It started with an innocent need for food-on-the-run. Although I've gotten better at bringing food from home to work again, I usually eat more than I bring (darn breastfeeding appetite!), so these keep me from having to buy extra food after I've spent my lunch breaks working out. To my astonishment, I actually liked the bar and decided to try all the flavors I could find. Luckily, GNC is really convenient to me, so with their Quest Bar promotion at the time, I was able to do just that.
I had to eat these over time, of course, so this post has been a while in the making, but here are some brief notes about the flavors I tried/re-tried:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: see last review
- Cookies & Cream: This is the one that started my "Quest quest." I actually liked the faux-cookie bits inside. If I have to buy a box, I'd get this flavor.
- Double Chocolate Chunk: A very standard chocolate protein bar taste, though I did appreciate the chocolate chunks within.
- Chocolate Brownie: Also a pretty standard chocolate protein bar taste.
- White Chocolate Raspberry: Also has bits of stuff inside, definitely not exactly white chocolate (they are kind of crumbly), but not too bad. I'd eat this again.
- Cinnamon Roll Flavor: I had read some amazing reviews for this, but it wasn't really notable to me at all. Nothing about this reminded me of cinnamon roll.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter: see last review
- Coconut Cashew: I read a lot of good things about this flavor, but I did not like it at all. I think it needed more texture and didn't taste like either coconut OR cashew.
- Strawberry Cheesecake: I liked this! Although fruity bars don't usually sit well with me, I did like the little pieces of "cheesecake" that kind of reminds me of the cookies n cream one.
- Apple Pie: This was pretty good, with actual pieces of spongy dried apple inside.
- Vanilla Almond Crunch: Had bits of almond in it, kind of like almond meal, pretty good.
- Peanut Butter Supreme: Not bad, peanut-buttery for sure. This one has over 200 calories.
- Banana Nut Muffin: Definitely not a muffin due to the texture, but taste-wise, it was mild and not bad.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly: I think the allure of PB&J is mostly a texture thing, so in a sticky chewy bar form, I wasn't exactly thrilled with eating a peanut and fruit flavored bar.
- Mixed Berry Bliss: This was nothing notable, just a fruity chewy bar, slightly medicinal.
- Lemon Cream Pie: I'm not a fan of lemon desserts, so suffice to say this wasn't my favorite but it did have a flavor reminiscent of a lemon bar.
Overall, there is just a small amount of "fake" taste (of proteins/sweeteners), which is a far cry from some other protein bars. Many are sweetened with monk fruit, which is the latest *thing* when it comes to sweeteners. For under/around 200 calories and 20-ish grams of protein per bar and very little carbs, these are definitely a good way to fuel up after a workout and makes you feel like you're eating a treat. To me, they are easier than taking in protein powder.
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these on my own and am providing an honest review.