Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Corazona's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Square

Frequent readers of the blog will know that sometimes I get repetitive on the manufacturers that I review because I pick things up in bulk. I've been trying to avoid that recently and branch out into new products and its that effort that leads me to this Corazona's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Square. I picked it up on sale at Kroger for $1.00 and it comes in at 1.76 ounces and 190 calories with six grams of protein.  It's also all natural, so it's got that "healthy" thing going for it too. Well, as healthy as something can be when it contains chocolate chips, I guess.

It's not difficult to figure out based on the product name that this is an oat-based bar and when I took it out of the wrapper, that's exactly what it was. It was also square (duh) and contained chocolate chips (again, duh). Those chips were of the semi-sweet variety and were well spread throughout the entire square. The bar smelled strongly of oatmeal and since I enjoy oatmeal and its smell, I particularly enjoyed that. There was a faint, let's call it semi-sweet, smell of chocolate as well. And yes, that was a horrible attempt at being witty and cute with a play on words.

Anyway, when I bit into this square, my primary taste was that of oats and based on everything observed so far, that was not surprising in any shape or form. The chips did add some slight and quick crunch to the chewy oatmeal part of the square, but they melted quickly to form a dense, albeit not particularly flavorful chocolate taste to each bite. It was almost as if the chocolate was just and afterthought as it came through at the very end of each bite and only came through mildly. It certainly wasn't semi-sweet as I found it to have no sweetness at all.  That was kind if disappointing, but not a game breaker. This bar was basically all oatmeal and that is perfectly fine.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Nothing about this bar is incredible in any way, but I would say it is workman-like in the fact that it delivers in everything it promised. It's not sexy, but it gets the job done and for that, I give it a BUY IT rating. If you see this and want a safe choice for something to fulfill a hunger pang, this is worth a shot.


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