Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Good Greens Apple Crumb Soy Greek Yogurt Bar

It's been quite a while since I looked at a Good Greens product (over two years), but I had noticed recently that my local Marsh Supermarket had started carrying their bars.  I hadn't made any purchases because I thought I had tried all the flavors, but upon further review recently, I noticed that there were a couple that I hadn't tested out yet and that leads to today's review of this Good Greens Apple Crumb Soy Greek Yogurt Bar.  I was able to grab this one for $2.49 and it comes in at 1.76 ounces with 190 calories and ten grams of protein.  It's also dubbed as a "Wellness Bar" on the wrapper and I think that's a first for me.  As always with these Good Greens bars, it's powered by their Z52 Superfood Powder and I'll spare telling the long story of that that is again.  You can check out the website or my prior reviews if interested.  Anyway, the bar is also all natural, gluten free and vegan, so that's fun (or healthy) I suppose.

As you can see from the moment this is unwrapped, the Greek yogurt component of this bar is visible as it coats the entire bar itself.  After that initial visual observation, I broke this bar in half for the photo above and I noticed it was both very soft and also carried a very faint smell of apple.  The Greek yogurt coating also cracked too, which was kind of weird, but coatings sometimes do that so I guess I should complain.  As for the rest of the bar, the interior was similar to a baked-type of product in that all the ingredients seemed to be mixed into one soft block of food.  Those other ingredients apparently included oats, sunflower seeds and peanuts, among other things, although I can't say that any of them were visible because of the way this bar was constructed.

The first question as I bit into this was how strong the apple flavor would be and it was about as strong as the apple smell, meaning it was faint at best and really didn't show up until the end of each bite and into the aftertaste.  The initial and predominant taste of this was kind of a mish-mash of oatmeal and the other ingredients (the Crumble part of the name) and while that it was chewy, it really had minimal flavor.  That minimal flavor was appealing, but it just wasn't powerful.  What saved this bar from causing an extreme case of boredom was the external Greek yogurt coating that had a nice taste of vanilla emanating from it.  That melting yogurt coated this bar and served as a nice sweet counter to the tartness of the minimal apple flavor being produced by that portion of the bar.  All the flavor were mild, but the did balance nicely off of each other.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Despite the fact that this bar could almost be considered boring, it had just enough flavor to prevent it from being that and also to make it tasty enough for me to give it a BUY IT rating.  It's certainly not going to knock anyone's socks off (don't think I've used that line in a while), but it is good enough to provide a quality snack or help hold off a bout of hunger.


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