- Ingredients: Cashew, Almonds, Pistachios, Blueberries, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
Made in China
My child had an allergic reaction.
Made in China?
These are my favorite snack bars!
The name comes from the ingredients. The bars have a trio of trios: 3 nuts, 3 seeds and 3 fruits. The nuts, seeds and 2 of the fruits are the same in all the flavors. The nuts are cashews, almonds & pistachios. The seeds are sesame, pumpkin, & sunflower. The two fruits that are in all the flavors are dates and raisins, but you don’t really see or taste them so I wonder if they are cooked down into the “glue” that holds all the other ingredients together. Dried blueberries are the third fruit in the blueberry flavor. The only other ingredients are rice malt, natural flavors, cane juice and sea salt.
These are great bars for anyone who has issues with wheat or dairy. The label says they are wheat free, gluten free, dairy free and kosher. They also have no preservatives. If you have peanut allergies, the label says they are packaged in a peanut free facility that processes other nuts.
Because of the nuts, they have 12 grams of fat per bar, but I’ve been reading articles that say nuts are a great snack and the fat in nuts is “good” fat. The label says there is 1.5 grams of saturated fat which surprised me but I guess some of the fat in nuts must be saturated. To round out the rest of the nutrition facts: calories, 170; total carbs, 15g; dietary fiber, 2g; sugars, 6g; protein, 5g; cholesterol, 0g; trans fat, 0g; and sodium, 45mg.
I love the nuts and seeds and the bars don’t have the mealy texture that a lot of energy/snack bars have. They are low sodium but high in taste and they are really satisfying. I used to get granola bars but these are so much better.
WAY overpriced – Deceptive Description
The actual product is VERY small — only 1.2 ounces. About twice the size of a 5-stick pack of gum. Certainly NOT worth about a dollar each! In fact, it is not worth even 50 cents each, in my opinion. The image on the website shows a 1.7 ounce bar. What I received was 1.2 ounce bars. That’s about 30 PERCENT smaller than the advertised product.
Needless to say, I was not happy at all. I was deceived. I do not believe a 1.2 ounce bar of nuts is worth close to $1 in cost. Although I like the taste and nutrition, I would not consider purchasing this item again unless the cost falls to around $5 for a 12-pack or $10 for a 24 pack. That’s about the most I can justify paying for what you get. Right now, the price at amazon.com is $23.57 for a 24 pack — or about $1 per small 1.2 ounce bar. Outrageous.
Do Your Homework
In regards to the fat content, any health related magazine, doctor, and/or website will tell you that some of the ABSOLUTE best items to eat to help weight management and a live a healthy lifestyle are nuts and seeds. They contain all of the good fat that you’re body needs while hopefully, helping you stay away from the man-created/altered fats that destroy our cholestrol, hearts and general well-being. Just like coconut, high in fat, but one the best things you could possibly put into your body. Remember, everything in moderation.
In regards to the size, yes they’re small. They are not a meal replacement bar but it is a decent amount of protein and good fats to satisfy you for a few hours until you can sit down and enjoy a healthy dinner. While I try to eat 5 small meals a day, in my line of work, it’s just not possible so I snack on one of these during the times I just can’t have a decent meal and they get me through. And have you checked out the price of nuts lately???? Any good raw nut costs upwards of $6.00lb, I’ve seen some as high as $18.00lb. So, to have this bar prepared, shipped packaged and sold for about a $1.00 (just buy them in bulk, Costco is even cheaper) seems like a good deal to me.
In regards to manufacturing, while I do wish they were put together closer to home, first and foremost, they are a business. They have to watch their bottom line just like any of us. If you do your research you will find that very few of the ingredients come from China (only some seeds and rice malt, I believe because they can’t get them anywhere else). Most of the ingredients come from the US then are shipped to China for manufacturing in a facility built specifically for Mrs. Mays. Think about it. If you can pay the same amount and have either 20 people or 1 person do a job, and those 20 people are being paid a good wage in their country, which makes more business sense. Now, I don’t like it, but I can understand it. Considering labor costs in this country, imagaine how much these bars would cost if manufactured here? And given the issues coming out of China recently, do you really think anyone manufacturing there would risk doing anything less than spectacular??? Not if they want to stay in business.
Check out their website for their safety and health inspection related info.
What it boils down to is this, if you want a great little, portable, and extremely healthy snack and you’re nuts about nuts, then you will love these bars. Do we all wish they were made in the US, sure. But barring that, they are a great product for any health conscious individual as well as vegetarians and vegans alike. Like I said earlier, they’re awesome!!
lots of pluses one big minus for me
Just what I expected
Great product and quality…but….
Everybody buy some, so they can make more and sell them for less!!
Mrs. May’s Bars
Great Product, Bogus Price
However, I can buy a box of 24 bars for $16 locally. So this is not something you want to buy from Amazon unless you are house-bound and have no other way to get them, or you can’t find a local store that carries them. Hint: look at alternative markets, not at your standard cookie-cutter supermarket.
So three stars for a great product that is grossly overpriced in this venue.
delicious and nutritious
irio bars review
Look Kids, It’s Food!
I, like most people these days, am trying to eat healthier and for me that includes not just watching the calories and fat but being aware of what is in all these snack bars and meal replacement bars. I’m trying to avoid processed foods and things with chemical names I can’t pronounce, spell and/or recongnize the root words of. So these are nutritious, delicious and have a limited number of ingredients all of which I recongnize as actual food stuffs. Yippee. All of my requirements have been met and I am free to snack happily away. Thanks, Mrs. May.