It is truly amazing to me that Chunks of Energy have yet to come across a real direct competitor. Sure, they are vying for the healthy snack, grab and go, athletic, and trekking markets, right alongside hundreds of bar manufacturers, but realistically “chunks” are in a whole different league.
I absolutely love the small Chunks of Energy portions that you can pack along like trail mix, popping exactly as many as you need when your energy begins to wane. No more wavering on which sized bar to open as you try to figure out your appetite, or fit in just the right amount before dinner. No more eating just a half a bar only to find the other half has gone stale when you make your way back to it. Even better, these lovingly made chunks vary randomly in size, ranging from a small 5g bite to a triple-sized bite, so you can further customize each serving.
Oh, and of course there is the mix and match feature. Can’t decide between fruity, chocolaty, or carob? Enjoy a piece of each! So what do Chunks of Energy taste like?
Think Larabar meets trail mix, and throw in some interesting superfood flavors. Chunks of Energy are soft and forgiving to the bite (yes, they freeze well!), often with a fruit base (such as dates or other dried fruits), and come in a variety of interesting and “energetic” flavors. Thus far I have tested not only their taste, but their portability. My husband and I have munched on them between meals, packed them along on a hike, and kept them close at hand for a recent 9-hour road trip up to the mountains.
Chunks of Energy aren’t new to me; in fact, I had the opportunity to taste test several of the original Chunks of Energy flavors when they first emerged. But, it had been so long since my last trial that many new Chunks of Energy varieties have been crafted. To remedy the gap, I’ve updated my tasting notes below to include all of the current flavors that we’ve tasted to date. All of the Chunks of Energy bites that we sampled were dairy-free (they have a few varieties that do contain milk powder) and gluten-free by ingredients. Many are also organic, raw, and vegan (some do contain a touch of honey). See their website for certified gluten-free options.
Lemon Pomegranate (organic, raw, vegan) – These big boisterous chunks have a mellow scent, but sharp, tangy, and pleasant flavor. They are evidently fruit-sweetened and have a mild sweetness. Very snack-like!
Coconut Fig Superfood (organic, vegan) – Mmmm, the warm fig scent really drew me in. The flavor is just lightly sweet and boldly fig with savory cacao notes and a real depth of flavor from the various superfood powders.
Chia Orange (organic, raw, vegan) – Fragrant, very, very tender and fruity. The orange extract is everpresent and the flavor has a real fruit & nut trail mix appeal, but with generous bites of little coconut shreds and sesame. These Chunks of Energy bites are sweeter and more fruity than the others.
Date Flax with Turmeric (organic, vegan) – What an intriguing, complex scent! These are soft and chewy, with the texture of a date bars, but a much deeper, warm flavor. I can even detect that slight hint of black pepper (which helps in the absorption of turmeric’s nutrition!). This Chunks of Energy variety borders on sweet and savory, and could be my surprise favorite.
Peanut Chocolate Chip (organic, vegan) – Wow! This flavor is like a very dark, 80%, chocolate. Rather than a sugary treat, it offers intense chocolate with real organic peanuts (not peanut butter) and a smattering of other all natural ingredients on a date base. A little too powerful for my tastes, but cacao purists may enjoy.
Cacao Goji (organic, raw, vegan) – These Chunks of Energy have a generous dose of raisins, apricots, and sesame, and these three whole foods do dominate the flavor and texture profile. There was a mild cocoa flavor, but it seemed to take a backseat to the various nutritional add-ins. Goji berries do have a slight raisin-like taste, so the goji powder simply melds right in.
Cranberry Apricot (organic, contains honey) – The texture was still soft, yet just a touch drier than the others with a sweet burst that reminded me of a powdered sugar icing. And just when I though these chunks might be just a touch too sweet, a whole host of nuts and seeds arrived on the scene to temper the flavor. There was the occasional burst of cranberry and flavorful crunch of peanuts, but really it was the apricot that owned this snack.
Chocolate Paradise (organic, contains honey) – Oh my! My taste buds shouted in delight as I bit down into this almost dessert-like “health food.” I don’t want to downplay the others, as they were quite good, but really, they paled in comparison to this wonderfully mild, “milky” chocolate treat, generously spiked with slivered nuts.
Carob Spirulina – Any food titled with spirulina doesn’t exactly scream indulgence. Needless to say I was a bit surprised to find out this has been a Chunks of Energy top selling flavor. What magic could possibly lay behind anything “spirulina?” The first thing I noticed was the unique, yet comforting, fragrance of carob. My teeth were then greeted by a familiar crispy bite, which I found out later was rice cereal, followed by various bits of nuts. The flavor was mild, and just slightly sweet as it morphed into the recognizable taste of carob (which I adore). I still have no idea what spirulina tastes like, but it seems to combine very well with carob.
Carob Supergreens (vegan) – I couldn’t get enough of the deep, rich flavor, which utilized the warm taste of carob but in a subtle manor. Even my husband (who always forgoes carob for chocolate) liked these because the carob wasn’t overwhelming.
Retired Flavors (since our prior review): Mocha Chip, Vanilla Almond, Carob Joy, and Lemon Pop
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, select Chunks of Energy are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, 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 Chunks of Energy website at www.chunksofenergy.com.