Jan 6, 2009

Review - ANDI Bars

ANDI bars are protein bars made by the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI). According to their webpage, "ANDI Bars are Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-free, GMO-free, Free of artificial flavors, colors & preservatives." They are currently manufacturing the following four flavors: chocolate shake, peanut butter & jelly, blueberry muffin, & vanilla shake.

I tried two flavors - blueberry muffin which is pictured above and peanut butter and jelly. These are dense moist bars, which are surprisingly soft and easy to chew. They have an occasional crunch from the flax seeds. I love that they are high in protein and taste good!

The blueberry muffin bar did have the flavor of a blueberry muffin. I didn't taste much peanut butter in the peanut butter and jelly bar, so I think a better name would be jelly cookie bar. It seemed like just the right amount of jelly in the bar - not too sweet. The jelly in the bar is best described as seeds or tiny chips throughout the bar. Happily, it is not like a cereal bar filled with jelly. I think these bars would appeal to both kids and adults.

ANDI bars are not sold in any stores in Maryland. I ordered these two from glutenfree.com at a cost of $2.79 each. With the standard UPS ground shipping, I was thrilled to receive my order from glutenfree.com the day after it shipped, since they are located nearby in Virginia.

The bars can also be ordered directly from ANDI. I just ordered the multipack of 10 bars for $23.50. I chose the priority mail shipping for $6.50 as the phone rep informed me for ordering only one box priority mail is cheaper than Fedex. They also sell the bars individually for $2.35. The best price would be to order a box of 12 of one flavor (once you find your favorite) for $26.95.

It sounds like chocolate shake is their best seller. Chocolate shake is back ordered until February 16, 2009, however there are enough in stock right now to include it in the multi-pack. You might want to call and double check before ordering the multipack, so a substitution isn't made. I am excited to try the chocolate shake bar! I am very happy that I finally found a yummy gluten free protein bar!

Update - Jan. 11, 2008 - I tried the chocolate shake and vanilla shake bars. The chocolate shake is very good. The taste is similar to the Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco bars. The vanilla shake was okay, but I like the other three flavors much better. I am still trying to decide which flavor is my favorite!

Update - I received the following information from Lisa Lewis at ANDI after she read my posting:
"FYI, we are moving towards our own manufacturing with the next batch. The ingredients and recipes will not change, and the bars may look a little different but will weigh the same. Soon we'll be using printed film (still waiting on delivery of the film) and at that point I may have better luck getting it into the bigger stores. As of now, they are available only in some independently owned health food stores. If you know of such a place, take a bar in and ask them to contact me, as we do sell wholesale." Her email is LLewis@autismndi.com

1 comment:

christyrose said...

That's great, one of the struggles I'm having for my daughter is that the gluten free food almost always has 0 nutritional value! The only thing that stinks is that everything gluten free is SO expensive! Thanks again for your blog