Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: Mamma Chia Blueberry & Dark Chocolate with Chia Bar

Fresh Thyme has brought me a lot of new and interesting products to review for the blog and I've continuously hammered on those in reviews over the preceding months.  Today brings me another one of those reviews as I take a look at this Mamma Chia Blueberry & Dark Chocolate with Chia Bar, which is produced by a manufacturer making its first appearance here on the blog.  Their tagline is to "Seed Your Soul" which is a witty play on the fact that the bar is made with chia seeds in case you didn't pick up on that.  That chia is also part of a "Chia Vitality Bar" so there's that additional kick of life too.  Anyway, I picked this up for $1.99 at the aforementioned Fresh Thyme and it comes in at 1.4 ounces with 180 calories and three grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, kosher and organic.

Since I have been so busy lately and have continually complained about it, I'll stay busy and just take the lazy way out by coping the product description from the blog:  "Enjoy our nutrient–rich, organic chia seeds lovingly combined with deep, rich dark chocolate, healthy fruits and savory nut blends making these bars a delicious, anytime snack! Each bar delivers 1000 mg Omega-3s, protein, fiber and more to fuel your soul’s purpose!"  Well, that was pointless because it doesn't really give any sort of description of what all is in here.  So much for trying to save time.  Anyway, this very soft and sticky bar is filled with a variety of nuts (almonds, macadamia and walnuts), fruits (apples, blueberries, currants and raisins) and also the aforementioned chia seeds.  The bar then has a base of dark chocolate and a swirl of dark chocolate on the top.  And what is interesting is that all the ingredients that I've just named, all of them are visible in the construction of the bar.  There's also some chia seeds (of course), honey and brown rice crisps in there, among other things, so there is A LOT going on with this.

After taking a bite, it was noticeably soft and chewy, so that was nice considering that it definitely was not what I was expecting prior to taking it out of the wrapper.  I would compare the chewiness to taking a handful of raisins with a couple of nuts mixed in and chewing through that.  Funny thing is, that's kind of the way that this tasted too.  It had the mild sweetness of the variety of dried fruits (led by the named blueberries) and the occasional crunch of the small variety of nuts.  All that was coated by a melting dark chocolate that didn't really bring a lot of flavor, but it did give it a gooey mouthfeel.  The brown rice crisps added an additional pop of airy crunch, but it wasn't anything that was a game changer.  Lastly, the chia seeds did add a bit of graininess as well.

Buy It or Fly By It?  In terms of the texture of this bar, I very much enjoyed it.  The flavor was pretty solid too, although I would have liked it if it was a touch sweeter.  Perhaps it truly was, but the dark chocolate tamed it?  Either way, I found this very edible and an enjoyable eating experience, so I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  Good debut here for Mamma Chia and I look forward to taking some looks at more products, although that's going to require a special trip to Fresh Thyme and I have no idea when that'll ever happen.  Regardless, if you see this in one of your stores, snatch it up.


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