Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: South Beach Diet Fudgy Chocolate Mint Snack Bars

I typically stay away from South Beach Diet bars because they are so expensive, but every now and then, there's a coupon that comes through one of my coupon apps on my phone that makes it reasonable to purchase a box of these bars and do a review.  A $3.00 off coupon recently came through my Kroger app and that led me to pick up this box of six (one bonus bar!) South Beach Diet Fudgy Chocolate Mint Snack Bars at Kroger for $2.99 after coupon.  Each bar in this box is a somewhat small-sized 0.98 ounces and comes in with 100 calories and six grams of protein.

As I sometimes do, I'm going to take the lazy man's route here and steal the product description from the South Beach Diet website because it was just a short little blurb that kind of brought a smile to my face.  So, here goes:  "A mouth-watering combination of chocolate fudge and refreshing mint in a chewy, cookie-like bar covered in a delicious layer of chocolate. You may have to hide this one from the rest of the family!"  I just loved the fact that they declared it as mouth-watering and also told me that I may have to hide it from the rest of my family.  I'm live alone, so the only person I'd have to hide it from is myself, but just the thought of hiding bars made me laugh.  As for the bar itself, that refreshing mint definitely had a potent smell as I smelled it immediately after ripping open the wrapper.  My immediate thought after smelling that was Andes mint candy (sure seems like I compare all chocolate/mint flavor combos to that) and being that I do like Andes candy, I found that smell to be quite appealing.  What wasn't mentioned in the description was that the cookie-like bar also had soy crisps and oats in the middle of it and that middle was topped by a hidden layer of chocolate that separated it from the actual coating of the bar.  Other than that, it really did have a very basic look to it.

As I bit into this bar, I was immediately struck by how soft and chewy it was.  I was also grateful for the presence of the soy crisps as they brought some occasional light crunch to this, which I think was needed, especially if they wanted to consider the cookie motif.  If I had to compare the interior of the bar, I'd say it was somewhat comparable to an Oreo cookie in terms of texture...other than the fact that the hidden chocolate layer that I described earlier made it kind of gummy, which was odd.  In terms of flavor, it was all mint initially and then capped off by the taste of melting fudge from the exterior coating of the bar.  What I will say about that mint flavor is that while it was potent, it wasn't enough that it ruined the bar.  It was actually quite pleasant and the melting fudge did a solid job of making sure that it didn't get too far out of control.

Buy It or Fly By It?  All in all, this was a solid combo of mint and chocolate fudge and I think that's what South Beach Diet was going for.  They should be pleased and I was pleased too and would almost go so far as to classify this as delicious (not quite that far though), so I'll definitely give this a BUY IT rating.  I don't know that this would be good enough to hide from the rest of your family, but it is a good bar to devour as a quick snack if you need one.  The only thing that scares me (and has always scared me) about these is their cost.  So, if you are going to buy a box of these, try to find a coupon to make it a bit less of a hit on your bank account.


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