Mrs. May’s Mystifying Snack Stick

Mrs. May’s Mystifying Snack StickEver look at something and think you’re not going to like it – then you end up loving it – and wonder how you ever thought you’d hate it?

That just happened with Mrs. May’s Trio bar. Had one today at a meeting, where it was known from the outset that the best part of this meeting was going to be the snack you picked from the circulating snack bowl.

Since this meeting’s other blubber bowl options consisted of Corn Nuts and Nature Valley’s Fat & Sugar Bar, I’m obviously going with this previously unknown nuts and seeds and fruits bar. Mrs. May’s Trio Bar – interesting.

Now, I – like most Americans – dabble in the Costco devilwork from time to time. One impulse buy per trip. If you’ve been to Costco, you’ve likely seen – and fallen for – Mrs. May’s Naturals line of “Classic Crunches“: nut clusters that are deceptively healthy looking, but must be eaten in moderation due to the fact that they’re nut clusters. Good fat…but still, fat is fat – that stuff adds up fast.

Back to this Trio bar. A trio of what? Fat, sugar and wheat – à la the aforementioned Nature Valley Ubiquitous Bar? No. A trio of nuts, seeds and fruit. These things not only contain a trio of ingredients, but a trio of a variety of those trio of ingredients.

As fate would have it, I selected the Pomegranate Blueberry Trio Bar: 3 nuts, 3 seeds and 3 fruits. Ya right. This thing looked syrupy and shiny – the silver lining – these guys probably think sugar is a fruit, right?

But no, seriously – I got down and dirty with the ingredient list and they were all there (in order of appearance):

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Blueberries
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dates
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raisins

Count them: 3 types of nuts, 3 types of seeds, 3 types of fruit.

The thing was delicious – and since it tasted like it had 20 grams of sugar, I was pumped to see that this particular bar’s sugar capped at 8g – not angelic, but decent considering the sodium maxed out at a paltry 60 mg.

What’s the catch? Well, once you get over the 16 g of fat per bar tab, you’ll see this stick for what it’s really worth: a 230 calorie snack with 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. It’s going to keep you full between meals, it tastes good and it’s made from real food.

My only concern: why is it called Pomegranate Blueberry bar? I don’t see pomegranate listed as one of the three fruits. Further down the ingredient list, there’s “freeze dried pomegranate powder” – which seems a little disingenuous to use an end-of-the-ingredient-list ingredient in your “Pomegranate Blueberry Trio” bar.

So, Super Sleuth goes online – and notices – the Trio Bars product page features Blueberry Trio Bar. But no Pomegranate Blueberry Trio Bar. Now, either my meeting is stocking out-of-date product (plausible), or – Mrs. May’s changed their subbed their lineup. Which, if they did, good for them – get off that pomegranate train. If you want your antioxidants, eat blueberries. Or any fruit, or vegetable. And preferably one that doesn’t come juice-ified in a five dollar, needlessly refrigerated fancy bottle.

If you’re dying to know the answer to where the pomegranates went, I have submitted a query to Mrs. May’s about the switcharoo. (In addition to the question, “How do you pluralize Mrs. May’s’ ?”) Will keep you posted.

But in the meantime, any of these Trio Bars are a great go-to source of fiber for between-meal snacks. And, in summary, if you’re freaked out by 16 g of fat and 230 calories per bar – stick to your 100 calorie pack lingering hunger pangs, and leave the snacking to your momma, Mrs. May’s.

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