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balance bar gold

Balance Bar has been around for ages! One of their flagship bars is the Balance Bar Gold.

Years ago, I would pick these up at Walmart or Sam’s Club pretty cheap. I rarely ever used these though. Perhaps I’d buy a 15-pack every few years. Anyway, I saw them at Big Lots the other day, which reminded me to grab a few to review.

I’ll sum up this Balance Bar Gold as a very small energy bar that still packs 200 calories. It uses a “40-30-30 Nutrition” model which means it is 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. It is also “Low Glycemic Index,” but I’m not sure where exactly it would fall on the index.

Read on for more…

Health and Nutrition

First, the ingredients (for the chocolate peanut butter flavor)…

INGREDIENTS: Protein blend (soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, partially hydrolyzed milk protein isolate, casein, calcium caseinate), fructose, peanut butter (peanuts), glucose syrup, water, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fractionated palm kernel and palm oil, partially defatted peanut flour, cocoa (processed with alkali), natural flavor. Contains less than 2% of glycerine, maltitol syrup, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, salt, maltodextrin, heavy cream (cream, milk, cellulose gel, milk solids, carrageenan, cellulose gum), butter (cream, salt, annatto added for color), butterfat, sodium citrate, soybean oil, tocopherols added to protect flavor, carrageenan, dextrose. Vitamins and Minerals: calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, ascorbic acid, alphatocopherol acetate, ferric orthophosphate, niacinamide, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, chromium chloride, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, phytonadione, vitamin D3, vitamin B12.

What I notice here is that there is a long list of ingredients! And looking at it, it’s pretty typical for an energy bar, but there’s still stuff I don’t want to put in my body. Fractionated palm kernel and palm oil for example.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 200
Total Fat 7g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Total Carbs 21g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 17g
Protein 14g

This bar is pretty high in fat and protein, while containing a moderate level of carbs. I guess that’s pretty good for a snack bar, but it’s certainly not something I’d choose for during a bike ride or other training session.

Balance Bar Gold Taste Test

Flavors include Triple Chocolate Chaos, S’mores, Caramel Nut Blast, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch, and Lemon Meringue Crunch.

Here are my thoughts…

balance bar gold

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Peanut butter nougat with chocolate syrup on top, then all coated in chocolate. It is set up like a peanut butter cup! It tastes kind of like a bland peanut butter cup. The peanut butter part is rather dry, too.

It’s definitely not like a candy bar, but not like a brick either. So it’s not awful, it just doesn’t stand out amongst the newer, more modern energy bars.


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Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch
First thing – smells awesome! It has a nice crunch beneath a smooth chocolate coating. The taste and texture are very similar to Thin Mints cookies from the Girl Scouts. There are other chocolate mint bars that taste pretty good, but they lack the authentic texture. So if you like mint chocolate cookies, this is the energy bar for you!!


Lemon Meringue Crunch
This bar is delicious. Nice and soft, actually creamy. It’s like a lemon meringue pie with graham cracker crunch crust. A little like lemon pound cake. The vanilla icing is great too. I plan to buy more of this flavor!

Overall these flavors are pretty good. The better flavors might even compare to how tasty the Detour bars are.

Balance Bar Gold In Use

Some of these bars are so small, it only takes three bites to finish the bar. Surprisingly though, it is still filling. That must be because it’s so dense. (Note that the chocolate peanut butter bar was significantly smaller and more dense than the chocolate mint bar.)

Although dense, it never hit my stomach like a rock. However, I didn’t want to risk using these while out on a bike ride. (Like I said earlier, a little high in fat and protein for during a hard workout.)

I mainly see this bar as a convenient snack that shouldn’t spike your blood sugar too badly, relative to other bars.

My final verdict is…

A couple flavors taste awesome, so I might keep eating them for snacks if I need to, but I wouldn’t suggest getting this bar for fuel during exercise. Nor is it a particularly healthy or natural snack.

Official website: www.Balance.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Balance Bar
Product: Balance Bar Gold
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2011-10-03
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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1 Comment
  1. I find these to be thick and chewy. Munching through them is like chewing on taffee. Not such a bad thing though if that is what you’re into.

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