Aug 6, 2012

Well, That Was Unexpected!

Have you ever had one of those really odd experiences where you walk into something thinking you're going for one reason, but walk out realizing that you'd go back for another? For example, walking into an ice cream shop and, though their ice cream is good, you just can't get enough of the jam that they just so happen to sell at the counter?

I just had one of those experiences. Tumbador Chocolate sent me some of their vegan snacks to try the other day and, given the name, I expected to fall in love with a chocolate.


Well, I did.


The mint crunch bar is on the German/Swiss level of excellence, some of the creamiest chocolate I've had in the United States (including non-vegan chocolate). It is vegan, however (except for possible traces of dairy - so I guess it depends on how strict you are).



It's a gourmet handcrafted chocolate bar out of Brooklyn, NY and is intensely chocolately with the crunchy cacao nibs complementing the refreshing peppermint perfectly. Oh, and all Tumbador Chocolate products are kosher, as you'd hope for from a good Brooklyn-based company. :)



But that's not the most unexpected part.

Nope, this is:


The Tumbador Vitality bar, a trail mix bar in a sweet brown rice syrup. Here's what's in it:


The thing is, I wouldn't reach for this if I wanted a granola/food bar - it's a candy bar and seriously sweet (for my tastes, it could be a little less sweet - maybe leave out the sugar or the glucose or the inverted sugar? Or just reduce one/all of those? The dried fruits bring extra sweetness and the amazing flavors of the ingredients get a bit lost in all the sweet...)


Though the sugar syrup is a bit much for my liking, the other ingredients were well chosen and make this a tasty bar - and if you're reaching for a candy bar (like a chocolate bar, but don't really want a chocolate fix) I recommend it!


To cut the sweetness a bit, I paired it with some soy yogurt , some coconut yogurt, and cereal - a very tasty afternoon snack to hold me over to dinner. :)

Same goes for the endurance bar.


It had an unexpected ginger-pineapple-peanut flavor combo that was really tasty!


Again, though, they could do without so much sugar - the fruit is sweet enough if this is to be a food bar! But considering that I'm treating this as nutritious candy bars...


...yum. Again, I paired it with some soy yogurt and cereal to cut the sweetness, for a super fabulous snack!


The ginger made it a winner. Tee-hee, that rhymed :)

The energy bar was super tasty, too!



I really liked the figs in it...


...and by this point I was used to the super sweetness and enjoyed the candy bar :)


Served with coconut yogurt, a baked sweet potato, and a side of black beans.

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What's one unexpected thing that's happened to you today?


Have you tried any Tumbador Chocolate Products?

39 comments:

  1. It seems delicious! Thanks for shearing!

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  2. the chocolate looks soooo yummy... :P

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  3. You always get to try oat some really interesting looking products! I am not a huge fan of overly sweet things, and would usually reach for cheesy crackers over fruity granolas, but these bars look great for if the craving hit!

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  4. Oh my gosh,I wish I would receive such awesome products like you to review on my blog... I guess it would be easier in the US,though,haha!
    That ginger-pineapple bar sounds esoecially lovely to me. I love the "zingy" flavor ginger tends to add to food!

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    1. Not really, just reach out to the company if there's something you want to review! I love writing reviews, it's so fun :)

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  5. YUM, those chocolate bars look incredible! :D

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    1. Vegan chocolate is like the great secret of the chocolate world, it seems!

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  6. That chocolate bar sounds great! Those granola-candy bars look good too, but that's a bit much on the sugar for me. I like it to be a savory-crunchy bar rather that sticky, ya know?

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    1. Yeah, a little less syrup would have been good

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  7. yum sooo tasty :)
    amazing post!!

    http://bubblemylicorice.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hmm. Interesting. I'm not sure if I would try those bars because I also enjoy more tart chocolate if that makes sense. As far as unexpected, I actually woke up on time today versus sleeping in...but now I'm incredibly tired LOL.

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    1. Tart chocolate? I get tart yogurt and tart froyo, but...do you mean bitter chocolate, maybe? Like really dark? Or do you mean citrusy? So confused, haha :P

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  9. Oh my...how fun! I loooove mint chocolate- that looks amazing!
    I wish I was sent all these delicious goodies to review. Lucky girl! <3

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    1. You can order them at Tumbador Chocolate's website, http://www.tumbadorchocolate.com/bars/, I totally am! I so need to try their Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Fatty bars, they sound pretty awesome :)

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  10. Now I m hungry!lol

    sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com

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  11. I am guilty of loving sweet granola bars :)
    These bars sound right up my ally!

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  12. Mint with chocolate is my favorite chocolate combo for sure! The most unexpected thing that happened to me today was that I went on a water roller coaster at the waterpark I went to--I didn't even know it was possible, but it was so fun!

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    1. I'm not a big roller coaster girl, but water rides are my definitely my favorite!

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  13. Yummy! I adore granola bars...
    they are the best!
    unexpected thing today?
    OMG I ran into a huge racoon...
    almost died!
    have a nice week doll!
    xox
    Borka
    http://chicfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  14. lol..I love seeing all the snack you recommend in here!!!.otherwise I will just buy normal snack natural valley granola bar!!

    EDGYMIX New Post-Malawi-By the Lake

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    1. Those used to be my go-to, but it's fun to branch out!

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  15. Oh thank you ! it's not very important if you don't speak french !
    i would like translate my blog in english but I don't write very well ^^

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    1. You write well, in my opinion! Certainly better than I would in French :P

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  16. oh wish we had those in sweden!! looks so yummy. do you know if they're glutenfree btw?

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    1. The ingredients are all gluten-free, but they may contain traces of wheat - so it depends on how sensitive you are!

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