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.
Chunks of Energy are Wholesome Bites of Dairy-Free Goodness
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.
Tasting Notes for Chunks of Energy
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.
Organic Coconut Fig
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.
Organic Chia Orange
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.
Organic Peanut Chocolate
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.
Organic Cacao Goji
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.
Organic Cran Apricot
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. Contains honey.
Organic Chocolate Paradise
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. Contains honey.
Any food titled with spirulina doesn’t exactly scream indulgence. Needless to say I was a bit surprised to find out this is their 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.
Organic Carob & Greens
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.
The Facts on Chunks of Energy
Price: $79 per 10-pound bulk bag
Availability: Chunks of Energy are actually sold in the bulk department of many natural food stores. They sell direct, but only in bulk sizes. You can order directly from their website below.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, select Chunks of Energy are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Chunks of Energy website at www.chunksofenergy.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Better than bars
I love how the chunks vary in size, so I can pick if I want some big or small ones, and how many. Such a great alternative to bars. I like to mix and match some flavors, but so far, the Chocolate Paradise and Coconut Fig are my favorites