Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cascadian Farms - Organic Plant Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip bars - Feb. 2, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cascadian Farms
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip bars (with) Organic Plant Protein
Weight: 1.77 oz. (50 g.) / 8.85 oz. (250 g.) in total box of 5 bars
Calories: 240 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $3.99 (sale) for 1 box of 5 bars
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Peanuts Theme Week, and Day #3 of Chocolate and Oats Theme Week.

Today's box of Cascadian Farms Organic Plant Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip bars were from Small Planet Foods, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN). The Cascadian Farms brand is owned by General Mills (Minneapolis, MN).

Each individually-wrapped and relatively sweet, chewy oat bar included a smattering of dark chocolate chips; contained approximately 12 grams of protein (supplied by organic plant protein primarily from peanuts and peas), and consisted of (just) "10 simple ingredients."

Many large corporations are to be commended in the last decade for efforts to simplify (and/or shorten) their ingredients lists and to explore using more Non-GMO and organic ingredients, healthier supply chains, and less processed ingredients.

Many companies have also responded to customer desires to consume more "clean protein" and/or non-animal protein in their diets, resulting in higher demand for organic ingredients in their supply chains and/or for items like organic pea protein.*

I like protein in bars because it seems to balance out sweeteners, and it makes me feel more satiated (less hungry); and I feel better about adding some plant protein if I skip eating meat for a few days.

*Pea protein (a protein supplement powder made from yellow peas) is popular right now. 
In 2020 it can be found in many items including protein and energy bars, smoothie mixes, protein supplement packets, and vegetable "burger" patties. 

And, speaking of pea protein and companies/ingredient suppliers in the midwest...Currently, Puris—with facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota—is perhaps the largest U.S. supplier of Non-GMO pea protein. Cargill invested $75 million in Puris in 2019, to enable them to double production of this vegan, relatively non-allergenic ingredient currently in high-demand. While the source of the pea protein in this (and most other) bars is not typically disclosed, the Cargill investment in Puris shows there is a large and growing market for pea protein.

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