Saturday, January 01, 2005

Clif Bar and Nectar Clif Bar Ratings / Rankings / Descriptions

This post will be regularly updated as I try more flavors of Clif bars.

I get strange ideas in my head sometimes. This time, I noticed that my employer stocks many flavors of Clif energy bars and I decided to try them all to see which I like. (Why I only review Clif bars.) Reviews in each section are in chronological order.

Clif Bar (energy bar) Rankings / Ratings / Descriptions

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
Good. Surprising given the ingredients have bad rap for being healthy but not tasty.
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Good. Exactly as advertised.
Chocolate Brownie
Good. Exactly as advertised.
Cranberry Apple Cherry
Decent. One flavor is wrong: I don't think I like the cherry?
Bad. Nasty taste.
Carrot Cake
Good. Exactly as advertised. Visible slivers of carrot.
Decent. Like a chocolate brownie but with less brownie sweetness or something?
Mint Chocolate
Ick. Not my thing.
Cookies 'n Cream
Okay. Chocolate and dough and something vaguely diary-like.
Lemon Poppyseed
Ugh. Overwhelming lemony.
Banana Nut Bread
Good. Aptly named. Contains whole walnuts: a nice touch.
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Aptly named. Even has the standard peanut butter effect of drying out one's mouth. I like it, but then I like peanut butter.

Nectar Clif Bar (organic fruit & nut bar) Rankings / Ratings / Descriptions

Cranberry, Apricot & Almond
Decent. Fruity gooeyiness. Taste resembles that in my apartment-mate's apricot scones but highly condensed. Sweet in the same way as dried fruit.
Cinnamon Pecan
Eh. Odd cinnamon gooeyiness. Not much distinctive taste besides that. Also, high in fat.
Lemon, Vanilla & Cashew
Fine. Very redolent of vanilla. Taste is mostly indistinct gooeyiness.
Dark Chocolate and Walnut
Quite good. Like a chocolate brownie (though slightly denser). Has visible diced nuts that add a minor flavor. (It's too bad they aren't big enough to add texture.)
Why I only review Clif bars? My employer also stocks other energy bars, mostly Powerbars and Luna bars, but I decided not to try those. I usually eat energy bars when I ski or snowboard and although I do like some Powerbar flavors, they tend to freeze so I don't bring them anymore. And Luna bars aren't targeted at my (male) demographic.

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