Joylent’s Twenny Bars are excellent. Each bar contains 20% of the recommended daily intake and the use by date on ours were 12+ months into the future. The excellent part is that it actually tastes good, both banana and chocolate flavours taste like a snack bar and as it’s made with lots of oats, it is incredibly filling. The dense texture doesn’t squish or crumble when it ends up in the bottom of a backpack.
I don’t usually carry snacks or food, but I packed one in my small bag that goes everywhere with me and discovered that it’s awesome. It’s a good snack for a long day out and great for travelling – business or pleasure – as a light meal replacement. It is not licensed for under 18’s, but I felt comfortable giving my daughter a few bites as we walked around Stourhead and somewhere between the Gothic Cottage and the Grotto, after much discussion between the three of us over all of its virtues, it stopped being a Twenny Bar and became Lembas.
Price: €2/bar sold in packs of 5, 25 and 50 bars
Paid Extras: Shipping costs, limited free shipping, then €5 – 60 Euros depending on order size and customer location.
Joylent the company is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and was founded in June 2014. It was started because the founder, Joey van Koningsbruggen, saw a gap in the market – Soylent was becoming available in the US but was not shipping beyond their borders. Joylent was able to take and build on the open source formula and deliberately started off shipping worldwide. The company has been through three moves and grew to employing over 35 people in their first year to keep up with demand.
Twenny bars is a flapjack type bar with added nutrients so that one bar makes up 20% of the recommended daily intake of all nutritional values. Each bar is individually wrapped and it’s available in 2 flavours: chocolate and banana.
- Target audience: Adults interested in convenient nutrition that require no preparation.
- Target age range: Made for “regular adults,” “Joylent is not intended for children under the age of 18 or women in pregnancy.”
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral
- Chocolate is a common migraine and acid-reflux trigger, but it’s a good migraine food and banana is a good choice for indigestion.
- Caution advised for those with digestive disorders as bars include many processed ingredients, including inulin, which may cause digestive symptoms to flare up with excessive consumption.
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Each bar is €2, around £1.60 and how cost-effective it is depends on how the bars are consumed and what foods you normally buy. Five bars a day to meet 100% of daily requirements without consuming any other food is €10, about £8, which is about the price of a light lunch or cheap dinner when eating out, but £8 can buy three lovely meals and snacks when buying fresh ingredients for cooking.
I wouldn’t consider Twenny Bars as a complete food replacement, but as an adjunct on busy days, they are excellent value for money. £1.60 for lunch is less than a supermarket sandwich and for those with a larger appetite, throw in an apple or two. It’s cheaper than Diet or Protein bars and much more balanced nutritionally. The convenience of nutrition-in-a-bar makes it an even more enticing choice.
Energy: 376 kcal/ 1572kJ
Fat: 14 g
Carbohydrates: 46 g
of which sugars: 13 g
Fibre: 6.6 g
Protein: 21 g
Salt: 1.22 g
Flavour: Chocolate, Banana
Release date: May 2016
Made in The Netherlands
21% Oat Blend (Rolled oats, Toasted malted oats – wholegrain oat flakes, palm oil, barley malt extract), Humectant (glycerol), Coconut Oil Powder (Milk), Soya Protein Crisp (Soya Protein, Tapioca Starch, Calcium carbonate, salt), water, full cream milk powder, maltodextrin, soya protein isolate, glucose syrup, partially inverted sugar syrup, whey protein concentrate (milk) contains emulsifier (soya lecithin), rapeseed oil, fructo-oligosaccharides, milk protein, inulin, Vitamin & mineral blend (maltodextrin, potassium carbonate, calcium carbonate, potassium salts of orthophosphoric acid, sodium chloride, magnesium oxide, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferric Pyrophosphate, DL-Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate, Zinc sulphate, nicotinamide, retinyl acetate, calcium D-Panthothenate, Manganese Sulphate, Cupric Sulphate, Cholecalciferol, pyroxidine Hydrochoride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Phylloquinone, Pteroylmonoglutamic acid, potassium iodate, chromium(III) chloride, sodium selenate, sodium molybdate, DBiotin, Sodium Fluoride, Cyanocobalamin), Fat-reduced cocoa powder, flavouring (chocolate), salt, antioxidant (E306).
Over the last two weeks I have thought of all the times I have been stranded somewhere without access to decent food unless I had packed it – on top of a hill, waiting at the airport, on a long-haul flight, road trips, camping, hotel rooms, at the end of a long day, after strenuous exercise, hospital rooms, hospital waiting rooms, sick days. Twenny Bars, packed with nutrition and easy on the taste buds flavour, would have been excellent to have on hand.
I have since added a bar to my bag and in the car dashboard where they are awaiting the unplanned inconveniences of life, like mega traffic jams on a long journey or when I think we will stop in somewhere for lunch when travelling and then somewhere is shut or non-existent.
It is a highly processed food and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday use, but it is a convenient snack far superior to what most people grab when caught unprepared – crisps, biscuits, sugary treats or an ice-cream. Having a simple meal or a piece of fresh fruit is by far superior and a more ecological choice, but there are always those moments where the ideal is inaccessible and for those, Joylent has come up with an excellent, tasty solution.
Recommended for long days out and as a travelling snack, particularly for active leisure or business trips where a regular energy boost makes all the difference.
The review is based on a selection chocolate and Banana Twenny Bars. Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 7 June 2016.