Olympia Granola Bars

I believe that my search for that perfect granola bar has finally come to an end! Recently the guys at Trail Designs threw in one of the Green Tea Zest Olympia Granola bars in a package they were shipping me as an extra “treat.” And boy was it a treat! I will admit that I was a bit hesitant to try it at first…I wrote it off as just another “bar.” But let me tell you, I was wrong. Being that this little bar is a whopping 380 calories, I decided to just go ahead and eat the bar the next morning for breakfast…and that was all it took…

What I found was that this is not those typical hard, packed bars such as the Clif Bars that I am used to eating. And at the same time, they are not the processed to death bars that others are. Instead, this is a granola bar that is made with whole, real, raw ingredients that are lightly held together with pure, yummy, goodness. The bar will oh-so-slightly crumble apart with each bite, but not because it is dried out, but rather because each bite is moist, fresh, and real!

So, after eating the Green Tea Zest bar that the guys at Trail Designs (successfully) lured me in with, I knew that I would  have to have some more! What I found is that these are not available at too many places, and most of the places that do make them available sell them in a bulk of 18 for $49. However, the guys at Trail Designs do indeed offer all 8 flavors for sell, individually, for $2.85 each!

So, this past Saturday morning around 9 am I placed an order for 7 more of these delicious Olympia Granola Bars from Trail Designs. I decided to get 2 more of the Green Tea Zest Bars, 2 of the Lemon Chamomile Bars, 2 of the Honey Almond Bars and 1 of the Turtle Mocha Bars. I will admit that I am a bit hesitant to go with chocolate flavored bars after being disappointed in how most of them taste to me. For this reason, I prefer to stick with the more natural tasting bars, or one with a bit of zest to it anyway! (However, after eating these Olympia Bars, I feel like the chocolate flavored bars may be a bit better than those others I have tried, so I will eventually order the rest and try them all…)

The amazing thing is, when I placed the order with Trail Designs, a warning came up saying that they were traveling in Japan for a few days and that shipments would be a bit delayed. I was fine with this since I did not need immediately need these bars. However, the same day that I placed the order, I received a shipping notice. I have become used to getting these notices because once the shipping label is created, these notices usually get emailed out too. This does not mean that the item is actually in the mail. But, the next day (Sunday) when I clicked on the link to “track the shipment”, I was surprised to see that they were actually shipped and en route! Then, they showed up on my doorstep today (Monday)!

Now folks, that is on the ball right there. I do not think I have ever had anything show up that fast (and I usually get a lot of packages). That is basically next day shipping via USPS (remember, I ordered on Saturday and they showed up on Monday). And this was from San Jose, CA, all the way across the way to northeast MS! I am impressed and want to say a huge thanks to both the guys at Trail Designs for the way they handle business, and of course for introducing me to these wonderful bars, as well as to the folks at the USPS for the great job they do! I love these guys…  🙂

Anyway, back to the bars…

At this point I have only tried the Green Tea Zest bar, and as I mentioned above, I was a bit hesitant about it when I did so. But, after doing so, I realized that it was so good that the first 2 bars I placed in the cart when I ordered these were the Green Tea Zest bars! (These things are awesome.) It taste like a fresh granola bar with a little bit of zest and a hint of orange. I can’t explain how much I liked it, but trust me, I did. I cannot say if the other flavors are as good, but I am much more excited about trying them now as I was when trying the first one…

These bars are 380 calories for a 3 oz serving, so this is about 126 calories per oz. This is not a bad calorie to weight ratio in my opinion, especially when I consider in the fact that these truly are all natural, raw ingredients, and well, the fact that they just taste so dang good! My plans are to carry 2 of these per day while on the trail. I will eat one as a mid morning snack, and the other as a mid afternoon snack. And in between I will have a light lunch…

Anyway, I just wanted to take the time to express how happy I am with these granola bars. There are some other “good” granola bars out there that I am fine eating, but after eating one of these Olympia Granola Bars, I was more than good…I was excited about it and looked forward to getting more. These bars have definitely set the standard for me as far as I am concerned…

So, for those of you that are still looking for that perfect granola bar, may I suggest the Olympia Gourmet Granola Bars? If you are not so sure that you will like them as much as I do, might I also suggest picking up a single bar from the guys at Trail Designs to just give one a try? I think that you will be glad that you did!

Thanks for reading!

~Stick~

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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10 Responses to Olympia Granola Bars

  1. Gizmo Joe says:

    Wow man I might have to get me a few for our Smoky Mountains hike!

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    • Stick says:

      Joe,

      Be sure to check out any Books-A-Millions that may be near you… I checked the one in my town, but it is tiny and hardly even has any books, let along these bars… oh well…at least I can order them from Trail Designs though! 🙂

      ~Stick~

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  2. tipiwalter says:

    A couple years ago I went on a similar Olympia granola jag and ordered several cases of the things. I was terminally tired of Clif bars and too-sweet granola bars (sunbelt comes to mind) and the Power Bars, so I delved into these. After a couple backpacking trips I grew tired of their taste and found a few things to gripe about. First, the packaging is fragile and once opened a bar must be eaten in one sitting as the thin container disintegrates. Second, the bar itself crumbles to pieces and often must be “poured out” of the package. Did I mention I grew bored with the taste of the different flavors? I’m now into Larabars, Pro Bars and Dale’s protein bars.

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    • Stick says:

      TipiWalter,

      Hey, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      I think that with enough time, any of it will grow at least a little old…so there will probably always be something “refreshing”…or at least I hope so…

      As far as the wrapper, I always eat the while thing when I open it up so this is not an issue for me. Usually too though I have a quart size Ziploc that I keep on me for daily wrappers, so if I don’t eat it all I can still put it in the Ziploc bag.

      As far as the crumbles…I noticed that the one bar I have ate so far did indeed crumble when I bit into it, but it was not that bad. Maybe different flavors will vary…

      I agree with you about the Larabars though! My favorite so far is the Apple Pie, Lemon Bar and Pecan Pie. At the moment, a good mix of Larabars and Olympia bars sounds like a great trip to me!

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      ~Stick~

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  3. A few related articles worth reading:

    http://gossamergear.com/wp/tips/protein-bars

    http://hikeitlikeit.com/2012/battle-of-the-bars/

    Only Olympia bar I have had is the Moca Mint and it was pretty good.

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      Thanks for the links. The graph at Hike It. Like It. was really good. The Olympia bar came in at 3rd overall in the combined scores at 8.7/10! 🙂

      I am like you, only had the Green Tea Zest, and it was really good. Thanks to Jim, I just realized that these are sold at Books-A-Million and the one here in Corinth is even listed…so I need to go by and check it out. I would honestly be surprised though since this BAM is tiny…TBH, I am not sure that it is still open…

      ~Stick~

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  4. beechcreekproject says:

    Can’t wait to hear how the other flavors tasted. I’m not real big on the bars but have eaten a few Clif Bars in my time. They are ok but definitely not anything that rocked my boat. Be interesting to see how these new bars taste. Thanks for the info.

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    • Stick says:

      beechcreekproject,

      I am waiting to eat the others on a hike coming up, but as I said, the Green Tea Zest was AWESOME! I would actually be fine ordering a box of 18 of just these, but I have a sneaking suspicion that these other’s will be just as good. Pick one up an give it a try though…

      I agree with you too about the Clif Bars…

      ~Stick~

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  5. Jim Henegar says:

    Nice right up buddy. I looked at there site and notice they are available at Books a Million stores, which we have. I reckon I will have to stop by and pick one up.

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    • Stick says:

      Jim,

      I didn’t even realize that they are sold at Books-A-Million… This is what I get for being an internet shopper… I simply Google it and go to sites that I am familiar with… Anyway, we have a tiny Books-A-Million here in my town, but I will go and check it out…

      Anyway, I think that you will enjoy them…my wife has already claimed the Turtle Mocha… 🙂

      ~Stick~

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