Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trader Joe's Cereal Bars

So I'm pretty sure ALL of you have been to a Trader Joe's before. It's kind of a food blogger rite of passage. No joke.

Anyway... A new one just opened up near me and I went with my mom to take a look. Kind of small, and there's a lot of space that isn't utilized, but still awesome. Especially the food!

I picked up these little boxes of love last week. I think they're one of my favorite bars ever! And don't you just love the title? This "Insert Fruit Here" Walks into a Bar. <3

I tried three flavors, fig, strawberry, and apple. All delicious by the way, but I loved fig the best. It tastes exactly like a healthy Fig Newton!

Fig: Nice and sweet, with that trademark fig crunch in the filling. I love those little seeds. :) I swear this one tastes exactly like a Fig Newton. I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference during a blind taste test.

Apple: Not as apple tasting as the Kashi bars, but still really good. The flavor just isn't as strong, which is good for some people. I found this one to be less sweet than the Fig for some reason. Buy this bar if you want a milder cereal bar.

Strawberry: I used to love the taste of strawberry a while ago, but now it's moved down on my list of fav fruits. I don't really know why... But anyway. This strawberry bar is definitely true to the fruit. It tastes like a squished up strawberry in a bar! I don't usually say that about bars because there's generally that fake fruit taste, but not this one.

The nutrition stats on these bars are pretty good, considering they're the cereal kind. With either 120 or 140 calories per bar, they can be an easy on-the-go snack. There are also around 2 or 2.5 grams of fat, 24-28 grams of carbs, 1 or 2 grams of dietary fiber and protein, and finally, around 17 grams of sugar. A little bit high on the sugar side, but nice for a treat once in a while.

Nutrition Facts for "This Fig Walked into a Bar..."
Serving Size: 1 Bar

Amount per Serving

Calories 120Calories from Fat 20

% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 75mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g2%

Vitamin C0%
Thiamin (B1)10%
Riboflavin (B2)10%
Niacin (B3)10%
Vitamin B610%
Folic Acid (Folate)10%
Vitamin B1210%

Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 15.0% Carbs 80.0%
Protein 3.3%

So there you have it! I really like Trader Joe's. I hadn't been to one in a long time, and it was a good experience. :)

Ooh! And I want some ideas on what else to incorporate into my blog... Any ideas? What do you guys think?

Price: $1.99 per 6 bar box
Calories: 120-140 depending on the flavor


  1. The teenager used to love these bars. But then he got sort of tired of them, and we haven't bought them in a long time...

    Have a great weekend! :)

  2. those look awesome- ill have to try them!


  3. i love the fig walks into a bar flavor! my favorite! :) and love the name too!! i always had these when i was a bit younger too :) like a fig newton only healthier :)
    they are so good crumbled in yogurt ;)


  4. no TJ's for me so I'll have to stick to the kashi ones :( tres sad!

  5. these look good, wish they had more fiber.
    i think you should add giveaways!! everyone loves those =)

  6. Thanks so much for the reviews! Love TJ'S ;)

    <3 jess

  7. haha i lovee the name, literally laughed out loud.
    i took my mom to trader joes today, her first time ever, and she made fun of me. she is obviously not a foodie blogger.

  8. These are awesomely priced at Trader Joe's, unfortunately they tasted too sweet for me. Great review. The Fig flavor is definitely a bloggy favorite.

  9. I don't have a TJs nearby! **Tear**

    I love your reviews! Are you wanting to incorporate something other than reviews? Hmm...what about reviews of different exercise moves or machines?

  10. I babysit a 2 y.o. who loves these bars!

  11. I love Trader Joe's and I'm jealous that you have a new one that opened close to you. Seriously, I have to drive at least 20 minutes to get to the nearest TJ's, and I hate it. But, it's worth it! I purchase these bars for Nick's lunches, specifically the blueberry ones. I like that they are free of HFCS, but I wish they had calcium like the Kellog's nutrigrain bars :( Sometimes I buy those instead simply for the calcium!

  12. Eliza and Maya just sent me the fig one! can't wait to try it!
    Glad you liked it, because I'm sure I'll love it too :)