Friday, October 9, 2009

Clif Kid Organic Z Bars

I'd bet that all you foodie bloggers out there have probably tried at least one of these bars. Again, they're aimed toward kids, but I say that just makes for a better portion size. :) These bars were definitely not what I expected, and in a good way too. For some reason, I had always thought that these were cereal bars like the Kashi ones, but they're a totally different category! I don't even know what to call them. They're not like Larabars, Luna bar, granolas bars, or really anything except Clif bars. ^^

I've tried every flavor except the elusive Spooky S'mores, which I've never even seen in stores. Here are my favorites, from the one I like the best to the one I like the least. For all of the bars, the texture is soft and chewy, like a freshly baked cookie. Yum!

Chocolate Chip: This bar is perfection! It actually doesn't even taste "healthy". The Clif site even describes this bar as, "All the thick, chewy, goodness of a chocolate chip cookie - gone healthy!". There's a good amount of chocolate chips in the bar, and a generous drizzle of chocolate on the top.

Chocolate Brownie: If you're a chocolate lover, this bar is for you. It's super rich, and almost tastes like dark chocolate. It's like a brownie/cookie. This bar would probably be my favorite if I liked chocolate a little bit more than I do.

Apple Cinnamon: This bar kind of tastes like an apple pie in bar or cookie form, if that makes sense. It's also really moist, much more than the other "cookie" flavors are. It's like someone baked a cinnamon apple and put in a bar case!

Honey Graham: True to its name, this bar tastes like a graham cracker cookie. It was a close tie between this one and the Apple Cinnamon for third place, but I had to go with the apple flavor because I love fruit too much. Sorry, Honey Graham!

Blueberry: There are actual blueberries in this bar, not just the flavor! I really like that fact, but blueberries are one of my least favorite fruits.

Peanut Butter: I only sometimes like the peanut butter taste in bars. I feel like the flavor was very subtle, almost too subtle. It does go really well with the chocolate topping, however, and the only reason this bar is last is because I like the other flavors a teensy bit better. I still love them all!

So, all in all, I love these bars. They're perfect for on-the-go, and I wish I could find Spooky S'mores. Anyone tried them? I've heard it tastes exactly like the Chocolate Chip, but still... Leave me a comment!

Chocolate Brownie <3

The nutritional facts for Clif Z Bars are all relatively similar. Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, and Chocolate Brownie all have 120 calories. Honey Graham, Spooky S'mores, and Chocolate Chip have 130 calories, and Peanut Butter has 140 calories. Each bar has between 2 to 5 grams of fat, and 2 or 3 grams of protein. All of the bars have 3 grams of dietary fiber and between 20 to 26 grams of carbs. These bars are low-fat, contain 12 essential vitamins and minerals, and are made with whole grains.

I actually find these at Target for cheaper than Whole Foods, unless they're on sale. And, seriously, someone find me the Spooky S'mores! :D

Price: $3.49 per box at Target
Calories: 120-140 per bar depending on flavor


  1. they look so good..why don't i have any cool bars? silly Australia always letting me down on the bar side of things

  2. Great review. I am a huge Z-bar fan. I've been eating them for a couple years now. The pb is my favorite, but I've never tried the bluberry! IF it's real blueberry in there, I should for sure give them a try.

  3. Those bars are the main reason why I want to live in the US.

    *Throwing a tantrum*

  4. the spooky smores is only avaiable i believe online, unfortunately. chocolate chip and honey graham are my favorites. try heating them in the microwave for 10 seconds or so-the icing melts a little and the bar is much more home-made cookieish :)

  5. I tried the spooky smores TODAY! It was VERY good! On sale too ;) I found mine at Kroger just FYI. I agree, it did taste similar to the chocolate chip, but it was still FANTASTIC!!

    Love these bars!!
    <3 jess

  6. I bought one once, but the low protein always keeps me from buying them again. You did remind me that I did like the taste of the one I bought. Good descriptions, too, about each of them!

  7. choocolate chip will and forever be my favorite flavor :)

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  9. I have actually never had a Zbar. Thanks for the review! :)

  10. I've never had any of them bars. There's no bars over in Europe and yet on US blogs they seems a big thing.
    I agree about the portion size though. Kids sizes are much more realistic and should probably be what adults eat.
    Thanks for the comment. I know this and yet it seems to have gotten worse.

  11. I have never tried these bars because they don't sell them in Canada :-( They only sell the adult ones.

  12. can you believe the only flavor I've never tried is the PB one? that should be a sin! I love the seasonal flavors -- have you tried spooky smores? amazing! I always stock up on them in the fall!

  13. I lovelovelovelovelove Z-bars. Like.. LOVE.
    I had the Spooky S'mores for the first time the other day...
    oh my God. it is amazing.
    Like Jenny, I always stock up on them.

    Great review :)
    Thanks for the motivation words you left me,

  14. You know, whenever I go to buy my zone bars I always look at these but have never gotten one. I am so picky - mostly I just don't like "hard" bars but Im glad I could finally see what it looks like inside the wrapper! Thanks! I am going on a plane today.. maybe I'll get one for my trip and finally try it out :) Thanks girlfriend!

  15. Hey, thanks for the birthday wishes! I'm glad you enjoyed my story from work. Even Wal-mart has its gems, apparently. Hope you're having a great weekend!

  16. Haha, I just read the comment I posted on this post...I'm such a baby xD

    But I didn't change my mind, this is the reason why I want to live in US!

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