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Review: Clif Kid ZBar

By August 14, 2014July 23rd, 2016No Comments

Clif Kid ZBar Excited for our upcoming camping trip, my family started planning and realized that snacks for a longer trip are always a challenge. When we go hiking, I pack fresh fruits and veggies to nom on along the trail, but a cooler full of ice and produce didn’t sound so appealing for a 3-day trek in the woods with a 4-year-old. We decided that energy bars were the best option for snacking on this particular excursion and gave the Clif Kid ZBar product line a tryout. The results surprised us all.

My husband, son and I sat down at the kitchen table armed with our Lego Movie collector’s cups full of water ready for a taste-testing extravaganza. One by one we tried each flavor and discussed which ones tickled our palettes and which ones fell a bit short, ranking them all against one another. This is what we found: we thought that we would love all of the flavors featuring “chocolate” but they only landed in the middle to bottom of each person’s list. The flavor was just slightly off each time, and none of those chocolate flavors were really chocolatey enough for us.

I expected to enjoy the Iced Oatmeal Cookie, and I did. It had an excellent cinnamon flavor to it. My boys really loved it as well. The Honey Graham bar also topped my list with a taste reminiscent of Fig Newtons, but the hubby and son were less convinced. They both adored the S’mores flavor, which I really didn’t enjoy at all. My husband and I both liked the Whole Grain Chocolate Mint bar a great deal, and I’m convinced that my son would have devoured it as well if he weren’t currently so adamantly against everything mint flavored.

The whole grain options were very tasty, and each member of my family thought the whole grain chocolate chip bar was preferable to the regular option.

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Our biggest surprise was our shared love of Iced Lemon Cookie. I’ll be honest, I went in with a closed mind thinking that it wouldn’t be very good—but it was exceptional. This chewy bar was in the top two on each person’s list and beat out pretty much every chocolate option—even for my young son. I don’t plan on going hiking, camping or for a long day anywhere without a box for my entire brood.

Now, we are certainly ready to rock this camping trip, and I have very specific instructions about what each family member needs to snack on! Here is how each of us ranked the Clif Kid Zbars that we tried:

The Boy

  1. S’mores
  2. Iced Lemon Cookie
  3. Iced Oatmeal Cookie
  4. Chocolate Chip (Whole Grain)
  5. Honey Graham
  6. Chocolate Brownie
  7. Peanut Butter Chocolate (Whole Grain)
  8. Chocolate Chip
  9. Chocolate Mint (Whole Grain)



  1. Iced Lemon Cookie
  2. Chocolate Mint (Whole Grain)
  3. S’mores
  4. Iced Oatmeal Cookie
  5. Chocolate Brownie
  6. Peanut Butter Chocolate (Whole Grain)
  7. Chocolate Chip (Whole Grain)
  8. Honey Graham
  9. Chocolate Chip



  1. Iced Oatmeal Cookie
  2. Iced Lemon Cookie
  3. Honey Graham
  4. Chocolate Mint (Whole Grain)
  5. Chocolate Chip (Whole Grain)
  6. Peanut Butter Chocolate (Whole Grain)
  7. Chocolate Brownie
  8. Chocolate Chip
  9. S’mores


About Clif Kid ZBar
Clif Bar’s vision always has been to do business in a better way. Recognizing that food is at the center of everything it does, the company places organic ingredients and organic farming at the forefront of its sustainability efforts. The Kid’s ZBar is an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein and fat to maintain kids’ energy…. so kids can keep zipping and zooming along.

We received a free product in lieu of this Pure Wander review, however all opinions are the free-will of the writer.

Shauna Armitage is a parenting blogger, a freelance travel writer and the co-founder of Pure Wander Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @CarpeCalamus

Shauna Armitage

Author Shauna Armitage

Shauna Armitage is an editor by day and a social media addict by night. She's also the co-founder of Pure Wander, a passionate traveler and mother of two little nuggets. She loves hiking with the family, staying in hotels that deliver cheeseburgers to your room at midnight, and all the red wine. Pinot Noir please. Connect with her on Twitter @CarpeCalamus

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