Ah, snack bars. You can throw them in your purse, pack them in your kid’s backpack, and keep a box of them in your car for dire snacking situations. The variety of snack bars on the market is insane. There are bars that boast slimming superpowers, protein powerhouses, and filling fiber. Then there are the bars that don’t even attempt to pretend — you know, the ones that are essentially candy bars with some rice crisps mixed in.
Companies can get pretty crafty when crafting their snack bar products. Where a wrapper implies nutrition and wellness, oftentimes added sugars and other artificial placeholders are all that’s really hiding inside. We scrutinized the nutrition facts of some of the most popular bars on the market, decoding ingredient lists and reading reviews to discover which bars really stood out — and which you should probably leave on the shelves.
On this list, we included the 22 most popular snack bars on the market. We ranked them in order of healthiest to least healthy, so by the time you get to the end, you’ll know for sure which bars to avoid. Click here for our comprehensive ranking of the healthiest and unhealthiest snack bars.