It seems like every time I turn around, Enjoy Life has reformulated their snack bars. It has been a continuous evolution for that little allergy-friendly snack, but I think they are growing up to be quite the contender in the market. Admittedly, when we first tried the bars many years ago, no one in our house liked them. But with each tweak, we’ve had more and more positive things to say, and I think the latest “New and Improved” version of Enjoy Life Chewy Bars has hit the tasty mark.
Overall, they are true to their namesake, soft and chewy, but with little bits of crispy goodness randomly scattered throughout. They are quite sweet, but perfectly so for an afternoon energy hit. At our time of review, the Enjoy Life Chewy Bars were available in four flavors:
SunButter Crunch – This is the lowest of the bunch in sugar, and my favorite taste wise. It’s pleasant, and has a nice sunflower butter flavor that isn’t overwhelming in the least bit.
Cocoa Loco – Though I’m not usually a big fan of chocolate snack bars, these have a nice flavor blend that I quite enjoyed. I would rate these as my second choice.
Mixed Berry – Surprisingly delightful and not overly berry with a nice pop of sweetness that works as a treat or afternoon snack. It was just a touch too sweet for my morning taste buds.
Caramel Apple – I enjoyed the nice pleasant sweetness and chewy apple bits. This flavor is in a third place tie with the Mixed Berry.
Kylie was unable to taste-test any of the Chewy bars due to her own set of food allergies, but Tony tried them all and his opinions fell in line with my own.
Now that they’ve got their Chewy Bars positioned solidly for success, Enjoy Life has launched a new line of more indulgent snacks, aptly named Decadence Bars.
Dessert, they are not, but Enjoy Life Decadence Bars are slightly bigger and sweeter than their Chewy Bars, and each is topped with a lovely drizzle of dairy-free chocolate or white chocolate. The texture is similar, though packaged in a sleeker shape, but the flavors are notably unique:
Chocolate SunButter – Definitely more of a treat, this tender bar has sweet chocolate added to the more familiar sunflower butter backdrop. Again, I feel like Enjoy Life has a good handle on working with SunButter, as this was my favorite flavor.
Cherry Cobbler –Cherry is a finicky flavor for me, so this wasn’t my favorite. But it does burst with a berry sweetness that Tony seemed to enjoy.
Cinnamon Bun – Though the name enticed us all, the flavor didn’t wow. It was more like an ordinary cinnamon raisin bar. Both Kylie and her friend were able to partake in this flavor – Kylie gave it two big thumbs down (I think her expectations for a cinnamon roll were far too high), but her friend said “it’s good; it doesn’t taste like a cinnamon bun, but I like it.”
S’Mores – In Kylie’s opinion, Enjoy Life rebounded slightly with this flavor, as it has some chocolate and marshmallow goodness. She still hasn’t requested one of these bars, but that’s okay, Tony and I like them and will have no problem in finishing them off!
Over all, I think the New & Improved Chewy Bars are a better fit for our household, in terms of nutrition and taste, but Enjoy Life is definitely making some flavor strides for the allergen-free snack market. All of the above bars are made in the Enjoy Life Foods dedicated top 8-free facility, and they are gluten-free certified, kosher parve certified, and non-GMO verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Enjoy Life Chewy and Decadence Bars are vegetarian, dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free. 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 Enjoy Life website at www.enjoylifefoods.com.