Dec 16, 2009

Review: Zing Bars

Zing bars, created by four registered dietitians, are gluten-free and some flavors are also dairy-free and soy-free. Each bar contains between 10 and 13 grams of protein and 210 calories. Zing bars are low glycemic, made from 100% natural ingredients, and are tested for gluten.

Furthermore, we routinely subject all Zing flavors to gliadin analysis at an independent laboratory to verify their gluten free status. All Zing flavors test below 5ppm gliadin, which is the lowest amount detectable with current technology. In addition, the dairy free Cranberry Orange and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavors are routinely tested for milk protein. Let us know if you'd like to see copies of these laboratory tests.

All five flavors are good, but my favorites were oatmeal chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip. However, I am not sure these are the best names for these flavors since the oatmeal bar had very few chocolate chips and tasted like an oatmeal cookie. The peanut butter chocolate chip had lots of chips, but little peanut butter taste. Despite this, I enjoyed both flavors and would certainly buy them. The almond blueberry and cranberry orange were pleasantly flavorful.

The chocolate peanut butter is completely different from the other bars. It resembles a candy bar. It has a dark chocolate coating filled with peanut butter and crisps. The taste is fantastic, but it is more chewy than the other flavors.

I like several gluten-free protein bars. Zing bars are similar in size to ANDI bars, more filling than a Balance Pure bar, and less filling than a PureFit bar.

This review is based on a free Zing sampler pack I was sent to review. The Zing sampler pack for $13.95 is a great way to try each flavor or you can order the mixed box of Zing bars. All Zing boxes contain 12 bars and are regularly $31.95. They are on sale until December 25 for $29.95 and free holiday gift wrapping is available. Register to receive the Zing newsletter and coupons. Zing’s slogan is “Deliciously Different” and it is a very fitting slogan for these tasty bars!

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