When the original ProBar came out, I eagerly bought a few and loved ’em. The only problem was, they’re so big and calorically dense (370ish calories per bar), I could never finish the things. I must’ve wasted a couple dozen half-eaten bars. I’d discover ’em in hydration packs, pockets, etc., days later, and pitch ’em.
I was stoked when the folks at ProBar introduced their new “Halo” line. Smaller, both physically and calorically, they’re equally wholesome: no high-fructose corn syrup; no synthetic glop; plenty of organic seeds, nuts, fruits and grains. They come in four flavors (Rocky Road, S’Mores, Nutty Marshmallow, Honey Graham) and have 150 calories per bar–the perfect size to wolf on a chairlift, during a quick descent on the road bike, or in three big bites on a smoother section of singletrack.
They’re on the sweeter side of the spectrum. With brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice, expect more of a good-for-you candy bar than a gotta-choke-this-down hippy log. I’ve found I like them more in cooler temps than warmer–probably the sweetness factor, I’d imagine. That said, I’ve eaten them rock climbing, cycling, skate skiing, and yes, when I’m starving and didn’t have any “real” food around.
Bottom line, I’d give these a “go” if you’re an energy bar type of person. I like them because they’re small, fit in almost any pocket and they bridge the gap between my gluttonous desire for a candy bar and my good-sense desire to eat right. Great taste, super nutrition, and a good company!