Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Honey P. Nutty Chocolate PB Bar

As I've mentioned many times before, one of the benefits of running this food review blog is that sometimes I get contacted by companies looking to promote their products and hoping to do so via sending me free samples. The subject of today's review is one of those instances and in this case, it was the owner of the company named P. Nutty. This is a company based out of New Mexico whose products are peanut-based and handmade. Being that I'm a peanut addict, these bars seem right up my alley and that leads me to this review of this Honey P. Nutty Chocolate PB Bar. While short in stature, this gluten free bar tips the scale at a solid 1.8 ounces and has 240 calories with five grams of protein.

As I took this out from the very basic wrapper, the first thing I noticed were the monstrous chocolate chips, so it was clear where the chocolate flavor was going to come from in this bar. The next observation was how sticky and sweet smelling this bar was, so now the honey part was covered as well. Also, there were a plethora of decent-sized peanut bits as well, so in terms of names ingredients, everything was very well represented. One new thing I noticed about this bar after reading the ingredient list was that the base of the bar included cornmeal and I can honestly say that in the history of this blog, that is definitely a first and something I have never seen before. It definitely made me interested to try this out because I wasn't sure what to expect after that.

Before I took a bite of the whole bar, I first took one of the monstrous chocolate chips to try it on its own to determine how sweet the chocolate was and what I got was a chocolate chip that was almost dark chocolate like in its flavor.  That said, it was still dense and had that wonderful melt in your mouth quality that makes chocolate chips so decadent.  After that taste, I started chomping the bar as a whole and while the bar was firm and dense to the touch, it broke up quite easily in my mouth and was quite chewy.  The flavor, while not overly sweet, did have some sweetness in it from the cornmeal base and also from the honey.  The peanuts had that typical and strong peanut flavor that worked well with the sweet cornmeal and also added some requisite crunch to what was a chewy bar.  The honey kind of lost its sweetness in the whole mix of everything and didn't stand out on its own, but I would surmise that the sweetness from that honey actually mixed in with the cornmeal and amplified its sweetness somewhat as well.  That sweetness was not overwhelming though as this bar also contained sea salt and that did a good job taming the sweetness that could have had the chance of spiraling out of control with the cornmeal and honey.  In its totality, this bar was a semi-sweet and chewy bar with some additional crunch that made for what basically boiled down to a doughy peanut butter bar.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was a good introduction to P. Nutty products and I found this to be an above average tasting bar, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  With such a solid start and an interesting flavor profile, I'm anxious to try out some of the other flavors that were sent to me, some of which are very interesting recipes in that they are mocha-flavored or red chili-flavored.  That should be interesting.


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