Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Slow Food For Fast Lives Thai Bar

I didn't really cover in my last Slow Food For Fast Lives review that I was very fearful of the product going in just based on the fact that it seemed like such an odd flavor profile and was really something that I had never had in a nutrition bar before, so the fear of the unknown hit me.  Well, despite the fact that I liked that particular bar, I'm just as afraid this time as I take a look at another free sample that I received in this Slow Food For Fast Lives Thai Bar.  The bar itself is 1.4 ounces, has 190 calories and also has six grams of protein.  It's also all natural, vegan and gluten free.

These Slow Food For Fast Lives bars should leave it all out there for the world to see, don't they?  That's actually a nice thing because it makes my job a heck of a lot easier when I don't have to go diving through bars looking for little bits of this or little bits of that, etc.  Anyway, what is most interesting about this exposed surface is the amount of seasoning that is visible.  Garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, bell pepper powder, etc.  It's all there in a cornucopia of colors.  The rest of the bar is made up of moderately sized peanuts, a plethora of rice crisps (BROWN rice crisps) and some other smaller ingredients.  It's all bound together then by a sticky blend of peanut butter and syrups.  In terms of the smell, the nutty smell of the peanuts and potent smell of the spices were both present and accounted for.

Being that there were so many brown rice crisps in this bar, it should come as no surprise that this bar was kind of airy.  Along with those airy crisps were the occasional crunch of the peanuts that were spread throughout.  What was interesting about those peanuts (and peanut butter) is that they didn't provide as much flavor as I would have thought they would.  Instead, they were mostly overpowered by the various spices that gave this bar a little kick with an acidic hint of lime, although not so much of a kick that it ruined it.  While it was only a moderate kick, it did linger on my tongue far after each bite, which was kind of interesting and appealing.  In terms of the entire package of this bar, the flavor reminded me of Cool Ranch Doritos, minus the "cool" part as this was a bit spicier than the chips.  The spice blend was similar and that's all I could think of as I chewed my way through this bar.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I will be the first to say that this was a very interesting combination and I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it.  I mean, I do like Cool Ranch Doritos a lot and if I'm writing that this bar is similar to Cool Ranch Doritos, then I should probably like this bar, right?  Well, although I still found this bar odd itself (like Thai food in general), it was tasty enough that I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  Definitely a different type of flavor combination, but if you are feeling adventurous and like that spicy-ish type of flavor profile, you will probably like this one.


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