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October 9, 2013

The Charmed Bar

by Anne Paddock

Deb and Jen, the two “Charmed Girls” – one, a former kindergarten teacher and the other a sales professional in suburban Washington, DC – put their heads and hearts together to create the ultimate snack bar, the Charmed Bar:  a salty-sweet mélange of wholesome natural ingredients made without gluten, grains, dairy, soy, refined sugars and absolutely no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Unlike most energy bars on the market, the Charmed Bar is not date-based; nor are there any added sweeteners like agave syrup or brown rice syrup – not that there is anything wrong with these sweeteners; there isn’t but in a market flooded with energy bars containing these sweeteners as the first, second, or third ingredient, it’s refreshing to have an alternative bar that tastes (and looks) like it was made in Cinderella’s kitchen. Be forewarned though: the Charmed Bar sparkles and looks like a bar fit for a princess but many a Prince Charming has sworn undying allegiance after one bite.

The Charmed Bar comes in two varieties:

Almond Butter Cran-dipity: Made of honey, almond butter (dry roasted almonds), raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried sweetened cranberries (cranberries and apple juice concentrate), walnuts, coconut, and sea salt. The 1.76 ounce bar (50 grams) contains 240 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 15 grams of fat (from the nuts and seeds), and 17 grams of sugar (from the honey, raisins, and cranberries). Crunchy and chewy with the rich taste of premium nuts and dried fruits bound together with nature’s nectar: honey.Almond Butter Cran-ditpity

Peanut Butter Cherry-Licious: Made of honey, peanut butter (dry roasted peanuts), sunflower seeds, cashews, pecans, dates, dried cherries, coconut, and sea salt.  Each 1.76 ounce bar (50 grams) contains 230 calories, 5 grams of protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 15 grams of fat (from the nuts and seeds), and 18 grams of sugar (from the honey, dates, and cherries). Just as the name suggests:  a cherry-licious bar overflowing with nuts giving it a deeply satisfying crunchy chewy texture.Peanut Butter Cherry-licious

Each Charmed Bar is individually wrapped which makes the bar an ideal snack to carry in a backpack, purse, or briefcase. There are two ways to purchase the bars.  Use the locator service on the company website to find a store near you; or order the bars on-line directly from the company’s website: Charmed Bar is currently offering a promotion:  one of each bar for $7, postage paid, which is a great way to try the bars:  “Two’s a Charm,” as the Charmed Girls say. A box of ten bars is $30 plus shipping, also through the company website.

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