No High Fructose Corn Syrup
Several years ago, I swore off all products made with high fructose corn syrup. This included an old favorite, Quaker granola bars. A new formula, and a new flavor, have lured me back.
My 5th grader likes to have a snack in his backpack for nutrition break at school. The break is short, and the backpacks hang outside in the sun so we have to be careful about what we send. Granola bars are just about perfect. They’re quick and easy to eat, they don’t degrade if it’s hot and they can survive being forgotten in the backpack for a few days.
New Flavor – Dark Chocolate Cherry
Last time I was in the grocery store, I noticed two things: 1) Quaker Chewy bars are now made without high fructose corn syrup, and 2) there’s a scrumptious looking Dark Chocolate Cherry flavor! Somewhat skeptical, I grabbed a box anyway.
First Impressions: The bar is small, not much bigger than my index finger. It smells surprisingly like dark chocolate. I can see the chocolate chunks easily, but it takes a closer look to spot the pieces of dried cherry.
Taste and texture: The bar is – no surprise – chewy like a Rice Krispies treat. The texture is satisfying, about what you’d expect from a chewy granola bar. I could taste the chocolate right away, along with a general sweetness. The cherry flavor took a few moments to kick in, but when it did, it was authentic and complex. Black cherries, but more toward black cherry pie filling than fresh black cherries off the tree.
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Surprisingly good. I would buy these again. Portion size is too small and left me hungry. Low fat. Not bad if you’re counting points or calories. Even at 90 calories, there’s still a fair amount of sugar in these bars, plus the carbs from the grains. Not suitable for low carb lifestyles unless you can tolerate some higher carb treats.
Product info for Quaker Chewy bars, Dark Chocolate Cherry flavor
Serving size: 1 bar (10 bars to a box)
Sodium: 75 mg
Total Carbs: 19g (1g fiber, 7g sugars)
Troublesome ingredients: No high fructose corn syrup, but several other forms of sugar. BHT, sorbitol, artificial flavor.
Allergy disclosure: Contains wheat, milk and soy ingredients. May contain traces of peanut and tree nuts.