Monday, February 20, 2017

WIN Big From PROBAR

Toady as promised is the first GIVEAWAY Contest of 2017 on The Chocolate Cult. We've teamed up with PROBAR to offer one of you readers a 12 count sleeve of one type and variety from their line-up. In order to run the giveaway fairly we are using Rafflecopter so please fill out the information it needs, follow the directions, remember we will check to make, and on Monday February 27, 2017, at Noon (Eastern) we'll announce the winner. Winner MUST live in the USA and supply a legitimate email so that we can contact them about their prize.



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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bite Off Energy with PROBAR

Yesterday you met Holly from PROBAR® so today you're going to learn about some of their bars. We have samples from several lines so we're going to publish article about each line over the course of several months in 2017. Today we're looking at two flavors from the bite organic energy bar line: Chocolate Cherry Cashew (left bar in the photo) and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (right bar in the photo. These look homemade to me, you can see the ingredients inside the bite, they aren't hidden under a coating of chocolate or candy as many energy bars are. Both bars we were sent have 190 calories so a good sized snack without overindulging. On Monday, The Chocolate Cult will host a CONTEST where you could win a sleeve of 12 bars of any one variety you choose from their website. The giveaway will run for one week so be sure you come back to enter it. The Chocolate Cult was sent 12 bars from different lines from PROBAR® all in chocolate varieties so that we could test them out and write a series of feature articles about them in an honest and objective fashion; no other form of competition was received.

We'll start with the PROBAR® bite Chocolate Cherry Cashew. This includes chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, and cacao powder on the ingredient list. The very first ingredient is tapioca syrup which helps explain the 10 grams of sugars the bar has. It also has 7 grams total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber. The first scent I note is the cherry a general grain and sweetness fragrance. You can see the dried cherries, the different grains, the cashew pieces spread throughout the bar. Take a bite makes a crunch and it stays crunchy as I chew. It is not sticky as I thought it might be from just looking at it. The flavors are varied depending on where I bite. A burst of tart cherry, some sweet grain, a hint of chocolate, the cashews are subtle as well but definitely there. Each bite is a different taste experience, too. The texture is also interesting depending on the bite -- the dried cherries are actually chewy, the cashews crisp, and the grains soft. The size of the bar makes this easily an eight-bite snack. While I'd like the chocolate to be more intense (this is The Chocolate Cult after all) I still like this bar a lot.

Now we'll turn to the PROBAR® bit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The ingredients and nuttirional values for this bar are very similar to the previous with just 1 gram more total fat, 0.5 grams more saturated fat, 1 gram more sugars. However this has 15% more iron and that might be important to some of you. This has a strong peanut fragrance to it. As you saw in the first photograph of this article, this bar is a little smaller in terms of measurements but in terms of weight it is identical at 1.62 ounces or 46 grams. If you have ever cooked or baked with peanut butter by weight, you know it is a hefty ingredient. A bite of this bars makes a softer crunch and it is more chewy than crunchy as I eat it. The peanut butter is not as intense as the scent had me thinking it would be but the chia seeds are obvious in flavor. It is only when I hit a mini chocolate chip that I get a burst of the chocolate flavor in this bar. In terms of flavors and textures it is not as varied as the previous bar but still more interesting than many other energy bars I've tried before.


Of the two bars, I have to say that the Chocolate Cherry Cashew is definitely my favorite. I think having the chocolate liquor, the cocoa butter, and the cacao powder helped make it more chocolatey as well. I would certainly buy this variety in the future.  How many of your have tried the PROBAR® bite products before? Which ones have you tried and liked? Please leave a comment and let us know.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Learn More about PROBAR

Holly from ProBar
Sisters and Brothers in Chocolate, please help me welcome Holly Hansen to our blog today. We'll be featuring a product from PROBAR® the company she works for on Saturday but today she's going to help us learn more about them and share a bit about herself as well.

Welcome, Holly, to The Chocolate Cult. Would you tell us who you are and what you do for PROBAR®?

I am a Michigan native who has lived in Salt Lake City for over 12 years now. My main reason for moving west was my passion for the mountains and all the trail running, skiing and climbing they have to offer. My career path has paralleled my passions as a Marketing Professional in the outdoor industry. I am the Marketing Communications Manager at PROBAR®. Which means I manage the sports marketing (our ambassador program), social media, sales support as well as new product and innovation support.

Your products are sold in so many stores as well as online but where was PROBAR® first started and sold?

PROBAR® was first started in Park City when CEO Jeff Coleman had an epiphany about what energy bars should be and taste like and how they should perform. He went on to hire our President Jules Lambert who took it upon himself to make and sell bars out of his RV while travelling and living out of it with his family. The rest is history and we are now a nationally recognized brand that has not once sacrificed on quality along the way.

More info can be found here.

ProBar Variety
The PROBAR® mission on the website is "PROBAR® creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability and fantastic taste." can you tell us a bit more about what this means?

It is sometimes hard to find an energy bar that meets all of your needs as far as taste, energy, consistency, quality ingredients (that you can read!) and dietary limitations. At PROBAR® we strive to fulfill all of those needs by providing real ingredients that are Non-GMO, derived from organic farms, gluten free, plant based and are a full nutritious meal on the go from a company that genuinely cares about helping people.

A lot of folks think of energy bars as only for athletes but do you think these products can and should appeal to the average person?

Absolutely! PROBAR® products are perfect for athletes given the fuel they provide and great taste. However, they are also perfect for the busy mom skipping meals here and there, a kid’s backpack, the college student running between classes, the professional who forgot to pack their lunch. This is because our products are REAL food, highly nutritious and convenient. Did I mention they taste great?

Base Bar
One of the features of PROBAR® products that some of our readers might be interested in and surprised by is that your creations are Organic Certified and non-GMO. That must add some cost to your products so why make that extra effort when so many energy, meal, and snack bars do not?

Because we wouldn’t be PROBAR®. Because we would have sacrificed our core values, what we wanted to create in the first place, to cut costs. It would be pulling our support of responsible farming and business. That is not helping people. It is offering them cheaper product at the expense of their health.

We couldn't agree more on The Chocolate Cult!

How did you get involved with PROBAR®, Holly?

I have worked as a marketing professional in the Outdoor Industry for 11+ years. Specifically, with ski and climbing hard goods as well as high end stainless steel drinkware most recently.

As a runner/climber/skier myself, I have always been a user of energy bars and have interest in nutritional science. When PROBAR® had a job opening in their marketing department I applied and here I am!

Do you use PROBAR® products yourself and what is your favorite product?

I have been using PROBAR® products since they came out about 12 years ago. They just tasted better and didn’t upset my stomach during exercise.

My favorites are:
The Meal bar in Original Trail Mix and Almond Crunch

Base bar in Chocolate Super Greens – these are higher in protein and taste more indulgent (lots of chocolate!)

Nut Butter in all flavors! But my favorite is Koka Moka….because I like coffee and chocolate

One of the most important questions for us here, do you like chocolate? If so, what type of chocolate do you prefer?

Is that a trick question? YES! The darker the better. And with sea salt.

Are there any more chocolate varieties of your products in the works for the future that you could tell us about?

There are some new products in the works that have chocolate, peanut butter and almond butter options. You will just have to wait and see ☺

Thank you, Holly, for talking with us today. Saturday we'll look at some of the PROBAR® line and we'll work our way through their line of products through 2017 so keep coming back to learn more.

Readers, how many of you have tried PROBAR®? Leave a comment below and let us know. If you have any other questions for Holly about PROBAR® ask it in a comment.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

8 Years of Valentine Chocolate

Are you looking for a good chocolate Valentine's Day gift?

Here is a look back at the various Valentine's Day chocolates, chocolatey treats, kitchen products, and even Valentine recipes that we've shared here on The Chocolate over the past eight years. Each link will open a new window so don't worry about not being able to go back to our list

When you get to the end be sure to leave a comment telling us how you are making our Valentine's Day 2017 Chocolatey.

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Miscellaneous Valentine's Goodies