Not too long ago I got a box from Bumblebar. Their logo prominently features a bee, so I figured the plethora of energy bars inside had to have some kind of honey or pollen food commonality. This is not the case. Bumblebars are organic and vegan, socially and environmentally conscious, and produced in Spokane WA, but they apparently do not involve bees. But all the flavors are based on sesame and flax seed, and even if I’ve never sought out vegan products as an issue of principle, I do find sesame and flax tasty.

The bars are made with brown rice syrup or agave as sweeteners and are high in fibre and essential fatty acids. They are designed to provide sustained energy without sugar spikes or crashes. I find the texture satisfying without being overbearing, as the toasted seed base is a welcome break from the styrofoam quality of the hoards of energy bars with a crisped rice structure. However, Bumblebars are more suited to moderate riding, or post-ride. In a fast ride scenario, I want something like a gel block that I can scarf down fast without distracting me from the demands of the riding environment. Also, if you are already bonking, the calories won’t become available fast enough.

I like the nut-flavoured Bumblebars more than the fruit, as the fruitier ones were hard to liberate from the wrapper when the summer’s heat made them soft and sticky. I’d say my favourite was the Cashew.

You can buy them direct from Bumblebar on their site.


They’re called Bumble Bars and they have a giant bee on the label and there’s no honey or so much as a wax seal associated with them? 


Well Tide doesn’t actually have any tide in it and mustangs used to come with hood scoops that didn’t do anything . . . .

<shakes head> That argument falls flat with me.  You can’t package the movement of water based on the moon’s gravity, and cars have had fake scoops, portholes, etc for decades.  Big whoop.

All I’m saying, (and I’m sure Mark would agree if he wasn’t trying to pay the bills by being nice to potential advertisers) is that if you have a giant bee prominently displayed on a package called “Bumble Bars” there should be some honey or other bee product in the bloody thing. 

Take Girl Scout cookies - sure they’re not made from real Girl Scouts, but at least Girl Scouts (or their overzealous parents) sell them.

Note that bars aren’t our sponsors and we don’t suck up that way no. I just wrote Bumble Bars and asked them. What I’m saying is, “maybe in their branding they just like bees.” I don’t think that makes them lame, confusing yes, lame no. The bars are pretty good, but they lack the calories of a meal replacement on the bike. Snack yes.

So the package has a bee on it…but there’s no honey or pollen in the bars themselves.  Big f%#king deal…bumblebees don’t make much in the way of honey, anyhow.  A bee on the package isn’t worth getting bent out of shape for.

Besides, bees are cool even if you’re not a honey-eater!

Grape Nuts.

We have Oskri Organic bars that sound similar.  They are out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

They are sesame, flax seed and nuts with brown rice syrup.  I first had one on a ride that they provided bars for.  Very tasty and good food on the bike or as a snack at work.  I’m not involved with Oskri in any way.

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