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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Is there really joy in these soy treats?

Have any of you guys tried the new SOYJOY bars? You can get them at most grocery stores, so says their Web site. And you can get a $1 off when you buy three.

The only problem is that, in this case, saving a buck would be an exercise in futility if you end up with three bars that taste like tree bark with a hint of poo. I didn't know it, but my mom signed me up for a "Try Free SOYJOY bars" offer a month or so ago. (The site says they ended that offer.) I received a little box of three bars yesterday. The gimmick that came with the free bars is that you eat one and then promise to give the other two away to friends.
I have serious concerns that these will not be tasty. I keep imagining that I'll get a mouthful of that gross grass and chemical-y flavor found in so many "healthful" bars. If you've tried them, tell me what you think.

I'll go ahead bite the bullet - and a SOYJOY bar - when I get home tonight. Better yet, I'll bring all three of the bars into the office tomorrow and cut them up into sample sizes so I can try all of the flavors and keep my word.


at 11:45 AM Anonymous girl on the westside said...

They taste like a really, really dried out and flattened muffin (if that makes sense). They're not horrible, but let's just say, after one bite, I threw away the rest!

at 3:35 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

OK, so a few of us here at the office tried them. I thought they were pretty tasty. But "Girl on the Westside" was right about them being dry. Still good though. You just might wanna have a glass of soy milk nearby when you eat one...

But at just 130 calories or so each, a SOYJOY bar would be good for an afternoon snack.

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