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Kind-brand bars are ‘da kine’ on Mt. Tam

Kind-brand energy bars were the ideal snack for a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.
Kind-brand energy bars were the ideal snack for a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Five of us hikers trekked out of Mill Valley on a recent sunny day, in quest of the great vistas from the deck of the Mountain Home Inn atop Mt. Tamalpais.

Along with the bottled water, a Buck knife and binoculars in my backpack were five Kind energy bars. They’re a perfect match for outdoors activities. You’ve seen them in stores everywhere, right? They’re eye-catching in their distinctive red-yellow-blue-green striped wrappers, displayed among many other brands of bars found in the “natural-food snacks” aisles. The manufacturer’s “suggested retail price” is $2 per, but they range from $1 to $3, depending on where you shop.

The idea was to share them over lunch (lime-marinated chicken, oranges, fresh pineapple, oyster crackers) and figure out which flavors we liked best. Which wasn’t easy, as Kind bars — based in fruit, nut, spices and sometimes chocolate — taste more like candy bars than healthful energy bars.

We favored them in this order: dark chocolate-cinnamon-pecan, maple-glazed pecan and sea salt, dark chocolate-chile-almond, cashew-ginger-spices and Madagascar vanilla-almond.

The New York Times ran an interesting article on Kind bars, saying in part that the “company sells more than 20 million bars a month at 80,000 locations nationwide.”

Once you taste them, it’s easy to see why.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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