Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: KIND Nuts & Spice Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar

For such a well known manufacturer, I find it odd that I've only done sporadic reviews of KIND products on the blog, especially in the beginning.  I've tried to pick it up and review more products as time as gone on, but KIND is still not represented all that well on the blog and I really can't figure out why it has turned out that way.  So, in order to give them some better representation (and also because I got a freebie as an add-on to an purchase that I made), I'm led to this review of the KIND Nuts & Spice Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar.  This one comes in at 1.4 ounces and is angled more toward the protein aspect of KIND bars as it has a higher amount of protein that the typical bar in that it has six grams and also 200 calories.

Since this is a Nuts & Spices bar, one would expect that those would be the focal point of the bar and that is definitely the case in this bar, although the spices are not visually apparent.  The nuts though are not only visually apparent, but they are HUGE.  My picture may not do them as much justice as my eyes did, but the almonds and peanuts in this bar were enormous.  The walnuts, while present, were ground up and less apparent.  Also in the nut mix were was the typical rice crisp mix and all that was bound together by honey.  One thing that was noticeable about this nut mix was the smell of the spice in the bar, which in this case was obviously sea salt as the name says and it was quite strong.  So strong, in fact, that it took over the faint smell of the sweet honey.  The bar then has a base and also decorative icing on top of thick dark chocolate which really did not have any smell at all, but that happens often with dark chocolate.

After looking at this bar and the size of the ample nuts, it should be a pretty obvious statement to make when I say that this bar was extremely crunchy.  The dark chocolate was thick and added a coating to the nut mix, but really did not carry much flavor at all.  It was more of a textural break-up than an actual taste.  The thing that was the most noticeable in this bar, other than the crunch of the monster nuts, was the presence of the sea salt.  It had a strong taste and despite the presence of dark chocolate and honey, this bar was quite salty.  The nuts had their natural saltiness, but the sea salt just amplified that taste.  It's not often that you need a glass of water with a KIND bar, but I would definitely say that you need one with this bar.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I've professed my love of crunch on this blog many, many, many times before and since this bar was right up that alley, I give it a BUY IT rating.  I rate it that way not just for its crunch, but also for the fact that the flavor was pretty good too.  While I would have liked a bit more sweetness and a bit less saltiness, the construction of the bar as it stood was just fine and I enjoyed eating it.  If you are okay with a salty and crunchy snack bar, this one is right up your alley.  If you are looking for something sweet, I'd recommend that you stay away because this is not going to fulfill that craving at all.



  1. I've tasted this stuff and it was actually really great. The nuts did give it more taste. It's definitely a great buy.

  2. I have been getting a real bad sstomachache, no gas but a bad pain. I stayed away from bars for a few day, ran out. I had one today and my pain came back


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