Review of SoyJoy - The Perfect Portable Snack

SoyJoy. Such a weird name for such a unique snack. Small. Portable. Gluten free. What's not to like? 

I have eaten SoyJoy bars many times before and always liked their unique flavor and especially the fact that they are gluten free. I've not been officially tested for celiac disease, but find I definitely feel better when I gluten. Even if that wasn't an issue, these bars are surprisingly filling despite their visually smaller size and digest easily which is very important as I tend to have a weak stomach. I usually keep a few in my purse or hiking bag for quick energy boosts thanks to their low GI (glycemic index). It's great to have a snack that's not going to make me feel weird later.

Influenster recently sent me a Dark Chocolate Cherry SoyJoy bar as part of my #VioletVoxBox. The bar was 1.05oz (30g). It's baked with ground whole soy and real fruit.

The ingredients: ground whole soybeans, sugar, butter (from milk), dried red sour cherry, raisins, egg, cocoa, maltodextrin (natural fiber source), dried cranberry, salt, nonfat milk, fermented milk powder, natural flavors.

There is also an allergy warning for risk of exposure to tree nuts. 

Nutrition facts: 1 bar, 140 calories, 6g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 20mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 250mg potassium, 16g carb, 2g dietary fiber, 11g sugar, 5g protein, 2% vit A, 4% calcium and 8% iron.

I love chocolate and cherries, so was very excited to try this new flavor. I quickly opened the package and could immediately smell the lovely flavors of chocolate and cherry. The bar is a compact square cut into long portion sizes. It's not flat or filled with fruit goo as you may expect. The texture is more chewy and although I've found some flavors to be dry, the bars don't tend to be messy. However, I personally found this flavor to be more dry than expected. Considering the package's claim to be "Moister & Fruitier" I was disappointed. The taste despite the dryness was great and I was reluctant to share with my family for their opinions. I wish I'd tried to warm it in the microwave as several flavors do well warm. My family all agreed that this flavor seemed dry. My Husband wasn't a fan both because of the dryness and the flavors which aren't something he typically enjoys. My children loved the bar and were asking for more only a few minutes later. I was surprised to find that I actually regretted eating my bar so quickly and plan to look for this flavor in stores.

Despite the dryness, the flavor was addictive and my picky children loved them. They're portable and warm-able. The variety of flavors makes the SoyJoy bars totally worth a try. The best part is their compact design that holds up well in a purse or hiking bag thanks partially to the durable packaging. If you're looking for a healthier snack for exploring nature, post-workout or even just between meals, consider SoyJoy!