Buy It or Fly By It?  All in all, I found this to be a particularly fun flavor.  It was clearly dark chocolate, but it wasn't the smack you in the face variety of dark chocolate and I enjoyed that quite a bit, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  After such a poor performance in the initial review, it's nice to see one of these bars bounce back and get a positive review and this NuGo bar definitely did that.  If you pick this one up, I don't know that you'll find it as enjoyable as I did, but I'm guessing you will still like it nonetheless.


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