For some reason, there’s absolutely no shortage of Vivani bars in Eastern Canada. The German company is well represented in quite a few local shops and I’ve happily eaten them too. But I’d never seen this particular bar until recently so it naturally caught my eye.
I’m very happy that the people at Vivani didn’t go with any of those dubious health claims for their Vollmilch Waldbeer Crunchy bar. After all, just adding some granola to a bar of chocolate isn’t going to turn it into some kind of superfood. But that’s basically what this is – 33% organic milk chocolate with wild berry granola mixed through it. 33% leaves a lot of room for the raw cane sugar, the first item on the ingredient list, and that translates into a rather sweet bar of chocolate. Those who like theirs dark and rich should stay away.
I’m not quite sure why I was surprised that this tasted so much of granola, but I was. The little clusters of oat flakes really dominate, with the blueberries and raspberries charging to the front of the pack too. But what I wasn’t ready for was the texture. Adding all that stuff to the chocolate makes for a very cluttered bar, plus it goes beyond the ‘Crunchy’ that’s promised on the box. By the end of each square, there’s a grittiness left behind just like when eating a big bowl of granola. And I really, really didn’t like that at all.
Funnily enough, as I was checking back into the Chocablog archives to see if there were any other mixes of chocolate and granola – there was one, but more interestingly in the comments section there was the suggestion of simply mixing a bunch of fruit, nuts and other granola-esque items into some melted chocolate. And that would probably address most of the issues that this bar had. But ultimately, I’m much happier keeping my chocolate and granola as separate entities.