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Tested: Clif Bar Holiday Seasonal Flavors

clif bar seasonal flavors

Clif Bar offers some tasty treats all year long, with a wide variety of real-life flavors, but the holiday season is when things really heat up!

For the holiday season, Clif Bar releases some limited-edition seasonal flavors that match the goodies we love to chow down on during the holidays – gingerbread houses, apple cobbler, pumpkin pies, and more.

These are still the same old Clif bars you’re used to, but in cool new flavors for the holiday season. Me being a fan of holiday goodies, I was very excited to try out all these Clif bars…

Taste Test

Here are my thoughts on each of the seasonal flavors:

clif bar iced gingerbread

Iced Gingerbread. This one tastes downright awesome. It is like eating a gingerbread cake in a compact bar form!

There is a strong gingerbread flavor that dominates the taste, plus you notice the real spices. There are a few raisins thrown in for good measure.

The texture is great, too, for an energy bar. Iced gingerbread is highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes gingerbread or ginger snaps cookies.

clif bar caramel apple cobbler

Caramel Apple Cobbler. I love real apple pie, apple crisp, and apple cobbler. I really love caramel apple pie. They’re all so delicate and delicious.

But this flavor just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t bad, but it was more like a caramel apple from a carnival than a warm apple cobbler. Each bar contains a good apple chunk or two, but overall, the energy bar’s texture was just too far off the real texture of an apple cobbler.

It’s alright, but not the best.

clif bar spiced pumpkin pie

Spiced Pumpkin Pie. This had me very excited because I love pumpkin – pie, cake, ice cream, beer – anything that comes in pumpkin flavor!

This smells spicy like the regular Carrot Cake flavor, and it tastes similar, because all you can really taste are the spices. The texture is great – it’s chewy and spicy like a Carrot Cake Clif bar, but without the carrot pieces.

It’s not a bad bar, and it has neat icing on the bottom, but it doesn’t have the intense pumpkin flavor I was hoping for. The more I ate, the more I noticed the hint of pumpkin, but I still craved more!

Pear Apple Strudel. The first impression is that this smells exactly like an apple danish. That smell brought back some memories!

clif bar pear apple strudel

It goes on to taste quite a bit like an apple danish, too. I can picture one of those in my head and that’s what this tastes like, but this Clif bar doesn’t have the 500 calories and 25g fat like a real danish!

It’s very sweet, but after a few bites, I could start to identify the specific apple and pear flavors. So if you like danishes and strudels, this is for you!

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread. As expected, this bar has a great flavor that actually tastes like the real thing. Eating this bar reminded me of fresh baked holiday breads and muffins. It has a great texture that is soft and fun to chew, and you can actually taste both cranberry and orange.

This flavor would be great if you don’t like the spiciness of the Gingerbread or Pumpkin Pie flavors.

Peppermint Stick. Wow. Now this is different! To start with, it smells like a York peppermint patty. It feels like you’re eating a Clif bar, but tastes like you’re sucking on a peppermint stick! I’d say that qualifies for one of those “mind = blown” internet meme graphics. Anyway, I like it. But you definitely would have to enjoy peppermint to like this one!

A bit of red icing-like substance (must be the peppermint) on top and inside makes for a nice touch. Now I just need to find a good way to hang these on the Christmas tree… :)

Pecan Pie This is a new flavor for 2013, and I ate it extremely fast, so I hardly remember what to write! I could tell it had a very spicy flavor, and I could taste pecans, but it was nothing like any pecan pie I’ve ever had. For me, pecan pie is mostly about the texture (both gooey and crunchy) and sweetness, so this bar isn’t a worthy substitute. However, it was pretty darn good!

(I’d say Iced Gingerbread first, Pear Apple Strudel and Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Stick all tied for second, Cranberry Orange Nut Bread is a very close third, and then Caramel Apple Cobbler, if I had to rank them in order.)

Health and Nutrition

Here are the ingredients and nutrition facts to refresh your memory about Clif bars:

Iced Gingerbread Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifProTM (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Molasses, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Safflower Oil, Roasted Pecans, ClifCrunchTM (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Crystallized Ginger (Ginger, Cane Sugar), Organic Soy Butter, Organic Raisins, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Ginger, Cinnamon, Spices.

That breaks down into:

250 calories
6g fat
43g carbohydrates
22g sugar
7g fiber
10g protein
160mg sodium
270mg potassium

So we have a pretty hefty bar with all the nutrients we need for lots of endurance sports training.

My final verdict is…

Anyone that likes gingerbread, ginger snap cookies, will like the Iced Gingerbread. One of the best made flavors from any energy bar maker. The Pear Apple Strudel is also delicious, and none of the flavors are bad, so you might as well try them all!

And if you find one you like, stock up on it while you still have the chance.

Official website:

Buy online: Iced Gingerbread at
Spiced Pumpkin Pie at
Pear Apple Strudel at

Product Review Details
Company: Clif Bar
Product: Clif Bar Holiday Seasonal Flavors
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-10-15
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer. Advertiser: No.

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