These protein bars are, with some exceptions and caveats, really quite excellent. They do the multi-layer approach well, with a chocolate coating, crunchy bits, and the actual protein bar interior. A variety of flavours are available, and I’ve included ratings for each flavour I’ve tried to date.
The texture is described on the packaging as being “like a soft baked cookie” instead of a hard taffy-like paste. The truth is, of course, not quite as the advertising would have you believe. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad. It’s way better texture-wise than the few Quest bars (not to name names) that I’ve tried.
So instead of being like a “soft baked cookie”, I would describe it as a soft baked cookie that you’ve squished into a harder version of itself. I know, it doesn’t sound appetizing, but these things are really delicious. The chocolate crunch with the chocolate coating really makes the whole thing come together.
On my personalized nutrition plan, I’m allowed one of these a day – typically split up into one half bar twice a day as snacks. This is great for letting me mix up my flavours a bit as the fancy strikes me. It also serves as a wicked treat; it feels like I get to eat a chocolate bar every day!
With the variety of flavours out there, and these having a great nutritional profile, these are a staple of my pantry and likely will be for a time to come. Cost-wise, I’m a fan of the Kirkland Signature protein bars, but the chocolate coating on these ones makes them a favourite. Also the Cookie Dough version of the Kirkland bars is a bit lacking, but more on that in a future review.