It’s a Bar Fight!
Snack Bars have been a booming product for years and I am delighted that there are lots of gluten free bars on the market with whole foods ingredients, also high in protein, fibre and without added sugars. Bars need to offer a compelling combination of flavour and nutritional virtues at a decent price point to impress. Enter Wild Thing Bars.
If there is such a thing, I am a master connoisseur of snack bars. I really appreciate a tasty, wholesome bar and recently posted about some fantastic new to market bars discovered thanks to the Free From Food Awards that have been added to my favourites.
One day I hope to learn how to make snack bars at home. Oh sure, I can make them, but I mean shelf stable highly compacted chewy bars that stay good for months inside sealed wrap at ambient room temperature. Anyone willing to induct me into the illuminati order of bar makers and teach me how to do this will earn my eternal servitude. Figuratively speaking ;-)
It is surely not easy to be a Snack Bar today. I imagine them jostling for position within a line up, hoping to be picked, stealing furtive glances at one another and evaluating their chances. I look better than that other bar. I have more fibre than those ones. Hah, they have added sugar, what were they thinking?! Feeling good so far. Uh oh, just look at the protein in that one, oh no, oh no, here comes that show stealing scrumptious one! Quick, knock it off the display! No no, look over here, I’m better! Pick me, pick meeee!
Wild Thing Bars, What is to Love?
I love the convenience of snack bars but also have a strong preference for minimally processed food, high fibre, low sugar and deliciousness. Most bars just left the room but the Wild Thing Bars are welcome to stay. Here are their virtues.
They look just like food. They look just like something I actually could make at home, except more compacted.
They actually have aroma. They smell of their ingredients.Warm them up a little to release the aromatics and it is even more notable.
The flavours are very pleasing. Pause to savour them rather than wolf them down on the run and they offer excellent combinations of fruity and nutty flavour. Except the one that tastes of chocolate and vanilla ;-)
They have a firm chewy texture that makes each initial bite satisfying and delivers that feeling of eating something real.
What don’t the bars have? No added sugar, no emulsifiers, no preservatives, and no “May Contain” warnings. Every ingredient is recognisable and something you might well have in your kitchen.
They are organic, vegan, gluten free and paleo and so suitable for inclusion within many diets.
Wild Thing Bars, Parade Yourselves!
Coconut & Chia
Firm initial bite gives way into chewiness and then the soft textures of mixed fruit and nuts punctuated by the occasional light crunch of a chia seed. The acerola appears to lend an intriguing tart aroma and flavour note but the aftertaste is from the coconuts and dates. My favourite.
Ingredients: dates*, cashew*, coconut* (20%), chia seeds* (4%), acerola powder*
Berries & Seeds
Smells notably sweeter & fruitier than others. Very firm initial bite is followed by crunch and chewiness. Pleasant sweetness is tempered by a little tartness from the cranberries.
Ingredients: dates*, sunflower seeds*(20%), cranberries (cranberry, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil) *(12%), white mulberries* (10%), pumpkin seeds* (7%), blueberries* (4%), goji berries* (3%), acai berry powder* (1%)
Nuts & Seeds
Softer and creamier texture than others thanks to the cashew butter and has an earthier, more vegetal aroma and flavour with *just* the right sprinkle of salt.
Ingredients: dates*, sunflower seeds*(20%), cashew* (15%), almond* (10%), cashew butter* (10%), pumpkin seeds* (7%), Himalayan salt.
Cacao & Almond
The cacao is subtle, providing melt-in-the-mouth texture, whereas the dates take prominence in the flavour. Not a bad thing, dates are delightful. Cacao and dates more so. It would be interesting to add a bit more cacao to see what happens.
Ingredients: dates*, almond* (26%), cacao powder* (6%), raisins*, Bourbon vanilla*
Where to Buy?
Wild Thing Bars are available from lots of places online and in stores but at the time of writing the very best deal is from Hawthorne Health. They are selling packs of 20 for just under £20, so just under £1 per 30g bar.