Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Food Should Taste Good Macadamia Chai Real Good Bar

I've said it many times here, yet I'll continue to say it:  I love being shocked by finding new products in the aisles at my stores.  I've often see chips, popcorn, etc. that's been produce by Food Should Taste Good (hilarious AND true name, by the way), but I've never seen anything of theirs in bar form.  That ended this past weekend as I was perusing my local Kroger and stumbled upon this Food Should Taste Good Macadamia Chai Real Good Bar.  The bar set me back (not really) a whole $1.00 and it comes in at 1.42 ounces with 220 calories and four grams of protein.  It's gluten free, non-GMO and made with Fair Trade certified cocoa if you are interested in that too.  I'm not (although I should be), so to each their own.

The website for this is pretty descriptive and very confident (perhaps overconfident?) in it's description of this as "Made with whole almonds, chopped macadamia nuts, slivers of coconut, smooth Fair Trade Certified Cocoa and a dash of Chai, our Real Good Bar is no ordinary snack. It’s a wholesome snack made from high quality ingredients. It’s chef inspired, and uniquely delicious."  So, that's a pretty confident description, don't you think?  What it leaves out is that the macadamia nuts are HUGE and so are the almonds.  The almonds are also plentiful.  Also visible on the bar is the cinnamon spice seasoning that is spread throughout.  I've got to say that I was shocked and surprised by that, despite the fact that I already should have noticed since this had clear packaging.  What I wouldn't have noticed if I looked at this prior to opening was how soft this bar was and that there was also a chocolate base to this.  That was surprising and welcome.  What was neat about how pliable this was that when I broke it in half for the photo below, it kind of broken in half like a Snickers bar in the fact that it bound together and there was gooey stickiness pulling at each end.  That was kind of fun and made me salivate a bit.

Speaking of salivating, that's what this bar did to me and that's what's happening as I type this review.  This was quite good.  It alternated between being sweet from the honey and chocolate, spicy from the cinnamon and salty from the nuts and sea salt.  It was truly everywhere.  The aforementioned chocolate also added a decadent, melting quality as I made my way through this chewy bar.  While the bar was chewy, the huge and plentiful nuts brought lots of texture differences and pop throughout each time I encountered them, which was very frequent.  Another notable thing about this bar was that the macadamia nut flavor was really noticeable for me, which is a welcome change since macadamia nut flavor is usually so mild.  This one really stood out.  If I had to describe a bite of this from beginning to end and I guess I do since I'm writing a food review blog, I would say that this starts off sweet, then gets hit by a pop of spice and then the saltiness lingers until you take your next bite.  Then it's just rinse and repeat.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Food should taste good and this bar really does.  I found it to be very, very tasty, so I'll heartily give this a BUY IT rating.  Decadent, crunchy, sweet, salty, spicy, gooey, nutty, etc.  This bar really did have it all.  I don't know if this is a new product in general or just a new product to Kroger, but whatever it is, I'm certainly glad that I've got another one of these to try because I'm very excited to see how it'll turn out.


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