So here's the deal: If you haven't tried barkTHINS, you are missing out and need to get on it ASAP. I first tried the almond flavor a few months ago. Since that first bite, the quality of my life has dramatically improved. I do not say that lightly. Each flavor of barkTHINS is a combination of Fair Trade dark chocolate and a Non-GMO goodie. I feel as though I owe it to all of the chocolate lovers to rank each of the 9 barkTHINS flavors from best to least best. Notice how I didn't say worst because there is no worst. You really can't go wrong.
Chocolate and mint are a match made in heaven, and barkTHINS balanced the two flawlessly in this flavor. They taste cool and fresh, pairing perfectly with a warm drink. Swap the chocolate chips in this recipe for boozy Bailey's mint chocolate chip pancakes with crushed pieces of this bark for the best brekkie of your life.
As I mentioned, the almond flavor was the first flavor I tried, so naturally, it ranks high on my list. There isn't anything special about the taste. But this barkTHIN flavor, similar to that of an almond, is timelessly classic. Consider it the vanilla ice-cream of barkTHINS. If you're really feeling this pairing, try making these dark chocolate almond walnut cranberry clusters.
3. Peppermint Pretzel
This flavor is like taking a bite out of Christmas. Because it's only available during the holiday season, I made sure to consume as many bags as humanly possible during the month of December. Although I am partial to anything mint flavored, including peppermint, I'm pretty sure everyone loves the taste of Christmas. Not to mention, peppermint has a ton of health benefits.
I don't eat berries (it's a texture thing), but recently started eating berry flavored granola bars, smoothies, etc., so I had to give these a shot. The blueberry taste isn't too excessive, and the quinoa in this flavor gives every bite the perfect crunch. Also, as pictured, I highly recommend tossing a few pieces of bark into your oatmeal for a morning pick-me-up.
If there's any taste with a spot in my heart almost as big as mint, it's coconut. After making this statement, it seems odd that I'd rank this flavor as #5 rather than #2. Don't get me wrong, these barkTHINS are fantastic, however, they lack the crunch I look for in a snack. Regardless, my favorite way to eat this flavor is with coconut milk ice-cream. No amount of coconut is too much.
6. Pumpkin Seed
Personally, I never really understood the pumpkin obsession that hits most teenage girls every September 1st. I do have to admit that these barkTHINS make pumpkin seem worth the hype, though. Definitely swap your PSL for a handful (or bowl) (or bag) of these the next time your pumpkin craving hits.
Pretzel and chocolate is one of my favorite combos because it's the best of both worlds: salty and sweet. It pains me to say that I don't think barkTHINS did the duo justice. There simply isn't enough pretzel for my liking. Nonetheless, I still eat an entire bag in one sitting. I could also eat an entire batch of these chocolate-covered pretzel butterscotch cookies in one sitting. No shame.
The gingerbread flavor is another holiday exclusive. I love gingerbread cakes and cookies, but rank this flavor towards the bottom of my list because I don't love gingerbread with a crunch. Cakes and cookies are soft and chewy, and that's the way I prefer my gingerbread. I'd still be stoked to see these in my stocking. This is a hint for next Christmas, Mom.
Last but certainly not least, peanut barkTHINS. This flavor is great, but in my opinion, it's the least exciting of the 9 flavors. I will 100% be purchasing a bag of these soon, though, because I think putting a couple pieces of this bark in a peanut butter sandwich would be life-changing.
There you have it, folks. At the end of the day, barkTHINS are my absolute favorite snack, no matter the flavor. I devour them all in seconds. Friends are concerned. It's hazardous that they're so readily accessible in my school's dining hall, but then again, I'm hoping I never outgrow this addiction.