88 Acres Bars: Handcrafted & Top Allergen Free

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Review of: 88 Acres Bars
Version:
Chocolate & Sea Salt, Triple Berry, Apple Ginger
Price:
$2.39 per 1.6-ounce bar

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Rating:
5
On August 1, 2016
Last modified:August 1, 2016

Summary:

Beyond impressed, we powered through every perfectly chewy, but not sticky, bite of the Chocolate & Sea Salt and Triple Berry varieties. They were each spot on for sweetness with generous add-ins, well-rounded flavors and an amazing homemade taste. The Apple Ginger fell short with a stiffer texture that was difficult to chew and a lackluster "salty seed" flavor. Nonetheless, we were beyond dazzled with the first two selections, which could be our favorite new bars of the year.

Whether you’re looking for energy, protein or simply to squelch hunger, there really is no shortage of bars on the market. But once in a while, a true snacking star is born, and 88 Acres Bars are ready for their time in the spotlight.

88 Acres Bars - Handcrafted in a Top Allergen-Free Facility! Three flavors ...

88 Acres Bars are “handcrafted with love in Boston in a dedicated facility free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.” The company’s allergen safety and desire to churn out wholesome products even goes so far as to shun sulphites in the dried fruits they use.

They also steer clear of protein powders, extracted foods or other mashed up bits. In fact, 88 Acres Bars are made purely with ingredients that you might find in any home cook’s kitchen. However, it would take me a lot of testing to create a recipe as perfected as the ones used to make the following flavors of 88 Acres Bars.

88 Acres Bars - Handcrafted in a Top Allergen-Free Facility! Three flavors ...

Tasting Notes for 88 Acres Bars

Triple Berry – I don’t usually reach for berry-flavored bars, but this one was positively delicious! Each bite was perfectly chewy with lots of little seed bits, but the sweet dried fruit took center stage. Overall, it had a warm, earthy flavor with occasional little bursts of sea salt.

Chocolate & Sea Salt – Oh my heavens! Is it a snack or dessert? Generous smatterings of chocolate chunks gave this bar an element of indulgence. Like the Triple Berry, it was perfectly chewy, but not the least bit sticky, and had tons of tasty interest going on. My only complaint is that I think they could have been more generous with the sea salt. It only asserted in one of many bites.

Apple Ginger – I wondered if we received an off batch, as this variety was a little harder. It wasn’t quite crunchy, but not chewy either, and actually a little hard to bite into. I expected it to be my favorite flavor, but was all around disappointed. There were disjointed pops of sea salt and an overwhelming seed taste with nary any apple or ginger flavor. In fact, Tony was okay with this bar even though he hates ginger! It was sweet enough, but generally tasted like salty seeds.

To note, 88 Acres Bars are sized generously enough, and fairly well balanced with around 200 calories, 12 to 13 grams of sugars, 5 to 6 grams of natural protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 8 to 10 grams of fat per bar.

88 Acres Bars - Handcrafted in a Top Allergen-Free Facility! Three flavors ...

The Facts on 88 Acres Bars

Certifications: They are labeled as gluten-free and non-GMO, but we did not note any certifications on 88 Acres Bars.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, 88 Acres Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. 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 88 Acres website at 88-acres.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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