Clif bars have been around since 1991 when founder, Gary Erickson, created the product to compete with the often inedible energy bars of the day. I’ve always enjoyed Clif energy bars and was really excited when they came out with the Protein bar.
The Builder’s protein bars come in six fantastic flavors including Chocolate Mint and Vanilla Almond. The bars offer 20 grams of protein with only 8 grams of fat and (for you carb counters) 26 to 30 net carbs. Having tried almost every protein bar on the market over the last decade or so, this is one of the best tasting and texturally pleasing protein bars I’ve had. They are great pre and post hike snacks for muscle recovery and energy. I would not use these ON the hike as they all have some kind of flavored coating (chocolate typically) that will melt and make a huge mess when warmed in the sun.
All in all, a great product and I do recommend it. At just over $2 per bar retail (and I usually find them on sale for less) they are well worth having around to toss in a cooler for after a good long hike.
A side note about Clif Bar & Co.:
from Wiki, “In 2001, Clif Bar formalized their commitment to environmental sustainability. They transitioned to organic ingredients, eliminated shrink-wrap (which saved 90,000 pounds of plastic and $400,000 annually), and invested in wind energy to offset fossil fuel usage.
Clif Bar has also instituted a number of policies intended to make a more green-friendly business. In 2006, they announced their “Cool Commute” program, which gives employees $6,500 (taxed) to switch to bio-diesel or high-mileage hybrid cars to reduce their fuel consumption. As a bio-diesel incentive program, “Cool Commute” was the first of its type nationwide and drew praise from Al Gore for helping to aid the fight against global warming. In 2008, the company added a bike incentive to the Cool Commute Program providing employees up to $500 to purchase a commuter bike or to make commute friendly retrofits to an existing bike. Additionally in 2008, the company launched the Cool Home Program which provides employees up to $1,000 annually to make eco-improvement to their homes such as insulation, solar panel installation, new windows, etc. In April 2009, Clif Bar joined BICEP, a coalition of 18 companies (which includes Nike, eBay and The North Face) with the goal of passing progressive climate and energy legislation. In 2010 Clif Bar committed $500,000 to promote organic seed research and conserve crop genetic diversity.”