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Oct
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2011
Oct 9, 2011

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I confess, here at thingsthatwedo.com, I spend a lot of time trying out new products that maybe I wouldn’t test out if it weren’t for this website. Sometimes, we find foods and things we really like. Other times, we regret ever setting eyes on a certain product (I still can’t look at the Uncle Bens rice and sauce product that I reviewed a while back. It just creeps me out)  
During a recent trip to our local Loblaws, I wandered through the aisles as I often do and came across this product from their PC Organics line: PC Organics mini granola bars that come in blueberry and raspberry. I read the ingredients and it’s not bad, the list is long but at least most of it is organic so I decided to buy it and give it a test drive for a product review. So, was this PC product worth the money I spent on it?

Product review: What happened?

I opened the box of PC Organics mini granola bars and thought they were cute. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever used the word ‘cute’ to describe a product on thingsthatwedo.com but nonetheless, it’s a cute size for a mini granola bar which makes sense since I did find it in the baby section and they’re designed for infants 12 months and up.
My daughter and I each have one, she tried the raspberry and I had the blueberry mini granola bar. We both decided that the flavour is pretty good although it’s not the first snack she runs to. I personally like the crispness of the granola bar that comes from the brown rice. Unlike typical granola bars that I sometimes find too heavy and dense, this one has a lightness to it. Again, considering that it is for children 12 months and older, this makes sense. I can’t imagine a young child being able to stomach a rich dense granola bar. The PC mini granola bar is also not very sweet by my adult standards although each 20 gram bar does contain 6 grams of sugar.

Verdict:

I have to be honest with all of you and tell you that if my daughter was still a baby past 12 months old, I wouldn’t be buying this product for her. For me, there are just too many ingredients in this PC product for me to risk trying with a child that young. Sure, by the time they’re 12 months old, they’re internal systems are more mature than they were when she was 6 months old but at the same time, she wouldn’t have tried all those different ingredients separately yet. Should she end up with an allergic reaction to this product, I wouldn’t know what she was allergic to!
Having said that, I also believe it’s a misconception that only infants and toddlers can eat this mini granola bar. Like most children’s snacks, I think they’re also perfectly fine for adults too. I would certainly rather have these PC Organic granola bars than any other adult granola bar at this point in my life. I find most grown up granola bars to be too sweet or laced with chocolate or coconut or something else that makes them seem too intense and rich for my standards. I also think these PC mini organic granola bars are better than the granola bars marketed to older children which I also find to be too sweet for anyone’s good.
Thus, my recommendation would be for Loblaws to consider re-packaging this food item so that it’s not just targeted to infants and toddlers. After all, a parent like me might want to consider sticking one of these mini granola bars into her kid’s lunch box but that would just be embarrassing for the child! Re-package this product, market it to a wider target audience and sales will likely go up. At least, that’s my own humble opinion. So, in the future, I may just buy this product again but I’ll only eat them at home!
Needless to say, let me end off this product review by stipulating the obvious. This product review on the PC organic mini granola bars is by ThingsThatWeDo.com and no one else. If you see this review anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this product review (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. It’s sad that I now have to be mindful of using such language to make sure others don’t just swipe away the material that I’ve so carefully typed up. I mean, after all, who’s the one coming up with all these opinions? Me, of course! Me, myself, and I here at thingsthatwedo dot com!

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