REVIEW: Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars

Written by | August 26, 2009

Topics: 7 Rating, Blue Bunny, Food, Ice Cream, Snacks

It’s pretty pathetic that someone born and raised in New England has never gone skiing. It’s even more pathetic that this person spent a week at a mountain resort town in Switzerland and not once strapped on the skis and tried the bunny slope. The same person would probably not even consider skiing in the celebrity-laden, snooty, yet sporty town of Aspen, Colorado.

However, I…I mean, this person would not be added to a long list of poseurs that includes the dude in the “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” music video and Kevin Federline (wait, aren’t they the same person?) by walking around the lodge pimped out in the latest North Face gear bragging about the “black diamond” run (that’s what they call it, right?). No, instead I would be in the corner, sitting next to a fireplace like the Masterpiece Theatre guy, except I would be nursing an Irish Coffee and maybe enjoying the new Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bar. Although, this frozen confection would be melted before I even open the wrapper due to the blazing, yet romantic fire burning beside me. In fact, it was pretty much melting upon opening in the comfort of an air-conditioned room. Not a good sign.

The Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bar is enrobed with a vanilla yogurt shell that’s covers the entire bar like a nice LL Bean cable-knit sweater or a ski jacket with pockets inside of pockets. The yogurt shell is similar to the stuff on some trail mix raisins. On top, there’s a small dusting of granola.

I wanted to enjoy the first bite, but like I said, it was melting already, so the first bite was quick and ended in a slurp. The raspberry fro-yo is very tasty (avid readers know I’m a whore for raspberry flavored things) and it combines well with the vanilla yogurt shell and the layer of raspberry preserve that’s stuck in there. The crunch of the granola is pretty darn good, but I don’t think there’s enough of it to formally call this frozen yogurt novelty a granola bar. Blue Bunny boasts that these treats are loaded with probiotic cultures, which is just a chemistry way of saying that these bars can aid in bowel movements and keep you regular without the need of Metamucil or the new Volcano Menu at Taco Bell.

Usually size doesn’t matter (when it comes to frozen treats), but I was quite impressed by the size of these things (I am a small girl though). They’re roughly the size of a Milky Way, but of course they disappear quicker, because for some reason when instantly exposed to non-freezer like conditions they morph into the Wicked Witch of the West or Joan Rivers at the beach (wait, aren’t they the same person?).

Even with the fast melting, the Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen bars are pretty good, but I wouldn’t necessarily call these a healthy alternative to other frozen treats, because one bar packs 150 calories (80 of which are from fat) and 35% of your daily saturated fat content! But, really traditional granola bars are similar in nutrition, but a lot of us forget that because it’s ingrained in us they are healthy. If you are a granola bar lover (like myself) you might be disappointed in the lack of granola, but like those yogurt cups with the granola on top, you can add your own to the Aspen bar by dipping it in more. Similar to what people do with Funny Bones by injecting more peanut butter, or that creepy lion woman injecting more collagen in her lips.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 Bar – 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 milligrams of sodium, 75 milligrams of potassium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 10% calcium, 4% riboflavin, 4% phosphorus and 2% vitamin B12.)

Item: Blue Bunny Raspberry Vanilla Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars
Price: $2.50
Size: 8-pack
Purchased at: Wal-Mart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Different than most frozen novelties. Coating is not white chocolate. Sweater weather. Probiotic cultures helps you stay regular. Bar size.
Cons: Never experiencing the slopes. Not enough granola. Not being able to find your keys. Because your anorak has more pockets than necessary. People who get uber amounts of plastic surgery. High in saturated fat.






16 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Marvo says:

    Probiotic should be renamed to Probuttoutic…I know, that was lame. :(

  2. amanda says:

    I have seen these frozen treats a few times while in the freezer section before. Thanks for the review…very strange they melt so quickly after being out of the freezer.

  3. messy says:

    Probiotic means there are active (AKA live) cultures, correct? Bacteria that would be effective in your digestive tract (not sure of the temp of that, but guessing it’s around body temp) could not withstand freezing. I mean, I am definitely no scientist, but this doesn’t make any fraking sense? Does anyone regulate these probiotic claims?

  4. Supposedly the bacteria survives but is not as effective, like in frozen natto. It still is very beneficial for several reasons and the bacteria in it survive enough to still do their job, but not as effectively as a fresh batch of natto would.

  5. Phil says:

    I hate ice cream that melts immediately, and I’m no master at recuperating the dripping. I just let it drop, and stick to the floor. Then i have to clean the floor.

  6. Chuck says:

    Fake healthy products annoy me. Bring on the Dove bars.

  7. maxchain says:

    You kidding? Everything on top of “raspberry” and “frozen yogurt” is a delightful bonus! I just hope they can survive the trip from the store intact.

  8. Lex says:

    Probiottics don’t work, they just make things more expensive. The freezing would make them dormant.

    Those look pretty tasty.. I will have to take a look around the freezer section for them.

  9. Alisha says:

    @Chuck- I agree. I would rather just eat something flat out shitty for you and enjoy it more than eat something under the ruse of it being good for you, though in the end you may as well have enjoyed the fatty deliciousness of a Klondike.

  10. Ken says:

    $2.50 for an 8 pack?! That’s a great price for something so fancy schmancy.

  11. Ryan says:

    Yeah, I agree with Ken. $2.50 for an 8-pack seems like a really good deal. What other flavors are available?

  12. Coltaine says:

    Don’t worry I’ve lived in hawaii all my life, never went surfing.

  13. Kayla says:

    @ Ken and Ryan Yeah, the Wally World near me was having a deal on them. I believe the Aspen come in strawberry as well. There’s also something called the Sedona which is a granola type frozen yogurt sandwich with chocolate fro yo in the middle. They looked quite hearty.

  14. Neil THE HAMMER says:

    sounds good at a great price my walmart just got a 3 million dollar facelift and all prices went UP like a 12 pack of pepsi went from 3.00 to 3.97 in 1 day wow

  15. Dubba says:

    funny, I didn’t have any melting problems with the box I tried back in May.



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