Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: The GFB Gluten Free Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

For the regular readers of the blog, it should come as no surprise that I'm not very bright.  I mention that because on a recent trip to Meijer, I was strolling through the Gluten Free section of the store and I saw a new bar on clearance that I had never seen before.  I grabbed two of them and the part that makes me not very bright is that I grabbed two of the same flavor, even though I thought I grabbed different ones.  Duh.  Anyway, the only flavor I grabbed (despite grabbing two bars) was this The GFB Gluten Free Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar that I got at the clearance price of $1.79.  It's 2.05 ounces and has 240 calories with twelve grams of protein.  As the name would imply, it's gluten free as well as dairy free, soy free and vegan.

As I took a look at this, I could tell that it was not the most visually impressive bar.  It was a soft oat-like mix held together by dates.  Within that oat/date mix was a smattering of small Virginia peanuts and also rice crisps.  The bar had a darker hue from dark chocolate and not only was it darker because of that chocolate, but it also smelled incredibly strong, kind of like a brownie.  The bar itself was also a bit slimy and slick to the touch, so that was a bit different.

As expected, this bar was soft and chewy.  What broke up that softness was the occasional hard crunch of the Virginia peanuts and the airy crunch of the rice crisps.  The peanuts only had a bit of flavor, but it was enough to be noticed.  As for the dark chocolate flavor, it was quite potent and also quite dense.  Since it was dark chocolate, it came as no surprise to me that it was slightly bitter too, but it wasn't bitter enough that it was a turn-off.  What I found interesting about this entire package and I didn't notice it until I ate the second bar (again, I'm not bright) is that it had a fruity flavor to it too from the dates.  That fruity sweetness saved this one because it did a nice job balancing out the bitterness of the dark chocolate to make a palatable bar.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I have no idea why this was on clearance, but if these stay in production, I think this bar is worth it and deserving of a BUY IT rating.  It's not a great bar (it did grow on me the more I ate it), but it has enough flavor from the dark chocolate and peanut butter that makes it an appetizing and enjoyable snack and or small meal replacement.


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