Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Rickland Orchards Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Flavored Greek Yogurt Coated Granola Bar

I know I've said this before, but I'll regurgitate it anyway. It just cracks me up how Greek yogurt products are all the rage now. Bars, yogurt cups, frozen yogurts, etc. I've touched on Rickland Orchards Greek yogurt bars before, but recently at office snack time, I saw a product from them that I've never seen before and that leads me to this Rickland Orchards Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Flavored Greek Yogurt Coated Granola Bar. Yeah, try that name on for size. Anyway, this is new to me because while I've seen there bars before, I've never seen them attempt dark chocolate yogurt. Imagine the health benefits...Greek yogurt AND dark chocolate. It's like you are adding seconds onto your life just by eating this! Joking aside, this bar is 1.41 ounces and has 170 calories with ten grams of protein.

So, this is a granola bar, so obviously the granola is going to be the main feature. In this case, the very sticky granola is honey roasted and is mixed in with a healthy dose of medium-sized peanuts and also bound together with very strong smelling peanut butter. So strong, in fact, that as soon as I barely tore open the wrapper, I was immediately hit with its smell. Very appetizing, to say the least. Since "coated" is in the product name, the bar is then coated with a base layer of extremely thick dark chocolate and then "iced" on top with another swirl of dark chocolate. Obviously I knew what the bar looked like beforehand since it was in clear packaging, but I was still impressed with it composition after removing it from the wrapper because there was no shortage of any of the promised ingredients mentioned in the product name.

After my first bite, it was all peanut product, all the time mother peanut butter, which was on the salty side, was thick and quite potent. If the honey was supposed to provide sweetness to the bar, it did not succeed because it was quickly overwhelmed by the salty peanut butter and also the salty peanut chunks. As for those chunks, they overpowered even the peanut butter in each bite that I encountered them and they did a good job of adding occasional snap to the chewy granola mix. It was peanut flavor all the same, but it was just different that one flavor so clearly overwhelmed the other. The other primary component of this bar was the dark chocolate yogurt and you can very easily describe that flavor as dark, like the name would imply. There was no sweetness to this at all and in fact, it almost had a burnt taste. It was dark chocolate in its truest form. Since it was mixed with Greek yogurt, it densely coated the bar and was so intense that it made a valiant, albeit unsuccessful, attempt to overtake the peanut flavor.

Buy It or Fly By It? I am not ordinarily a fan of dark chocolate at all, but I can say that I enjoyed this bar. Sure, I wish it had some more sweetness and saltiness was the primary flavor descriptor for this, but despite that, I will still give it a BUY IT rating. It's something different, interesting and provides a nice change of pace to the other Rickland Orchards bars.


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