I love trying new things, so I was excited when Christine Spliid from Crobar contacted me to try her bars! So what makes these bar so unique? Well, they are in fact made from crickets, yes crickets!! The bars are the first ever natural protein bar available on this side of the water to be made from cricket flour.
Why eat insects?
- Crickets contain more than twice as much iron as spinach and high levels of B12.
- Omit 80 times less CO2, and require significantly less water than cattle rearing.
- High in natural protein, as high as beef. They also contain 9 essential amino acids making them a complete source of protein.
- Less food waste, people eat crickets whole.
- Extremely sustainable.
As you can see there are great reasons to include crickets in your diet if you are brave enough!
The bars weigh in at 40g and are available in 2 flavours; Cacao & Chia and Peanut Crunch. I got to try both!
Cacao & Chia Ingredients
Cashews (22.8%), Sunflower Seeds (17.3%), Sultanas (13%), Dates (10.4%), Chia Seeds (7.3%), Goji Berries (7.3%), Cricket Flour (6%), Cranberries (5.9%), Cacao Powder (5.4%), Humectant Glycerol, Pineapple Juice, and Cacao Butter (1%)
Peanut Crunch Ingredients (My favourite!)
Peanuts (37.4%), Sultanas (31.2%), Dates (12.5%), Sunflower Seeds (10.4%), Cricket Flour (6%), Humectant: Glycerol
I won’t lie, part of me was expecting some legs or antenna sticking out of the bars! When I opened the wrapper they looked like a normal raw bar. A mixture of dates, nuts and seeds, nothing unusual! The bar wasn’t too sweet considering it has dates and fruit added, It tastes very natural and raw. I was a surprised to see how little cricket flour is added (6%) but the flavour was still there. I could definitely taste something different and that was the cricket flour I’m guessing! It’s not overpowering at all so don’t let that turn you off!
Where to Buy
You can buy CROBAR direct from the the CROBAR website. They’re not cheap though, the boxes come in sizes of 8 bars for £18.00 (€24) which works out at £2.25 (€3.10) per bar.
I was really impressed with overall flavour and texture of the bars. They would make a great pre/post workout snack if you were looking for a carb hit! They’re not something I would eat everyday as they are a little high in natural sugars but definitely great snack for your hand/man bag! You can also buy packets of the cricket flour for £7 and you can use it for baking or mixed into raw recipes! I reckon that will be for the hardcore fans as there won’t be anything to hide the flavour!
Item sent for review purposes and all views are my own!