From left to right; Clif Bar, Mr Rimsky's Zombie Bar, Mother Earth, Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bar
Clif Bar - Chocolate chipThese get lots of raves overseas so was keen to try one. Visually not what I expected and it reminded me of something from the cat's kitty litter tray. Texture wise it was moist and chewy with very little crumbling. It was sweet but not too much. It certainly did not taste like a chocolate chip biscuit and there was an 'earthy cereal' type flavour that I suspect was due to to ingredients like rice syrup, soy protein, soybean and malt barley.
Energy 1,050Kj (1,544 Kj/100g)
Sugar 23g (34g/100g)
Texture moist and chewy
Flavour very pleasant
Verdict Clif bars are marketed as a 'formulated supplementary food' so great choice for a survival situation. Best texture, good taste and enjoyable eating.
Mr Rimsky's Zombie Bar - Dark chocolate and chiliFood bars are a multi million dollar market so naturally I want a slice too. This is a variation of the old US D ration and mainly consists of chocolate. Texture was a bit crumbly but with a nice mouthfeel as the chocolate melts in your mouth. There is a powdery effect due to the oat flour but it wasn't gritty or off putting. The sweetest of all the bars although the use of dark chocolate does tone it down a bit.
Price no idea
Serving about 100g
Energy 2,100Kj (2,100Kj/100g?)
Sugar Too much
Texture soft and bit crumbly
Flavour sweet with tangy chili aftertaste
Verdict Shows promise. Can be made into a a hot chocolate beverage. Chili boosts the metabolism so probably not a great choice in a survival situation. A chocoholics delight.
Mother Earth baked oat slices - Golden oatsWalk into any supermarket and there are a staggering number of bars and biscuits on offer. Buying some of these mass produced bars makes good sense as they tend to be the cheapest option. I do find these to be overly sweet and not as healthy as other specialty food bars. I grabbed the golden oats variety in the hope it provides a more sustained release of energy. Comparing the nutritional labels this bar had the lowest amount of sugar.
Price pack of 6 for about $4.50
Energy 772Kj (1930Kj/100g)
Sugar 9g (22.4g/100g)
Serving size 40g
Texture Crumbly with that dry and baked feel
Flavour Bit plain with an oaty taste
Verdict A cheaper and still healthy option. Made from whole grain cereals and oats and has the lowest sugar content of all the bars.
Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bar - Cacao mintAnother bar that gets good reviews. The first thing I noticed opening the packet was the minty smell. Definite the standout bar when it comes to taste although the dates give it a certain underlying flavour. Being based on the Paleo diet the ingredients are simple and unrefined. This bar has only five ingredients; coconut, three and half dates, cacao, coconut oil and peppermint oil. Not very sweet, a bit dry and crumbly.
Price $4.95 (but you can buy boxes online)
Energy 932Kj (2070Kj/100g)
Sugar 15g (35g/100g)
Serving size 45g
Texture soft and bit crumbly
Flavour best flavour but reminded me of toothpaste
Verdict A good bar and probably the tastiest. They are smaller than Clif Bars but look to be more energy dense, meaning more energy per gram weight overall.
Note: Due to concerns over nut allergies none of the bars I selected contained tree nuts. This restricted what flavours I could pick. For example the Cacao mint was the only Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bar I could find without nuts.