A week and a half ago, there was a triple-digit heat wave that I mentioned in a previous post. During that time, I felt like I could only eat things sitting cooly in my refridgerator (or colder), but I did make an exception when it came to these chocolate-covered squares known as Squarebars.
The company itself is really small and relatively new, the brainchild of a husband-and-wife (Andrew and Sarah) team who wanted to market a product that was gluten, dairy, and soy free, since Sarah realized she could handle her asthma better without having to deal with these potential allergens.
Squarebar was launched in March of 2012, and they are based in the Bay Area…which means the Whole Foods stores in my area sells them (yeah!), but they are online as well. They believe in selling a product that is nutrient-dense, and place emphasis on ingredient quality over nutrition facts. Going back to the bars, they come in three flavors: Cocoa Almond, Cocoa Coconut, and Cocoa Crunch.
When I received my bars during that intense heat week, I noticed this ironic label on the front:
I thought oh boy, it’s probably all melted…
And it was.
But then I thought isn’t melted chocolate better tasting?
Instead of popping them in the refrigerator and waiting till morning to pop these into my mouth, I gave into my cravings and had all three squares, melted chocolate and all.
Cocoa Almond may have been partially melted, but it was my favorite flavor overall. Perhaps it was because of the blend of almond crunch and hint of cinnamon…
Cocoa Crunch was next, and it sure was a double dose of chocolate!
There was a subtle crunch between the melting chocolate from brown rice crispies, and even though coconut is not part of it’s name, its sweetness is derived from coconut nectar (I believe all of the bars derive their sweetness from it).
Last up was Coconut Crunch, with the main ingredients obviously being coconut and chocolate. “A match made in snacker island paradise” as they like to call it!
The bar looks a bit peeled in the pictures because the chocolate peeled off onto the wrapper :P. No worries though, it was still fun to eat!
Despite the heat debacle, I loved how these bars were square-shaped, making it easy for on-the-go eating. Obviously they don’t stand up to very warm temps structure-wise (so probably not ideal in a warm purse either…), but their flavors were unaffected, at least to me. Each bar is loaded with 11-12g of protein, vegan friendly, and are manufactured in an organic and gluten-free facility.
Overall, I think the cute square shape is what sold me on these bars :D.
Melted chocolate: a pain or perfection?© Copyright 2013 P, All rights Reserved. Written For: Will Study for Food