Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bar vs Kirland Nut Bar

nutrisystem dark chocolate and sea salt bar vs kirkland nut bar
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If you are a fan of the Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bar you may want to read this review along with a comparable Costco Product the "Kirkland Nut Bar". Both products are almost equivalent in nutrients including calories, sugar, proteins and fats. Read about the similarities and differences.

Healthy Snack Bars

That term may seem like an oxymoron but sometimes you may want a sweet snack that has some healthy attributes.  I found these Kirkland Nut Bars at Costco and they looked very similar to Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bars which I had purchased while reviewing (and losing weight on) the Nutrisystem Turbo 10 plan.  They are close enough in calories and general nutrient content that if you are familiar with the bar and you'd like a less expensive option you may want to check these Kirkland bars out.  Here is the basic breakdown:

   Nutrisystem Bar
 Kirkland Bar
 Serving Size
 1 bar (40g)
 1 bar (40g)
 Calories  200  210
 Fat Calories
 120  140
 Total Fat
 13g  16g
 Saturated Fat
 3g  3g
 Trans Fats
 0  0
 Cholesterol  0  0
 Sodium  120mg  110mg
 Total Carbs
 16g  14g
 Fiber  7g  7g
 Sugars  5g  6g
 Protein  6g  6g
     

I have not confirmed this with either company but it looks like the bars are manufactured in the same plant.  Both are from Canada and they have almost identical ingredients.  See that information below and let's compare the ingredient list.

kirkland and nutrisystem bars together

 

Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bar Ingredients

The ingredients as displayed on the package are as follows:

Almonds, peanuts, chicory root fiber, dark chocolate coating (sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, cocoa processed with alkali, lactose, palm oil, soy lecithin, vanilla), walnuts, rice crisp (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), honey, organic gum acacia, glycerin, peanut oil, sea salt, soy lecithin (as emulsifier), mixed tocopherols. contains soy, peanuts and tree nuts (almonds, walnuts). manufactured in a facility that also processes egg, milk, peanuts and wheat. Made in Canada.

Kirkland Nut Bar Ingredients

The Kirkland Nut Bar ingredients are described as:

Almonds, dark chocolate flavored coating [chicory root insulin, sugar, palm kernel oil, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), soy lecithin-an emulsifier, salt, vanilla extract], chicory root extract, cashew, sunflower kernels, honey, walnut, rice syrup, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, calcium carbonate, salt), sea salt, soy lecithin-an emulsifier. Made in Canada.

Comparison Results

As you can see they are almost identical in fact the Kirkland version has a few less ingredients. The Nutrisystem bar seems to include "raisin juice concentrate" while the Kirkland bar uses honey and rice syrup which may be why the bar (Nutrisystem) is higher in carbs but slightly lower in calories and sugars.

The Nutrisystem bar also includes "mixed tocopherols"  which is a family of Vitamin E compounds.  In fact the bar contains 25% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E. 

Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bar Nutrition Label

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Kirland Nut Bar Nutrition Label

kirkland nut bar nutrition

  

Cost Comparison

Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut bar cost:

The bar retails on the Nutrisystem website for $2.29 a bar.  You can purchase a 4-pack of the bars on the Walmart website for $5.98 so that's about $1.50 each.

Kirkland Nut Bar cost:

The Kirland Nut Bar comes in a box of 30 for $21.99, which is about .74 cents each.

Which Bar Is Better

Personally, even putting the cost and nutrition aside I think the Kirkland Nut Bar tastes better.  There appears to be a higher concentration of nuts and it lacks the dense sugary base of the Nutrisystem Bar.  The Nutrisystem bar seems to have a higher percentage of "rice crisps" than does the Kirkland bar.  Even though the Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut bar appears smaller it is the same gram weight (40g) as the Kirkland Nut Bar.

nut bars close up

Nutritionally speaking I think its a draw, depending on what nutrients you value.  Personally I rather have more healthy nut fat and less carbohydrate which makes the Kirkland Nut Bar the winner for me.  The fact is they are so nutritionally close I'm not sure there is big difference either way in that regard.  Saving 10 calories which in the scheme of things is nothing does not warrant me buying the way more expensive and less flavorful bar.

Clearly if you want to try the Kirkland Bars you're going to be stuck with 30 of them should you not like them.  That said I don't think you'll have any problem giving them away.

Where To Buy

Kirkland Nut Bars are only sold by Costco.  We found them in our local Costco store but you can also purchase them at Costco online for $21.99.

Nutrisystem Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bars - can be purchased directly from Nutrisystem  for $2.29 each (if purchased individually) or from Walmart for $5.98 for a box of 4 bars.  They also have a larger box but the individual price is the same.  Always do the math on Walmart prices because sometimes their "economy" size boxes cost more.

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Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.