The Atkins Advantage Sweet & Salty Almond Crunch Bar caught my eye because I love almonds and it's one thing I love to see in bars. The "sweet & salty" combination has been a winner in other brands such as the Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar (Peanut), but a dud in others (Odwalla Sweet and Salty Almond Bar), so I was looking forward to seeing what this Atkins Sweet & Salty Bar would bring to the table.
I took out the bar, unwrapped it and was pleased to see that it consisted of mostly nuts. Sure enough, one look at the ingredient list showed me that this bar was comprised of mostly natural things (at least WAY more so than most other Atkins bars, like the previously reviewed Atkins Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar). The ingredients are: nut and seed blend [almonds, roasted peanuts, roasted sunflower seeds (sunflower seeds, soybean oil)], maltitol syrup, polydextrose, rice crisp (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), water, salt, pectin, and sucralose.
As for taste, I really liked it. The only problem - it was incredibly hard! It's like the nuts and rice matrix are held together with strong sticky forces, so it was almost impossible to break off a piece. Still, once I managed to bite off a chunk (thankfully, so teeth were chipped during this process), I was quite pleased with the flavor, which as described was sweet and ... salty ... but nutty too.
Each 40-gram Atkins Advantage Sweet & Salty Almond Crunch Bar provides 180 calories, 14 grams of total fat, only 1 gram of which is saturated (22% and 5% of the daily value), 5 grams of fiber (20% of the DV), 1 gram of sugar, 6 grams of sugar alcohols, and 7 grams of protein. The fat count is high because of the nuts, but it's mostly good fats anyway.
This has a decent amount of fiber and protein and only 1 gram of sugars thanks to the use of maltitol and sucralose. Plus the taste is spot on. I received samples from the company to review, but these tend to go for about $1.99 at the grocery stores near me. I will definitely be buying this one, though only when my teeth and jaw are feeling particularly strong!