Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: PR* Bar Chocolate Peanut Bar

Being that is now Olympic time, I figure that there is no better time for me to a review a bar made by a manufacturer that is a hardcore supporter of the United States' Olympic efforts, so that leads me to this review of the PR* Bar Chocolate Peanut Bar.  In case you were wondering, PR* stands for personal record and I'm not quite sure why that needs an asterisk next to it.  I thought Bud Selig got rid of that asterisk thing when he took it away from Roger Maris' since broken home run record.  Anyway, I picked up this patriotic bar at Meijer for $1.25 and it comes in at 1.76 ounces with 200 calories and a solid fifteen grams of protein. It's also gluten free and all natural, so everything about this bar screams health and performance and that is seemingly what you'd want to give to your athletes.

Given such a basic name, I wasn't really expecting anything other than a very basic bar when I pulled this one out of the packaging and that's what I got.  It was a dense bar with a chocolate exterior coating and a peanut butter interior coating with little crisps of rice crisp scattered throughout.  Other than that, there was nothing else even remotely going on with this.  Well, there was one other thing...when I took a whiff of this, there was something off about the chocolate smell.  In fact, for an all natural bar, the chocolate smelled entirely manufactured like it was filled with chemicals and just plain weirdness.  I can't say that was appetizing heading in.

The smell translated to the bar as well because I can't say this bar was appetizing at all.  In fact, if I said anything about the flavor of this bar, I'd be giving it too much credit and making the statement that the bar actually had flavor when in fact it had none.  It basically just tasted like a chewy bar of nothingness that had a slight snappy crunch provided by the rice crisps.  The peanut butter was not hearty or flat, the chocolate was about as flat as anything I have ever tasted, etc.  All I can say about this bar is "blah."  In fact, it was so bland and flavorless that I only ate half the bar before the rest of it met the garbage can.  I just couldn't take it.  The most hilarious part of this is that the products website states that this tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...uhhhh, not quite.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I certainly hope our Olympic athletes aren't eating this particular bar, because if they are, I worry about their performance in the games going forward because other than an energy source due to its calories, this bar has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and gets a FLY BY IT rating.  I know our Olympic committee needs money to support its athletes, but I wish they didn't have to get it from the sales of stuff like this.

Get PR* Bar Chocolate Peanut Bars at Amazon.com


  1. have you considered that maybe, just maybe, the makers of this bar were trying to fit everything into one small, convenient package? seriously, look at the nutrition facts: ok, it has calories and 17g of sugar, but it has 15g of protein (you mentioned it earlier, but acted like it wasn't there in your final rating) and at least 30% of 14 different vitamins/minerals.

    do you really think something with so much in it could taste great at the same time? that would be too good to be true! believe me, if you've just worked out and you're hoping to take in some protein, this is one alternative to drinking milk (it still has whey protein, casein in it...so it might not be the best for everyone who can't take it, but as someone who doesn't like drinking milk, this is my alternative), and a heavenly one at that!

    what i mean to say is, sometimes, food is for more than just a treat for your mouth...because after the few minutes it takes you to swallow it, it *becomes* you, and considering this, taste is the last thing you'll worry about.

  2. Try the iced brownie flavor it is really good man!


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