Product: KIND Nuts & Spices Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Snack Bar – $1.99+
You can’t even imagine how disappointed I was with this KIND Bar. It had all the making of being something epic. Something that I would rank among my favorites. It was dark chocolate. It was nuts. It was salty and sweet. Right there…epic.
Yet…it just came out wrong. Not to the point of being bad. Not at all. This bar was in no ways disgusting or offensive. It just…lacked something. Something vital. And only after munching through my half of the bar did I come up with what it was…
Something chewy to bind it all together.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of nuts and dark chocolate. HUGE. But…that’s all this bar was. There was no filler to help give it that chewy texture I prefer when it comes to snack bars. This one was just nuts drizzled in dark chocolate, making it very crunchy, very brittle…and somewhat of a disappointment. But only texturally speaking.
Flavor-wise, this bar was on point! I mean, who doesn’t love decadent dark chocolate and the combination of sea salt and a variety of nuts? It’s salty meets sweet…which is, by far, my favorite type of snack to eat. This bar is packed with a blend of almonds, peanuts and walnuts. They are drizzled in dark chocolate, as well as having the bottom layer of the bar completely dark chocolate. It is then touched off with a smattering of sea salt.
Epic in flavor…but I just like something to chew. I don’t want a brittle snack bar. I want something that I can sink my teeth into and put a little effort into eating. Nuts and chocolate…perfect combination. But give me something else with it. Give me a binder of some sort that makes this more of a snack bar instead of a chocolate drizzled clump of nuts.
It seems nit-picky, I know…but this is just how I felt about it. I could make this at home…and be just as satisfied. I was hoping for the world…and ended up with a continent. Or something like that.
Nuts and dark chocolate…killer combo. Add that sea salt (unless, like my roommate you get a large chunk of it in a bite)…and it’s magical. But put them together without some sort of soft binder…and it just doesn’t work for me. Flavor and taste are awesome. Texture is lacking. For me.
This bar, nutritionally speaking, offers 200 calories to your diet. It will set you back 13 grams of fat for the day, but that’s mostly the healthy fat from the nuts. So, don’t panic. You get 7 grams of filling fiber and 5 grams of protein in each bar. This bar is gluten-free and cholesterol free as well. Not bad for a snack/protein bar. Not bad at all. My roommate and I split this and each had a bowl of cereal. And we headed out to the park so I could run for about 45 minutes while she walked. We were still full even after that workout. So…it does its job, that’s for sure. Even if you split it with someone.
So, while I did not, in fact, dislike this bar…it just wasn’t one of my favorite ones like I assumed it would be. A bit of a let down…yes. But…loved the flavor of each bite. Just wish it had a little bit more to it. That’s all.