It’s teeth-gnawing, voracious and preposterously innovative. It caresses my snacky urge and speaks bliss to the innermost bowels of my taste buds. Nature Valley Granola Thins have the power to do that. It provides so much joy without causing the stomach to enlarge in 18 different directions.
The Granola Thin phenomenon is an uber thin, 2×2-inch square of crunchy granola delight with its bottom part dipped in dark chocolate love. The crispy crunch is nice and light. It won’t crack your jaw or leave you picking granola out of your teeth with someone’s dirty fingernail. The chocolate layer (which also comes in peanut butter variety) is much thinner than pictured, but I don’t give a damn. It’s perfect for us healthy types with its combination-kiss of rolled oats and divine sweetness at only 80 calories per square.
Unlike other granola’y foods, Granola Thins are NOT coated in a sugary glaze that’s shiny like the sun and sticky on the hands. And it only has 6 grams of sugar, which is the same amount you normally get from chewing on 2 slices of bread (uh huh, check your bread label).
Too bad the chocolate part does not play nice. It will melt on your fingers and get brown stains on important papers. If you like to eat chocolate and then scratch your butt while wearing light colored pants, Granola Thins are especially not for you. That situation will indeed cause many onlookers to believe you did a sh!tty accident.
This chocolate problem I refer to is NOT an isolated incident. I ate my Granola Thin at work and Greedy Kid #1 ate her’s at school, yet we both experienced the same chocolate-melting backlash. So long as you don’t scratch your azz, you will be okay to enjoy these in nice clothes.
GRANOLA THIN NOTES
- Price Paid: $3.89 for box of 10
- Calories: 80 per square
- Fat Calories: 35
- Total Fat: 4g
- Sat. Fat: 1.5g
- Sodium: 75mg
- Carbs: 11g
- Fiber: Less than 1g
- Sugars: 6g
- Protein: 1g
REACTIONS FROM THE TASTE TEST CREW
Health-hater Husband: Love the crispness and small amount of chocolate. Nice and light, yet hearty. I want some with my coffee.
Greedy Kid #1: The chocolate melts way too easy. But I still love it.
Greedy Kid #2: The softness of the chocolate is cool. Everything by Nature Valley is good.
Greedy Baby loves them, but it’s too much chocolatey mess for her to handle.
Yum UP! to: Using your fingernail as a toothpick.
Yuck Down to: Brown stains on work papers.