Enjoy Life Foods is a wonderful company that specializes in making delicious foods, free of all top 8 food allergens. Recently, they gave their followers on Facebook an opportunity to sample some of their new Decadent Soft-Baked bars, so I jumped at the chance! With a child who is allergic to 4 of the top 8 allergens, I rarely can find a granola or dessert bar that she can eat, let alone enjoy! Imagine my delight when I opened this:
Four full-sized boxes - how generous! All of the bars were nice and moist, with a lovely icing drizzle on top. In my opinion, they are not too small or too large - just the right size for a treat.
Here are our thoughts on the 4 flavors:
This bar could not be sampled by my daughter because she is severely allergic to sunflower seeds. So, I gave some to a friend whose son has several food allergies, not including sunflower seeds. He really liked them, but he thought they would be better with chocolate chips. He preferred to eat them with extra melted chocolate chips on top (Enjoy Life, of course). In my opinion, the SunButter does give the bars a nice peanut butter-like flavor.
This one was my daughter's favorite. It was very moist and had a wonderful cinnamon flavor. It really did taste like a cinnamon bun. She went through this box the fastest. If I were to buy some of these Decadent Bars for her, this is the flavor I would choose.
My daughter did not like these at all - not because they were bad, but because they actually tasted like cherry cobbler. She is not a fan of fruit in her desserts, especially cherries. Actually, she probably gets it from me. I have never liked any cherry desserts myself. I tasted them as well, and I thought they really tasted like cherry cobbler. Again, not my favorite, but if you're a fan of cherry desserts you will enjoy these.
This bar was the driest of the four, albeit still soft. You can even see the difference in the picture, compared to the other three. They do contain some Enjoy Life graham crackers, so perhaps that contributes to the dryness. It did have a nice mild chocolate flavor. I kind of wish they had some actual little marshmallows in them.
Here's an example 'Nutrition Facts' from the Cherry Cobbler bar. As you can see, the bars do have a modest amount of sugar and very little vitamins or minerals, but they are full of real ingredients, including dried fruit and quinoa flakes. I certainly would not consider them nutritional bars, but they sure are a nice treat, especially for those with allergies who rarely have the opportunity to indulge in such a thing.
These bars would be a great option for a party, and they could be cut into smaller pieces and served on a cookie tray. You can purchase them at your local grocery or natural foods store or online.