What You'll Get
Unless xanthan gum and sodium alginate make your mouth water, today's deal delivers you from tasteless bars of dubious nutritional value to tasty bars of definite nutritional value with You Bar: for $12, you get $25 worth of custom nutrition bars, shakes, trail mixes, cookies, and cereals. Creations can be created for those with food allergies. This Groupon does not include shipping.
You Bar's easy step-by-step process gives you tips and info about what each ingredient offers and for whom it's best suited, recommends ingredient combos for flavor and texture, and gives you ingredient-by-ingredient updates on nutritional value. For a bar, start by choosing one or two bases (cashew butter, fat-free organic dates, organic peanut butter, and more), pick your protein of choice (whey, soy, or rice), nuts and seeds (almonds, hempseeds, pecans, and more), dried fruits (goji berries, cherries, sweetened blueberries, and more), sweeteners (agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or clover honey), seasonings (carob powder, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and more), grains and cereals, infusions (vitamins, spirulina, fiber, or stevia), and presidential head shape (Thomas Jefferson, William McKinley, Perry Como). Bars come in three sizes and are packaged in boxes of 13 ($37.57 for small, $38.87 for medium, $41.47 for large), as are trail mixes ($24.57, $25.87, $28.47) and shakes ($37.57, $38.87, $41.47). Building your own cookie ($39.99 for a 12-cookie tin), gives you the option of adding sweeteners and butters, as well as organic fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, and so much more. In all there are 19 customizable steps, each with a dizzying number of options and additional instructions translated into Latin.
Once you've designed your custom creation, you'll be asked to name it so each bar, shake, or mix will bear the title you give it on professionally printed labels. Stuff your runner significant other's holiday stocking full of custom bars bearing an inside joke, mark your nutrition territory to deter coworkers from swiping them and building edible suspension bridges spanning cubicles, or just give yourself an ego boost with a bar named Dave's Hyperpunch Energy Snax. If customizing your nutrition is overwhelming, check out You Bar's popular recipe bars, shakes, mixes (all $32.37 per box), cookies ($39.99 per tin), and cereals ($19.37 per box).
Celebrities love You Bar, and so do the Today Show and ABC 7 Los Angeles. You Bars' custom nutrition bars were featured in the New York Times, Time Out Chicago, Runners World, Time Out New York, More, Health, Women's Health, and elsewhere. Reviewers on Bars Are Food and The Dirty tShirt rave about the easy-to-use website and tasty creations:
- Because you dictate what goes in, the service is perfect for vegans or people with food allergies who normally have to inspect labels with a magnifying glass. – Women's Health
- Overall, we liked the YouBar process from start to finish — and the bars themselves are quite impressive as well. These guys are definitely the kings of the “build your own bar” market! – Bars Are Food
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per order. Not valid until 11/26/10. Online or in-store only. Shipping not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.