Great flavor for those looking for a nut-free energy bar. These are solid enough to hold up in a bag full of gear, in the heat or in the cold. The caffeine is a great added boost, but not enough to have the average person jittery.
They're still ok but over the last decade the quality of their ingredients has gone down. This has affected the taste, consistency, and even on the bike performance for me, as they don't just refuel me as well and, there is a significant quantity of 'soy' ingredients in clif bars now. Will have to find a higher quality bar with no soy...
These bars are very easy to eat and almost too tasty in my book. They will supply you with an instant pick me up not fond in other bars due to the caffeine they contain. The coffee flavored bars are hard to find locally for me. If you love coffee as much as I do these are really a non brainer for long ride fuel.
I'm on a special diet while not riding. When I do ride , Cliff bars provide the energy I need starting out and coming back. While at home/car, I eat a Clif protein bar for muscle recovery.
For me the Nuts & Seeds version of the Cliff Bar is just the right combo of flavor, solids and moisture. Too many of these bars are overly sweet or putty-like, some are dry and stick in your throat. But the Nuts & Seeds hits the right balance. It is my go to bar for endurance rides.
I do endurance cycling and running. My mentor tells me a need to take in about 200 calories per hour on runs and rides over an hour. These Clif bars do a perfect job for me: easy to eat, no indigestion, good energy boost. The Chocalate Brownie version is one star down only because I like the Clif flavors that are frosted with a sugar coating a bit better.