For years I have trawled weblogs, food reviews, salivating over the delicious choice of tasty ‘diet’ or ‘health’ food. Even just having diet mountain dew makes me want to schedule a holiday in the US! And don’t mention Vitatops, Dryers slow churned, Silk and Almond breeze, PB2, and of course a HUGE variety of frozen meals (Amy’s PLEASE come to Aus). They are all near non-existent in the Aussie dieters world. BOO 😦
Finally an opportunity arose when a work friend said her mum was in the US for a few months, and was happy to act as a mail box! I set aside some money to fund this flavorsome adventure and bided my time as my order was on its way.
Luna bars are something I have heard about for a long time, and we dont have them in Aus. I ordered the mini pack of Caramel Nut Brownie, Nuts over Chocolate and Smores.
These bars are all over the diet and heath food blogs touting low GI protein + fiber, a source of calcium folic acid, vitamin D, rich in antioxidants (vit. A,C,E), 70% Organic , no hydrogenated oils, or GM ingredients all wrapped up in a convenient and tasty package, coming in mouth watering flavours like Chai Tea, Chocolate Raspberry, Cookies ‘n Cream Delight, Dulce de Leche, White Chocolate Macadamia… They are also seemingly marketed towards women as a “whole nutrition bar”.
PHOTOS ARE COMING
The first thing I noticed was the size. Smaller than hoped, smaller than other 90 calorie muesli bars such as Uncle Toby’s Nut Crunchy. Drat – I am a volume eater! But at 70-85 calories I guess I could have it with half a glass of milk for a snack…
“Nuts over chocolate”… Sorry Luna, but I just wasn’t (please don’t hurt me American friends!). Tasted similar to all the other protein bars I’ve eaten- soy nuggets and chocolate coating. No outstanding nut taste at all. Boo! At least there was no nasty aftertaste. And although it was tasty, it was not as filling as I’d hoped. *sigh* will have to wait until another day to try the next flavour. 6/10
“Caramel Nut Brownie” I was a little let down by the nuts over chocolate, but one whiff of this bar, and from how it looks (chocolate bottom, deep-brown proteiny filling middle, gooey caramel top and choc drizzle) and my hopes shot up. And after a bite, they stayed up!! I gobbled this baby down with a little bottle of milk. Mmm mmm. Not fantabulous but would defiantly buy these in big version 😀 Wishing I got the other variety pack now (lemon zest, macadamia) but didn’t’ really have a choice. Damn you Amazon not shipping to the address!! BRING ON THE SMORES BAR TOMORROW!! 8/10
Smores – Ah the bathtub-model… letting people down gently for years – you start with good feedback “your pie was delicious”… then bring up the bad points and watch the morale drop “I did find a stray hair in there and a cherry seed…” then back up to finish off “but it really enhanced the flavour”. That is the opposite of this packet of bars. Instead I started mid-way with the nuts over choc, was catapulted high up to the gloriousness of Caramel Nut Brownie, before crashing back to reality (which happens to be a decent bar the deserves a 6/10) Not bad, just not spectacular, except for squeezing the taste of marshmallows in whilst keeping the cals (and a LOT of fake stuff) out.
So there we have it! Moral of the story – stick to the caramel nut brownie, unless you know you like the others…
Also I ordered large versions of White Choc Mac, Choc Raspberry and Cookies and Cream!