Recently, I was contacted by someone from KIND snacks to try out some of their nut and spice bars. I'd seen these bars a million times at the grocery store, and sometimes would even get as far as putting a couple in my cart, but I never ended up buying them. The packaging is clear, and the bars basically look like hard, sticky nuts; and I think I assumed they would taste the way they looked. They didn't look bad, but they didn't really look like anything special, if that makes sense.
Anyway, when given the chance to try them out, I was pretty excited. There were lots of flavors!
Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan
Madagascar Vanilla Almond
Dark Chocolate Chili Almond
Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt
Cashew & Ginger Spice
I was given three of each flavor, so I gave one of each to Jerry to try also, and give his opinion. The first one I tried was the Dark Chocolate Chili Almond. Holy smokes, I was in love at first bite!! When looking at the bars through the package, I pictured the texture to be very hard--almost like a nut brittle. But that wasn't the case at all. They weren't gooey, either. The bar was pliable, but the nuts were crunchy. It wasn't too sweet, or too sticky, or too anything; I thought it tasted like chocolate covered spiced almonds--so good!
Jerry tried the Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt first, and he told me I had to try it next--he loved it. The flavor of that one reminded me a lot of a Snickers bar, only without the chocolate (and not as sweet). It was really yummy! I tried out all the flavors over the course of a week, and I really liked all of them except for one--I wasn't crazy about the Madagascar Vanilla Almond. It had the flavor of vanilla ice cream, but the texture of a nut bar, which seemed a little odd to me. But it wasn't bad, especially if you like vanilla!
Each of the bars was about 200-210 calories (5-6 PP). Even though the bars aren't huge, they made me feel satisfied until dinner time. You can see the size of it against my hand (well, minus one bite, hahaha):
|The bottom is a layer of chocolate|
Over all, I really liked the bars (so did Jerry), and have already begun eating them instead of my other bars, on most days. I wish I'd tried them sooner! My two favorite flavors are the Dark Chocolate Chili Almond and the Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt.
KIND snacks has been super generous in that they are allowing me to give some (okay, a lot) away! One winner (from U.S. or Canada) will receive 24 bars (12 each of my two favorites!). To enter, just answer the question, "What makes your workouts #KINDAwesome ?" in a comment on this post. I will use Random.org to choose a winner on Sunday, 8/25/13, at 2:00 PM EST.
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Disclaimer: The bars were given to me for review, but I was not required to give a favorable review. Opinions, as always, are honest.