KIND-ly enjoying a hit of dark chocolate and peanut butter in an amzing snack bar

KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar
KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar

Product: KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar – $1.99+

Well, yesterday rounded out the sample box of KIND bars that I purchased with the help of a Groupon that came through awhile back.  And the final bar to get it’s chance to shine was none other than KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar.

Peanut butter and dark chocolate.  This sounded like a match made in heaven to me.  After all…that is exactly two of my most favorite ingredients in life.  Anything with dark chocolate.  Anything with peanut butter.  But put the two of them together…and you have made me one very, very happy girl.

Needless to say, the very thought of sinking my teeth into this bar prior to running on Saturday morning at the park was…mouth watering.  For real.

It was a chilly, foggy Saturday and my roommate and I were up quite early.  The reason being I wanted to hit up Cherokee Park to run some hills before a 5K race was scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m.  This meant we needed to be at the park about the time it was getting light outside.  So, breakfast that morning at home was a serving of our cereals…but for in the car, to provide some fuel for her trail hiking and my running…I packed the final KIND bar in my run bag.

Being that it was a colder morning (come on, Spring…it’s freakin’ the end of March!), this bar was a bit chilled.  So, the ooey-gooey texture I prefer over brittle and hard was not happening.  But, a little warm up in my toasty fingers and everything would be okay.  As we hit the highway, I busted out the KIND bar and split it in half, handing her one half while I kept the other.

Bite one…was, as I said, a bit hard.  Damn cold weather.  Messing with my snacks.  But after that, things started to get interesting…and flavorful.

The KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar is…just what it sounds like.  Dark chocolate and peanut butter crack.  Every bite bursts with this sweet and salty flavor that I love.  And the dark chocolate adds the right amount of sweetness to counter balance the peanut butter and nuts that are throughout the bar.  I loved it.  It, surprisingly, wasn’t my favorite bar.  That still has to be the Fruit & Nut Bar…but this one…this one comes close.

The KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar is a healthy and satisfying mix of a variety of nuts.  So, not just peanuts.  Nope.  They go all out and include peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias, and Brazil nuts.  All of those are blended with peanut butter, honey, and soy crisps.  Then the bar is coated on the bottom with dark chocolate and a dark chocolate drizzle beautifully adorns the top.  This means every bite is guaranteed that sweet/savory taste.

Nutrition-wise, this bar isn’t too far off the mark.  Not for what it contains.  The entire bar will set you back 200 calories and 13 grams of fat.  Keep in mind, however, that the fat is derived from nuts, and therefore is at least the healthy kind of fat.  This bar is very low in sodium, only 50 mg, and relatively low in sugars, topping out at 10 grams.  And with all that peanut butter and nutty goodness, this bar offers up a dose of 7 grams of protein.  NICE!  These snack bars are also gluten-free

KIND offers up a variety of different flavors and nutritional benefits with their KIND Snack Bars.  The KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein was a nice addition to their satisfying and delicious line up.  I didn’t like every flavor in the box, but none of them were inedible.  And that is a great thing.  I intend to continue to sample flavors that were not offered in my cube of goodness and see what else KIND has to offer.

But so far…highly impressed.

KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar (unwrapped)
KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein Snack Bar (unwrapped)

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