Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Elisabeth Hasselbeck's NoGii Nuts About Berries No Gluten Paleo Bar

Some people might be able to argue that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has invaded the hearts, minds and souls of our life.  I would argue that she's invaded my local Marsh grocery store as I've picked up yet another bar for review.  This time, I'll be taking a look at the Elisabeth Hasselbeck's NoGii Nuts About Berries No Gluten Paleo Bar that I was able to get at that aforementioned Marsh for $2.49.  This bar is 1.50 ounces and 180 calories with four grams of protein.  It's gluten free and paleo as well, so there you have it.

Last time I reviewed one of these NoGii bars, I was nuts about nuts.  This time, I'm apparently nuts about berries, or at least Elisabeth Hasselbeck would like me to be.  Anyway, as the product name would imply, this bar is plentifully spread with all sorts of nuts and berries (the paleo diet).  The fruits/berries start out with a base of dates, which leads to the dark coloring of the bar that admittedly surprised me.  That also led to a much softer and pliable bar than I was anticipating as well.  Other fruits/berries in the mix include cranberries, tart cherries, freeze dried (?!) strawberries and dried apples.  The nut component consists of almonds and cashews and then to top it all off, there's seeds in here too with the presence of sunflower and sesame seeds.  As if that wasn't enough, there's also honey in this bar, so NoGii certainly is not shoring this one on ingredients.

Biting into this bar, it was soft as I expected (after I saw what it looked like).  It was primarily date-flavored at first but then was hit with a potent, but not off-putting, hit of berry flavor with a mix of cranberries and cherries.  That flavor was tart and sweet, just like I would expect those two berries to be and since those berries are two that I enjoy quite a bit, I very much enjoyed that flavor in this bar.  As for the nuts and seeds, they didn't have a lot of flavor, but they did add a lot in texture as the seeds made this bar a bit grainy and the nuts added some pop to each chew.  Both of these were necessary components as this bar would have become extremely boring had it just been soft and chewy.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Ultimately, I would classify this bar as fruity and fun, which clearly leads to a BUY IT rating.  I very much enjoyed the sweetness, tanginess and texture of this bar as it all rolled up into an appetizing package that I really would go nuts about.  Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be invading our lives and grocery stores, but if she's doing it in the form of this bar, I certainly do not mind.


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