Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Review: CLIF Nuts & Seeds Bar
When I'm walking through the store and am looking through the shelves for new things, I sometimes see products that make me think to myself "why even bother?" Today's review, which adds to the CLIF collection, is one of those products. The whole idea of this bar just seems so incredibly boring that I just don't know how it could be appealing enough for anyone to buy it. Now, I'm a reviewer (or at least pretending to be one), so I bought this CLIF Nuts & Seeds Bar just because it was a new product and I wanted something to review. This one set me back $1.00 at Kroger and it comes in at the CLIF bar standard 2.4 ounces. It's also packing 270 calories and eleven grams of protein.
I've already said that just the thought of this bar kind of bores me, so I'll let CLIF describe this because their description of this bar makes it sound at least a little bit more interesting. So, here we go: "A delicious blend of sweet & salty. Crunchy almonds and peanut butter, combined with sunflower and pumpkin seeds." So there you go. I'll also point out that this bar was very sticky and was basically composed as the typical CLIF bar blob. It also had a faint smell of peanut butter coming from it, so I guess there are some things going on. Just not a lot.
Biting into this, it provided me with the same mouthfeel as any other sort of CLIF bar. Soft and chewy with the occasional airy crunch provided by rice crisps. There was some additional crunch and graininess in this one too that was provided by the almonds and also the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. None of those nuts or seeds really provided any flavor though because they are such tame ingredients from a flavor perspective to begin with. The only real flavor in here was provided by the peanut butter that was binding this bar together and it was a mild and thick peanut butter with a slight hint of sweetness. Basically, this bar was CLIF's peanut butter bar with the added component of a few nuts and seeds to add texture.
Buy It or Fly By It? CLIF's Crunchy Peanut Butter Bar is pretty boring to begin with and actually got a negative rating in the past because of how boring it was. I guess I'll give this one a slightly better than boring review though solely because of the presence of the additional nuts and seeds that add texture. It's for that reason alone that I'll tepidly give this a BUY IT rating. I can't really get overly positive about this bar, but it does the job if you end up with one in your hands. It's certainly not one that I would actively seek out if I were you though.