A tasty, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and nutritious bar that feeds a child every time you buy one. Does it sound to good to be true? Well believe it. You can satisfy both your hunger and your conscience as you nosh on 2 Degrees Snack Bars.
I might have missed this company up at Expo West if it weren’t for their energetic staff. With genuine smiles and trays full of samples, they stood into the aisle of the new product pavilion inviting every passerby for a sample. The big sign boasting their message “Buy a Bar, Feed a Hungry Child” along with clear communication indicating that the bars were vegan was a double whammy I simply couldn’t pass up.
Unlike many other popular bars, 2 Degrees Snack Bars take a heavy grain-like focus with crisp rice, flaked quinoa, and millet. These little morsels are further complimented by a blend of seeds (chia, sesame, and sunflower). This base made for a textural party in my mouth – no big nut chunks, but rather various bits of goodness throughout. These aren’t date bars or protein bars (no protein isolates – yay!!) – just real whole food ingredients and natural sweeteners like brown rice syrup. They currently come in four flavors; here are my thoughts on each:
Chocolate Peanut – I adored the flavor and generous smattering of chocolate chips in this nearly dessert-like experience. As the name suggests, this bar has whole peanut flavor rather than peanut butter. The array of seeds is notable and unique, but tasty. A pleasant surprise overall – just don’t go in expecting a straight chocolate-peanut butter experience; this bar offers so much more.
Chocolate Banana – Wowsers, I’m in love! Deep, sweet banana flavor complimented with substantial chocolate deliciousness. The consistency had just the right amount of crispy goodness, but was more tender and less grainy than the other varieties. This quickly jumped into first place for taste and texture among the 2 Degrees Snack Bars, and held on tight until the finish (the Chocolate Peanut remained in second). If I were to compare, I would say that this flavor was as sweet as a Clif Bar (for example) but with nearly half the sugars and way better ingredients. I really felt like I got a lot of bar for just 170 calories.
Apple Pecan – This flavor is simply delightful. Nice pleasant deep apple flavor that almost tastes “fresh.” Sweet, light, grainy, a nice on-the-go option. Not my favorite of the lot, but good, and less of a dessert than the chocolate ones – even though I think it has more sugars!
Cherry Almond – This was the flavor that I sampled at Expo West, and fortunately, I opted to probe deeper and trial all of the flavors above before passing judgment. Dried cherries aren’t my favorite in bars (they seem to overwhelm what is otherwise a pleasant tasting snack), and I found the texture to be a little scattered. It’s chewier than the other varieties, and the chewiness seems to compete with the generous amounts of firm nuts and seeds while taking the crunch out of the crisps. Nonetheless, it has a pure, sweet taste that I’m sure almond and cherry fans will love.
As for their mantra, it looks as though 2 Degrees Snack Bars really are on an admirable mission. According to their impact statement, they have already donated over 1 million meals to hungry children in various countries, including Haiti, Columbia, Malawi, Kenya, and the U.S. They’ve also created this wonderful video that is a must watch for anyone who cares about the issue of childhood hunger and if you are curious about how the name, “2 Degrees”, came about:
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, 2 Degrees snack bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (they do not appear to be certified gluten-free), vegan, and vegetarian. The non-chocolate varieties are free of soy ingredients (the chocolate varieties do contain soy lecithin). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the 2 Degrees website at www.twodegreesfood.com.