Monday, February 02, 2009
Amongst the many cool features of Foodbuzz, I've recently signed up as a Tastemaker, receiving products in the mail for review before they hit the market. Recently, Foodbuzz and Quaker partnered up and I was able to sample their new line of True Delights bars. Quaker thinks these stand apart from other granola bars on the market because they're made with a 'luxuriously delicious' mix of real fruit, whole nuts, and dark chocolate. For the most part, I have to agree, these bars are different and better than most granola bars on the market. I sampled all three varieties and would consider buying at least two of them in the store if I were to see them.
Each bar contains 140 calories and gets 40% of it's calories from fat, but with the high proportion of nuts to grains in the bars, a substantial amount of fat should be expected. They have significant protein and fiber content and can easily be toted to work as part of breakfast on the go or for a snack in the afternoon.
My favorite variety was the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. It was loaded with macadamia nuts, real banana chips and huge slivers of tender coconut. I definitely fall into the camp of coconut lovers, but those who don't probably won't enjoy this bar because the flavor of coconut is pronounced.
I also enjoyed the Honey Roasted Cashew and Mixed Berry bar. Cranberries and cherries grace this nutty bar with a necessary sweet-tartness. The bars come in a third variety, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond, but I was less impressed with this variety because of the lack of chocolate on my bars. Only 2 chips for an entire granola bar is not enough. I'm sure this is within a reasonable realm of variation for mass production, so if you love the idea of this variety, you may have more luck with the chocolate ratio.
You can also try a Free Sample of Quaker True Delights granola bars by visiting the Quaker True Delights website.