Maple so big you'll look for a Canadian flag to unfurl from the heavens. That's what eating this bar is like. Your jaw will receive a gentle workout from the oh-so-chewy texture, kneaded together out of egg white protein and dates, and your nose will enjoy the soft sledgehammer aroma of maple-maple-maple. Did I mention the salt? We're talking visible nuggets that melt on your tongue and set off the mild sweetness of the bar.
Are you a Crunch-Lover (can't resist the chomp of a huge carrot)? Or perhaps you lean towards a Crispy-Craver (ultra-thin seaweed snacks, anyone)? Me, I'm a Chewy-Connoisseur. If it's toothsome, I want some.
And, boy do I want some more of this Maple Sea Salt Bar from RxBar. It hits all the chew-tastic notes on the head and the big nuggets of salt are welcome and complementary to the mildly sweet bar. The maple aroma hits you the moment you open the package, deep and enveloping like the Canadian woods. No, these aren't made in Canada, but it almost seems appropriate that the logo should include that iconic red leaf logo.
Chunks of nuts are also strewn within the bar, enhancing that texture and making this one heck of a snack or even meal. I go back and forth between this flavor and the equally awesome chocolate sea salt, but when maple is your thing, nothing beats this new bar.
RxBar started making bars for those of us ready to "graduate" from the tried-and-true date/nut bars. Those date bars will always be delicious, make no mistake, but they can be overly sweet and were always lacking for protein. As for the rest of the field, other "healthy" protein bars love to add things like rice or hemp or soy protein or "natural" sweeteners just to bind everything together. Those ingredients might not be aligned with our nutritional goals. RxBar meets everyone half-way perfectly: start with dried fruit and nuts, add a few spices, add some egg white protein, and . . . that's it.
This latest and greatest flavor invention by the folks at RxBar is nothing new to the foodies out in the world. It's that wonderful and super-trendy salty sweet combination best represented in the breakfast world by maple syrup all over your bacon. The salt, the sweet, the satisfaction. It's all here in the Maple Sea Salt RxBar. The formula is this: take something awesome (Maple), combine it with good ingredients (non-GMO dates and nuts), add some protein, and then add crunchy bits of SALT. So while the combination is no surprise, the bar is a great addition to the lineup and welcomed by a lot of RxBar fans. Like all of the rest of the RxBar flavors, this is a satisfying hunk of a meal or snack, from first to last bite.
RxBar was conceived by two friends who wanted a better protein bar option. Here's what they say about why it all began, "RxBar was the first real food fruit and nut protein bar on the scene. Friends since grade school Peter and Jared were inspired by the lack of a REAL FOOD protein bar. All of their favorite snack bars either lacked protein or were chock full of artificial preservatives and ingredients. They headed into the kitchen, got cooking, and RxBar was born."
Peter and Jared promise that their bars will never contain these ingredients: Dairy, Soy, Gluten, Added sugars, Artificial sweeteners, Whey, Artificial ingredients, Sugar alcohols, GMOs, or Preservatives. Need they say more?
Dates are the main source of sweetness in these bars, and a natural preservative and source of awesome chewiness. Dates are vitamin and mineral-rich — they’re particularly high in iron and vitamin K.
Egg whites are one of the best sources of protein. Unlike more conventional sources, egg white protein is immediately absorbed into the body due to the naturally high biological availability. In addition to the high-quality protein content, egg whites are jam-packed with minerals and amino acids essential to keeping your body healthy.
Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals. Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
It's a bar. Unwrap, bite, chew, enjoy!
"At RxBar, we believe that food should be simple and delicious without compromising nutrition. We believe that quality ingredients should never be sacrificed because of cost. We believe that food should be consumed as nature intended. This is why we do what we do and as a company all of our products directly reflect these values."
Our facility, processing, and ingredients are Kosher (Orthodox Union) and our product should be Kosher Certified by late 2016.