It is always a happy occasion when a box bearing the Enjoy Life Foods sticker arrives at our door, though I did hesitate briefly when offered these bars to review (I was not compensated in any other way) because it had been hovering at 105 degrees Fahrenheit of late. Vegas summers don’t kid around. Luckily, putting the entire shipping box into the fridge the minute these arrived seemed to have protected these sweet treats.
In the interest of full disclosure, this was not my first taste of the new Enjoy Life Decadent Bars. I ordered a Gluten Free Saver special a while back and though the kids adored them from the get-go, my husband and I were disappointed because of our own high expectations.
Speaking of our high expectations, I was at work the day the initial box arrived and my husband sent me this picture with the suggestion that I hurry home:
…followed by this picture to assure me that our children “wouldn’t suspect a thing.” It still cracks me up with the parenthetical:
At any rate, my husband and I weren’t planning to buy Decadent Bars again because we still preferred Chewy Bars. I think it is like when your favorite musical artist puts out an album that is good compared to other music in general but isn’t your favorite compared to their own previous work. I know I feel disloyal when I don’t adore a song by Morrissey but sometimes it does happen. I love Enjoy Life because they are not only top 8 allergen free but oat free which is a specific allergy my daughter has (her allergen list is currently: oat, peanut, tree nut, and sesame).
At any rate, though these aren’t the revelation Plentils were in our household, I’m so glad I gave these another chance as I now have some tips for getting the most out of the experience. My husband and I agreed they were much better with the following caveats:
1) Don’t expect the flavors to match the names exactly - Chocolate Sunbutter is the most accurate of the four varieties, with Cherry Cobbler coming in second. The Chocolate Sunbutter has a drizzle of chocolate and isn’t as sweet as the other flavors but in a very good way. It lets the Sunbutter shine through. The Cherry Cobbler seems to have other reviewers split about the strong fruity/tart flavor but it ended up being my favorite the fist time around because of the white glaze and the cherry notes offered something unique. That said, the S’mores and Cinnamon Bun Decadent Bars weren’t what I expected. Still a nice treat but they both had a strong date flavor that hides any intended marshmallow-esque (that’s a word, right?) or cinnamon ingredients.
2) Refrigerate the bars before enjoying - The first time I bit into the S’mores variety it was not what I expected but on the second go-around I found that the graham cracker texture comes through much better upon refrigeration. This may not be a problem where you live but our house is always about 80 degrees. The drizzles on the bars are more noticeable when they are refrigerated as well.
3) Share with a friend (these are too sweet for adults to eat in one go) – When I initially heard the new line to follow the awesome Plentils from Enjoy Life involved more snack bars I wasn’t sure why. We love the Chewy Bars so I worried the Decadent Bars meant the Chewy Bars may be phased out, however, once we ate these I realized they are very much a candy bar and therefore in a different market niche. Colette Martin remarked in her own review of these bars that these fall in the treat category and I agree. It seems that kids across the board love these, while I find kids are usually split 50/50 when we share Chewy Bars with the kids’ friends. Something to consider as you decide on the right mix of snack foods to keep on hand.
Overall, these are a great option to add to your arsenal but see how you like each flavor on its own merits and make sure they’re kept on a refrigerator shelf out of reach of certain small individuals (who will remain nameless) that have figured out how to open candy bar wrappers.