I picked these up while looking for healthy snacks to eat between meals while cutting back after Christmas. I have a terrible sweet tooth and some kind of chocolate is essential but I'm getting tired of 85% dark chocolate and wanted something I could replace it with.
The bar contains 210 calories each and is supposed to replace one meal a day. I had one for breakfast and didn't feel any way full - in fact I ate another one (making 420 calories) but it didn't help. It was hard not to reach for a third! Normally I have 2 eggs for breakfast - usually as a vegetable omlette and that will keep me going until late morning. The problem with sweet foods like these is they are not very filling. You need protein and fat to fill you up and this bar was pretty light on those (22% protein and 8% fat).
Old school nutrition theory is still being used in the composition of this bar - high carb and low fat; while more modern research shows that good quality fat and protein is much better for weight loss and general health. High carb is more likely to put fat on!
The other problem for me is that the bar contains all three of the major allergens that a large number of people are affected by - Gluten, Dairy and Soy. Soy has been shown to slow down the thyroid in some people, hence making them gain weight.
People would be better to go online and search for recipes for healthy bars - using coconut oil (which helps to boost metabolism naturally and has numerous health benefits) dark chocolate, nuts for crunch and maybe a natural herbal sweetener like stevia.
Studies have shown that on a diet of 1500 calories of only carbs - people will not lose weight - but a diet of 1500 calories of only fat they will lose several lbs a month. It seems the manufacturers are a bit behind on the best nutrition for weight loss.