Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Raw Rev 100 Chocolate Crave Food Bar

The free sample train that comes as a result of writing a food review blog is pretty fun.  As much as I'd like to think I know everything, I very much do not and via free samples, I often find out about product that I've never heard of before.  Today's review is of a free sample that I received that I had definitely not heard of before and that leads me to this review of the Raw Rev 100 Chocolate Crave Food Bar.  The company that manufactures these bars, Raw Revolution, ordinarily manufactures full size bars, but since this particular bar is a diminutive version of the full size bar, they've decided to shorten the name to Raw Rev.  Very cute.  Anyway, this shortened bar is 0.9 ouncs and in keeping up with the name, it 100 calories with three grams of protein.  It's also got quite a bit else going for it too being that it's peanut free, gluten free, dairy free and organic.  Holy moly.

Being that this bar is named Chocolate Crave, it should come as no surprise that the bulk of the bar is primarily made up of chocolate.  It's a very cocoa powder (like hot chocolate powder) smelling chocolate and it's surprisingly soft, almost like a brownie.  What I didn't expect was the vast amount of nuts and other ingredients in this bar.  Those ingredients included some very large almonds, cashew shards, sunflower seeds, dates and the illustrious flax.  The nuts were there in copious amounts, which was entirely unexpected and certainly very welcome.  It's also quite sticky on the outside as it also apparently includes agave nectar.  Based on all these ingredients (mostly organic), I guess it should come as no surprise that they've tagged the wrapper with the slogan of "Organic Live Food Fusion."

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I took my first bite of this.  I guess that's not completely true.  I did expect this to be chewy based on the fact that it was soft and pliable when I broke it apart for the picture above and it definitely was that.  One thing that was especially fun about this is that while it was chewy, it was also crunchy as well because of the plethora of nuts.  I would almost say the disparity between the two reminded me of crunchy peanut butter...softness mixed with multiple crunches of nuts.  There were so many nuts that none of the specific flavors were distinguishable and since this bar was so tiny, there really wasn't time for me to figure out the flavors, if any, either.  As for the crazy part (the chocolate), it fully delivered.  My hot chocolate comparison from earlier was also suitable for the taste of the chocolate in this bar, although the taste reminded me more of a burnt hot chocolate that sat for too long on the stove or in the microwave.  Still, it was definitely hearty, dense and enjoyable.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Being that I didn't know what to expect going into this, the fact that I found myself enjoying this bar quite a bit after eating it was a nice surprise, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  My only complaint, which is ridiculous in itself, is that it was so small.  That's a preposterous complaint on my part though because the whole point of this bar (thus the name) is that it is a tiny snack size version of a little bar.  With that, I can firmly say that the full size bar will be equally as good, so if you see either size available to you and are curious, definitely pick it up.


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