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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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