Battle of the Bars

G’evening eaters!
It’s been another long ass day on my end. But I knew this week was going to be a killer, so I can’t complain.
How are you doing? Better than I, hopefully.
But enough small talk. I’ve got a whole boatload of information to throw at you. Ready?
You better be!
Recently two fun companies contacted me about sampling their products. What makes them fun, you ask?
They’re both customizable bar companies! And honestly, who doesn’t love customizing their own bars? It’s like making your own from scratch without actually having to make them from scratch.
You know this ‘Baby jumped all over that chance (despite the fact that I have absolutely no self-control around bars of any kind).
So I got a package from YouBar:
With some of their most popular bars.
I also got a package from Element Bars:
With a small mountain of dangerous delicious looking bars, both their regular line and their new Endurance line.
With two companies so seemingly simple, I really have no other choice but to have a
Battle of the Bars!
Rawr grrr gah!
(That was supposed to sound intimidating and cool.)
These two boxes of bars will face off to see which bar is worthy of your mouth.
Round 1: Gooey bars
Both companies sent me a date-based bar, which normally, I’m not a fan of. Date bars usually don’t have enough texture for me.
YouBar: Great Date with Chocolate
This was like a gooey brownie. Not much texture, but oh boy did I love licking it off my fingers.
Element Bar: The Cherry Dates Nuts
This was a lot like a Larabar — a mix of dates and nuts. It was good, but not great, simply because I’m not a huge Larabar fan. (Please don’t tar and feather me now.)
So, round 1 goes to YouBar.
Round 2: Crunchy bars
YouBar: Honey Cashew
This was the only bar they sent me with any cereal so it was my only chance to see their base : cereal ratio. And frankly…it wasn’t on target for me. There was a little too much cashew butter and not quite enough “nutty rice cereal” for my taste.
Element Bar: Cranberry Crunch
This bar was made with their “little crunch” base, and whoa boy that was a lot of texture! It was like a Luna Bar (which I LOVE) though not nearly as sweet.
Needless to say, round 2 goes to Element.
Round 3: Breakfast bars
YouBar: Breakfast Bar
Unfortunately, this bar had egg white powder, so I gave the sampling to a friend. According to them it was tasty, with a good hint of coffee without being bitter.  Frankly, I think the cinnamon is a bit out of place, but that’s just me. And based on the look, you can tell it’s another gooey one.
Element Bar: Blueberry Repair
Okay, this one isn’t specifically a breakfast bar, but the name makes me think of a blueberry muffin, so let’s go with it. The chewy base boasted plenty of blueberries and crunchy almonds. It didn’t taste like a blueberry muffin, but I wouldn’t mind waking up to it.  
It might be unfair to call this round, since I didn’t actually eat both, but I think I can safely say that Element Bar would have taken it for me.
Round 4: Face off.
I created a bar on each website using each sites equivalent offerings to see how they stacked up.
The bar — peanut butter and “crispy” base with dried apricots, dried blueberries, flax seeds, cashews, brown rice syrup, and soy protein.
YouBar: Offered organic peanut butter, flax seeds, and brown rice syrup. Nutrition stats — 224 cals, 12 g fats, 18 g carbs, 11 g protein. They’re sold in boxes of 13 for $38.87, which comes to $2.99 each bar.
Element Bar:
Offered organic apricots and flax seeds. Nutrition stats — 215 cals, 8.4 g fat, 24.6 g carbs, 11.8 g protein. They’re sold in boxes of 12 for $35.88, which comes to $2.99 each bar.
While I like the higher number of organic offerings (and more variety in general) from YouBar, I do like the lower calories from Element Bar, simply because I like lighter snacks. But a measly 10 calories isn’t enough to win the round (even though I do much prefer their packaging).
Therefore round 4 goes to YouBar.
So there you have it, eaters, a draw. I know, I know, not much of a blood bath. But even if I had declared a winner it would simply be on my bias towards crunch over chew. And I know that there are lots of Larabar lovers out there, so you probably wouldn’t agree with me anyway.
Instead, try them for yourself. (And if you do decide to try YouBar, enter “FBB10” during checkout to receive 10% off your order.) Or make your own. Or come eat what I have left. Because these bars are dangerously calling my name right now. But so is my bathing suit.
And that, eaters, is a real battle to the death.
G’night, eaters.


  1. Stacy Schweigler says:

    I made a youbar that I was excited about,then noticed that you definitely need water with it,I don’t eat nuts so didn’t add those but this had cherryand egg white(my stomach has a hard timewith whey)and I don’t want to be eating tins of soy products. They are expansive inside my mouthand I probably added too much fibre because it takes awhile to pass these.

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