Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got Balance Bar questions? We’ve got answers about your favorite on-the-go, good-for-you snack and nutritious indulgence.
If you don't find what you’re looking for among these Balance Bar resources, feel free to drop us a line on our contact page!
5 Questions We Get the Most
Great question! Our Balance Bar Dark bars, bare bars and our Original Chocolate Raspberry Bar are certified gluten free.
We may be adding more gluten-free products in the future, so stay tuned. And remember, you can always search for all our gluten-free bars on our products page.
We hope in your pantry, work bag, gym bag, snack drawer or even breakfast table (yep! they’re a great breakfast energy bar).
But first you’ll need to get them from your favorite store – check out our Store Locator to find out where Balance Bars are sold near you.
Or, you can shop our full line of tasty, great-for-you bars online – we’ll ship them, and you’ll be able to find your favorite Balance Bar in your mailbox!
In short, it’s a nutritional ratio of calories from carbohydrates to calories from protein to calories from dietary fat. The nutritionists who created Balance Bar found that it helps the body feel full, have lasting energy and maintain already normal blood sugar levels. It was basically the inspiration for the delicious Bars we all know and love today.
Want to know more? Read on and you’ll never look at your Balance Bar as just a tasty snack again (it’s so much more!)
Sometimes we have to discontinue products, when there’s limited demand for them. These have been discontinued:
• Balance Bar Bare Sweet & Salty Chocolate Almond
• Balance Bar Bare Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter
• Balance Bar Bare Blueberry Acai
• Balance Bar Gold Triple Chocolate Chaos
• Balance Bar mini energy bars
• Balance Bar nimble
• Balance Bar Café
• Balance Bar Carbwell®
But we’re always working on new flavors that we hope you’ll love, and you can find all our current products in our online store.
Let’s Talk Nutrition
All of our Original, Gold and Dark Balance Bars are built with the 40-30-30 snacks nutrition principle. Balance bare bars still offer a great nutritional profile, but they are not based on the 40-30-30 principle!
You can spot our nutrition facts on the seam of each bar wrapper as well as on the bottom of each product display box.
You can also find it on this website – the specific nutritional information for each flavor is on its page in the products section.
We think the numbers in those boxes stack up pretty well to the great taste in every box.
All of our Dark, Original and Gold Balance Bar products contain 13-15g of protein per bar to help keep you full and energized to take on today and tomorrow. That’s around 30% of your recommended daily intake. Calories per bar in these lines range from 180-210.
Let’s get scientific for a second. Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels.
A high GI is given to carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose (sugar) rapidly into the bloodstream.
Carbohydrates that breakdown more slowly and release glucose more gradually into the bloodstream have a low GI. A lower GI (40 or less) suggests slower rates of digestion and absorption of the foods’ carbohydrates.
So if we take off our lab coats, what does that mean for you? Simply put, all Balance Bars have a low Glycemic Index and therefore help to provide lasting, sustained energy without supplying loads of sugar as you would find in a typical candy bar.
Yep, they sure do! It varies slightly by flavor so check the wrapper or the nutrition facts listed on each flavor’s product page.
All of our Original, Gold and Dark bars are an excellent source of antioxidants. Specifically, our bars contain vitamins A (25%–50%), C (50%–100%) and E (50%–100%).
All of our bars are Vegetarian friendly! However, we do source some ingredients from animals – including dairy proteins from cow’s milk, honey from bees and Vitamin D from lanolin in sheep’s wool.
All milk-based ingredients used in our products come from dairy cows.
We offer two New options that are vegan, Balance bare Sweet & Spicy Nut and Balance bare Mixed Berry Nut.
We are proud to say that all of our Balance Bar products are certified kosher dairy (as noted by the OU-D symbol on our packaging) by OU Kosher.
Ready for a quick science class? (No pop quiz, we promise!)
Gluten is a kind of protein (a composite of the proteins gliadin and gluetenin – try saying those three times fast). It tends to exist in wheat, barley and rye, among other carbohydrates.
Gluten is insoluble in water, gives kneaded bread dough its elasticity, allows leavening and creates chewiness in baked products.
Some people, particularly those with Celiac disease, have difficulty digesting gluten and, therefore, should try to avoid it. You can find all our gluten-free bars on our products page.
It's important to note that although all of our products are produced in a facility that processes wheat, the bars that are labeled as Gluten Free are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO).
Also, a few of our bars do contain wheat as an individual ingredient. These are our wheat-packing bars:
• Original Cookie Dough
• Gold Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch
• Gold Lemon Meringue Crunch
• Gold S'mores
It’s important to note that all of our products are produced on equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts.
We also have several products that actually contain nuts in one form or another. Here’s a list of our nutty products:
• Dark Chocolate Coconut
• Dark Chocolate Peanut
• Original Yogurt Honey Peanut
• Original Almond Brownie
• Original Honey Peanut
• Original Peanut Butter
• Gold Caramel Nut Blast
• Gold Chocolate Peanut Butter
• bare Mixed Berry Nut
• bare Sweet & Spicy Nut
• bare Sea Salt Caramel
Many of our bars contain soy protein. Some bars contain soy lecithin, roasted soybeans and/or soybean oil.
All Balance bare bars are completely soy free!
Many of our bars contain dairy in some form, whether it be butter, cream, nonfat milk, whey protein, casein or other milk proteins.
We offer two bars that do not contain dairy: bare Mixed Berry Nut and bare Sweet & Spicy Nut.
Our Original, Gold, Dark bars and Balance bare Sea Salt Caramel all contain at least one corn-based ingredient.
The corn-based ingredients we use include glucose syrup (also known as corn syrup), maltodextrin, dextrose and high maltose corn syrup.
It’s just another name for corn syrup! This is a sweetener derived from corn, instead of from sugar cane.
Other Ingredients of Interest
Nope, right now there’s no Balance Bar that has caffeine as an individual ingredient.
However, caffeine is present in the natural flavors we add to Mocha Chip, as well as in all of our bars that contain chocolate.
Fractioned palm kernel oil is an ingredient we use in the tasty confectionary coating on our bars.
To get technical, palm kernel oil can't be used as-is because it's a liquid oil and not a solid fat (which is what we need for our coatings). The process known as fractionation separates the liquid parts (or fractions) from the solid parts, but without using the hydrogenation process that produces trans fatty acids.
Essentially, fractioned palm kernel oil is our preferred fat source for confectionary coatings because it contains zero grams of trans fat, unlike partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils.
See, you really can learn something new every day!
Absolutely! Balance Bars are nutritious any-time or on-the-go foods for kids and adults alike.
Just remember, as with all food, enjoy in moderation.
You should keep your Balance Bars in a cool, dry place.
We think it’s a good idea to keep them near the front of your pantry, so you always see a good-for-you option when you poke around for a snack. Plus, keeping our bags stocked with an emergency Balance Bar has saved us more than once on our busiest days!
We guarantee our products for 12 months from the time they are produced. For optimum flavor, we recommend that you eat the bars by the "Best When Used By" date found on the wrapper – we guarantee the product until that date.
Our products are designed for immediate consumption once opened, so we don't recommend keeping bars unwrapped for long periods of time. If you find that your local retailer has expired product, please notify that retailer's local store manager.
Select Balance Bar varieties are now available in Canada. Visit http://www.balancebar.ca/Home for a full list.
We wish you the best of luck, but unfortunately, at this time Balance Bar does not have a grant program in place.
We are so inspired by our fans and love that you are getting involved in all kinds of different sports, pursuits and adventures. Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer monetary support at this time. We will respond to your request submitted through our contact us form if we are able to fulfill any individual or team sponsorship.
If you’re interested in selling or distributing our delicious products, we’d love to chat.
Just contact our customer service department by filling out our contact form. We appreciate your interest and support!
First, we’ll go ahead and tell you our favorite color is blue, our favorite Balance Bar flavor changes pretty much every day (it’s like picking a favorite child!) and our favorite Olympic event is the balance beam (nothing surprising there!)
If that still doesn't cover everything for you, let us know. We're happy to answer your questions. Just click over to our contact form, tell us what's on your mind and we'll get back to you ASAP!