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June 15, 2013

Mom’s Organic Munchies

by Anne Paddock

Mom’s Organic MunchiesKrunch Bars, Choco Fit Bars, On The Go Bars, and the Cookies – will make you stop in your tracks, pause, and grin with delight because Mom’s Organic Munchies are the best tasting new snack bars on the market – not an easy award to achieve in a society where everyone seems to be packing a bar. I don’t just like these bars; I love them. And, I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I hide them in the refrigerator so no one else finds them. Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free, Mom’s Organic Munchies are a healthy but decadent snack bar.

Packaged in transparent clear plastic with just a simple label, Mom’s Organic Munchies are not like the dozens of slick energy bars found in the bar section of your favorite grocery or health food store where the best part of the bar is the glossy sophisticated bright packaging.  No, Mom’s has a transparency to the packaging that not only showcases the amazing ingredients but also  reflects the company’s commitment to only make bars from scratch using the highest quality organic and all natural ingredients.

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Betty Crush, founder and CEO of Mom’s Organic Munchies of Freeport, Maine had a series of health issues that caused her to change her eating habits although she didn’t want to give up taste for nutrition. After lots of experimentation and taste testings, she came up with bars that are absolutely delicious but also extremely nutritious.

148538_167476119952735_7318819_nWhen I first saw Mom’s Organic Munchie Bars at Whole Foods, I glanced at the packaging and moved on. Twenty minutes later when my vegan daughter reconnected with me at the check-out line with all the food products she wanted, she had a Mom’s Krunch Bar in the pile. As soon as we got home, she opened the bar, took a bite, and immediately said “Mom, you’re going to love this bar.” And, she was right. Crunchy but moist and full of nuts and dried fruit held together with almond and cashew butter, the Krunch Bar is truly wonderful – a bar among bars. The next day I went back to Whole Foods and bought the other varieties of Mom’s bars and admit, I really love every one of them:

DSC_0069Krunch Bar: Made of organic gluten-free brown rice crisps, organic almond butter, organic cashew butter, organic raw agave, organic dried cranberries, organic dried apples, organic pumpkin seeds, organic walnuts, organic almonds, organic sunflower seeds, and organic cinnamon. Each 1.6 ounce bar has 250 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 75 mg of sodium, and 18 grams of fat (attributable to the nuts and nut butters).

The Choco Fit Almond Sea Salt Bar: Made of pure dark chocolate (99%), organic raw coconut butter, organic cashew butter, organic raw blue agave nectar, organic roasted almonds, vanilla, and Maine sea salt. If I could only have one bar on an island, this is what I would choose. I eat one of these nearly every day and call it my $4 a day habit. Each 2-ounce bar contains 260 calories, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar (really!), 5  mg of sodium, and 24 grams of fat (primarily from the nut butters).

The Choco Fit Espresso Bar: Made of pure dark chocolate (99%), organic almond butter, organic raw coconut butter, organic espresso beans, organic raw sunflower seeds, organic raw pumpkin seeds, organic raw walnuts, organic raw almonds, and espresso beans.Each 2.0 ounce bar contains 260 calories, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 5 mg of sodium, and 24 grams of fat (primarily from the coconut butter, seeds, and nuts).

On The Go Goji Pistachio: Made of organic almond butter, organic cashew butter, organic raw coconut butter, organic raw blue agave, organic raw pumpkin seeds, organic raw sunflower seeds, organic raw almonds, organic raw walnuts, organic raw pistachios, and organic raw goji berries. Each 2.1 ounce bar contains 280 calories, 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 5 mg of sodium, and 21 grams of fat (from the nut butters, seeds, and nuts). Store and eat this one directly from the freezer.

Skinny Mint Cookie: Mom’s answer to the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie contains gluten-free flour mix (garbanzo/fava bean flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, white sorghum flour), organic evaporated cane juice, organic unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened applesauce, chocolate (dairy, gluten, and soy-free), organic canola oil, arrowroot, xanthan gum, baking soda, organic peppermint oil, vanilla, and Maine sea salt. Each 1.5 ounce cookie contains 190 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, 170 mg of sodium, and 10 grams of fat.

Choco Chunk Hemp Cookie: The all American chocolate chip cookie reconfigured to include almond meal, coconut crystals, raw agave, vanilla, almond extract, pink Himalayan salt, baking soda – with Mom’s Almond Sea Salt Bar as the chocolate chunks. Each 1.5 ounce cookie has 230 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, 95 grams of sodium, and 19 grams of fat (primarily from the almond meal, coconut, and dark chocolate chunks).

The bars sell for about $4 each and the Skinny Mint Cookie is $3, expensive but so incredibly delicious that I would rather have one of Mom’s Organic Munchie bars than two or three of another brand. The individual bars can be purchased at the fine grocers and health food stores throughout New England and the northeast region of Whole Foods.

These bars won’t be found in the energy bar aisle; instead Mom’s Organic Munchie Bars are in the “grab and go” refrigerated prepared foods section of a Whole Foods if you’re lucky enough to be in New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut. The bars and cookies can also be purchased directly from “Mom” in Freeport, Maine via the company website. If ordered directly from the company, the bars are sold by the dozen for about $48 and the cookies are $36 for a dozen. At Whole Foods, a 10% case discount is given for a case (12 bars) purchase.

Truly these are the stand out bars of the year! As my daughter reminds me, don’t judge a book by its cover – it’s what inside that counts.

Mom’s Organic Munchies

www.momsorganicmunchies.com

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