Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Glutino Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Candy Bar

Glutino Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Candy BarFinding gluten free candy isn’t all that hard any longer, but a gluten free candy bar that also has a crispy cookie-like center? I’ll bet there are lots of folks looking for that.

The Glutino Gluten Free Candy Bar comes in Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate varieties. I couldn’t seem to find them in single serve purchase size so I had to buy a full box of them - which was $4.99. So I picked the dark chocolate ones since it appeared by the ingredients list that they’re also vegan.

The candy bar is rather simple, a potato-flour wafer stack with chocolate cream centers is covered with dark chocolate. It reminded me of the old Bar None except it doesn’t have crushed peanuts.

Glutino Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Candy Bar

The bar is crispy, the foamy wafers are rather flavorless but provide a rice cake type crunch. The cream in between is smooth and melts well; it’s more buttery and sweet than chocolatey. The chocolate coating is rather thick on the top and bottom so there’s a lot more chocolate than I expected. It’s nicely tempered, so it had its own crunch. The flavor was mellow, like semi-sweet chocolate chips - rather woodsy.

I liked them and for a gluten free and vegan bar it doesn’t taste like there are any compromises in there. Sure there are palm oils in the cream filling, so that’s something to be aware of but it is organic (I don’t know about the sustainability of organic palm oil). But as far as taste and texture profile, if you didn’t know it was gluten free, you wouldn’t know the difference.

As one bar is under an ounce, it’s not quite satisfying. The box was rather weird, as you can see from the top photo, it’s much taller than it needs to be so I’d say there’s an overpackaging issue (I wonder if they have standard size boxes and just kind of shrugged it off). So I felt a little duped by that. Also, the nutrition panel says that a bar has 140 calories. That doesn’t make sense to me. It’s less than an ounce, which should put it at about 110 or even 100 calories considering the fact that it has those fat-free wafers in there. Even a solid bar of dark chocolate has about 145 calories per ounce.

There are five bars in the box which cost $4.99, so the bars are expensive for something that’s a “snack size” and not a “dessert size”. I’ll finish the ones I have but unless I needed to have a bar that fit the gluten free parameter, I’ll probably stick with the Q.bel Double Dark.

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Name: Dark Chocolate Gluten Free Candy Bar
Place Purchased: Whole Foods (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $4.99
Size: .9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 156
Categories: All Natural, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, 7-Worth It, Israel

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:59 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewChocolateCookieKosher7-Worth ItIsraelWhole Foods

  1. Thank you SO much for posting a specifically gluten free product! You have GOT to try the bars on the link I posted! They are AMAZING! Not just for a gluten free product either!

    Comment by Amanda on 4/07/10 at 7:47 pm #
  2. The high calorie content may be due to the palm oil- it is often partially hydrogenated to reach a smooth, thick consistency.  This ups the calorie count, since fat is about 9 kcals/ gram.

    Comment by Anne Morrison on 5/04/10 at 10:40 am #
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