Sunday, August 2, 2009

Luna Bars Chocolate Options

Luna Bars are a mostly organic energy bar designed "for women" according to the bars themselves and the website of the company. My local coop recently had a sell on the bars during a customer appreciation event so I tried out the two chocolate varieties they had on the shelves. However when I looked at their website I noted that there are seven varieties of bars which have chocolate in them. That's half of the full sized bars that they sell. This review should only be considered a testament to the two varieties I tried and not a comment on the other five available choices.

This “S’mores” flavor has 180 calories, 2g sat fat, 140mg sodium, 150mg potassium, 3g dietary fiber, 1g insoluble fiber, 13g sugars, 11g other carbs, and 9g protein. It also includes a lot of vitamins and minerals including: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, calcium, D, E, iron, K, magnesium, and zinc. This 70% organic energy bar's main ingredients are soy and rice.

"S'mores" has a minor s'more like taste but only minor compared to the real thing I used to make around the campfires when I was growing up. Its sugary taste turns sour as you chew it and what little chocolate taste there is disappears. The texture is good, reminding me a lot like bits of crackers.

The “Nutz Over Chocolate” bar has 180 calories, 2.5g sat fat, 190mg sodium, 190mg potassium, 3g fiber, 1g insoluble fiber, 12g sugars, 10g other carbs, 10g protein. It also has a higher percentage of the recommended daily allowance of the same vitamins and minerals as the previous bar. Its main ingredients are rice, oats, and peanuts.

"Nutz Over Chocolate" has solid crunch with an earthy taste with a slightly tangy flavor on the nut side. The chocolate side is slightly bitter but unless you eat that against your tongue you won’t taste it at all.

The bars are slightly different sizes though both weigh 169g. The "S'mores" is 3.5X1.6X0.55 inches while the "Nutz Over Chocolate" is 3.75X1.6X0.5 inches. You can see this difference to the left in the photo I took.

Overall, there is not very much chocolate flavor and zero buzz potential in each bar. I can’t endorse it for The Chocolate Cult because of that fact. I also felt like I had to make myself keep eating it, the flavor was just as pleasant as you would expect. So you have to ask yourself why you’d want these bars. Taste, I suggest looking elsewhere and eating a balanced diet. If you want the minerals, vitamins and you want to support Luna’s goal to help fight breast cancer then this could be a good choice. They are not cheap, well over a dollar a bar, so look for sales and coupons.

Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.

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