I had an unexpected pleasure the other day. I was asked if I would review Nakd Gluten Free Foods cold pressed nut and fruit bars. There is supposed to be an accent over the 'a' but I havent figured out how to add one.
I had never tried them before as I tend to make my own handbag foods, or if I need to buy something I have always bought the Eat Natural fruit, nut and seed bars.
A mixed box of bars arrived shortly after. I didn't try them straight away as I was a bit glutened, then I had to go and look after a sick grandchild, caught her germ...anyways, today I tried the whole range.
I got sent an astonishing range of different flavoured bars:
rhubarb and custard
They all say "Yummy raw fruit and nut bar" and are gluten, wheat and dairy free. Most of them are made with dates and cashews and a few other things like cocoa, spices, pecans and unspecified natural flavours.
The packs are a neat small size, and would be good to keep in a pocket or handbag for munching while out. I found them quite difficult to open, but eventually figured that you have to open out the seam and grasp firmly at the middle and tug. I haven't tried it with chilly fingers at an outdoor event, or with gloves on - they would be good on skiing trips so maybe I'll test this aspect next season. They do have the advantage that the writing is clear and easy to read - the Eat Natural bars, in contrast, are not all gf and you have to open the seam flap and peer carefuly to check each flavour.
My first impression was 'how weird!'. They are smashed nuts and fruit squished together. I thought, 'why eat smushed fruit and nuts rather than a handful of whole nuts and fruit?' - I still have reasonable teeth. Then it occurred to me that this is a tidy way of eating nuts and fruit and it can be done without having to touch the food. This is always a useful aspect when trying to avoid gluten contamination. They are also quiet to eat, so if you are munching in a library or other spot where discretion is useful they would be very suitable though the packaging itself makes a bit of a noise.
The first two bars I tried didn't seem to have much flavour difference, but today I opened one of each and tried them one after the other. Some of the flavours are totally weird, like the rhubarb and custard, but I reckon that this means that everyone could find at least one flavour they liked.
The bars are vegan, have no added sugars or syrups, and each one gives you one of your portions of fruit for the day. Handy little things - if you try one and don't like the flavour try a different one. They certainly have a wider flavour range than any other snack I have encountered that can be eaten by coeliacs and others with gluten intolerance. And if you lose all your teeth you won't have to find someone to chew your food for you!
throwing the box away I noticed the text on the bottom:
"Hello, Gorgeous. Fancy meeting you here. You are aware, of course, that you have this box upside down. We salute your curiosity and suggest better reading can be found at EATNAKD.COM"