I had first heard of Nakd Bars over Instagram. I don’t know why I follow so many people from the UK and beyond, but they always seem to have the best snacks. After reading up a bit on the company and discovering that they strive to use only natural and whole foods for the bases of their bars, I had to try to get my hands on them. They were gracious enough actually to send me some of their products all the way from the UK to review here exclusively. Was it worth the trip? Find out here…
My first impression of Natural Balanced Food’s site made me smile. It is fun and interactive. In their mission statement they wrote, “We’re a young British company devoted to increasing world happiness with yummy healthy snacks, humor and helpfulness. That means we make delicious, good-for-you munchies, do our best to help others, and try to spread a little joy along the way. ” I do believe they accomplished the humor through their site. Fun colors, informative statistics explaining the process of making their bars. I appreciate that torn veil approach to the company.
I’ll be taking a bit of time to tell the highlights (or low lights) of each bar (and nibbles) I tried. But first, I want to give a general overview of the ingredients, and how they are prepared.
Each bar basically has a base of dates, and or raisins and cashews (around a 50% to a 30% ratio). After that extras such as cacao powder, soy crunchies, and natural flavorings (don’t worry, all their natural flavors actually come from natural sources) are added. They try to use as few ingredients as possible, while still offering a high quality products. Kosher, non-GMO, Gluten Free, Dairy Free are but a few of the many credentials they have. From start to finish the time it takes the bars go from whole form, to packed takes about 30 minutes.
- Cocoa Delight: Rich chocolate-y flavor with a hint of nuttiness from the cashews. This was absolutely wonderful for my evening chocolate fix.
- Cocoa Orange: Think a chocolate coated orange segment. The balance of rich cocoa to zingy orange essence was perfect. I was a bit apprehensive, but it turned out quite enjoyable.
- Caffe Mocha: I’m not a big coffee person, but this brought a nice, almost smokey roasted flavor. If you are a coffee person, you will adore this bar. As for myself, I would prefer a tea flavored bar instead.
- Cashew Cookie: I was mighty excited about this bar. I adore cashews, and this bar hit the nail on the head. I got a hit of cashew nuttiness and just a touch of sweetness from the dates. Simple, yet elegant.
- Berry Delight: A very berry bar indeed. Raspberry was the predominate flavor component, but I did get a little tinge of other berry flavors sprung throughout.
- Rhubarb & Custard: This was an interesting bar. I was expecting something fairly sweet, but it had a bit of a bitter after note to the bar. I felt the balance of smooth custard and kick of rhubarb was lost.
Bring on the Baking:
- Christmas Pud: I didn’t know what a Christmas Pud was when I saw the label. And I still really don’t know, but don’t care. The way I can best put it is Christmas spices wrapped into a deliciously warm bar.
- Cocoa Mint: I was taken back to the days where I would horde the chocolate mint candies from restaurant tables. Just the right amount of pungent mint and cocoa.
- Pecan Pie: A perfect pecan bar without the sticky syrup. Just a beautiful marriage of dates, pecans, and almonds.
- Gingerbread: No Gingerbread Men were hurt in the making of this bar. A soft and chewy gingerbread cookie is was what was brought to my mind when I ate it. Lots a spices equal lots of goodness.
- Bakewell Tart: Again, no idea what a bakewell tart is. From what I gleaned from the flavor was almost a cherry cake. Sweet, yet the nuttiness was delightfully balanced. A comparison would be a cherry pie in the U.S.
New to You:
- NEW Peanut Delight: I am a sucker for anything to do with the humble peanut, and this bar did not disappoint. I loved the chunky pieces of peanuts scattered throughout the creamy nutty and date goodness.
- NEW Lemon Drizzle: I found the lemon not overpowering but very refreshing. Very zesty, and reminded me of a lemon cake. Soft and cakey was the texture, and it was divine.
- NEW Cocoa Coconut: Take me to the Bahamas now. The little flakes of coconut surrounded by the chewy and luscious chocolate was phenomenal. A perfect balance and flavor combination.
Nakd Protein Crunch Bars:
“All of our crunch bars are dairy, wheat and gluten free, packed with soya crunchies for extra protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and are completely vegan friendly. ” – Nakd Bars
- Cocoa Crunch: Similar taste to the Cocoa Delight, but not as strong. I loved the little texture the crunchies gave, but was honestly expecting a bit more crunch. The crunch was present, but not profound.
- Banana Crunch: This reminded me of a Banana Laffy Taffy (when I still ate them). It was fun and refreshing. I loved how the banana taste was upfront and proud.
- Strawberry Crunch: From the minute I opened the package I was hit with the smell of strawberry. I was shocked at the amount of true strawberry flavor they were able to pack into one bar. So very invigorating.
- NEW Apricot Crunch: What a wonderful addition to the Crunch family. I liked the slight sweetness of the apricot, but felt it could have been a bit more flavorsome to equal up to the soy crunchies.
- NEW Coconut Bliss: Little soft pebbles of cocoa coconut-y sweetness. Very comparable to the Cocoa Coconut bar, but more delicate and soft, not only in flavor, but texture too.
- NEW Toffee Treat: I have never had toffee before. This was a great introduction. Sweet, yet packed full of rich and deep caramel like flavor. With just a hint of cocoa, it was a match made in heaven.
- NEW Strawberries & Cream: These were like little pillows of refreshing tea party quality candies. So rich and creamy, I could eat three bags of these. A perfect marriage of fruit and “dairy”.
- NEW Salted Caramel: First off, where can you go wrong with salted caramel? I ate them straight out of the bag, but putting them as a topping for coconut yogurt sounds divine. Rich and decadent.
I wish I lived closer to the UK. I was blown away at the flavor quality of so many bars and snacks all under 150 calories. I;m still not a huge fan of soy. I would be giving them a standing ovation if they could switch to a hemp or pea crunchy. But flavor wise, they have something going for them in their small British shop. Head on over to their website (Click HERE!), for even more delicious flavors. FREE GOODIES are included in every order!