I discovered Hůga Bars on Instagram, of all places. What got my interest was not just that they were gluten-free, but the story behind them. A passion for sharing food, life, and adventure lead to bars that are as delicious as they are nutritious. They were kind enough to send me a few samples, which I tried, and thoroughly enjoyed. So if you’re interested in something new and different, read on.
With inspiration from around the world, Hůga Bars offer flavor profiles not found in your typical snack. Checking the ingredients lists, you’ll see they are fairly short. Most of the ingredients are familiar words you can pronounce too. Currently they offer three bars – Almond & Honey, Hazelnut & Chocolate, and Dulce De Leche, Oat & Walnut. Here’s a quick breakdown of each.
First up is the Almond & Honey bar. Based on Spanish turrón, this popular snack has been around in various forms for many centuries. Combining honey and dates for sweetness, along with almonds, flaxseed and quinoa, this bar has great texture, with some crunch. Now you can experience this richness of flavors, steeped in history and good times with family and friends, any time. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with turrón, but after trying these bars, I may have my wife try to whip some up. It’s that good.
Next, I tried the Hazelnut & Chocolate. Like the other bars, this one is based on a classic recipe. In this case, it’s torta di nocciole. Naturally, hazelnuts are the main ingredient. Rounding out this excellent bar are dates, agave, and coconut sugar, along with cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate. Being a fan of hazelnut (in moderation), I really enjoyed this bar as well.
Finally, the Dulce de Leche, Oat & Walnut bar. As the only bar based on a dessert I recognize, I found it true to its name, with ingredients to match. With the addition of a nice crust outside made from walnuts and oats, Hůga gave it some body. Inside that crust is classic dulce de leche, no spoon required. My wife (who’s Argentinian on her dad’s side), gave it her approval as well. Of the three, this one is most like an actual dessert, rather than just a delicious snack.
Overall, I really enjoyed all three bars. And I like that they are not only gluten-free, and nutritional, but that they are meant to be shared. While you could consider them fuel for your next big adventure, I have a better idea. Why not bring along a few the next time you’re hanging out with friends? Then you’ll make that day even more memorable, by introducing them to tasty Hůga Bars.
I’d like to thank Hůga Bar for sending over some samples for this review. As someone with food allergies who’s trying to eat right, they hit the spot, and are a nice change of pace.
What do you think of the flavors? Have you tried a Hůga Bar?