As an endurance cyclist, I’ve eaten a lot of energy bars and drinks and gels. Most of them are passable at best, which is why I’d also seek out PayDays and Bit-O-Honeys instead. With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps those weren’t the best choices.
The other day, I had my first Perfect Foods Bar. It tasted so good that I decided to read the package to see what is wrong with it because my mindset for the past 40 years has been if it tastes good, it must be bad for you. I couldn’t see any thing in the nutritional information on the back of the package that jumped out at me so I called Shannon to help me sniff out the hidden badness they must certainly possess.
To my utter surprise, she said these are great fuel and precisely the sort of thing I should be eating. In fact, she said that the only reason she doesn’t more proactively recommend them to people is because they are on the expensive side.
Obviously Shannon isn’t aware of what a Double Western Bacon Burger Meal (a.k.a. a #7) at Carl’s Junior or a few dozen buffalo wings costs these days. Well I am aware and I say $2.50 for one of these bars is a bargain — particularly when you consider a whole one can be used as an entire meal.
The peanut butter Perfect Food Bar looks kind of like a Power Bar but the flavor is much more similar to peanut butter fudge (albeit not as sweet or creamy). Seriously, it’s that good. I haven’t ventured out and tried the other flavors, but I’m optimistic.
You can get these at the local hippie-marts like New Seasons or Whole Foods. I can say for sure that I’ll be buying these by the case once cycling season gets into full swing.