Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review: LUNA Nutz Over Chocolate Nutrition Bar

In my initial LUNA review, I covered that I was not a woman, but I just want to make sure I get that point across again as I'm led to do another LUNA review.  This time, it's the Nutz Over Chocolate nutrition bar.  Being that LUNA is made by CLIF, this bar is of course all natural and 70% organic.  I picked this in the aforementioned sale at Kroger for $0.99 and it weighs in a relatively light 1.69 ounces and contains 180 calories and nine grams of protein.

When I opened the packaging on this one, my first thought was that the name of this bar really says it all in describing what this bar looks like.  It's nuts over chocolate.  As you can see in the picture, there's a hard chocolate base layer that is topped by the typical rice crisp base.  Within the rice crisp mix are small bits of peanuts and a large amount of peanut butter to bind the base together.  The peanut butter was so prevalent that it made the bar somewhat stick and turned the normal tan color of the rice crisp mix to more of a deeper brown that matches peanut butter.

Unfortunately, the color change was not reflected in the flavor as I didn't really taste any peanut butter at all.  In addition to that, I could only faintly taste the peanuts, so the "Nutz" portion of this bar ended up being a failure in taste.  In terms of texture, it made it a bit more difficult to chew, but once I looked closer, the interior of the bar was a semi-gummy protein mix inside of the nutty shell.  Not what I expected and it certainly did not add anything positive to the bar.  As for the chocolate, it was not sweet or hearty.  In fact, it was just plain chocolate.  Sometimes that is not a bad thing, but in the case of this bar, it did not work well.  This bar needed some sort of strong flavor to make it tick and neither the nuts or the chocolate did the trick here.

Buy It or Fly By It?  FLY BY IT.  This one really lacks flavor and it isn't worth your time or purchase.  It had all the promise of being something good because nuts (especially peanuts/peanut butter) usually work really well with chocolate, but in this instance it didn't work.  Too bad too, because I was kind of looking forward to this one.



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