Atkins has changed their "Morning Start" Bar - loved the Atkins Morning Start Triple Berry Breakfast Bar by the way - to Atkins "Day Break" Bars. While I'm a big proponent of eating a filling breakfast in the morning, there's no dying that sometimes, it's just grab and go time. This morning, it was a Atkins Day Break Chocolate Chip Crisp morning.
The Atkins website says, "Morning's never been sweeter or more satisfying. We bring on the chocolate chips and a rich, chocolaty bottom layer. Dream of chocolate, wide awake." I opened the package of one bar and found a nicely sized (35-gram) bar of crisps (soy nuggets) with a chocolate coating on the bottom and studded with chocolate chips. I took a bite and tasted the nuttiness of the soy nuggets, soybeans, and almonds, and also tasted ... coconut! That was quite an unexpected surprise, but it was quite pleasurable. I liked the crispiness of these, and the chocolate intermingled and on the bottom was just perfect. Like a plain granola bar but much more indulgent.
For the Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll Bars, the website says, "Want sweet satisfaction with not one bit of remorse? Then this is the bar for you. Loaded with caramel, peanuts and a chocolaty coating for a satisfying candy bar taste." That description left me too anxious to try this flavor, and I actually ripped into it on the way home from the store, where I purchased a few bars for $1.49 each.
The first thing I noticed was that these are much bigger than the Atkins Endulge Caramel Nut Chew Bars. That said, they taste quite similar. They're a little less chewy (not a bad thing at all), and they're a little easier to break apart. There also seems to be more nuts, so they're crunchier for sure. They taste deliciously rich, and one definitely kept me satisfied for a while - both my appetite and my sweet craving!
Each 44 gram Atkins Advantage Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll Bar provides 170 calories, 12 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams of which is saturated fat (18% and 23% of the daily value), 8 grams of fiber (31% of the DV), 2 grams of sugars, 8 grams of sugar alcohols, and 8 grams of protein; each also has a slew of vitamins and minerals (10-20% of most of the key ones).
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.
Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and texture to have in a food, so when Atkins sent me a sample box of their products to try out, the Atkins Endulge Chocolate Coconut Bar was the first one I gravitated towards. From the Atkins website, "(Atkins Endulge Bars) taste just like your favorite candy bars, but there's only 1 gram of sugar - which means no guilt. Just amazing taste, smart nutrition and another step closer to your goal."
Like I said, I dug into this product right away and let me tell you, it tasted delicious. Absolutely delicious . The coconut (REAL coconut) is super chewy and flavorful. The dark chocolate coating is perfect with the inside filling and doesn't taste artificial at all. Compared to a Mounds bar, this has less fat, fewer calories, and more vitamins and minerals ... and it tastes just as good.
The taste was so delicious, and I knew that there was only 1 gram of sugars (9 grams of sugar alcohols) per 40 gram serving, but what I was stunned to see was 47% of the daily value for saturated fat. Ouch! Each 40 gram Atkins Endulge Chocolate Coconut Bar also provides 180 calories, 19% of the DV for total fat and 33% of the DV for fiber.
I went to the drug store looking for something to satisfy a sweet craving, and I stumbled upon Atkins Endulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar. I didn't want to get a real candy bar, so I figured this would be a good compromise. I plunked down my $1.99 (a bit on the steep side) and prepared to enjoy ... caramel, peanuts and nougat, all dipped in a rich chocolaty coating ... didn't sound like a "nutrition bar" to me, but I was ready for the experience.
I unwrapped the bar and saw what appeared to be a candy bar. Moreover, when I took a bite, it tasted like a candy bar too! The chocolate coating was delicious, and the peanuts were a great touch. The nougat center was chewy and statisfying, and the caramel coating was perfect. What a great combo of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy.
A few weeks ago I saw that one of my friends unwrapping an Atkins Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar. Initially, I scoffed, "Is that an Atkin's bar?" I asked with raised eyebrows. I trust this friend's judgment and was shocked that she would consume such a unappetizing, not to mention embarrassing bar. However, when she offered me a bite, I was blown away. This isn't a "nutrition bar." It's a Reese's Peanut Butter Bar. Hand on heart, this might be better than a Reese's.
I think they might have just packaged up a Reese's and sold it to me in another wrapper. Regardless, it's protein-loaded (19 grams!) and kept me tided over for a solid 3 hours, something which an ordinary peanut butter cup only dreams of.