Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: PowerBar Nuts Naturals Mixed Nuts Energy Bar

While I absolutely love trail/mixed nut mixes and can't keep my hands out of the bag/bowl when it is near me, I can't say that I was particularly enthusiastic about reviewing this bar since I pretty much could assume what I was going to get.  Still, I review these things for two reasons: first, I am hungry and need something to eat; secondly, I want to see if these companies can screw up even the easy tings.  With those two reasons locked up and ready to go, I was led to another PowerBar review with this review of the Mixed Nuts Energy Bar from their Nuts Naturals line.  I picked this up for around a dollar at Meijer and it is 1.58 ounces with 210 calories and ten grams of protein.  As with all PowerBar products, they recommend eating their bars during certain stages of exercise (before/during/after) and they recommend that this one be eaten during your activity.  Not when I ate it, but hey, not everything can be followed to the letter of the law.

Based on experience and the name of the product, I kind of knew what I'd be getting going in.  But just in case I didn't PowerBar placed a handy illustration on the front of the packaging to confirm what I already surmised:  this would be a bar that was primarily rice crisp with nuts mixed in.  That was obviously the case here and the nuts of choice were peanuts and almonds.  When I took a look, I noticed that the nut pieces were not particularly large, but they were at least noticeable.  To compare the two, the peanuts were more plentiful and spread more liberally while the almonds were moderately sparse and spread somewhat selectively.  Other than that, the bar was just rice crisp/protein mix that was all bound together by whatever syrup of choice.

With my first bite, I pretty much got what I expected.  It was a soft rice crisp mix with the added textural component of crunchy nuts.  The almonds were somewhat noticeable, but the peanuts were the star of the show as their taste provided the primary taste and the plentiful amount of peanuts provided the primary amount of crunch in the bar.  The bar wasn't overly sweet or salty in any way, it was just there and tasted like a pretty basic mixed nuts mix, which is nice for someone that likes trail mix like me.  Other than that, there's not a whole lot to say other than that this was just a crunchy and nutty tasting bar.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I'll give this one a BUY IT rating for the sole reason that I am a trail mix/mixed nut addict.  If it wasn't for that, I'm not sure that this bar brings anything else to the table, nor does it try to.  It is what it is and that is basically a mixed nut mix in bar form.  Nothing wrong with that and PowerBar does an outstanding job delivering on that premise.  Pick it up if you are interested.


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