Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: PowerCrunch Original Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Energy Bar

My first adventure into PowerCrunch land was quite a fun one.  I didn't go in expecting a lot out of the bar, but by the end of my review, I was downright delighted by not only how far the bar exceeded by expectations, but also by how darn good that bar.  So, to say that this PowerCrunch Original Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Energy Bar had some solid expectations going into it would be an understatement.  Expectations notwithstanding, I picked up this bar on sale at Kroger for $1.25 and it comes in at 1.4 ounces with 200 calories and thirteen grams of protein, so it's about average in the nutrition bar/protein bar type of realm.

As you can see from above, there's not a whole lot to look at with this bar.  It's just a basic wafer (albeit a large one dimensionally) with layers of peanut butter within the wafer(s).  The wafer block is the encased in chocolate fudge and while the chocolate only had a mild smell, the peanut butter was quite potent.  Potent peanut butter?  Sign me up!  Outside of that, there's not much else to describe, so on to the taste!

I took my first bar and of course this was texturally and airy wafer with a bit of snap to it.  Outside of that, the first flavor that hit me was the strong flavor of semi-sweet peanut butter, which was just the way I prefer peanut butter, so I liked that a lot.  Next was the taste of thick and dense chocolate, just like fudge is supposed to be.  One thing that I found unique about this particular version of fudge flavor was that it wasn't overly sweet, but almost had a dark chocolate taste.  Not sure that's what PowerCrunch was going for, but that's what my taste buds got.  The mix of that dense, but not sweet fudge mixed well with the semi-sweet peanut butter to make for what I'll humorously call a hearty treat.  The reason I say that is humorous is because the wafer component of this bar makes the use of the word hearty kind of a misnomer since wafers are airy.

Buy It or Fly By It?  While I would have liked it if the fudge did not have that dark chocolate-ish taste that I found, I still found this bar to be very good and for that it gets a BUY IT rating.  Because it's a wafer, it feels like you aren't really eating anything in the end even though you've just eaten something that is quite large dimensionally.  Regardless of those dimension or girth, this is definitely one I'd grab of the shelf if I was you because it is thoroughly enjoyable.


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