Updated 2017! 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 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.
Tasting Notes for 88 Acres Bars
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.
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.
In our initial taste-testing, this flavor of bars was very stale – it seems they had some batch production issues. But they followed up later, sending a complimentary fresh batch that instantly won us over. Even Tony, who claims to despise ginger, loved these bars. They were perfectly tender and chewy with lots of seedy bits of interest. The flavor was deliciously sweet, rich, perfectly salted, and amazing with tea. I think my only complaint would be the raisins. I do like raisins, but I thought they overpowered a bit. I wanted more apple goodness instead. But, I could taste the delightfully potent ginger in each bite.
Dark Chocolate Mocha (new in 2018)
This isn’t an “in your face” java flavor, but instead is chocolate heavy with a mellow underpinning of coffee that emerges a bit more in the aftertaste. Since I’m not a coffee fan, I preferred the milder notes and especially loved the little chocolate chunks throughout. I longed a little for those sea salt hits in the other chocolate flavor, but overall, it was satisfying.
Oats & Cinnamon (new in 2018)
At last, a classic granola bar. Oats and chunky seeds bound together perfectly with a warm sweetness. The earthy cinnamon is ever-present, and not hidden in the flavor, which I love. I also like that this flavor has just 8 grams of sugar, but hits all the right notes. This could be my new go-to bar.
To note, 88 Acres Bars are sized generously enough, and fairly well balanced with around 200 calories, 8 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.
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