On a recent trip to my local grocery store I picked up two protein bars that I planned on reviewing. The bar that I will taste in this post is the NuGu Dark Chocoloate Pretzel With Sea Salt Protein Bar. That was a mouthful.
The first bar that I already reviewed from NuGo was their Dark Mint Chocolate Chip Bar, and I eventually hope to taste all of their protein bars. I enjoyed the dark mint bar, and this next bar is comprised of flavors that I have found a distinct liking for recently.
These are flavors that mix well together, in my opinion. Chocolate and sea salt along with pretzel pieces seem to be a “thing” lately, and I am anxious to try this protein bar from NuGo.
This bar, as was the other I tasted from NuGo up to this point, consist of soy as the protein source, so if you have issues with soy, keep this in mind. The ingredients list is relatively short as compared to other protein bars Iv’e tried, and I consider this a good thing. Many times, less is more when it comes to what is put in a protein bar.
List Of Ingredients
Dark Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Soy Crisp (Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp, Soy Protein Isolate, Sea Salt, Acacia Gum, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors.
There are no unpronounceable ingredients in this list, so there are no big surprises here.
Important Nutrition Facts
Serving Size – 1 Bar, Calories 200, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 350mg, Total Carbohydrate 28g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars15g, Protein 10g.
This bar has 200 calories, so I would consider this a bar for snacking, not as a meal replacement. It has a decent amount of protein, put not the 20-30g or more that are in other bars that I have tried. So I would not consider this to be a protein bar to consume in order to gain large amounts of muscle, unless they are eaten multiple times before or after a workout.
My Honest Review
As I took a first bite of this protein bar, I noticed that it appeared to be somewhat dry. Although, after chewing it a bit, it wasn’t as dry as much as it was crunchy.
As with the previous bar that I tasted from NuGo, the consistency was that of a rice crispy treat. The chocolate was not overpowering, with a layer of it that encompassed the bar. I did not notice that there were any pieces of pretzel in the bar, so the pretzel flavor must come from that ever so present “Natural Flavors” that are listed in the ingredients list of many of these protein bars.
The taste of the bar was nice, with the chocolate pairing well with the flavor of sea salt, which was not strongly pronounced when taking a bite. The mild flavor of sea salt creeps up on the palette as I continue to chew, so it has a bit of a salty after taste, which doesn’t bother me at all.
As for the pretzel flavor, it was very faint, but it was there. If you like the consistency of a rice crispy treat with a mild chocolate and salt flavor. I would suggest you give this bar a try. It tastes good, but not spectacular. All in all, I liked it.