Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: CLIF Mojo Mountain Mix Trail Mix Bar

I think I've said this before on the blog, but I'll say it again:  I LOVE trail mix and when I'm at a place that has trail mix at an open bowl, I always find a way to gravitate toward it and eat it non-stop, no matter how hard I try to avoid it.  That said, CLIF's Mojo Trail Mix bars are right up my alley.  I've already reviewed one of the bars, so I'm now led to the Mountain Mix flavor of one of their trail mix bars.  Why the name Mountain Mix?  Heaven (and CLIF) only knows.  Maybe they want you to throw this in your pack before you go for a climb.  The bar is 70% organic and consist of all the nuts, fruits, etc. that you'd expect to find in trail mix (depending on the mix).  I picked this one up on sale at Kroger for $1.00 and it's 1.59 ounces with 190 calories and eight grams of protein.

When you visually look at this bar, it seems like it would be a lot bigger than it actually is.  It's a deceptive 1.59 ounces.  That said, the bar is made up a variety of trail mix ingredients including pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, the inevitable rice crisp mix and then it's all held together with a peanut butter binding.  As you can see in the picture (hopefully) all of these ingredients are visible throughout the bar with the raisins and almonds taking a starring role since they are the biggest bits in the bar.  It's also a very sticky bar as each time I sat this one down, it stuck to whatever surface I put it on (my shirt, the arm of the chair I was sitting in, the coffee table, etc.).

The stickiness translates well to the bar because it allows the entire bar to stay together as you are biting into it and not having it crumble and spread all over the place to make a mess.  In terms of all the ingredients, the almonds take center stage as they provide the most crunch (there's A LOT of crunch in this one) and also the most flavor.  The raisins are also quite noticeable, as are the peanuts/peanut butter.  Everything else gets kind of lost in the flavor mix, including the chocolate chips, which was disappointing.  They add a nice crunch because of their solidity, but there is not a discernible chocolate flavor that I could find.  While they may not be noticeable on their own, they do mix in with the peanut butter to add in a nice sweet component to go along with the saltiness of the pretzels and nuts and being that most trail mix try to achieve that perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness, this one did a good job of that.  At the end and my only complaint is that I was wishing there was more of the bar, because it was delicious.  I imagine that if it was any bigger though, it would be difficult to throw in your backpack as you were climbing the mountain.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I love trail mix and I love this bar, so BUY IT.  In fact, I would almost climb a mountain to get this bar as a reward.  Actually, who am I kidding...I wouldn't climb a mountain for anything except an unusually large cash prize.  Dissertation aside, this is a very good bar and a great approximation of trail mix in bar form.  Buy this for an energy boost, a snack or whatever and you will be a happy consumer and eater.


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