Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review: Balance Bar Dark Dark Chocolate Peanut Bar

Eckhart Tolle once said "evolve or die" (yes, I had to look that up) and the subject of today's review certainly would sort of relate to that quote.  Balance Bar has been featured frequently on this blog, but today is my first look at another evolution of their product offerings with my first foray in to their "Dark" line of bars that feature dark chocolate.  This Balance Bar Dark Dark Chocolate Peanut Bar (how many times can the same word be duplicated in a product name) set me back a whole $1.00 at Kroger and it clocks in at 1.58 ounces with 180 calories and thirteen grams of protein.

As you can see from the picture above, there is not a whole lot else to this bar other than the named ingredients.  The bar itself is a block of dark chocolate with the typical soy crisp type interior and then the exterior of the bar has large peanut halves mixed in with melted dark chocolate that is coating the bar.  I would say that in a bizarre way, the interior of the bar reminded me of a brownie.  The bar itself had kind of a flat chocolate smell, which was nice because bitter dark chocolate smell is not exactly on my list of favorite things.

That bizarre brownie motif that I dreamed up didn't really carry over to the actual bar itself after I took my first bite.  That first bite was quite difficult actually as it took some pretty strong jaw muscles in order to break a bite off.  Once I finally did do that though, the dark chocolate started melting quickly and bar became much more chewy.  Mixed in with that chew was were those peanut halves which brought a bunch of crunch and pop to each bite that included them, so that was a nice textural counterpoint to the chewy bar.  As for the dark chocolate flavor, it was mild and not sweet at all.  I appreciated the mildness and with the melting qualities of that dark chocolate, this was just a "normal" flavor of chocolate and I was more than fine with that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I feared this going in, but as I took successive bites, I found myself enjoying this more and more.  For that reason, I give this a BUY IT rating.  While certainly not the best thing I've ever eaten, it was an enjoyable snack that I appreciated in the end and that is always a positive.


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