With an extreme love for bananas – seriously, they really do prevent calf cramps! – I marked the Barnana booth as high priority at a recent expo. I had heard word of their goodness, and couldn’t wait to get a sample. And to my pleasant surprise, they had two varieties: original and chocolate-covered!
Don’t be put off by the natural browning! These chewy, dried banana chunks have an intense, but completely natural banana flavor. Not surprising, since the only ingredient is organic bananas. Unlike other dehydrated bananas, Barnana keeps them thick for a tender bite rather than a flat, overly chewy texture. Once I opened 3.5 ounce package (about 3 dehydrated bananas), I had trouble stopping. Each bite had such an amazing pure taste.
These smooth, dark chocolate coated bananas have a thick bittersweet robe with a definite dark aftertaste. Dessert-like, but with a healthy, rich, adult-like flavor. I liked these, but didn’t love them. They use a food glaze to give each bite a polished finish, and though it looks pretty, that’s where they lost my taste buds just a little. The coating had a slightly artificial taste that I had trouble getting past. I just loved the taste of the Original so much, and the chocolate seemed to mask some of that flavor rather than fully complimenting. I’d love to see them dump the glaze and actually make the chocolate layer a touch less hefty. Nonetheless, they were good, and as you can see, they look amazing.
Overall, Barnana offers a great way to enjoy bananas on the go without worry of bruises or smooshing and a guaranteed level of yummy, ripe sweetness – perfect for a snack or a sweet treat!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Barnana Banana Bites are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free and peanut-free. The original (non-coated) are also vegan and soy-free, but they do use soy lecithin in the chocolate-covered variety. 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 Barnana website at www.barnana.com.