Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tastemaker: Quaker's True Delights Granola Bars

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As a Foodbuzz Tastemaker, I have the opportunity to sample new food products before they hit the public market. I recently had the chance to check out Quaker's new True Delights granola bars and they are better than I expected!

Quaker says...

Made with only premium, delicious ingredients, these granola bars are an indulgent combination of real fruit, whole nuts and dark chocolate, mixed into wholesome honey-drizzled Quaker Oats.

Enticing peices of fruit, such as gently dried bananas and sweet raspberries, are nestled together with large macadamia nuts, cashews or toasted almonds and chunks of 45% cacao premium dark chocolate
I can't say that I've been a fan of granola bars because they usually taste too sweet and sugary for me, not to mention they aren't as healthy as many claim to be. But these True Delights are a little more than your typical granola bar. The three flavors I tried include:

Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond
Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut

All three have their own distinct taste and flavor which really shine through. The best part is that the flavor isn't as a result of any artifical flavoring... its actual ingredients mixed in. Just a Quaker claims, these granola bars do have bits of fruit, nuts, and chocolate. They aren't as sugary sweet as I expected which was a nice surprise and the sweetness I did get came from the ingredients themselves, not added sugar or corn syrup.

My favorite out of the three would be the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond. It had a nice deep chocolate flavor and a perfect hint of raspberry. Both flavors were very balanced where one didn't outshine the other.

My husband's favorite was the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. He's a fan of tropical flavors so this bar definitely scored with him. He says all the flavors worked nicely together and wasn't overly sweet as he expected.

We both agreed that the Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry was our least favorite. Perhaps it was the slightly muddled flavor of the mixed berries with the cashews... or that we just prefer the other flavors since they were more defined. With this bar, we got flavors of cherries and cranberries but they didn't seem to stand out as much as we hoped next to the strong flavor of cashew.

Overall, they all make a nice wholesome snack to satisfy any sweet tooth. These granola bars should be out at your local supermarkets soon and when you spot them, I encourage you to give them a try!

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