When I stumbled across the Gnu Foods Espresso Chip Flavor & Fiber Bar, it went into my cart right away ... Espresso? Excellent. Chocolate chips? Even better. I like Gnu bars in general, and I couldn't wait to try this new variety. Gnu says, "the Espresso Chip Gnu Bar is a smooth blend of rich, ground coffee with tasty chocolate chips. The bold flavors will excite and delight your taste buds."
I took a bite of the chewy bar. I liked the espresso taste, and the chocolate chips were a nice touch. This was earthier than more candy bar-like bars (e.g. Fiber One Chocolate Mocha Bar), but it was satisfying in its own way. This will join the Gnu Foods Peanut Butter Bar in my go-to Gnu bars.
I like Gnu Foods Flavor and Fiber Bars, I really do. At least, I like the flavors I've had so far like Cinnamon Raisin and Peanut Butter, plus Chocolate Brownie and Banana Walnut are pretty good as well. That's why, when I tried the Orange Cranberry flavor, my first thought was, "Why, Gnu Foods, why?!"
This flavor further reaffirmed my dislike for fruity bars, a dislike very much fueled by my trying SoyJoy Bars. Unlike the SoyJoy bars, though, this one wasn't dry and pasty. Instead, it was overpoweringly sweet and artificial (though moist and chewy). It was predominately orange-flavored, with some cranberries studded throughout. I could barely finish the bar that I bought, but since I paid $1.99 for it, I forced myself to eat it all.
After reading the review of Gnu bars, I was eager to try them. I'm not usually partial to fruity flavors, so I was hesitant to try the Banana Walnut and Orange Cranberry, but I noticed that there was also a Peanut Butter bar, which seemed perfect for me. I was also a little intimidated by the fact that these bars have a full 12 grams of fiber - that's 50% of my recommended daily amount - what if they actually tasted more like cardboard and less like bars?
The description on the Gnufoods.com is pretty much spot-on: "Gnu Bars are wonderfully moist, chewy, and delicious. Peanut Butter has baked-in peanut chunks and a yummy, nutty taste." I unwrapped the bar and discovered exactly the moist chewiness that they talked about; the first bite I took was filled with peanut flavor, not too sweet and not too overwhelming.