Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Rickland Orchards Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bar

There have been many times where I have been walking through the store and am looking at all the bars in the "healthy" section of the store and as I see different things, I think to myself that I've reviewed that one before and there's no reason to pick that up.  On a trip to Marsh a while back, I was doing that and saw the subject of today's review sitting on the shelf and though that I had reviewed it before, so I moved on.  When I got home, it was bugging me, so I checked the archives of the blog and it turns out that I haven't reviewed it before.  Perhaps it was because I found the whole concept of this Rickland Orchards Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bar to be so basic, but I'm not really sure.  Regardless, knowing that I hadn't reviewed it before, I made it a point to pick one up for $1.49 on my next trip to Marsh and that leads us today's review, which is the first Rickland Orchards review in well over a year.  Now, this bar comes in at 1.41 ounces with 150 calories and seven grams of protein AND it has ingredients imported from Europe, so it's definitely fancy.

The bulk of this bar is a honey granola mix and as you can see from the picture above, it's quite tightly compacted.  Within that mix is a smattering of oats and also several fairly decently sized strawberry bits.  Those strawberry bits have a strong and pleasing scent to them, which is something that I would not have expected.  Sitting below that honey granola mix is a base of Greek yogurt, which as the label states, is one of those imported ingredients.  It also is swirled on top of the bar and much like the strawberries, the yogurt has a strong and pleasing scent to it as well.  So, while this is a basic bar in terms of its composition, it's got all it's named ingredients accounted for and at least presented in a solid fashion.

Biting into this, it wasn't quite what I expected and I mean that in a positive way.  First, it was a bit more difficult to chew than I expected.  I expected something similar to a Quaker Chewy bar in that it would be incredibly soft and fall apart easily.  This bar didn't do that, perhaps because the granola was so tightly compacted.  What I also didn't expect was that the strawberry bits would have so much flavor and that's an expectation that I'm glad was surpassed.  I was expecting the strawberry portion of this bar to be extremely mild, but it was quite tart and that was nice.  Counteracting that tartness was some sweetness brought by the honey in the granola mix and then cooling down all the sweetness and tartness was the yogurt base and swirl topping.  The yogurt pretty much melted over the entire mixture and gave it a bit of moisture so that the tightly compacted granola was not just some jagged edged mix going down into my throat.  I appreciated that as it made it easier to swallow.
Buy It or Fly By It?  So, was this basic recipe?  Absolutely it was, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that when a basic recipe is as tasty as this one.  I was more than pleasantly surprised by this and definitely give it a BUY IT rating.  This is a nice, safe option to pick up if you don't want to venture out and try some of the other flavor combination offered by Rickland Orchards and some of their competitors.  I don't believe it's one you'd regret.


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