PowerBar Natural Cocoa Crunch

This is the first ‘natural’ energy bar I’ve ever seen. At least in Germany it is new on the market and they replaced a not too well tasting chocolate bar for it. PowerBar is one of my favorite branches when it comes to energy and protein bars, they usually do a quite decent job. I do not like all of their products, but what I tried was alright up to really good.

Though, as it mainly consists of cereals, my expectations weren’t too high. It contains a lot of carbohydrates (65,5g per 100g, with only 20g from sugars) which is quite useful for an energy bar. So I opened the wrapper which is different from all their other foils as it feels more paper-like on the outside. I guess they did that to underline the “natural”-aspect. When I had one side open it would not let me get the bar out. It just sticks to the foil and you have to open the entire package to get it out. This could not be too good when you’re on the road, as you can hardly eat it with your bare fingers unless you want to be all gluey after eating the bar.

The smell wasn’t too pleasant, just cereals, mixed with cocoa and some honey. Well, the cocoa dominated the smell…And the taste as well. I found the cocoa a little repelling at the beginning, but during time I got more and more into the bar. It is not too sweet and you can hardly taste the other ingredients.
It is not crunchy as it is said on the wrapper. The cereals have some basic crunch in them, but I miss the explosion experience. Most of the crunch gets lost because of the gluey honey-sugar mix which keeps the bar together.
But all in all, one can eat it, though there are other options I would prefer. What I like about the bar is that you are saturated after it, which is not always the case with those small energy bars, at least I could easily eat two of them.

The ingredient list sounds really nice, they only used natural ingredients, as it says on the package: Whole grain rolled oats (32%), glucose syrup, oat crisps (oat bran, wheat flour, sugar, maize flour, malted wheat flour, salt, treacle), invert sugar syrup, cocoa mass (5,5%), barley malt extract, humectants: glycerol, soya crisp (isolated soya protein, rice flour, malt extract, salt), vegetable oil, honey, emulsifier: soya lecithin, salt, antioxidant: tocopherol-rich extract.
Except for the honey, it would even be vegan.

6 out of 10

Name: Natural Energy Cocoa Crunch
Branch: PowerBar
Price: 1.35 Euro
Calories: 156kcal per bar, 391kcal per 100g

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