Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wha Guru Chew

Name: Wha Guru Chew
Brand: Golden Temple of Oregon, Inc.
Place Purchased: Whole Foods
Price: $.79
Size: 1.13 oz
Calories per ounce: 140
Type: Caramel (Nuts)

Reading over the ingredients list, I’m wondering what this has to do with the Yogi Bhajan. But I suppose even the most enlightened among us wants a sweet now and then. While there’s nothing bad about these caramel nut bars, they contain no trans fat and use brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice instead of corn syrup, I’m struggling with the health food aspects of this. Aw hell, let’s just call it candy and be done with it.

These are fab. I can’t tell you how fab these are. The caramel is flavorful and soft, the nuts are fresh and crunchy and the smell is pure buttery sweetness. The only problem I have with them is that they’re very soft, so you taking them out of the package is nearly impossible and even getting the package open without scissors ended up too much of a challenge for me.

Cashew Vanilla - the right sweet notes of vanilla blended with buttery cashews. There are also sunflower seeds in here, which add an extra crunch and earthy taste to the bar to balance the sweetness of the caramel. A little touch of salt balances it all out.

Almond Ginger - it doesn’t smell quite as inviting as the cashew vanilla bar (I don’t think ginger smells that good inherently, as it has a rooty/earthy smell). But biting into this bar wipes away any hesitation that this bar will be as good as the former. The ginger pops out as a spicy base for the sugary caramel and the mild almonds. A slight trace of lemon zest links all the flavors together well.

Peanut Cashew - this one diverges from the recipe of the above two which are sweetened primarily with brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice. This is sweetened with clover honey (and barley malt syrup). This honey base makes for a less viscous caramel but really amps up the flavor. The first tone you get upon biting into it is a strong orange essence. In addition to the peanuts and cashews are sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Of the three this was my least favorite, though still worthy of trying.

Cashew Vanilla - 9 out of 10
Almond Ginger - 9 out of 10
Peanut Cashew - 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:27 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewCaramelChewsGingerNutsPeanuts8-Tasty9-YummyUnited States

  1. HI:

    I just heard about Guru chu on a national e-mail letter, and wanted to send a copy to you. You should sell them at Costco, Kirkland, WA.

    I lived in Eugene, so I think its cool you’re getting national exposure!!!

    Geri Marshall   grin)

    Comment by Geri Marshall on 4/27/07 at 12:04 pm #
  2. Just a comment on the “spiritual” aspect of these bars. According to the founding story, members of a commune were finishing up the daily batch of granola one early morning and discovered they had a portion of the syrup left over. Since they were on their way to a potluck later that day, they mixed in nuts and seeds and took the leftovers to the party. One of the attendees exclaimed “Wha Guru!” upon eating it.

    Spiritual tie-ins in this story—It is a funding source for a spiritual community. Golden Temple in fact still makes and sells the granola that were the original source. (My health food store sells it in the bulk section.) It is also a parable about waste not, want not, a spiritual principle ingrained in many faiths that have had to endure hard times. Finally, it is an expression of the delight the universe often provides after a day’s hard work is done.

    But it’s also candy. And a lovely reward after a long walk. wink

    Comment by Anne on 7/18/09 at 8:41 am #
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