Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Fiber One Protein Cookies & Crème Bars

It dawned on me recently that I let the fourth anniversary of this blog pass without any recognition either here on the blog or me actually recognizing it in my head at the time.  Well, even now that we are several weeks past the anniversary of the initial review, I think it is worth noting and also contemplating how long I've actually been writing for this blog and also how many products I've actually reviewed (over 1,000, which I recognized earlier this year).  Like I've mentioned plenty of times, I never thought the blog would go this long and while my love for it sometimes wanes, I'm glad to be here and want to keep this going as long as I can (the extra income is obviously not bad either).

Anyway, today's review is a review of a manufacturer that I've examined many times.  It's another new Fiber One product off the General Mills assembly line that I was able to pick up at Meijer for $2.50.  This box of Fiber One Protein Cookies & Crème Bars happens to have five bars in each box and each bar clocks in at 1.17 ounces and packs in 140 calories and six grams of protein.  I know they call this a protein bar, but when it only packs in six grams worth, doesn't that seem kind of silly?  Regardless, let's dive into the review.

As you can see, there's quite a bit of things going on in this bar for it being so simple (the box was a dead giveaway as usual too).  The bar is coated in chocolate and then within the bar are bits of marshmallow (creme) and bits of chocolate cookies.  This is all mixed into a standard soy crisp mix that any reader of this blog or eater of any sort of "health" bar has seen countless times.  That soy crisp mix was interesting in that it had chocolate tinged soy crisp and creme tinged soy crisp.  Not sure I've seen that kind of effort with soy crisp before.  Anyway, the bar did smell of both chocolate and creme, so that was a nice thing being that is what it was supposed to be like.  Ha!

Biting into this, it definitely had nice chocolate and creme flavor.  The chocolate came somewhat from the interior of the bar, but the exterior melting coating made sure that the chocolate was both prevalent and noticeable.  It was a mildly sweet chocolate and with the melting qualities of the exterior, it actually tasted kind of dense as it coated over the airy soy crisp mix.  The little pops of marshmallow/creme brought some additional sweetness and additional texture to this mix too as they had a bit of softness to them to counteract the crunchy soy crisp mix.  All mixed together, this was a very decent representation of the cookies and creme flavor profile.

Buy It or Fly By It?  From a flavor perspective, I give this a BUY IT rating.  Like I said, it did a decent job of representing the cookies and creme flavor profile. Actually, I'll switch the usage of the word decent into using the word "admirable."  It wasn't fantastic, but I did have some enjoyment from this.  The only issue I have with this is the typical issue I have with Fiber One/General Mills...sometimes their products seem to be overpriced.  If you can get them on sale, they are definitely worth it.  At the regular price, I'm just not sure.


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