I was kindly sent one cacao & cricket flour and one peanut & cricket flour bar by Christine from Gathr Foods. They are far from the ordinary health food bars. These are high protein energy bars which contain cricket powder. Each bar consisting of 32 crickets (6% of the whole bar) and other natural ingredients depending on the flavour.
Now for the facts. There are benefits to eating crickets (insects) believe it or not! Crickets are an natural source of protein, iron , containing B vitamins, omega-3, vital amino acids and supplies dietary fibre. Another good thing about these bars is that they are also gluten, dairy, grain, GMO and soy free.
Insects have little chances of passing on diseases to humans like mad cow disease and the H1N1 as stated by the UN report. They have high amounts of protein equivalent to beef 60g per 100g to be precise. Than beef, they actually contain three times more iron, five times more magnesium and two times more zinc. Crickets are 80% digestible compared to cows being 40%, due to this being more efficient less pesticides are being used. They don’t possess the neurological structures that humans and animals have, meaning they don’t feel pain. In cricket farming no pesticides, antibiotics or hormones are used.
The Crobars are produced in the UK made only from natural ingredients, and do not contain any sugar. The cricket flour is sourced from Canada by a reputable cricket farmer in which the crickets are on an organic diet. You can purchase the crobars on the gathrfoods website. There are four options to choose from: the sample crobar which is two bars of each flavour, mixed crobar which is a box of 12 bars (6 peanut & cricket flour + 6 cacao & cricket flavour), a box of 12 cacao & cricket flavour and a box of 12 peanut & cricket flavour.
The packaging it is presented in, is quite pretty, I like the choice of colours used.
The first bar I tried was the cocoa and cricket flavour, this one was my favourite. It smelled chocolatey. On first bite it definitely wasn’t something I was expecting, it tasted like dark chocolate with hints of both a bitter and sweet flavour. It was a real pleasant taste and would definitely try again. The ingredients in this bar are: cricket flour, goji berries, cashews, sunflower seeds, sultanas, cranberries, cacao powder, cacao nibs, cacao butter and chia seeds.
Cocao and cricket flavour Crobar
Then it was the peanut and cricket flavour. Now I’m not a big fan of peanuts in general so this one didn’t tickle my taste buds. It smelled like peanuts. If you like peanuts then you will like this bar as it tastes like peanut butter with hints of sweet flavour. The ingredients in this bar are: cricket flour, peanuts, dates, sunflower seeds and sultanas.
Peanut and cricket flavour Crobar
Like most health food bars the texture in both bars was also very crunchy and chewy. I could not taste any insects in any of the bars. They are filling, you wouldn’t be left hungry after eating one either. They are packed mostly with natural ingredients, most of which are from organic ingredients meaning they are free of artificial flavourings, colours and preservatives.
I was quite intrigued by these bars from the beginning. The whole idea of insects being contained in protein bars is very different, indeed. I think it will be something we are going see lots of in the future. The Crobars have already won the Best New Food Concept at the World Innovation Awards 2016.
Would you eat bars that contained insects? Leave a comment below I would love to hear your views on this 🙂
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