Bakery on Main is a company that I was happy to hear from.
They contacted me to let me know that they were providing the Garmin Transitions Cycling Team with products to use, as the team was on a gluten free diet. (I indicated this in my previous series of posts on Athletes and Going Gluten Free-Parts 1 and Part 2.) They also kindly offered to send me samples to try.
I received samples of the Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola, and the Gluten Free Apple Raisin Walnut Granola. They also sent along the three gluten free flavors of granola bars: peanut butter and chocolate, extreme trail mix and cranberry maple nut.
Before I get to the actual products:
-I really, really like Bakery On Main as a company, and for what they are working to accomplish.
That’s why I hate to say it, but I didn’t like the products.
Now remember, we all have different taste buds, so what I don’t like, you may find delicious.
I also think that the fact that they were shipped in a plain envelope in the middle of summer may have affected the taste and texture, with the humidity stuck at subtropical here in SoFl and I’m sure in the trucks it traveled in. But to me, they all tasted, well-kind of stale. I kept hoping when I tried the next item that it would get better, but it didn’t. It had more of a bird seed texture to me than a true granola. Again, a matter of taste.
(Addendum: Katerina from Bakery on Main contacted me, apologized profusely for the stale product, and resent a trial package. (They had a fire in June, and may have had some delay in sending fresh samples.) The plan was for the review to be postponed until I had tried the new product, so I rescheduled the post for mid September. Obviously, when we restored the blog after being hacked, the post had been scheduled, and so it went up. I have tried one of the new samples, and it did taste fresher and crunchier.)
I also prefer big chunks of granola that I can eat out of hand if desired, and this was a smaller granola, more appropriate for a cereal or a yogurt topping to me.
As granola in general is a calorie dense food, it has to be “worth it” for me to eat it. That is, so good, that it’s worth the calories and also has a adequate nutritional profile. Unfortunately, for me, the Bakery on Main products were not “worth it.”
I thank Bakery on Main for their kindness in sending the samples. I know some of you have tried these products and liked them, so please speak up and share your tastebuds in the comments!
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