Product Review: Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Product: Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter – $2.39+

So, I’ve been slowly working my way through different high protein bars…because…I am.  Because, sometimes I have to eat on the go, and they are an easy-to-grab snack/meal.  They are also great on race days when I might not be going anywhere fast and will need something to hold me over until I next get to eat.

That was what happened today.

I ran a 10K race in Frankfort, Kentucky…and since I placed in both the race and the racing series…I was now staying at the scene of the crime…er…race…for a bit longer than anticipated.  No problem.  I come prepared for these such occasions.

For quite a long while now, I’ve been hearing my friends rave about Quest Bar.  But I couldn’t find them.  Anywhere.  What it took was a trip to Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.  They were in the gluten-free section…and I grabbed a few to try.  They didn’t have the flavor everyone was raving about, but they had some that sounded beyond delicious…so…why not give them a try?

Except…despite toting these places with me, I never really needed them.  That’s not a bad thing…it just means I was around actual food instead.  But today…today that changed.

So, as I settled in on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol, I removed my Quest Bar from the backpack my roomie has with her.  It was a bit misshapen.  Unfortunately.  That’s from toting it around to all those other events…in the heat…and having it soften and then harden back up.  That’s fine.  If it tastes good…it doesn’t have to look perfect.

But that was the question…would it taste good?

I broke off a bit for my roommate to try and she took a bite…and chewed…and chewed…and chewed…

“How is it?”

“Chewy.”

Thanks for that!  Since it was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar…I was hoping it would taste like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.  I took a bite.  And began to chew…and chew…and chew…damn…it was chewy…

It didn’t taste like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.  Not at all.  It tasted like a really chewy hunk of chocolate…with a bit of nutty flavor and texture mixed in.  It wasn’t bad.  But…my jaw was already starting to hurt from working so hard on this bar.  I am seriously hoping that this chewy texture (overly chewy!) was really brought on by having the bar melt a couple times in the heat and then reform.  Because…by the third bite…my jaw was done with chewing and I still had half a bar left.  Which I did manage to finish.  And then give my jaw a much needed break.  Back to the flavor though…the peanut butter part was really hidden under the flavor of the chocolate.  It was just an undertone.  And I don’t know if that was on purpose or not…but peanut butter is my favorite thing in life…so I was just expecting more of it to shine through.  Peanut butter and chocolate are best mates and a classic combination…so this works.  The flavor was good.  Like eating dessert…without it being overly sweet.

It will be interesting to see how the next bar is as far as chewiness.  Because now I’m curious!

Let’s look at the ingredients in this high protein and low carb bar, shall we?  The Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter is made from a protein blend (whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate),  Isomalto-Oligosaccharides* (Prebiotic Fiber), peanuts, water, erythritol,  and cocoa. This bar also contains less than 2% of the following: sea salt, stevia, lo han guo, and natural flavors. This bar is High Fiber, Gluten Free, and sweetened without the use of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

A serving size of the Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter is 1 bar.  This bar provides you with 160 calories and 5 grams of fat.  You also will be taking in 5 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, and 2 grams of sugar.  This bar provides your body with 255 mg potassium.  And finally, you will be consuming 25 grams carbohydrates, 17 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.

Trust me…you’ll feel full!

So, as I said, this bar wasn’t bad…it was just…not really what I was expecting.  It was the perfect thing after my race though, when I knew it would be awhile before I ate anything.  It definitely held me over for hours and I ran some errands and even settled in a bit at home before I even thought about making an early dinner.  The flavor was good…and I’m really hoping the next one isn’t as chewy.

Guess we’ll find out.

Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter (unwrapped with a chunk torn out of it)

Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter (unwrapped with a chunk torn out of it)

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