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Mangia! Clif’s Limited Edition Italian-Inspired Bar


Looking to shake up your nutrition bar repertoire? Try Clif’s limited edition 20th anniversary Gary’s Panforte. It’s unlike any energy bar I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot)! Inspired by founder Gary Erickson’s cycling adventures across northern Italy’s Passo di Gàvia the recipe is based on the traditional Italian panforte meaning “strong bread.” 

My first thought when biting into Clif’s latest creation? “This tastes so Italian!” It brought me straight back to my days attending the University of Padova in northern Italy and Easter with my Italian-American family. Between the strong spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and coriander that give the bread its name and the whole pieces of fig, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, and walnuts Gary’s Panforte is full of flavor and texture you don’t typically find in nutrition bars. 

Made of 70 percent organic ingredients like oats, date paste, almond butter, and cocoa, Gary’s Panforte clocks in at 260 calories and 10 grams of fat. Thanks to five grams of fiber and protein, your body digests the carbohydrates in this bar slowly to provide your body with sustained energy. 

Gary’s Panforte is available in stores now for a limited time. To learn more about the history panforte and how this bar came to be visit

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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