Having recieved quite a few books through the Amazon Vine Program since joining it a few months ago, I decided to request something different. None of the books available were right for me, the electronic stuff I wanted was gone, so I went with a food item. At least, they claimed it was a food item.
These granola bars are designed to give one 36% of the recommended daily value for fiber as well as being good for you. They do this by not including “High Fructose Corn Syrup” and by blending other sugars of various types, instant coffee, salt, soy, and a host of other things. Each of the little bars contains 4 grams of fat, 125 milligrams of salt, and 25 grams of total carbohydrate and 2 grams of protein.
And the taste is absolutely hideous.
These granola bars are so soft and gross looking one would think something happened during shipping. They had all the consistency and appearance of something just this side of melted when the package arrived. The chocolate drizzled cross the top of the bar sticks to the inside wrapper and the chocolate on the underside begins to melt to your fingers as soon as you touch it. There is an odd odor to the bar upon opening the package that smells almost like burned coffee.
That same burned coffee smell is carried through in the taste. With all the consistency and texture of wet cardboard covered in chocolate and burned coffee, the product is not a flavor I can appreciate at any level. I have no idea if they do anything regarding fiber as after gagging two down over the course of a week I simply couldn’t force myself to eat any of the remaining 3 in the package.
Not only will I never, ever, eat another one of these willingly again, many folks have told me that these bars are typical quality and taste of what South Beach Living produces. Good to know as I will leave their products on the shelves for those that like them. Based on this one, they aren’t for me.
Kevin R. Tipple (c) 2009