Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Pure Organic Ancient Grains Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

As I mentioned last week, I've been away for a bit to deal with some health issues (I'm fine), so this is my first review back after depleting my queue and then running out of reviews to post during my break.  To say that it's been a bit difficult to get back into the swing of typing a review would be an understatement.  Still, I'm here today with another Pure review to bring you a look at a product that I was able to obtain for free through a manufacturer's coupon (my favorite kind of review...FREE).  Anyway, I grabbed this Pure Organic Ancient Grains Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar at Kroger where it typically retails for around $2.00.  It's 1.23 ounces and has 160 calories and five grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, kosher, organic and vegan if that kind of stuff interests you.

As the title of this post infers, this bar is made up of ancient grains, which in this case include amaranth, flax, hemp and quinoa.  Not that I know exactly what all of those things look like, but there's a lot going on in this bar as you can see above, so I'm going to assume that it is filled with all those ancient grains.  There's also a slight smell of peanut butter, which is obviously the binding of this bar and the dark coloring comes from the cocoa/chocolate in the bar.  One thing of note is that there are some some all chunks of peanut scattered throughout here.  Something that did surprise me about this bar and it's composition in general is that it was more solid than I would have expected.  I expected something to be somewhat pliable.  This was definitely not that.

Due to that lack of pliability, this bar was tough to bite into and once I did get my bite into this, it was very grainy and somewhat difficult to chew.  As for the flavor, there really wasn't a lot.  The peanut butter was noticeable and did have peanut flavor, but it was very faint.  The actual peanuts in the bar did bring some additional crunch and some additional saltiness, but again, it wasn't much.  As for the chocolate, I couldn't even notice it.  Had it not been on the label and also the coloring been made darker by the cocoa, you would have easily fooled me.  Actually, in a blind taste test, I would have never said that there was chocolate in here.  That is not a good thing.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was just far too boring.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.  It's that blandness that gets this bar a FLY BY IT rating.  Perhaps this ancient grain needed to remain ancient, because it wasn't a product that I'd feel comfortable actually paying for and I don't think that you should either.


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