Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: CLIF Mojo Coconut Almond Peanut Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar

I mentioned in my last CLIF Bar review that I had noticed a new run of flavors in their Mojo product line and that led me to a splurge purchase of all the new flavors that were available at my Kroger.  Round two of that splurge leads to today's review of this CLIF Mojo Coconut Almond Peanut Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar that I was able to pick up on sale for $1.00.  Each somewhat organic bar is 1.41 ounces and has 200 calories with five grams of protein.

These Mojo bars are nice because they lay it all out there for the eyes to see, not only by having a clear wrapper but also by not having any coating outside of the general ingredient mix.  As you can see from the photo above, there are a plethora of large coconut shards, large almonds and decent-sized peanut halves.  It's a fun mix and very reminiscent of an bagged trail mix.  It's all bound together by honey and what is odd about this and somewhat scary is that the bar has an overwhelming smell of salt from the sea salt that is mixed in with this.  I say this is somewhat scary because if something smells salty, there's a pretty good chance that I'll need a gallon of water nearby when I try to eat it.

Biting into this, it should come as no surprise based on the smell that the first thing that I tasted was salt.  In fact, if I had to assign a percentage to this, I'd say that 90% of the taste of this bar was salt and it was potent.  That said, the coconut flavor was still there, but it was really only present in the form of an aftertaste to the salt and it really wasn't sweet at all.  It was just basic coconut flavor and that was it.  What it did do though was bring enough coconut flavor that it tamed the sea salt flavor just enough that it allowed that flavor to be palatable.  Granted, the power of that saltiness toed the line of being too much, the coconut kept it from crossing the line.  As for the rest of the bar, it really was all about the texture.  The almonds added big crunch due to their size and the peanut added grainy crunch, also due to their size.  What was interesting about this whole package though is that coconut shards in the mix didn't really disintegrate at all and added to the grainy composition of each bite.  I guess I just didn't expect that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Like I said, this one toed the line of being too salty, but the minimal coconut flavor was just enough to save it and since it did save that flavor, I give this a BUY IT rating.  It was a tasty, yet salty, treat that did a good job of representing trail mix in a bar form.  It had enough nutty flavor as well, so that also added to the enjoyment factor as well.  Still, if you are going to down this one on your own, make sure you've got some fluids nearby.


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