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I've heard a lot about Quaker True Delights Bars, and was drawn to them especially because one of the flavors included dark chocolate. That flavor - Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond - sounded too good to pass up, so I bought a box of five on sale for $2.50. The shtick for these granola bars is that they allow you to "indulge wholesomely."
I checked out the ingredients list and must say I was a bit surprised. Said ingredients include: whole grain rolled oats, corn syrup, semisweet chocolate chunks (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, dextrose, soy lecithin, salt, vanilla), crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt), almonds, brown sugar, oligofructose, honey, dried sweetened raspberries (dried red raspberries, sugar), invert sugar, sunflower oil, glycerin, coconut oil, and 2% or less of freeze dried raspberries, corn syrup solids, fructose, sorbitol, water, sea salt, soy lecithin, cinnamon, natural and artificial flavor, vanilla extract, caramel color, natural mixed tocopherols (antioxidant), maltodextrin, whey, and sodium caseinate. That's a pretty long ingredient list for a "wholesome" product. The ingredients list for Simbree Cashew Coconut Energy Bar for example is organic rolled oats, cashew, wild blackberry honey, organic oat bran, sesame seeds, brown sugar, ground soybeans, shredded coconut and expeller pressed canola oil. Now that's what a "wholesome ingredients list looks like.
I moved on to actually tasting the bar and found that it was pretty good to my taste buds. They're chewy and chocolaty, but not too sweet. The almonds are a nice addition, and the raspberries lend interesting flavor. To be honest, though, they don't taste that different from regular granola bars. In other words, there's nothing really special about these bars.
Each 35 gram Quaker True Delights Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond Bar provides 140 calories, 7% of the daily value for total and saturated fat, 3 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Bottom line: I may buy these again, but they're not tops on my list of granola goodies.