Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars have unfortunately wandered off. But they still sell Classic Clif Bars, and you can see our Dairy-Free Energy & Snack Bar Section for more options.
When Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars burst onto the scene this year, I thought they looked, sounded and tasted remarkably like the Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bars we reviewed last year.
I was told they weren’t a replacement, but since the Mojo Trail Mix Bars (specifically, not the other sweet & salty Mojo bars) have vanished from the Clif Bar website, I think it’s safe to say that they have re-branded as Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars, and even upgraded the bars to be 100% organic while adding a couple of flavors to the dark chocolate selections.
Tasting Notes for Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars
Overall, Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars offer that crispy, chewy, satisfying experience of good granola bars with 3 to 4 grams of fiber and 5 to 6 grams of naturally occuring protein each. They aren’t unctuous like protein and energy bars, nor do they have the overwhelming underpinnings of mashed dates. Rather, each bar is a stirred-together blend of crispy rice, nuts, a touch of roasted non-GMO soybeans, natural liquid sweeteners (they are labeled as low-glycemic), and wholesome add-ins to suit the flavor. All flavors have this same base, but they are divided into two flavor categories: Dark Chocolate (which are dipped in dairy-free chocolate and smattered with chocolate chunks) and Fruit & Nut (simply sans chocolate).
Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt (pictured above)
I picked this flavor for our first taste of Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars and wasn’t disappointed. So many “sea salt chocolates” lack those poignant salty notes, but not this one. Perfectly dotted granules of sea salt highight an already pleasant dark chocolate – all of it melds perfectly on the very almond-y bar. This one is much sweeter to my tastes – as it’s dotted with chocolate chunks and the bottom has a full chocolate dip. It’s more like a candy bar replacement than a morning on-the-go bite, but quite good nonetheless.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
This bar was another serious yum! Each bite was seriously peanutty with just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness for an easy candy bar replacement. It was hard to believe the entire bar contained just 8 grams of sugar (the lowest in the Dark Chocolate bunch).
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Raspberry
We weren’t really fans of this flavor combination. The berry notes overpowered and clashed, making the chocolate taste more bitter than it is. Same big almond chunks and chewy texture.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond
We liked the flavor of this one a little better than the Pomegranate Raspberry. The sweet-tart cherries melded nicely with the chocolate and almonds for a pleasant vibe, but the texture of the bar was a bit stale, causing for a somewhat lackluster tasting experience.
Coconut Almond Peanut (pictured above)
Loved it! This perfectly sweet, sticky snack was loaded with both almonds and peanuts. The coconut is there, but in the background rather than asserting as a prominent flavor. I loved that it satisfied my sweets craving without leaving me over-sugared. In fact, it only has 6 grams of sugar per bar – sold!
Wild Blueberry Almond
Talk about generous with the blueberries! Those dried little bites are scattered throughout for super-sweet berry goodness. It went well with the very nutty, chewy, crispy backdrop. A little sweeter than I need (they could cut it in half in my opinion – maybe use glycerin for some of the sticky sweetener?), but really tasty.
Sadly, another selection from our stash of Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars that was overly chewy and even a bit challenging to eat. The cranberries were ever-present, sweet and tasty and the almond chunks were big and generous. Overall though, the whole bar had a stale taste and texture despite being one year from expiry.
The Facts on Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars
Certifications: Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars are Certified Organic. They are also labeled as gluten-free, but we did not notice a certification for this.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Clif Organic Trail Mix Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Most of the flavors are vegan, just a few flavors have a little honey added. 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 Clif Bar website at www.clifbar.com.
Wouldn’t the chocolate have dairy in it?
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