Good Morning Friends – I hope everyone had a great weekend!
I spent some time at work and my Mom came down for a couple days and hung out with me which is always a good time. We ate too much food, I taught her how to use an industrial embroidery machine, worked on our family tree, and wandered around a graveyard by my house, you know, like you do.
Today I am writing you from my local bagel haunt (I had to keep the theme going – I apologize) and just witnessed a woman FLIP HER WIG about the amount of cream cheese that was put on her bagel and that it wasn’t applied in an even fashion. This place is notorious for putting a lot of cream cheese and this woman was not having it. She scraped a bunch of it off with a spoon at the coffee bar and proceeded to wave around the spoon of cream cheese at the employee making coffee talking about how unacceptable it was that there was so much cream cheese and how it was applied sloppy. Lady. Please. Its a 2 dollar bagel, there are other things in life to get worked up over – I can give you some examples if you need some help. OH BOY.
These bars are not that new – I have had them kicking around in my stash for a while now. I have a really bad habit of squirreling away food to review and then it just gets buried in the queue never to be eaten. I pretty much love anything that has chocolate involved so I thought that these would be a tasty treat.
I don’t know why but I keep trying to convince myself that I am into almond butter. I don’t hate it but man is it bland. I like almonds in their true form, almond milk, almonds on stuff, but almond butter? Meh. The granola is soft and chewy, and you also get a nice helping of whole almonds as well as the chopped up ones. I have the same problem with these as I did with the cups – the chopped up pieces of almonds can transform into almond rocks, which totally feel like they could destroy your teeth at any given moment. Personally I did not really taste the chocolate very much because of EVERYTHING else going in this bar, but that is okay – it adds a subtle sweetness to the mix.
Overall these are pretty middle of the road for me. They are alright, but that’s about it. The flavor isn’t a knock out, and there aren’t really any parts of it that are memorable to me other than the almond rocks. I will probably finish the box (add them to my snack drawer at work for those moments were I am ready to eat my arm), but I probably would not buy these again. I like my granola bars to be a little more exciting (try the sweet and spicy ones – THOSE are yummy) and these are just too plain for me.
Found at Target
I bought these about a month ago and in true snack hoarder fashion, I totally forgot that I had them tucked away in a Target bag for a rainy day. Well I guess that works because it’s raining outside today in sunny California. Granola anything is something that I can live with or without. It has never been something that I have been like “Wow! I could really go for some granola right now!” but when I saw these, I was a bit intrigued. How much can you really do to jazz up granola that hasn’t already been done? Make it salty and sweet, cover it in chocolate, etc.
I am notorious for snacking while at the computer. I picked up this bad habit from late nights gaming and chatting on IRC (just typing that instantly makes me feel old) and lately I have been trying to avoid the old standbys of candy and chips – so these totally swooped in and saved the day, until I had a moment of panic. Did I just buy something with a yogurt center? Don’t get me wrong, I like to enjoy granola in my coconut yogurt, but the dairy stuff? Oh boy. Luckily after about 3 seconds of reading, I realized it was almond butter, all right in the world again.
These babies are a little bit bigger than an American half dollar coin. I was hoping for something a little more bite size, but I guess if I didn’t have the mouth the size of a small mouse, they would be. Upon first bite, the flavor of honeyed granola is very apparent as well as cinnamon/brown sugar. The cup portion isn’t as brick like as a normal Nature Valley granola bar that will literally shatter a tooth if you don’t bash it on the counter a few times before enjoying, which makes it nice. The almond butter is smooth and creamy, but not very exciting. My major qualm with this snack is that I feel that the almond pieces on top are a little too large. Sometimes almonds can be like small rocks when chewing and I ran into that with one of the cups I was enjoying. Overall I enjoyed the flavor and it really satisfied my wanting of a sweet snack without it being something that was 110% sugar.
Word to the wise, don’t pop the entire thing in your mouth. Have you ever seen a dog try and eat a large spoonful of peanut butter? It pretty much went like that.
Found at Target for $3.59
I am constantly searching for on the go breakfast food that I find somewhat enjoyable. Sure it is easy to grab a Poptart or a bagel, but I like to switch things up a bit. Being the chocolate lover that I am, I was pretty excited when I spotted these on the shelves at my local SaveMart. As I have mentioned in a few previous posts, almonds haven’t always been my favorite, but cocoa roasted? YES PLEASE.
This mixture is comprised of the following items:
- cocoa roasted almonds
- chocolate candies
- coconut flakes
- granola bites
- honey roasted peanuts
- graham squares
For 100 calories you get a pretty nice sized baggie of treats. The cocoa roasted almonds have a nice subtle chocolate flavor to them. The chocolate candies taste kind of like a M&M knock off that you would find in most generic store trail mixes. I’m not overly sure where the coconut flakes fit into this mixture but they are okay. I could live without them. The granola bites are pretty good, it has a nice honey flavoring that compliments the rest of the mix.
I am not sure what the marshmallows are. They have the consistency of Play-Doh, but taste good – not at all what I would expect from a marshmallow. The honey roasted peanuts are probably one of my favorite parts. They are exceptionally generous with the candy coating on the outside. The graham squares tie the whole mix together but occasionally can be a bit hard. (That’s what she said)
Texture: 3/5 – The overall texture of the mix is okay. I tend to be a bit OCD and eat all of each individual item at a time. My least favorite of the mix is the coconut, its like eating a pencil shaving (which I have never done, so it might not be like eating a pencil shaving)
Smell: 5/5 – This mix has a nice nutty, sweet, slightly chocolaty smell to it.
Appearance: 3/5 – This isn’t the prettiest of mixes out there, but it gets the job done.
Taste: 4/5 – I really enjoy this breakfast mix. It is something that I would buy over and over again to add to my morning rotation. Sometimes you really crave the sweetness factor, and this blend does it well without feeling like you ate a spoonful of sugar.