If you know me at all, I’m all about finding macro friendly DELICIOUS foods. So, when Quest introduced their new Hero bars (I’m an avid fan of their norm Cookies ‘n’ Creme and recent Mocha protein bars), I, of course, had to get my hands on them ASAP.
Quest, using Gabby Douglas as spokeswoman for the newest addition to the product line, touts a big game surrounding these bars. Take a look:
A protein candy bar?! Seems too good to be true.
Before we get to my thoughts, one thing that is even more interesting than the superhero-like claims made about these bars is the ingredient list. To sweeten these bars, Quest uses a sweetener called Allulose.
Allulose is a naturally occurring sweetener found in nature that looks like sugar, bakes like sugar, tastes like sugar, but contains about a tenth of the calories of sugar! CRAZY, right?! Well, like any other food, it’s still all about moderation, as Allulose, although natural, can cause bloating if used in excess. It’ll be interesting to see where this bad guy starts popping up in other food items!
Check out some quick facts about the quickly emerging sweetening agent below!
NOW! MY THOUGHTS!
Okay, so Gabby promised me a candy bar, and if we are are being 100% honest here, I’m left slightly disappointed.
The Blueberry Cobbler and Vanilla Caramel are yummy, don’t get me wrong, and just as promised, the Allulose doesn’t leave that nasty aftertaste that some sweeteners have. The texture is great– but do they taste like a candy bar? Hardly. I would compare them more to a breakfast bar, so if that’s your jam, these guys hit the mark!
BUT HAVE NO FEAR! Chocolate Caramel Pecan swoops in to the rescue!
At a slightly higher calorie and lower protein count (of course), THIS guy tastes like a candy bar. The chocolate is great, the caramel is gooey, the crisp base has the perfect amount of chewiness, and it’s all topped off with a subtle pecan taste. It tastes indulgent, but the calories aren’t quite as empty compared to devouring a Snickers. While I most likely won’t purchase the other two flavors again, this guy is earning a permanent spot in my pantry.
But hey, don’t listen to me! Go and try them for yourself. Have you tried them already? What were your thoughts? Leave a comment below!
thrive & be bold.