If a person wants to make healthy, whole foods the base of her/his diet, one thing is for certain: it takes planning. While every freeway exit is dotted with fast food restaurants aplenty, when a person chooses to reject what is convenient for what is healthy, it means being prepared. Whether it’s a short road trip to visit family or an afternoon at the pottery studio, I always bring along snacks and a refillable bottle of water. I’m of no use to anyone when I’m hungry. Plus, it saps any creative energy. Therefore, it makes sense to always keep healthy options in my purse, bag, and glove compartment. That way I’m not tempted to pick up a bag of potato chips at the gas station on my way home. I regularly have apples, bananas, oranges, nuts, seeds, and/or health bars on hand for such occasions. So when the folks at CocomoJoe contacted me about sampling their products, it seemed like they could be a good fit for my snacking-with-substance needs. They make granola, health bars, and caramel corn; all of it is vegan.
When the package arrived, I was delighted to see that they’d sent several flavors of their Joebars and two packages of caramel corn. The next time I was heading out for the day, I tucked a Joebar in my purse for later. While I love coconut milk and coconut water, I haven’t always been a fan of coconut itself. However, Joe won me over. Coconut is definitely the dominant flavor in all of the bars, but I enjoyed every bite. All of the Joebars taste pretty similar with undertones of the various flavors coming out in just a peek. Depending on the bar, they have a taste of cocoa, coffee, fig, cranberry, or mango coming through in a whisper at the end. The cocoa and coffee varieties were my favorites, but there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.
I was worried I wouldn’t care for the Green Joebar, which gains its green color from spirulina. I’m not a big spirulina fan; however, I couldn’t taste the spirulina in the bar at all. The undertones of vanilla came through instead. The bars have a dense, chewy quality that’s similar to a granola bar. At 340 calories, they’re higher in calories than my regular bar, but they’re also very satiating. I usually stopped about halfway through, saving the rest for later. Loaded with coconut, walnuts, and seeds, they’re very satisfying and filling.
To give you an idea of the whole ingredients in the bars, the Fig Joebar is made with organic coconut, organic walnuts, organic raw coconut nectar, organic raw fig, organic chia seeds, organic raw maca root powder, organic raw virgin coconut oil, organic cold pressed vanilla extract. One 2 ounce bar has 5 grams of protein and 10% of the daily value for iron. Each bar is about $3, which is more expensive than many health bars. However, the ingredients are high quality and mostly organic.
My husband is a huge caramel corn fan, and I’ve been known to make my own from scratch for him at the holidays. Next year a bag of this Cocomocorn is going in his stocking instead. The caramel corn is light and sweet with the mild flavor of coconut. Sometimes caramel corn can be cloying or too hard, but this had a crisp give in the mouth and a kiss of sweetness. The ingredients also carry none of the guilt of your mall-variety caramel corn. This is made with organic air popped corn, organic coconut nectar, organic coconut sugar, organic virgin coconut oil, sea salt, organic vanilla extract, and baking soda. In stores and online the price is about $2 for a 1 oz. bag.
The people at CocomoJoe generously offered a package of some of their products for one lucky reader of Cadry’s Kitchen! The winner will receive one of each bar, 4 bags of Cocomocorn, and one bag of granola. The contest ends July 21, 2012 at midnight CST. The winner will be chosen randomly & announced on July 22, 2012. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. The contest is over! Congratulations to the lucky winner, Kristy!
You have three chances to win. To enter, do any or all of the following and leave a separate comment for each action:
- Leave a comment below telling me which product and flavor you’d most like to try.
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet, “Win a package of organic goodies from @cocomojoefoods & @cadryskitchen: http://cadryskitchen.com/2012/07/07/review-joebars-caramel-corn-from-cocomojoe-and-a-giveaway/”
- Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cadryskitchen
If you want to try them out before the winner is announced, CocomoJoe products are sold at several stores in the Los Angeles area (locations here). If you don’t live in Southern California, their products are also available online by the case.
Disclaimer: I received the products for free from CocomoJoe, but they didn’t request a review or pay me. All of the opinions are completely my own.