Clif Black Cherry Almond
Fills you up.
Flavor is so-so.
The Bottom Line:
Good ingredients but flavor wasn't anything special.
Ok, so each work day I've been trying a different protein bar in place of breakfast. Today's was the Black Cherry Almond by Clif. It definitely filled me up, but I just wasn't too thrilled by this flavor.
The bar was sweet, actually the sweetener tasted a little like honey (even though it wasn't). But in that sweetness I really didn't get a sense of the cherry flavor that was supposed to be in there. The other predominant flavor was the almond. I definitely tasted those. And they tasted very much like blanched almonds. I almost hesitate to say it since these are supposed to be healthy bars, but I would have liked them to be salted. I think it would have improved the flavor greatly.
Since I did intend this for breakfast I was pleased to find that it filled me up quite well. In fact, I had half of it for breakfast and half for a mid-morning snack as I couldn't finish the whole thing in one go of it. And doing it that way lasted me until lunch. The bar's pretty large though and packs a wholloping 240 calories, and that should tell you right there that it should be a meal replacement. Or it could be a dietery supplement if you are doing a hard workout. I wouldn't just eat this bar as a snack due to this calorie count. As far as the other dietary things; there is a large sugar content in this bar. 22 grams actually. But there's 10 grams of protein and 5 of dietary fiber. And there's a very long list of other vitamins that are contained in the bar.
The ingredients are good. At least 70% are organic, which even though its not fully organic, at least they put in a good effort while still keeping the bar a reasonable price. The sweetness is derived from Brown Rice Syrup, which is also the first ingredient listed, meaning that there is quite a bit in the bar. It also has soybeans, fiber, millet flaxseed, and other grains in it so that is where the fiber comes from. And there's almonds of course. And it claims there are dried cherries in here, but they must have been chopped up very finely as I didn't see them.
Not the worst of bars but just merely average when it comes to flavoring. I wouldn't get this flavor again on my own, but I'd probably eat it if someone offered it to me.
Review by M. Reynard 2012