Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Clif Bar Chocolate Almond Fudge

Chocolate and oats don’t always go together. That’s been my experience with the Chocolate Brownie Clif bar (which I ate before I started blogging, sorry). It’s a nice concept, and what company out there hasn’t produced a brownie flavor? But for some reason the whole chocolate/molasses/oats didn’t work for me with the Chocolate Brownie bar, and I haven’t bought another one since.

But for some reason, on our last day in the Grand Tetons, I felt the need to purchase another chocolate Clif bar. Not the Chocolate Brownie, but a different one: Chocolate Almond Fudge. Maybe it was the “fudge” in the name that appealed to me, but I decided to give Clif another shot.

The first surprise this bar holds is its color—it’s really dark. I kind of like the contrast it creates between the brown base and the whiter oats and nuts inside. It also smells fudgy, for a Clif bar (which basically means it doesn’t smell like oats).

And, guess what? This bar is surprisingly chocolatey, considering that my previous experience with Chocolate Brownie left me with few other words than “weird.” Now, this is obviously NOT a brownie, and there are still oaty background tastes in pretty much every bite. As usually happens to me with Clif bars, the oats stick around in your mouth and get a bit bland after the rest of the flavor is long gone.

The almonds take a backseat, which is another unexpected twist. And a testament to the amount of chocolate flavoring they must have put into this bar, because usually nuts have a potent flavor. In fact, if I didn’t know the name of this thing and hadn’t seen the almonds inside for myself, I wouldn’t have ever guessed there were almonds in there.

Clif bars are, by nature, molasses-like and sticky. This one is the same, but the dense, chewy texture helps it feel more like fudge in this case—and the bigger the bite, the more it seems like fudge. As always, the oats come through in the texture, especially when they linger and get stuck in your teeth and all that good stuff. Sometimes it’s annoying, but then again sometimes I find myself in the mood for it.

Yeah, so I’m weird. But I did enjoy this bar, which is what matters. Between the dense, molasses-y chew and the strong chocolate and, yes, even the oats, it’s well done. Don’t expect a true fudge experience, or much of almonds at all. But definitely give it a chance. I’m glad I did.

Taste: 9—pretty chocolatey for what it is, but the oats still assert themselves.
Texture: 9.5—as usual, the molasses/crispy texture offers plenty of contrast and in this case, the denseness helps it feel more like fudge.
Health: 8—it’s an energy bar, so the carbs are high. But it also has lots of vitamins and minerals, and it’s mostly organic. GoodGuide gives it an 8.4.
Eat Again? Yes.

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