Halachot of Berachot
Questions and Answers
Q) What is the correct bracha for Kashi Go Lean Bars?
A) So this questions took a while but the results are in. There are three different Kashi Go Lean Bars and each have slightly different ingredients and preparation methods.
1) Go Lean Chewy Bars - Ingredients: Soy Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice, Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Sesame® Cereal [Corn, Wheat Bran, Evaporated Cane Juice, Corn Bran, Oat Fiber, Kashi Flour (Stone Ground Whole: Oats, Long Grain Brown Rice, Rye, Hard Red Winter Wheat, Triticale, Buckwheat, Barley, Sesame Seeds), Soy Protein Concentrate, Salt, Annatto], Pear Juice Concentrate, Oat Fiber, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Isolate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Honey, Roasted Almonds, Barley Malt Syrup, Cocoa Powder, Vegetable Glycerin, Chicory Root Fiber, Rice Flour, Milk, Soy Lecithin, Butter, Salt, Natural Flavor.
If you take a look, you'll see one of the ingredients in the chewy bar is the "Kashi Cereal" and within the parenthesis you'll find Kashi flour. Now I'm no expert but at from a little research I've learned that "Whole Ground" means the germ kernel remains intact which would make it Ha'adoma. It's not for sure because it really depends on how far apart are the stone wheels they use and thus how fine the flour is.
If the flour was finely ground, and assuming they are adding in a substantial amount for a purpose other than a binding ingredient - then the entire bar would receive a mezonot. If however they were either grinding the flour in a coarser manner OR only adding in the flour to act as a binding ingredient - then it would receive a Ha'adoma.
2) Go Lean Crunchy Bars - Ingredients:
Brown Rice Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Crystalline Fructose, Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Sesame® Blend (Stone Ground Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Almonds, Oat Fiber, Mechanically Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Rice Flour, Rice Starch, Honey, Toasted Soy Grits, Vegetable Glycerin, Corn Grits, Chicory Root Fiber, Wheat Bran, Corn Flour, Natural Flavors, Salt, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa (Cocoa, Potassium Carbonate), Calcium Carbonate, Corn Bran, Magnesium Oxide, Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Nonfat Milk, Vanilla Extract, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate (Iron), Annatto (Color), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12
This one doesn't have Kashi Cereal, but rather a Kashi Blend. What does that mean?! If the first one was Ha'adoma then this one should be all the more so.
(Sidenote: It does have Wheat Bran but Wheat Bran is only Shehakol. The bran is the outer shell of the wheat kernel which also contains the germ and endosperm. The fourth part of the wheat kernel is the husk but that is always removed before eating. However, the bran shell is sometimes removed and sometimes kept on. When the bran is kept on - we call it whole wheat. When you have pure Bran then the bracha is only Shehakol, like you find by Kellogg’s All Bran Cereal.)
3. Go Lean Roll Bars -
Brown Rice Syrup, Crystalline Fructose, Soy Protein Isolate, Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Sesame® Blend (Whole: Hard Red Winter Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Triticale, Long Grain Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Sesame Seeds), Whey Protein Isolate, Peanut Flour, Chicory Root Fiber, Peanuts, Oat Fiber, Evaporated Cane Juice, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Rice Starch, Mechanically Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Skim Milk, Vegetable Glycerin, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin, Magnesium Oxide, Carrageenan, Mixed Tocopherols (For Freshness), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Fumarate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Also a blend but instead of stone ground whole - its just whole! Seems like a for sure Ha'adoma on this one.
So first I tried calling Kashi but that got me nowhere, then i spoke with the OU because they give the product a kosher certification and i figured they should know how it is produced in order to determine the correct bracha. Well, they put me in touch with the masgiach of the plant who personally investigated the matter and his response, I'll quote:
"The brachah on any of the Kashi Go Lean bars would be borei pri ha’adomah."
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