Lrabar Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie Bar Multi Pack, Case Of 8 / 8.5 Oz

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Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie: 7 Grams of Protein But Not What I Expected

Feb 25, 2012
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Pros:Packed with vitamins and minerals, 7 grams of protein, inexpensive.

Cons:One was more than enough for me no matter how cheap they were.

The Bottom Line: It might be called a Peanut Butter Cookie bar but it's more of a "fruit and nut" bar. Good luck getting past the look and smell of it.





Everyone raved about the Larabar; the way my friends talked about them they made them sound like I was missing out on one of the best nutritional bars ever. When I saw the Peanut Butter Cookie and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bars at Giant Eagle I figured I'd try them since they were on sale for half price. For .75 cents they were worth trying, bad move on my part. I should have kept that a mystery.

First, this is not a typical peanut butter cookie bar. It's more of a fruit and nut puree that's molded into a bar; there's a little hint of peanut butter but I didn't taste anything even remotely like a "cookie" in it. When you unwrap it, well, it sort of looks like formed vomit. I wasn't expecting it. I should have spotted the wording on the front of the wrapper indicating it's a "fruit and nut food bar".

I ate a little over half of it before I couldn't take another bite. I have eaten some gross looking things in my life but I couldn't get past the look of this. If there was a coating on it or it has more of a peanut butter / cookie taste to it chances are I would have finished it. Thankfully these were on sale and I didn't fork out full value on them. Will I buy them again? Probably not. The only way I'd consider buying them again is if they improve the taste and visual appearance of it.

One thing I didn't like about this was the rather trimmed list of ingredients; per the wrapper this contains "dates, peanuts and salt". I am sure that there's more in there than that and I have no idea how they can get away with not putting everything on the wrapper. If it does include peanut butter, cookie or a peanut butter cookie then why isn't it on the wrapper? If you're going to say they used a flavoring then I'd expect it to say "natural and artificial flavors". The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar has a couple more ingredients listed on its wrapper but still isn't the complete list.

One 1.7 ounce bar is considered a serving; that contains 220 calories, 12 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates and 7 grams of protein. 220 calories? That's a lot for a bar like this so I have to gather that the sugar from the "fruits" portion of the bar is what jacks this up. I'd I'm going to ingest 220 calories I expect something delicious and to me that's not this flavor of the Larabar.

Not all nutrition bars are going to look amazing, I accept that. It's when the visual side only adds to the ickyness of the product that the manufacture should consider some kind of coating.


^V^©Freak369 - 2012^V^


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