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Food Review: Elevation ONLY BAR - Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan

Elevation ONLY Bar
Elevation bars are made by Millville, an Aldi private label company.

I'm not a sweet tooth, dessert kind of guy.  Sure, I'll have the occasional piece of pie or slice of cake around the holidays and for celebration situations, but for the most part I'm not into sweets.  I don't normally eat pastries, donuts, brownies, cookies, and such.

But there are those times when the brain convinces you that you are craving something sweet.  For me, that craving is usually satisfied with a candy bar.  Back in the day, my candy bar of choice was usually a Three Musketeers bar.  The chocolate-covered, fluffy, whipped nougat is rather tasty, but it comes at a price.    For something that's sweet, a full-size bar only has 240 calories which isn't bad (compare to a typical slice of cheesecake at about 400 calories), but the bar packs a whopping 42 grams of carbs and 37 grams of sugar.  Ouch!  Twix, another top candy bar for me, also has high carb and sugar counts.  We are talking traditional candy bars, high carb and sugar numbers are not a shocker.  So in trying to eat healthier, even when indulging in the very occasional sweet snack or impromptu dessert, I've been looking for a healthier candy bar alternative.

Enter the Elevation ONLY BAR.

Elevation ONLY BAR
Nice dark chocolate notes with pecan crunch, the cinnamon is very subtle.

The bar I sampled features dark chocolate, pecans, and cinnamon, with just 16 grams of carbs and only 6 total grams of sugar.  Crunchy with a nice balance of salty and sweet, it's satisfying without the guilt. 

I've sampled 'power' bars, protein bars, the so-called energy bars, and various other snack bars since dropping the traditional stuff and they do an adequate job of satisfying the sweet craving while upping the protein count a bit, but I have yet to find a more nutritionally sound candy bar option with a "Wow" factor.

The Elevation ONLY BAR is similar to its competitors, definitely a healthier eat than a traditional candy bar, but also like its competitors, not quite there with the "Wow" flavor factor.  I've tried Larabar, KIND, Clif, and a few other brands and I'd have to say I'd pick Elevation over Larabar and Clif, it's a toss-up with KIND. 

Costing $1.19 at Aldi, I'm giving the Elevation ONLY BAR - Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  It's a good, but not a great bar, yet worthy of a repeat buy.  Compare that price to the per-bar price of Larabar ($1.07), KIND ($1.22), and Clif ($1.26) at the mainstream grocery store.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: Food Review: Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

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