Saturday, July 29, 2017

Quest Hero Bars Review!

I can be your hero baby. I can kiss away the pain.

Too far?

Can Quest live up to being a hero??

I've been a long time fan of Quest bars. I liked (and still do) the original style protein bars they made that are chewy and chunky and can be baked into cookies. They've definitely improved on having consistently good texture and chunkiness. The newer flavors are fantastic too! But they didn't stop there. Quest recently came out with a "Cereal Bar". This bar was a lighter bar with a crunchy cereal type texture. Many people really enjoyed these bars, myself included. At about 100 calories, these are a nice light snack that packs a pretty good protein punch. (Alliteration much?)

THEN, Quest did it again. They came out with the Hero bars and they really hyped it up on social media. Could it live up to the hype?

I, personally, really enjoy them! The interior of the bars is just like the cereal bars. It is layered with a caramel, or blueberry coating and then finally a chocolate or vanilla coating all over the entire bar. So basically, it seems like a candy bar.

Blueberry: 170 calories 17p/7f/30gc (4g net carbs)*

The center tastes like the waffle cereal bar which basically tastes like a sweet waffle. It has a nice crunchy texture. Then, it had a very sweet blueberry gooey middle and was finished off with a very sweet white chocolate protein coating. I noticed no weird aftertastes. I think the combination of gooey, crunchy and sweet coating makes a really good combination. I really liked it, but beware, it's very sweet!

Vanilla Caramel: 180 calories 16p/9f/29c (4g net carbs)*

The center cereal bar in this one also tasted like the waffle cereal bar. Instead of the blueberry filling, it has a gooey caramel layer. This is also very sweet. It also has a white chocolate protein coating. I felt that this and the blueberry were quite similar. According to the description, there are almonds somewhere in there, but I honestly haven't noticed. I still enjoyed it though!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan:  200 calories 15p/11f/27c (4g net carbs)*

Snickers, watch out. This bar has a chocolate crunchy cereal bar center with pecans studded throughout, layered with ooey, gooey caramel and finished off with a chocolate protein coating. This bar is still pretty sweet, but I find chocolate things are often less sweet than vanilla things, in my opinion. I actually noticed the tiny pecan pieces in this bar (versus the almonds in the vanilla caramel) and I think it was a really tasty bar overall.

Overall, I think Quest did a great job coming out with something new and very different from their original type of protein bars. These are similar to a candy bar alternative, can satisfy a hardcore sweet tooth, and provide a symphony of textures!

Have you tried the new Quest Hero bars - which is your favorite flavor? Do you prefer the OG Quest bars, cereal bars, or Hero bars?

Endnote: These bars are sweetened with a combination of allulose and erythritol. Allulose is a new sweetener that has .4 calories per gram (1/10 the calories of sugar). It is found in small quantities in nature in things like maple syrup, figs, and raisins. The FDA requires all sugars be listed in the sugar section on the nutrition label despite it having 1/10 the calories. The net carbs provided by quest subtract the erythritol, allulose and fiber.

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