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#91444 - 02/26/08 09:45 AM Best energy bars
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I have tried many energy bars out there. The one that I like the most is cliff bars.

Just wanna know what everyone else likes. And would like to try something new if there is one out there.

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#91445 - 02/26/08 09:50 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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MET RX Big 100 meal replacements are great for a filling snack, or even for a cold breakfast when you're too lazy too cook up some oatmeal.

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#91446 - 02/26/08 10:50 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: bryanonfilm]
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Do Snickers count as energy bars? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

I also enjoy Cliff bars, but mainly I eat Snickers.

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#91447 - 02/26/08 12:41 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I make my own with a recipe from the book Lipsmackin Vegetarian by Christine Conners.
They are the Oasis Fruit Bars and are as good as Snickers.

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#91448 - 02/26/08 12:48 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I prefer Mojo Bar from Clif. Usually crave more savory then sweet and most other bars are on the sweet side. The Nature Valley Sweet and Salty brand are pretty good too.

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#91449 - 02/26/08 12:48 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I've consumed a lot of energy bars in my day (training for marathons etc). In my experience the most important thing about eating energy bars is variety. If you have to consume any significant quantity of one type of bar your enjoyment of the trip is going to go down. I can eat one cliff bar or one power bar a day, not more. And if I have to be eating them again tomorrow then I want to switch both flavors and brands. Why brands? Because all bars from the same brand have pretty much the same texture and that gets tiresome.

The latest new thing is probar. I tried one the other day and they taste good and have every indication of being more nutritious because they are not baked. They are essentially fruits and nuts pressed together into a bar. Since they are less processed I would guess that they are better for me. But they are not cheap and at the end of the day you have to ask yourself, "gee, why don't I just pack the dried fruits and nuts myself?".

Here's another thing to consider. Different energy bars are designed for different purposes. Power bars, for instance, are aimed at distance runners who are running out of energy during a long race. As a result they are mostly carbs, not the simplest carbs (pure sugar) but a slightly more complex carb made from rice. Other bars like the probar have lots of nuts which means fats and proteins. Now you need all three to hike: carbs, fats, and proteins. But they digest differently. If you need to fuel up quick you need a high carb bar. So I might eat a power bar when I begin to feel shaky because that will get sugars to my muscles quickly. If I eat a bar with more fats like a probar then I will need some time for it to digest.

Does that help?

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#91450 - 02/26/08 01:16 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Ender beat me to it. I was going to menation that this topic has been covered before and someone pointed out that when you match up the nutrients and sorted other things in all of the power bars and meal-replacement bars, Snickers came out near the top just the same.

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#91451 - 02/26/08 03:17 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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My wife and oldest daughter found me something called "golean"bars.Like an energy bar dipped in chopped nuts.12g of protein 6g fiber all natural.Taste good, and very filling.Lot of vitamins added.Not quite as filling as a cliff, but maybe a bit better taste.

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#91452 - 02/26/08 04:12 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: blazer209]
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Won't the chocolate coating of Snickers bars melt on summer backpacks?

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#91453 - 02/26/08 04:41 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I like Pemmican bars; they're big & brownie-like, very filling, but not too sweet. They have lots of calories and fiber, but like many other energy bars they can get heavy if you pack too many per day. I eat them more often for lunch than for dessert.

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#91454 - 02/26/08 04:50 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Ender]
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Quote:
Do Snickers count as energy bars? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />


Absolutely <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />; Though, I'm partial to BabyRuths, sometimes Snickers find their way into my pack too.

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#91455 - 02/26/08 04:53 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Clif bars were the first I found that I liked, though I prefer the ones without chocolate. It just never seems to taste right. Oatmeal Raisin Walnut and Black Cherry Almond are my two personal favorites of the ones I have tried.

I also like the Balance Bar Bares and most other Balance Bars.

Snickers is also a favorite.

Adam

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#91456 - 02/26/08 05:42 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I mostly eat food rather than bars, but I usually pack some Nature Valley granola bars. I have tried Clif bars and like 'em well enough - but they seem mighty pricey to me at a buck a throw.

On a long hike I often put in one or two Bear Valley Pemmican bars as my backup emergency rations. These are a bit dry with a slightly grainy texture, but they are incredibly filling and very nutritious, and one bar equals about half a full meal.

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#91457 - 02/26/08 05:55 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Lara Bars 100% organic, Jocalat which have one non organic ingredient, Pemmican bars, Lifeboat ration bars, mostly coconut <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> the rest freeze and taste like old tires to me, after trying the above Cliff bars taste way too sweet to me <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
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#91458 - 02/26/08 07:00 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Earthling]
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Quote:
Lara Bars 100% organic
I agree with Earthling here. One of the tastiest energy bars I've eaten recently is the Cherry Pie Lara Bar. Absolutely Delicious!! You've all got to try it.

I also like ProBar, especially the SuperFood. It has a full days supply of vegetables along with about 60 other ingredients, uses whole food (no processing), uses 100% raw ingredience, is 95% organic, and is 100% vegan. It tastes like Rasberry/Chocolate, has 17 grams of good fats, is almost 4 oz (twice the size of Clif but also costs twice as much), and is the most complete bar I've eaten. Tasteeee <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


Edited by jasonlivy (04/26/08 12:47 AM)
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#91459 - 02/26/08 07:01 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: totempole99]
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I generally prefer Clif bars, but I try not to make them a regular habit, and I save them for strenuous times. One good point is the stout packaging. Their wrappers live forever in the bottom of my pack, etc. without abrading and wearing tlhrough. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#91460 - 02/26/08 07:03 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: oldranger]
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And that folks is how you live to be an old ranger, nutritionists take note <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#91461 - 02/26/08 07:08 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Earthling]
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well, that, and an inordinate amount of good luck... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#91462 - 02/26/08 08:11 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Baby ruth and almond snickers energy bars for me <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#91463 - 02/27/08 08:08 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: ernda]
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ďWon't the chocolate coating of Snickers bars melt on summer backpacks?Ē

Nope. Not the Marathon Snickerís bar. Iíve eaten this in 100F heat.
These are very good. There are 3 different flavors. Theyíre cheapest in bulk at Samís Club ($0.70 each).

When itís hot, the chocolate still stays together even when taking the wrapper off. They have a 14g protein and a 28g protein version. I think the 14g one tastes the best. See http://www.snickersmarathon.com/products/energy.asp?bar=1b for nutri info.

Why isnít this thread in the food section?

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#91464 - 02/27/08 09:04 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: BarryP]
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One trick I've learned for melted Snickers bars... when you fill up your water bottle with cool water, throw the Snickers bar in there, wrapper and all. After a few minutes in the cool water, the chocolate cools down enough and becomes hard again. Then you can open the Snickers without fear of getting a chocolate moustache <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

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#91465 - 02/28/08 10:43 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: BarryP]
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Quote:
ďWon't the chocolate coating of Snickers bars melt on summer backpacks?Ē

Nope. Not the Marathon Snickerís bar. Iíve eaten this in 100F heat.
These are very good. There are 3 different flavors. Theyíre cheapest in bulk at Samís Club ($0.70 each).

When itís hot, the chocolate still stays together even when taking the wrapper off. They have a 14g protein and a 28g protein version. I think the 14g one tastes the best. See http://www.snickersmarathon.com/products/energy.asp?bar=1b for nutri info.

Why isnít this thread in the food section?

-Barry


I was just thinking the same thing BarryP, wow, great minds do think alike, even if one of them still wears boots <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

I think Mars makes them with their Tropical Chocolate formula which has mor wax in it to keep the chocolate from melting in the heat, like the old Heresey's bars in US Army rations <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />
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#91466 - 02/28/08 06:21 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I mentioned that I really like the taste of ProBars. I thought I would list Probar SuperFood Bar's ingredients (pretty impressive list):

-organic rolled oats
-organic peanut butter
-organic brown rice
-organic raisins
-organic dates
-grain sweetened dark chocolate chips (whole grain malted barley and corn, unsweetened cocoa, soy lecithin, pure natural vanilla)
-organic raw sunflower seeds
-organic raw coconut
-organic rolled rye
-Superfood Blend (shelled hemp seed, organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic oat grass and organic alfalfa powders)
-organic Sambazon acai powder
-raw organic brown flax seed
-raw cashews
-raw organic brown sesame seed
-organic evaporated cane juice
-pineapple
-papaya
-organic soy oil
-expeller pressed canola oil
-raspberry puree
-raw brazil nuts
-raw pumpkin seed
-organic brown crisp rice (organic brown rice flour, organic molasses, sea salt)
-corn flakes (milled corn, barley malt syrup)
-almonds
-oat bran
-organic oat solids
-apples
-epazote leaf
-organic cardamom seed
-organic fennel seed
-organic fenugreek seed
-organic nutmeg
-natural orange oil
-natural vitamin E

Calories: 350
Total Fat: 17g
Sodium: 30mg
Potassium: 150mg
Total Carbs: 46g
-Fiber: 6g
-sugar: 30g
Protein: 9g


All the ingredients are raw, are hand mixed (unprocessed), formed into the squares then packaged. These ingredients comprise a 4 oz. bar. Pretty amazing.
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#91467 - 02/28/08 06:23 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: jasonlivy]
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Nice jason, thanks have to look for those too <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#91468 - 02/28/08 06:42 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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I like Tigers milk bars and clif. But I can't eat any of them too often. I also sometimes make my own with rolled oats, a little whole wheat flour, brown rice syrup and either choc. chips or dried blueberries. Pretty good but don't keep very long.

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#91469 - 02/28/08 09:20 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Big Sur bars. Hands down, 100%, nothing else comes close. But beware, the pack a wallop -- 339 calories a serving, 2 servings a bar! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

The great thing about them is that they can be frozen, so buy several at a time when you find them on sale! Just thaw them out before your next trip.
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#91470 - 03/06/08 07:48 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Another vote for Pro Bars.

I use them for meals when I'm doing the intercontinental flight thing, and they are my preferred energy bar for hiking and climbing. I think they taste great, except for the Cran Lemon Twister which is too tart for me, and they don't screw with my plumbing the way Clif bars tend to these days...

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#91471 - 03/06/08 11:48 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: jshannon]
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Sloth say : "Babyyyyyyyyyy Ruthhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!" <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#91472 - 03/07/08 09:13 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: demo]
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I was wondering when someone was going to mention these. I ordered some one time based on reading about them over at BPL. They are really good, and they are huge. Kinda like a small brick. You could actually probably eat one for lunch and get full.

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#91473 - 03/11/08 08:15 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Berserker]
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Thanks. I just tried a Pro Bar last night. Mothers Market in So Cal carries them. Very tasty. I will definitely put some in my pack on my next trip.

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#91474 - 03/11/08 08:58 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Usually I just buy some type of crunchy granola bar from albertsons. Crunchy is a must in winter because chewy bars freeze and also crunchy is very to eat (doesn't require much chewing).

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#91475 - 03/12/08 05:11 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Are you guys paying 3.29 for one of those Superfood Bars?
I think I would have to make my own at that price.

I eat Clif Bars and Snickers. For some reason the combination of a a Clif Bar and a bite sized Snickers seems to work very good for me as a snack. I started doing this to get rid of halloween snickers that were left over and after the snickers were gone I went back to the old Clif by itself. But I noticed that it just did not seem to have the same 'punch for lunch'. Not sure why this combo and my metabolism seem to function so well toghether.

Snickers. Right on.

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#91476 - 03/14/08 04:06 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: hootyhoo]
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What Hooty Hoo said.

Cliff Bars are my 1st choice but nibbling on a Snickers trail bar while eating a Cliff Bar is very delicious...if one can use that word in the same breath as energy bars.

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#91477 - 03/14/08 05:19 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: 300winmag]
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I vote for snickers for quick energy. Some people consider sugar "the white death", but what a way to go. BTW add some granola and dark chocolat for balance. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#91478 - 03/14/08 11:10 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: movingmountain]
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Pro Bars are good as well, but I was talking about Big Sur bars. Better, if you ask me.
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#91479 - 03/15/08 01:27 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: 300winmag]
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Of course you can use the word snickers and energy bar in the same sentence!

See my commentary on my picture here:

http://bofh.cns.ualberta.ca/beck/pictures/turbine2007/p9150015.html

I also find myself mixing mars/snickers with clif bars for a bit of variety yet cheaper than all clif bars <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#91480 - 03/15/08 06:43 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: oldranger]
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The main downside of energy bars is that they are so darn expensive...$2+ each for about 3 oz or so....just crazy but I keep paying it.


Edited by tchiker (03/15/08 06:43 PM)

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#91481 - 03/15/08 07:59 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: tchiker]
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I get mine at Trader Joe's - 99c for the standard Cliff bar. A lot of people recommend fig newtons as a cheaper equivalent to an energy bar - just not as durable. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#91482 - 03/18/08 08:42 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: oldranger]
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My compulsive nature took over and I tried a Big Sur bar. Very good, big, tasty, more like a dessert, it is that good. The bar is 5 oz. 660 calories and very filling. If you live in So Cal, Mothers Market carries the Big Sur and the Pro Bar.

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#91483 - 03/20/08 04:58 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: movingmountain]
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Fig Newtons are good, though I wish they would lose the crappy ingredients.

I love the Gingerbread flavor Clif bars, but they are only available around the holidays.
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#91484 - 03/20/08 07:49 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: jasonlivy]
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I also vote with Jason for the Lara Bar, again with the Cherry one the most addicting. When you buy them in bulk at Costco, you get stuck with the other two flavors that aren't nearly as good -- make sure your trailmate gets those. On my last trip to Costco I couldn't find Lara Bars, and they had something called a Trio -- a vegan bar that looked like a Lara -- in its place.
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#91485 - 03/21/08 04:56 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Thanks everyone for their replies. I think a majority of everyone like the cliff bars.

Had to admit that I love that peanut flavor cliff bar and its about $1 for each one.
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#91486 - 08/14/08 02:58 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Another to add to the list:
Iíve been trying a new bar (Chocolate peanut butter and the fudge graham) http://zoneperfect.com/products_bars.aspx for the past 4 months. Some nutri info here: http://zoneperfect.com/products_bar_peanut_butter.aspx

They come to about 70Ę each in bulk at Samís club.

They are so good. They taste like a nice good soft candy bar but with all the fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals loaded. I did not get sick of them on multiday trips. I could easily eat 2 bars for a snack/meal.

They do melt a bit more than my marathon snicker bars but this was not a problem as I just licked the wrapper clean.

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#91487 - 08/14/08 05:47 PM Re: Best energy bars [Re: BarryP]
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"They do melt a bit more than my marathon snicker bars but this was not a problem as I just licked the wrapper clean."

A man on the same thought train.

# 1 NEVER waste chocolate.

# 2 It took plenty of energy to drag my food and sorry self to wherever. Don't waste a bit of it!
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#91488 - 09/02/08 02:15 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Bear Valley bars are my favorite, about $1.10 ea. when you buy a bx. of 12.

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#91489 - 09/02/08 08:00 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Backpackingtrip]
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Do any of the 'energy' bars provide an energy boost? The ones I've checked out didn't seem very calorie dense although some were more balanced than a candy bar. Do any of them beat the calorie content of, e.g., mixed nuts (~160-170c/oz)?

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#91490 - 09/02/08 08:06 AM Re: Best energy bars [Re: Fiddleback]
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IMO, most of 'em do because they contain some sugar and carbs. sugar gets into you the fastest, so if you want an energy boost quick, that's what you want. Nuts and sausage have a higher calorie content per unit weight because they contain lots of fat - in the context of
having energy this isn't a bad thing - but while the fat in these will eventually give you energy, it won't do it as quickly as a good old fashioned sugar rush. Hence my reason for carrying high sugar
energy bar snacks (Hey, a mars bar even says "energy bar" on it <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> along with nuts and sausage and dried fruit. I find I do well with small snackings on those nuts and the like with the occasional sugar
boost of a candy bar.
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