Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Food Should Taste Good Hazelnut Sea Salt Real Good Bar

In my first Food Should Taste Good experience, the food did truly taste good.  Having your product name describe the experience of what the food should (and did taste) like is pretty well done I would say.  So, armed with a first positive experience, I was ready to embark on experience number two as I picked up two bars in my initial shopping spree at Kroger when I grabbed this Food Should Taste Good Hazelnut Sea Salt Real Good Bar for $1.00.  The bar itself clocks in at 1.42 ounces and has 220 calories and four grams of protein.  Like the last, it's gluten free, Non-GMO and is also made with Fair Trade Cocoa.

The product description on the website for this says that it is chef inspired and if that means that there are a bunch of ingredients thrown together, then this bar is definitely chef inspired.  It starts out with a chocolate base (made with Fair Trade Cocoa!) that is then topped with a mix of a variety of nuts and other ingredients.  The various nuts included hazelnuts (DUH), almonds and macadamia nuts.  All were large and clearly noticeable.  That makes the Crazy Food Dude happy.  Also mixed in with the nuts was honey to bind them together (it was extremely sticky), Madagascar vanilla, sea salt and perhaps the most interesting ingredient of all, orange zest.  On top of all that was a decorative and pretty chocolate swirl.  The bar itself smelled alternately of salt and also of honey, so that's really where I was going into my first bite.

After my first bite, I could definitely tell it was salty and nutty.  The nuts were especially crunchy and made this everything I love about a nutty bar.  The nuts combined with the sea salt also made this a very salty bar and the chocolate really was overpowered by that flavor.  I could taste it a little bit, but its primary function here seemed to be to melt and coat all the nuts.  Whatever sweetness was in this bar was provided by the honey, which came on very late with its rich flavor.  What also came on late was perhaps the most interesting ingredient in the bar that I've already mentioned.  That was the orange zest and it brought a zippy little tang to the bar that kind of counteracted the saltiness.  It lingered a bit after it arrived late and quite honestly, I was surprised that it was so potent.  Like I said, it was certainly interesting, but it brought a different flavor profile to this which was kind of fun.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Nutty, crunchy, salty, sweet, tangy, sticky, etc.  This bar had a lot of words that I could use to describe it, but one more word I'll use to describe it is "good."  Food should taste good and this bar tasted good to me, so I'll give it a BUY IT rating.  I could have stood a bit less salt (the honey saved this from being too salty in my mind) because that's just me and it's only a minor criticism.  In general, this bar was delicious and definitely one I'd recommend, especially if you are into salty foods.


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