Simply (The Best) Bar (None) [Giveaway!]

by Sarah on August 14, 2012 · 152 comments

Did I look up the origins of the expression “bar none” in order to title this post the way I did? Yes. Did I feel sort of silly for not realizing it’s just short for ‘barring’ none? Yes.

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I first heard about The Simply Bar at the Blend Retreat this year, when Janetha was spotted lugging a giant cardboard box of them into the center of our pre-hike gathering and said, “Let me introduce you to the bar that will change your life.”

OK. That’s not entirely how it happened. But it could have. It should have.

The Simply Bar might not have changed my life, but it did change my ideas about protein bars.

Unlike many bars I have eaten (and, to be honest, did enjoy) The Simply Bar is not a sugar-high masquerading as a protein bar.

I was immediately shocked at the incredible amount of protein–16g?!–for the comparative number of calories (only 150).Even more incredible than that, however, are the flavors. From the Caramel Peanut that provided a much-needed afternoon pick-me-up at school…….to the Cinnamon Pecan that saved my stomach from eating my spine* on a road trip to Richmond.

*Thank you Laura for that turn of phrase.And–even when it was miniature and smushed–who can deny the deliciousness of anything Chocolate Peanut Butter?I’m also pretty sure that the Lemon Coconuta lemon coconut protein bar?!?!–was partly responsible for Lemon Bar Nutty Butter. Thanks to the kindness of the company–and the fact that I won not one…

…but TWO different giveways…

…I have been able to try all of the flavors. [Even if I am really bad about sharing…]

“Sorry, Liz, I totally brought this Simply Bar so you could taste it…but I ate it on the way here.”*

*True story.I might be bad about sharing, but I’m REALLY great at spreading my love for these bars, as we all discovered (later that same day) when I was expounding their fabulous characteristics with such effusiveness at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival that the volunteers  became confused about who was actually working the booth.I can’t, unfortunately, hook you up with the (amazingly incredible) Chocolate Raspberry, but I CAN give away a set of the other four most popular U.S.-distributed Simply Bars.

How to win a set of Simply (the best) Bars of your own?

Simply leave a comment telling me what creative bar flavor YOU would create if you could: Ginger cashew? Maple strawberry? Vanilla orange cardamom?

Additional entries:

  • Follow The Simply Bar  on twitter.
  • Follow The Smart Kitchen on twitter.
  • Tweet about the giveaway…something like: ” @thesmartkitchen is giving away a set of @thesimplybar–it’s simply SMART to enter :) http://tinyurl.com/dxjptxj “

I’ll pick a winner in a few days!

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Before I giveaway The Simply Bar, I should probably close the Birthday Cake Nutty Butter giveaway, huh?

Happy (Nutty Butter) Birthday to….E-mail me Kristen…I can’t wait to get you some Nutty Butter! :)

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{ 152 comments }

Emily M. August 14, 2012 at 1:29 am

hmm…i would create pumpkin chocolate chip!

Elsa August 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

I would make a Strawberry Pistachio bar :)

Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

OK, I am wayyyy too excited about this!!!!!!!!!!!! First you send me a salad spinner (which I use all the time, by the way), and now I win the best sounding flavor of nut butter EVER! I’ll email you right away! Thanks, girl!

Renata August 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

Mmmm! Strawberry Cheesecake! :-)

Renata August 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

I follow the Simply Bar on Twitter serene_streams

Renata August 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

I follow you on Twitter serene_streams

Calee (@chimes) August 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

These are *so* good.

PS you should linkup on my TTL post since you’ve got a giveaway going! :)

Renata August 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Serene_streams/status/235345248979664897
Thank you so much as they sound delicious just like your yummy nut butters! :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

I’d make a vanilla cinnamon coffee cake! or something like that.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

tweeted!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

already following you! duh!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

already following SB!

suzie August 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

maca mexican hot chocolate!!

Nikki S August 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’d find a way to make either an Oregon Huckleberry or a Michigan Cherry (& nut) bar.

Ashley August 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

I would create a orange pineapple macadamia bar. mMmMmM :)

Ashley August 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

I follow Simply Bar on Twitter

Ashley August 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

I follow you on twitter

Ashley August 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

I tweeted the giveaway :)

Adrienne August 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

Cinnamon latte would be my flavor of choice! :)

Kathy August 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

I’d stick to a tried and true best seller – chocolate mint! Yummy!

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife August 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

chocolate peanut butter banana (:

Michelle C. August 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’d make some kind of coffee flavored one.

Sally August 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

I would create a dark chocolate crunchy bar filled with sea salt caramel.

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife August 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

i follow you on twitter

Emily August 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

A birthday cake bar would be amazing. And probably healthier than eating birthday cake for a snack.

jill August 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

I follow The Simply Bar on Twitter! @jkasparbauer

jill August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

I follow YOU on twitter! @jkasparbauer

jill August 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Mmmm….strawberry peanut butter oatmeal?!

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife August 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

i follow them on twitter

jill August 14, 2012 at 8:54 am
Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife August 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

i tweeted.

Danica @ It's Progression August 14, 2012 at 8:59 am

I love any bar that has nut butter as part of its flavor–my creation would require it.

Danica @ It's Progression August 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’m following the Simply Bar on twitter!

Danica @ It's Progression August 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

I follow you on twitter!

Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life August 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

Mmmmmm… I love pumpkin (and am longing for fall), so I’d say some sort of pumpkin pie bar :)

Danica @ It's Progression August 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

Tosha August 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

Midnight snack – based on the ben and jerry’s ice cream flavor :)

Georgiana August 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

Pina Colada would be a refreshing tropical flavor!

Debbie (accidently delish) August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

Chocolate coconut. Shocker huh. I’m addicted.

Debbie (accidently delish) August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

I already follow simply bar on twitter

Debbie (accidently delish) August 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

Already follow you on twitter <3

Cari August 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’ve seen these bars in stores before, and I’ve been meaning to try them– they look delicious! I think I’d probably create either a chai-spice and orange flavor or a spicy mexican chocolate bar :). Yum!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile August 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

Yum!! I’d do a chocolate orange! OR an apple pie :)

marie August 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’d like to see ginger pear, which would have chunks of crystallized ginger and dried pear.

marie August 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

I tweeted!

Carla August 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Cranberry raisin would do it for me!

marie August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

I twitter follow The Smart Kitchen.

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’d love peanut butter and jelly… Maybe that’s not the most creative one I could up with, but it sure does sound amazing!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

I follow The Simply Bar on Twitter!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

I follow YOU on Twitter!

marie August 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

And I Twitter follow The Simply Bar, too.

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

aaaaaaaaaaand I tweeted!

Carla August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Following Miss Smart on twitter!

Carla August 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

And now following Simply Bar on twitter as well!

Ray August 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

Ginger Date would be my combination! Love dates & ginger! Thanks!

Alek August 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

Blueberry peanut butter cinnamon it’s an amazing combo!(;

Kari M August 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would go for a chocolate coconut!

Stephanie @ On the Road to RD August 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would create a cinnamon apricot, peaches ‘n’ cream, or lemon drop flavor!

Linda August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’d love a lemon bar.

Glen August 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

I would totally create a salted caramel pretzel….I know its so mainstream and has been done so many times but I LOVE that flavor combination!

Christina August 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

I would create a cookie dough flavor! It’s not that inventive, for sure, but it’s my favorite flavor :)

Alexandra August 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

I’d want to create something chocolately FOR SURE! maybe chocolate covered cherry? Dark chocolate with sea salt? Yum!!

Alexandra August 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

following you on FB!

Ozlem August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

chocolate caramel sour cherry of course!!

Becky@MunchingVeggies August 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

all things lemon-y appeal to me these days. I blame summer.

Becky@MunchingVeggies August 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

also follow you on twitter!

Kristin August 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Cinnamon, chocolate, coffee or something like that. Yum!

Laura August 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Any bar that I created would have to involve pumpkin, maple, and cashews. How could that not be wonderful??

Heather Blackmon @ Better With Veggies August 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I love Simply Bars!! New flavor? How about Mexican Chocolate – sweet and spicy! =)

Emily August 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

White Chocolate Key Lime :)

Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Remember that time we went to the vegetarian festival and you practically SOLD the Simply Bars to everyone there? You’re the world’s best spokes-blogger 😉

xoxo

Jackie D August 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Salted caramel apple!

Jessica August 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I follow you on twitter

Jessica August 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I follow simply bar on twitter

Jessica August 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I’d love a s’mores flavor. I love s’mores everything!

Jessica August 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I tweeted the giveaway :)

Willow @ My Own Trail August 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I have been looking all over for these and I can’t find them anywhere! I may have to order them online. I would totally create a coffee almond flavored bar.

maija August 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

i’m not that creative. all i want from a bar is peanut butter chocolate chip delicious.

Lauren August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I want a dark chocolate cinnamon bar with pretzels. For some reason, that sounds really good.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

These will change your life! I want a coconut coffee one!!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I already follow you.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

and I follow them. :)

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

tweeted! :)

Court Star @ StarSystemz August 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

If I could make ANY flavor I would make cinnamon apple peanut butter! I love all THREE mixed together as a snack and to be able to throw that in my purse and not have it mushed would be heavenly :) Followed you on twitter @starsystemz Love and Shine CourtStar

Lauren August 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I follow you on Twitter @TeenEatLive

Madeline August 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Lemon peanut coconut :)

Madeline August 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I follow Simply Bar on Twitter!

Madeline August 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

And I follow you on Twitter too :)

Nicole @ Curly Mommy August 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I would make Coconut Blueberry- best combo ever!

Lauren August 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I followed The Simply Bar on twitter

Maria August 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I’d like a snickerdoodle or a pumpkin spiced Simply Bar (and nutty butter…in case you are open to more flavor ideas!)

Maria August 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

Maria August 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

And I follow Simply Bar on Twitter.

SarahRuth August 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I would invent dark choc cashew w/ sea salt!

SarahRuth August 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I follow you on Twitter :)

SarahRuth August 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

And… I follow Simply Bar on Twitter!

Jodie August 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Ok, you’ve convinced me to search and consume these protein bars!

I would love to make a dark chocolate blueberry coconut bar, nom nom.

JaLynn August 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I would invent a rocky road bar.

karina August 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

hmmm how about a maple brown sugar with pecan flavor? random but sounds good to me :)

Mariell @ HealthyPantz August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Funfetti cake batter. Whoa, yes.

Mariell @ HealthyPantz August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Following you on Twitter!

Lauren August 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Carrot Cake! :)

Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I would make a pecan pie type flavor!

Monica August 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I would make a strawberry pecan flavored bar 😉

Monica August 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

And I already follow you on Twitter =D

Meghan August 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Creamsicle might be good!

Jordan D August 15, 2012 at 12:41 am

I’d make a mint chocolate bar or a mango macadamia nut bar, mmmm

Jordan D August 15, 2012 at 12:41 am

I follow Simply Bar on twitter
@j_mosh

Jordan D August 15, 2012 at 12:42 am

I follow you on twitter, too
@j_mosh

Nana Phyllis August 15, 2012 at 12:42 am

I love cranberry orange combo. How about lemon/coconut??!!

Jordan D August 15, 2012 at 12:49 am
Krista August 15, 2012 at 2:18 am

Oooh! Um, Key Lime (I like the key lime Larabar…), or maybe something pepperminty/chocolate, or espresso’y…

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

You said cardamon and now I’m totally dreaming of a chai latte bar…mmmmm!!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

I follow Simply Bar on Twitter!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

I follow you on Twitter….duh! 😉

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

Annnnnnnnd I tweeted! And totally giggled when I read your play on words! Ahh, you are so punny! 😉

Tonia August 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

White chocolate and lemon!

Tonia August 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

I follow the simply bar on twitter!

Tonia August 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

And I follow you on twitter!

Corey August 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

I would make a Mint Chocolate Pecan Chunk bar!

Ana August 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Wow, the bars look and sound amazing, what great nutrition stats!
I would create a smores bar, and an oatmeal
chocolate chip, love that combo!
Ana

Ana August 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I follow the simply bar on twitter!
@KitchenspaceAna
Ana

Ana August 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I also follow the smart kitchen on twitter!
@KitchenspaceAna
Ana

Dina August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I’d do coconut, almond butter with dried cherries! yum!

june manzano August 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

i am thinking something pumpkin-y!!! I also tweeted :)

Rachael August 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

OMG!! If they made a maple/brown sugar, I could get my tween to get her protein. As for me, choc rasp is MY love, lemon/blueberry, or even just a simple peanut butter and choc chip!

Todd Bliss August 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I would make strawberry and coconut flavor

Katie August 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Mine would be pumpkin peanut butter! YUMM

Katie August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

follow them on twitter!

Katie August 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

follow you on twitter!

Sunshine Bourque August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

All of these flavors sound AMAZING! I am thinking maybe a chocolate cream eclair bar, or a bourbon pecan truffle bar, or an apple pie bar…whatever the case, I would LOVE to try the flavors! Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather Feenstra August 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Someone already beat me to it! I would have picked Pumpkin Spice!

Since it’s already taken, I bet a Coconut Chocolate would be very yummy!

I don’t know if this contest is Canada friendly… :(

Sarah August 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

It is! Simply Bars are actually a Canadian product. :)

Jeanine August 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I’d make a strawberry rhubarb bar!

Nicole G August 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I’d make a French toast like bar – not sure how but something that tastes akin to French toast.

Lauren August 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Blueberry almond!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I would create….. raspberry chocolate almond butter!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Already following you on twitter

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Already following Simply Bar on Twitter

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Tweeted!

Meg Bowley August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Lemon Cherry, but more cherry than lemon

Lele August 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Hmm, you had me at cashew. Cashew… cranberry! Sounds good and colorful :)

Ellyn August 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Pb&J!

Ellyn August 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Following them on twitter!

Ellyn August 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Following you on twitter!

Nidia August 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Omgeeeeeeee i think i would create a Hazelnut maple pecan flavored bar! Or a pumpkin ginger cashew, nom nom nom!!

Nidia August 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I follow you on twitter already :)!

Nidia August 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I follow the simply bar on twitter also!

Hindy August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

My custom flavor would involve dark chocolate, caramel and coffee!

Hindy August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

I follow you on twitter!

Hindy August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

I follow simply bar on twitter!

Sarah Van Alsten August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

The flavor I would make is Hazelnut Coffee Toffee. YUM! PS… I would totally buy that in nut butter form as well! :)

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