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Food Review: Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie

You know Thanksgiving can't be too far off when you spy pumpkin pie flavored Clif Bars at your grocery store. Drawn in by the allure that surrounds special holiday flavored foods, I had to have a taste. Plus, I really love pumpkin pie. I was also curious if this flavor might make the cut as a healthy stocking stuffer, since Clif Bars are great for long rides and hikes.

Nutritionally speaking, the Spiced Pumpkin Pie lines up with all the other flavors of Clif Bars. However, this one has a thin coat of icing on one side, similar to Luna Bars, also made by Clif. I guess a bit of icing dresses up this energy bar and makes it seem a bit more festive.

To see what I thought of the flavor and the nutritional info,


Here is the list of ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifProTM (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunchTM (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto.

Serving Size One bar
Calories 240
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 140 mg
Carbs 45 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugar 23 g
Protein 10 g

Although I liked the taste of the Spiced Pumpkin Pie bar, the flavor seemed cloying after I had eaten only half of it. I gave the remaining half to my husband and he had a similar reaction. All in all, we were happy to share since the entire bar just seemed like too much in terms of taste. As always, just half of the bar fueled my run an hour after after eating, which is why I am a fan of Clif Bars. I am going to stick with the regular flavors and get my holiday flavor fix somewhere else. Have you been suckered into the seasonally flavored Clif Bars too? They come in Iced Gingerbread and Pear Apple Strudel as well. If you've tried them let me know what you think.

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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm a HUGE fan of Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax bars. Those and their Cherry Dark Chocolate bars are the best!
xxkrist24xx xxkrist24xx 8 years
And Clif peanut butter z-bars... mmmmmmmm!
xxkrist24xx xxkrist24xx 8 years
I like the Iced Gingerbread the most of the three... I think I was most excited for the Spiced Pumpkin Pie but it just didn't do it for me :(
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Yeah I agree with Haethre....Larabars rule.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
Oooo, I love the Iced Gingerbread bar, as well as the Chocolate Chip regular bar. I will HAVE to track down the Pear-Apple Strudel bar . . . I keep Clif bars at school so that if I forget to pack a lunch or somehow I end up at school for longer than expected I don't end up going and buying junk food out of the vending machine. I wouldn't say that a Clif bar is health food, but I figure that it's better than true junk food.
Haethre Haethre 8 years
Lara bars are the best bar none (haha). Seriously: they have 2-3 ingredients each (TOTAL) and range from 120-250 cals. Love them!!
lizzie008 lizzie008 8 years
These are so good and they are vegan! Also, the pear and Apple Strudel holiday flavor is good too. They also have an Iced Gingerbread. I like the new flavors because I needed a break from the original ones. Love Clif!!!
Scarlatina Scarlatina 8 years
I LOVE all of the Clif holiday flavors. I especially like the little white chocolate chips in the Pumpkin Pie flavor. Funny, but I've never noticed an odd taste.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
not a cliff bar fan, too much sodium.
nancita nancita 8 years
I can't help it: I love all of the holiday Clif Bars. They are like delicious holiday treats. I wish they'd do the same with Luna.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I love Clif's Z-Bars for kids. Especially the brownie ones. The normal Clif bars make me want to throw up, especially when I eat one during long bike rides. Luna bars feel like candy to me.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Got these several years ago, also the gingerbread. You WANT to like them but, similar to Fit's experience, they're just not 'right' when it comes to flavor. I wanted to love them. I just couldn't..they went along with some other shelf stable foods to a local food pantry.
tsp tsp 8 years
i actually really like luna bars, especially the chocolate pecan pie...which i guess falls into the "holiday flavor" thing, although i don't know if it's a "special" flavor. i would probably be tempted to try the clif spiced pumpkin pie and the other 2...i love the flavors of fall/winter! i have 2 days a week where i have group workouts that fall right around dinner time and last until almost 9. neither of those activities are ones i want to go into with a full belly, but both require something to keep my energy. i've recently gotten into the habit of eating a luna bar and some fruit in the late afternoon to replace my dinner on those days...and so i don't burn out on luna, having other options/flavors is a good thing.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
funny my older sis loves Luna bars and I love clif bars. i had switched to luna because of the lower calories but i still feel better after having even 1/2 a cliff bar. :) going to check these seasonal ones out.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Clif bars are the only energy bars that actually can replace a meal for me. Those suckers are dense!
bootcampfx bootcampfx 8 years
I've tried the pumpkin flavor Cliff bar. It's really quite good. :) The Luna bars, pretty much everyone I've ever tried, all taste like some sort of cardboard-sih, chalky, chemically-stuff. They are bad.
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