Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: Balance Bar Dark Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar

This is adventure number two in my review of these new "Dark" line of bars from Balance Bar.  For anyone that reads this blog on a semi-regular basis, it is well documented that dark chocolate is not exactly high on my list of favorite things, so when my first foray into reviewing this line of products was a positive one, there was probably no one more surprised than me.  Today's second foray leads me into this review of the Balance Bar Dark Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar that I picked up at Kroger for $1.00.  Just like a typical Balance Bar, this one weighed in at 1.58 ounces with 180 calories and thirteen grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, so that'll help the celiacs of the world.

As you can see, there isn't a lot of beauty to this bar.  It's a just a big, bulky block of dark chocolate coated rice crisp interior.  That dark chocolate exterior is quite thick and while it is decidedly dark chocolate, it did not have that distinct dark chocolate smell.  It actually smelled more like what I'll call "normal" chocolate, which was quite appetizing to me at least from an odor perspective.  There were also small dark chocolate chips in the soy crisp interior, so that's obviously where they intended the "Crunch" part of the name to come into play.

Biting into this, it was pretty much just a basic flavor.  The dark chocolate was definitely dark chocolate flavor, but it wasn't particularly potent or foul.  It was just chocolate with a slight dark hint to it.  The one thing that it did do though was linger and I usually like my dark chocolate flavor to be kind of like a band-aid...meaning that I like to taste it and then have it go away.  I don't want it just hanging around like a bad party guest.  Anyway, the rest of the bar definitely had crunch that was provided by the rice crisp interior and the little dark chocolate chips in that interior that provided occasional pop and then melted quickly within the warmth of my mouth.  Outside of that, there's not a whole lot else to say here as the flavor and texture of this bar was just what the name would imply as it was dark chocolate and crunchy.

Buy It or Fly By It?  It was a pretty basic flavor combination and it did approach being boring, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  The fact that the dark chocolate flavor stayed away from being foul gets this a BUY IT rating despite the fact it was not all that impressive.  At least it wasn't awful and was edible, so that why it gets that rating, albeit a tepid one.


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