Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Raw Revolution Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

Today's review finally leads me to the end of my Raw Revolution bar splurge that I made at Whole Foods in New York City (aren't I sophisticated?).  Like the others, I picked up this Raw Revolution Heavenly Hazelnut Chocolate Bar for $1.50 and each bar weighs in at 1.8 ounces.  This particular bar has 230 calories and seven grams of protein packed inside it.  It's also dairy free, gluten free, organic and vegan, so yippee-kay-yay mother fudger!

Taking this out of the wrapper, it looked similar to one of the other Raw Revolution bars that I've reviewed in that it had that darker coloring to it and it was also soft and chewy.  As opposed to the other bar that I reviewed, this one did not have a strong smell of chocolate coming out of the wrapper, although there's nothing wrong with that.  Just more of an observation than anything.  Also within the bar was a collection of ground up hazelnuts, almonds and cashews.  Within that mix were several large almonds as well, so that was kind of nice from an appearance standpoint because I knew they would add some crunch to the bar in addition to the graininess that the ground up nuts would provide.

As expected, my first bite provided a soft bar that had a lot of graininess to the texture because of the ground up nuts.  The almonds then added occasional pop to each bite, so breaking up the softness of the date mix and the graininess of the ground up nuts with the pop of the large nuts was quite nice.  In terms of the flavor of the bar, it was mostly flat with a very slight hint of sweetness.  If there was a bit of flavor at all, it was from the cashews that provided a surprising pop of saltiness that I did not anticipate.  I wouldn't say that amount of saltiness was evil in anyway, but it was something that I did not expect so it kind of shocked me.  Outside of that, the hazelnuts did not really have any flavor, but that's surprising because I've always found hazelnuts to be a pretty weak flavored nut, which I find especially funny because the Mars siblings of the Mars Candy Company (the maker of M&M's among others) wanted to totally re-do a product line (info about halfway down) based on hazelnuts.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Of all the Raw Revolution bars that I've tried out, this one was certainly the most boring.  That said, it was a decent enough flavored bar that I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  This should certainly not be your first choice when picking out nutrition bar flavors because it is definitely not heavenly as the name implies, but it is certainly better than some of the other options that are out there.


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