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Big Sur Bars Big on Taste

These energy bars are EXACTLY like something your Momma would make.

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by Carol Crooker | 2007-01-31 18:06:00-07

One of our staff described the Big Sur Bars as a, "dense brick of tasty calories." These 5 ounce bars boast over 600 calories each. The ingredient lists for the three flavors look like a cookie recipe, and indeed, the Big Sur Bars are huge baked cookies with fun, crunchy ingredients piled on top. They are fresh baked and last about two weeks. If you can wait longer to consume these delicious bars, store them in a freezer. Our staff loved the three flavors - Blind Date, Original and White Zest - and said one bar kept them powered for hours.

Nothing passes Ryan's test unless it remains chewable when frozen. So, Ryan put a Blind Date in a 15 deg F hotel freezer (don't take that one out of context) for 24 hours and it emerged chewable and tasty.

Big Sur Bars are available online at for $2.65 - $2.75 per bar.


"Big Sur Bars Big on Taste," by Carol Crooker. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-01-31 18:06:00-07.


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Big Sur Bars Big on Taste on 01/31/2007 18:06:02 MST Print View

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Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
Good timing on 01/31/2007 19:48:39 MST Print View

As it turns out, a box of Big Sur bars arrived today. I ordered the (modestly) discounted sampler: 8 bars of each flavor. I've had them all before, and they're all great, though I give the edge to the White Zest.

What I particularly like about Big Sur bars is that they aren't dry, as are most bars, and the taste is rich. The price is rich too, at least on a per-bar basis ($2.63 at discount), but it's not on a per-ounce basis.

I paid 53 cents per ounce for the Big Sur bars. Had I purchased the PowerBar Harvest bar at REI, I would have paid 59 cents per ounce--for a good but definitely less tasty bar.

Another way to look at it: the Harvest bar gives you 185 calories per dollar, the Big Sur bar 243.

Brett .
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Locale: CA
link should be on 02/01/2007 00:07:45 MST Print View


Edited by Brett1234 on 02/01/2007 01:32:10 MST.

Justin Baccary
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Correct website on 02/01/2007 07:06:41 MST Print View

The correct website is:


Scott Peterson
(scottalanp) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Correct website on 02/01/2007 08:28:53 MST Print View

The Big Sur Bars are rather bulky and heavy at first glance. I have taken to making them my main food source for a day on the trail. I have pretty much done away with GORP as the Big Sur Bar does fine, broken in half mid morning and mid afternoon.

While it is kind of an investment to get an economical and shippable quantity...they freeze really well and have lasted upwards of six months in the freezer with no ill effects.

I feel better about something I know was cooked by hand and not purged out of a pump in a factory. Hopefully they will continue in the same vein for a long while and not sell-out.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Big Sur on 02/01/2007 14:38:14 MST Print View

Pray tell, what are the approx. dimensions and weight of one of these "tasty bricks"?

Scott Peterson
(scottalanp) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Big Sur on 02/01/2007 22:44:42 MST Print View


They are (from memory) 6.5 to 7 ounces depending on the individual brick. They are roughly 4 inches by 1.5 inches.

They pack over 700 calories if memory serves...and it is probably not the most effecient food out of all things considered (I figure someone has done an exact comparison somewhere). But it goes down really well and gives a nice steady burn of energy.

I credit someone at Backpacker magazine for that find. A genuinely unique snack that perhaps not all will like, but most people I have given one to end up liking them quite a bit.

Mitchell Keil
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Locale: Deep in the OC
Re: Big Sur Bars Big on Taste on 02/02/2007 12:24:22 MST Print View

OK, since we are considering highly dense nutritious and TASTY food bars, I thought I would add one that I discovered at the local Trader Joe's. It is the "Organic" food bar. (It can also be ordered on line at

These are 100% organic food bars, cold pressed and not cooked that have a very long shelf life. I have kept them in my garage in my food bin for months at a time with no discernable effect on their edibility. They have many flavors -- my favorite is the dark Chocolate chip one and the Cranberry one.

The stats:
weight = 2.4 oz
calories = 300 to 340 (depending on flavor)
Fats = 12g with no Trans fat
Sodium = 25g
Carbs = complex 36g
Protein = 8 to 12g (depending on flavor)
Price at TJs has been about $2.39

For those of you who care, these bars are non-GMO and certified Vegan.

They freeze well and remain chewy out of the freezer (Ryan take note). They are immensely satisfying and have served me as my snack and lunch on all of my hikes this past year. I usually eat 3 during the day and it really keeps me going with no highs or lows, just a constant burn. What I really like is that they are low in Sodium so I can determine how much sodium I injest during the day and that the flavors really taste exactly like they indicate. Cranberry is really cranberry, Blueberry is blueberry and Chocolate chip tastes like a bar of dark semi-sweet chocolate from Italy.
Give these a try too while you try out the BigSur bars.


Locale: Western Michigan
Personal Observation on 02/25/2007 10:15:07 MST Print View

I have found that if you purchase large quanties of BS and freeze them the taste will change. (I purchased two dozen BS bars, double wrapped a dozed in freezer bags and stored them in a freezer for three months.) The taste of the BS was definitely different compared to the non-frozen bars. Suggestion: Purchase small quanties and use them rather than storing them.