Maya Pure Organic Chocolate Food Bar
1.70 ounces (48 grams)
Please note the word "food" in the title. This isn't a chocolate bar, it's a chocolate food bar -- in other words, a snack bar that's chocolate flavored. However, in this case, we're talking about something quite distinct from most of the lord-knows-what's-in-them food bars on supermarket shelves.
Larabar's "Maya" line of food bars may sound as if it's another of those chocolate bars that's touched up with spices in an attempt to make it taste like marketers assume the original Central American chocolates might have tasted (once they were smoothed out for a broader market, of course). Instead, this is a plain chocolate food bar. No peppers. No odd spices.
What makes it special is the organic nature of the food and simplicity of the ingredient list. What's in here is dates, almonds, walnuts, cacao, and cashews -- all organic. Nothing else. No preservatives, no binding agents. The whole thing is kosher, gluten-free, and vegan. Better than that, it's good.
If you're having one of these out on the trail (and I visualize all those organic vegan types as fit folks wearing shorts as they hike through pine-choked canyons), be sure to crack the canteen first, because the date content isn't enough to keep the bar from being a little dry in the mouth. Otherwise, indulge in this chocolate bar and stay true to your lifestyle.
The only thing I don't like about this bar is the price. At $2 retail, it's a bit of a stretch for a day to day snack. Still, the bar was good enough that I expect I'll extend my snack budget on a semi-regular basis.
The Larabar Maya Pure Organic Chocolate Food Bar scores 5 beanies out of 5 (*****).