Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Caveman Dark Chocolate Cherry Nut Bar

Perhaps I didn't notice it in my last Caveman Foods review, but the wrapper of the subject of today's review had the tagline of "Paleo Friendly."  I had no idea what that meant, so I used my friend the Google machine and found out that it referred to a specific diet known as the Paleolithic diet, or more informally as the caveman diet.  Like how the manufacturer tied their name into that?  Actually, I write that in jest, but I find it pretty creative to be honest.  My admiration of their creativity aside, I picked up this Caveman Dark Chocolate Cherry Nut Bar at Meijer for $1.25.  Each all natural, gluten free and peanut free bar is 1.4 ounces and has 190 calories with four grams of protein and three grams of fiber.

A bar modeling itself after the basic diet of cavemen could be expected to have a raw look to it and this bar certainly has that.  The bar itself is a collection of nuts, seeds and berries bound together by natural syrups.  The nut mix contains some very large almonds and cashews, while the seed mix contains a well-spread amount of sunflower and sesame seeds.  The berry mix contains several berries, which include raisins, cranberries and bing cherries, all of which are quite visible.  The bar is based with a thick layer of strong smelling dark chocolate and that's all the rawness there is to this.

Taking my first bite, I was unsurprisingly welcomed by a huge amount of crunch due to the nuts and seeds.  Within that crunch was a soft chewiness provided by the multiple berries that were handsomely spread throughout the bar.  In terms of texture and feel as I chewed through this, it was a winner.  The flavor was also a winner too, although it wasn't quite what I expected.  Based on the strong smell of dark chocolate, I expected it to be a front and center type of star player when it came to flavor.  It certainly was not that.  In fact, it was really only there to provide the melt-in-your-mouth quality coating to the nuts themselves.  It did not have strong flavor and all it really did was coat those nuts and do a decent job trying to tone down the saltiness of the nuts and the extreme sweetness of the multiple berries.  These berries were so sweet and tangy that I could not distinguish between all of them to determine what flavors were what.  It was just all there, all at once, not that I minded that.  When you roll it all up into one package, this bar balanced out saltiness (nuts), sweetness (berries) and decadence (melting dark chocolate coating) to form something that was quite well-rounded.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This bar wasn't available to cavemen, but I'm guessing they would have liked it if it was available...or they had an economy that made products available for purchase.  I do have an economy that makes products available for purchase and due to that, I would give this bar a BUY IT rating.  Being that it wraps up someone different types of flavor profiles into one neat package, it's definitely a tasty treat or snack.


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