Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Kashi GOLEAN Roll! Chocolate Peanut Protein & Fiber Bar

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would know that I have not exactly had good experiences reviewing Kashi products.  In fact, the reviews I've done have found them to be terrible.  Still, being the glutton for punishment that I am, I was willing to give this Chocolate Peanut Protein & Fiber bar a shot to see if it could break the loser streak for Kashi.  I picked this one up for $1.29 at Meijer and it clocks in at 1.94 ounces with 190 calories and twelve grams of protein.

Upon breaking this in half, I was presently surprised by its outward appearance as the peanuts (and rice crisp mix) were spread liberally on the outside of this roll shaped bar.  Also, there was a plentiful amount of chocolate holding everything together too, so that was another positive.  Two for two so far, so it was time for the interior.  After forcefully breaking this hard bar in half, I was met with a feeling of gloom as I looked at the interior and thought "what the hell is that?"  The interior is some sort of gummy, yet also solid concoction that is either chocolate or peanut butter or something else and it did not look appetizing.  In fact, I was terrified by it.

Despite my trepidation, I bit into the bar and my fears were then confirmed as I nearly broke my teeth biting into this piece of granite.  There was no chewy factor at all and the chocolate had no taste.  The nutty exterior was somewhat nice as it added a peanut flavor, but the last thing this bar needed was something that made it harder to chew and the nuts did that.  As for that questionable interior...well, even after concentrating for the longest time to come up with a comparison as to what it tasted like, I was at a loss.  Whatever this interior is supposed to be is basically a NASA-like science project gone wrong.  If I were to try to be funny here, I would say that the "ROLL!" in the name of this one means that you should roll to the dentist after you are done to fix all your broken teeth.  We all know that I'm not particularly funny though, so enough of that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Continuing the losing streak for Kashi on this blog, this one gets a FLY BY IT rating.  Maybe someday I'll find something from Kashi that I like (I still have some more stuff in my stock to try), but until then I'm going to keep on hating their products.  It makes me wonder how a company that has so many products that suck stays in business, but there's apparently someone out there that likes this stuff.  More power to them, I suppose.



  1. I've been disappointed in most of the Kashi products I've tried as well, but I recently devoured a box of their Dark Mocha Almond granola bars. I'm obsessed with them.

    1. I will have to start looking for those then and see if I can give them a review at some point. I will admit that I did find one Kashi product that I liked (review coming sometime in the future), so the company is not a total failure. They've come pretty close though!

      Thanks for the comment, by the way!


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