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Fair, not great - needs a little more "balance"
on March 15, 2013
I bought 6 boxes of this item in early December - but in the 96 days since the shipment arrived , I've only eaten about 3 boxes worth of the bars. While I would like to say that the reason for my restrained pace is because I'm being super-conscientious about the amount of sweets I consume, I'm afraid that the reason has a lot more to do with the product itself. These bars are far from awful; they are well-made, the texture is moist and chewy, etc.. So why am I not reaching for these bars more often? Perhaps the reason isn't 100% explainable - but it does seem that these bars may be a little too sweet-tasting. Perhaps it is the combination of the sugar and the spice that creates a taste-imbalance that skews toward "sweet".
I like the idea of the walnut-pieces being included - perhaps to provide some sustenance or to balance-out the blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates. But the walnuts don't appear to be enough to balance-out the taste. In addition, there is something about these bars that seem to be a little hard on my fragile, aging teeth (though I'm not implying by any means that these bars have a tough texture - there may be some ingredient that my teeth are reacting to).
For me - these bars are fair, but not quite "there". Perhaps the sweetness/spice needs to be toned-down a bit - and a "buttery" or "oatmeal" flavor given more prominence to the mix.