Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Zone Perfect Dark Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Nutrition Bar

I like the semi-hot streak that I'm working on with Zone Perfect reviews here at Crazy Food Dude.  So far, I've liked all but one that I've had, although I haven't tried any from their "Dark" line of bars that are angled at the dark chocolate market.  As you may or may not know, dark chocolate is supposedly high in antioxidants, so it is supposed to be healthier for you than regular chocolate.  Anyway, I picked up this Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan bar at Kroger on sale for $1.00.  It weights in at a semi-small 1.58 ounces and contains 190 calories with a respectable twelve grams of protein.

Taking a look at this one, you can tell that Zone Perfect is definitely selling the dark chocolate aspect of this nutrition bar line as it is dark everywhere.  The normal rice crisp interior is mixed with dark chocolate and as you can clearly see, this has changed it from the typical tan color.  The rice crisp base is then topped with a layer of caramel "cream" and then the entire bar is surrounded by a thick layer of dark chocolate.  Mixed in with the exterior layer of dark chocolate are small crumbled pecan pieces to add a little extra crunch.

As with its heavy appearance of "dark" chocolate, this one also carries that name into its taste as well.  What is odd though is that in the initial taste, I tasted regular sweet chocolate, although I suppose that sweetness could have been from the caramel.  The dark chocolate didn't come in until the aftertaste and it was strong and hearty, as you'd expect dark chocolate to be.  Outside of chocolate (both regular and dark), I didn't really taste anything else in this bar because the chocolate taste was so strong.  The outward regular taste of caramel (what you'd ordinarily expect from a caramel taste) was overpowered by the chocolate taste and other than crunch, which was also supplied by the rice crisps, I could not really detect the pecan taste either.

Buy It or Fly By It?  BUY IT.  If you are a choc-o-holic, you are going to LOVE this bar because that is what you are going to taste.  In fact, this bar is chocolate overload and being that I'm a choc-o-holic, this bar could become potentially addictive as a nice daily snack as it doesn't have a big calorie load.  Not that I need any more addictions, but this could really be one.


1 comment:

  1. That looks REALLY good, for a protein bar.

    This is the first time I've ever seen a Zone Perfect bar that made me think, "wow, I need to try this".


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