• What is unique about LÄRABAR?

LÄRABAR® is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.


• What are the quality standards for LÄRABAR ingredients?

Gluten free

Dairy free*

Soy free*

Vegan*

Kosher

Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa and coffee

No added sugars or sweeteners*

Non-GMO

No added sulfites

No preservatives, fillers, or colorings

*Does not include the Chocolate Chip varieties. Chocolate chip flavors are made with a simple, 4-ingredient chocolate chip that consists of Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla. While no dairy is used to make our chocolate chips, they are made on a line that also produces chocolate chips made with dairy and soy. Due to possible cross-contact, the chips we use may contain trace amounts of dairy or soy from other chips made at the facility; thus we cannot claim these products as Dairy Free, Soy Free or Vegan.


• Is LÄRABAR unprocessed?

LÄRABAR® is made by a simple process in which fruit, nuts, and spices are ground and mixed together. They are not baked or cooked. We use a handful of ingredients, as close to their natural state as possible.


• Does LÄRABAR have added vitamins, minerals or supplements?

No. LÄRABAR® only contains the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients inherent in the ingredients we use – the way nature created them.


• What is the shelf life of a LÄRABAR?

The shelf life for each bar is 12 months. We use a multi-layer package that keeps out UV light which, in turn, maintains freshness without the use of preservatives. The “best by” date may be found printed on the back panel of the wrapper (on the underside of the flap that runs lengthwise down the back of the bar) as well as on the back panel of the caddie box (contains 16 bars).


• How much fruit does a LÄRABAR provide?

Each LÄRABAR® flavor offers at least a ¼ cup  of fruit. Apple Pie and Cherry Pie each offer a ½ cup of fruit in each full-size bar.


• Why doesn't the packaging for the chocolate chip flavors varieties feature the Dairy Free, Soy Free or Vegan claims?

Though the vast majority of chocolate chips in the world are made with dairy, soy or both, we specifically asked our supplier to provide us with chocolate chips that are Vegan (containing no dairy).  While no dairy or soy is used to make our chocolate chips, they are made on a line that also produces chocolate chips made with dairy and soy. Due to possible cross contact between types of chocolate chips made at the facility, the chips we use may contain trace amounts of dairy or soy from those other chips, thus we cannot claim these chocolate chip flavors are Dairy Free, Soy Free or Vegan.


• Why are the chocolate chip flavor varieties classified as Kosher Dairy?

Our chocolate chip flavors are classified as Kosher Dairy (symbolized by the "U" within a circle, followed by a "D") because the chocolate chip ingredient is produced in a facility that also produces chocolate containing dairy.


• Is there added sugar in LÄRABAR?

There is no sugar added to the core line of LÄRABAR®. The claim “No Added Sugar” appears next to the nutrition panel. The exception to this is the chocolate chip flavors (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte), which contain added sugar in the actual chocolate chips.


• Do the chocolate chip flavor varieties contain sugar? If so, what kind?

Yes. The simple, 4-ingredient chocolate chips in our chocolate chip varieties contain cane sugar.


• Where does the cocoa in LÄRABAR come from?

The cocoa used in LÄRABAR® is sourced from farmers who are Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA. The organization's mission is to "Enable sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and earth." For more information, visit Fair Trade USA.


• Where do the juice concentrates and flavorings used in Lemon Bar, Key Lime Pie, and Blueberry Muffin come from?

The citrus juice concentrates that we use are made from pure citrus juice and pulp, which is flash pasteurized to ensure it is safe to consume. The citrus flavors we use are made from a cold press process during which the fruit skin yields pure essential oil.

 

Our blueberry concentrate is extracted from blueberries, and then pasteurized.


• Where does the fat in LÄRABAR come from?

The fat in LÄRABAR® comes from nuts and, in some cases, coconut or chocolate.


• Why isn't there more protein in LÄRABAR?

Each bar contains between 3-6 grams of protein. To provide more protein in our bars, we'd have to add ingredients like soy protein isolates. Why mess with a good thing?

If it's protein you're after, check out LÄRABAR ALT®!  ALT is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! We recognize that many people are looking for a bar with added protein—so we created a snack that tastes delicious and indulgent.


• Will a LÄRABAR freeze or melt?

If placed in the freezer or outside in cold temperatures, LÄRABAR® bars will become firmer, but will not freeze. Similarly,  LÄRABAR bars (with the exception of the flavors containing chocolate chips) will not melt when heated.


• Is the LÄRABAR wrapper recyclable?

All LÄRABAR wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with Terracycle.

The LÄRABAR caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.


• What is unique about über®?

LÄRABAR über® is a unique sweet and salty snack made from whole fruits and nuts. It’s big texture with big taste!


• Why did you name it über®? What does it mean?

We wanted a name that matched the extreme texture, taste, and total difference between this bar and our original LÄRABAR™. Simply put, über® is an experience that is super duper, wicked awesome, and seriously epic.


• What are the quality standards for ÜBER® ingredients?

Gluten free

Kosher

Non-GMO

No added sulfites

No preservatives, fillers, or colorings


• Does über® contain sugar?

LÄRABAR über® uses non-sucrose sweeteners from brown rice syrup, honey and fruit.


• Does über® contain soy? What about dairy?

The ingredients in the recipe for über® bars do not contain soy or dairy; however, we have not verified that these products meets a Soy Free or Dairy Free claim.


• Is über® vegan?

Due to the use of honey, über® is not certified as Vegan.


• Do the dried fruits contain added sugar?

LÄRABAR über® does not contain any added sugar, and the dried fruits are unsweetened. The sugar in the bars comes from fruit, brown rice syrup, and honey.


• What makes up brown rice syrup? Why do you use it?

Brown rice syrup, also known as “rice syrup,” is a sweetener that is produced when enzymes are used to break down the starch in brown rice. This creates a sweetened liquid that is used in über® to hold the ingredients together and keep the bar firm.


• What is the shelf life of an über® bar?

The shelf life of an über® bar is 9 months.


• Who does your Kosher certification on these bars?

LÄRABAR® is Orthodox Kosher certified. For more information, please contact:
Rabbi David Gorelik
11 Broadway
New York, NY  10004
(212) 613-8203


• Do über® bars melt? Do they freeze?

When exposed to extreme heat, über® will become softer. As the heat rises, the binding/syrup will become less tight and the ingredients will potentially break apart. When frozen, über will not freeze all the way through. That said, the Roasted Nut Roll flavor will become more brittle and harder than the other flavors. Once the bar has reached room temperature, it will return to its normal consistency.


• What is the “roasting” process for the nuts in Roasted Nut Roll?

All of the nuts are dry-roasted and no oil is added. Depending on the type of nut, our vendors use different processes. More detailed information is confidential and cannot be shared.


• Is the über wrapper recyclable?

All LÄRABAR über® wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with Terracycle.

The LÄRABAR über caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.


• What is unique about JŎCALAT?

LÄRABAR Jŏcalat® is an organic chocolate food bar made from fruits, nuts and Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate. Each flavor contains no more than seven simple, organic ingredients that are deliciously rich, without added sugars, and  free of dairy, soy, and gluten. With Jŏcalat, we're committed to the use of Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate and organic ingredients, doing our part to sustain the planet.


• What are the quality standards for JŎCALAT ingredients?

Organic

Fair Trade Certified cocoa and coffee

No added sugars or sweeteners

Gluten free

Dairy free

Soy free

Vegan

Kosher

Non-GMO

No added sulfites

No preservatives, fillers, or colorings


• Is JŎCALAT unprocessed?

LÄRABAR Jŏcalat® is made by a simple process in which fruit, nuts, spices and Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate are ground and mixed together. They are not baked or cooked. We use a handful of ingredients, as close to their natural state as possible.


• What is the shelf life of JŎCALAT?

The shelf life for each Jŏcalat® bar is 12 months. We use a multi-layer package that keeps out UV light which, in turn, maintains freshness without the use of preservatives. The “best by” date may be found printed on the back panel of the wrapper (on the underside of the flap that runs lengthwise down the back of the bar) as well as on the back panel of the caddie box (contains 16 bars).


• Does JŎCALAT have added vitamins, minerals, or supplements?

No. Jŏcalat® only contains the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients inherent in the ingredients we use – the way nature created them.


• What are the organic flavors listed in the ingredients?

Some Jŏcalat® bars contain an infusion of flavors such as peppermint and vanilla. Each is organic and plant-based.


• Will JŎCALAT freeze or melt?

If placed in the freezer or outside in cold temperatures, Jŏcalat® will become firmer, but will not freeze. Similarly, Jŏcalat will not melt when heated.


• What is the symbol above the "O" in JŎCALAT?

A breve (Latin brevis "short, brief") is an accent mark shaped like a little round cup, designed to indicate a short vowel.


• Is the JŎCALAT wrapper recyclable?

All LÄRABAR Jŏcalat® wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with Terracycle.

The LÄRABAR Jŏcalat caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.


• What is unique about ALT®?

LÄRABAR ALT® is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! We recognize that many people are looking for a bar with added protein—so we created a snack that tastes delicious and indulgent.


• Why did you name it “ALT®”? What does it mean?

When developing LÄRABAR ALT®, we took an alternative approach. Many bar brands use soy or whey protein, but ALT uses a unique protein source: peas.


• What are the quality standards for ALT® ingredients?

Gluten free

Dairy free

Vegan

Kosher

Non-GMO

No added sulfites

No preservatives, fillers, or colorings


• What is the protein additive? Where does it come from?

LÄRABAR ALT® uses a vegetable protein that comes from peas. 


• Why pea protein?

Many people prefer a non-dairy source of protein, and peas are a unique option.


• What is pea protein? How is it made?

Pea protein comes from – you guessed it – peas! After peas are milled into flour, the protein can be separated from the rest of the pea, dried, and then ready for use in LÄRABAR ALT®.


• Does LÄRABAR ALT® include added vitamins, minerals, or supplements?

Protein is the only added nutrient to LÄRABAR ALT®. All other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in the bar come from the ingredients—the way nature created them.


• Does ALT® contain any sugar?

LÄRABAR ALT® does not contain any added sugar.


• Is ALT® Gluten Free? Dairy Free? Vegan? Kosher?

LÄRABAR ALT® is non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and Kosher.


• Why doesn’t the packaging for ALT® include a soy free claim?

The ingredients in the recipe for ALT® bars do not contain soy; however, we have not verified that these products meet a Soy Free claim.


• What is the shelf life of an ALT® bar?

The shelf life of a LÄRABAR ALT® bar is 9 months.


• Is the ALT® wrapper recyclable?

All LÄRABAR ALT® wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with Terracycle.
 

The LÄRABAR ALT® caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.


• What happened to the wrapper made from plant based material?

At the time this product was launched, we took an alternative approach to the wrapper itself due to our commitment to sustainability. For the first time, we used a wrapper made from 31% plant-based material.

We hold ourselves to high quality standards so when we noticed production issues with the plant based wrapper, we immediately switched to non-plant based wrappers. We are working to return back to plant based wrappers and will continue our jouney to make LÄRABAR ALT® bars even more sustainable over time.


• I heard LÄRABAR was purchased by General Mills.

LÄRABAR® was acquired by the Natural and Organic Division of General Mills called Small Planet Foods in June 2008. Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and Food Should Taste Good complete the Small Planet Foods division. View a letter from Lara regarding the acquisition.


• How has LÄRABAR changed since the acquisition?

LÄRABAR® will always be committed to making simple and delicious food. We also value having a meaningful, open, transparent relationship with our consumers. We are very excited to be a part of General Mills and we assure you that LÄRABAR is 100% committed to the core values on which we were founded.


• Tell me about your packaging.

All LÄRABAR®, über®, Jŏcalat®, and ALT® wrappers are able to be recycled through our partnership with Terracycle, and the caddies/display boxes are made of 100% Recycled Paperboard and made using 100% Wind Energy.


• What does "Fair Trade" or "Fair Trade Certified" mean?

The cocoa and coffee used in JŎCALAT® and LÄRABAR® is sourced from farmers who are Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA. The organization's mission is to "Enable sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and earth." For more information, visit Fair Trade USA.


• Why aren’t all LÄRABAR flavours available in Canada?

The LÄRABAR® options available in Canada represent the most popular selling flavours. There are several factors for offering a reduced number of flavours, one of which is to honour our commitment to meeting the expectations of our reselling partners and their customers.  Of course, we are always considering future opportunities to bring new flavours to Canada.
 
If you are interested in ordering U.S.-only flavours, www.iherb.com does ship LÄRABAR internationally.


• Why are the flavour names different in Canada?

The messaging and claims that we print on our packaging must satisfy both FDA (USA) and Health Canada regulations. Due to minor differences between the two countries, the flavour names are slightly varied, i.e. “Cashew Cookie” in the USA = “Cashew - Noix de Cajou” in Canada.