Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bar

Office snack time hit up the Kashi bars again, so it's time for another Kashi review.  It's getting to be a broken record at the day Kashi bars and the next day is popcorn.  It continues in that endless loop for ever and yes, I am whining about free snacks.  Yes, I am aware that I really need to get a life.  Anyway, a recent snack time opened my eyes to the Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bar.  This bar comes in at 1.2 ounces and has 140 calories and six grams of protein.  It's also all natural and is primarily made up of Kashi's seven whole grains mix mixed with whatever the add-ins of choice are and since this is a bar based on trail mix, there's a plethora of them.

As I said, there's a plethora of ingredients in this bar since trail mix is usually a conglomeration of many different things.  In the case of this trail mix, it consists of raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, honey and typical other granola mix stuff (oats, etc.).  All of those things are clearly visible when you examine this bar and one thing that was extremely noticeable were the large chunks of almond.  Admittedly, I was completely surprised (it was a pleasant one) by that as I was just expecting shards of them as I examined the ingredient list.  In terms of this mix in general, it kind of reminded me of the "brain" mix that I see in the bulk bins at the grocery store (there's also an energy mix, a candy mix, etc...guess which one is my favorite).

Biting into this bar was quite easy to do as this was quite chewy, just as the name implied.  In fact, it was incredibly chewy and I'd even go so far as to classify it as soft.  Not a bad thing, just not an expected thing.  One thing that did break up this soft and chewy quality was the almond chunks and that was nice because this definitely needed some crunch in order to make it feel different as you chewed through the bar.  A lot of times, manufacturers discount how something FEELS in your mouth and only concentrate on taste.  While taste is obviously important, I'd also say that feel is equally important.  Another surprising characteristic of this bar was that despite the presence of the dried fruits and the honey, it really did not have any discernible sweetness that worked it's way into the bar.  It was dry and borderline salty, which was not what I expected (again), but it did not detract from the bar in any way.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This was a rather pedestrian bar, but ultimately, it wasn't bad.  It was edible, had decent flavor and that's good enough for me, so I give this a BUY IT rating.  I know that's not a ringing endorsement, but as I learned long ago, if you expect everything to be wonderful, you are going to be let down a lot.


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