I bought the savory options in this product line in the hopes of having an alternative to the sweet-laden energy bars normally consumed on rides. What a disappointment. The Parmesan, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Black Pepper bars taste like a combo of the stinky Parmesan cheese in those little packs that you get with your pizza, mixed with the sauce from a Tostino's pizza roll, and added to a regular sweet granola bar- Nasty. Nothing savory (or palatable) about these at all- I'll probably throw the remaining bars out.
The Ginger Miso is not much better, tasting like a sweet granola bar with soy sauce and a hint of ginger. Again, not savory. At least these are not completely repulsive tasting; I'll choke them down grudgingly and sparingly on rides just so I don't waste the nearly thirty bucks I spent on a box of twelve.
I took a chance buying a box of each based on other Skratch products I've tasted, but these were an expensive and total fail.
I didn't expect to like an "energy bar," but I figured Skratch could make a good one with real ingredients - and they did! I find myself craving these bars and use them as a reward for a workout well done, even if I've already eaten one while out for a long ride. I like these better than cookies!
Skratch lab bars are some of the more palatable energy bars I've tried. The flavors are good and the bar doesn't stick to the roof of you mouth. Seems to digest easily and does its job. I always have a couple with me on long rides.