It's been over a year since I've hit up a Gatorade bar review and quite frankly, the thought of reviewing another one of their bars didn't particularly excite me. Still, I recently saw a flavor in the store that I hadn't seen before (how many posts have started that way?), so I decided to grab this Gatorade G-Series Recover Mint Chocolate Crunch Whey Protein Bar off the shelf of my local Meijer for about $2.00 (can't remember the exact price) and give it a shot. Each bar is a robust 2.8 ounces and packs in 350 calories and twenty grams of protein. If you are an athlete and we want to discuss this in athletics analysis terms, this bar is for you...ON PAPER.
I already mentioned that this bar was bulky and hopefully the above picture conveys that. This is a very dense compilation of whey crisp that is mixed with mint chocolate chips. The bar is then encased in a thick chocolate outer layer to wrap everything up. The outside doesn't really smell like much, but the interior of the bar does carry a slight minty smell. Outside of that, there's not a ton happening with this as it's a pretty bland presentation.
Fortunately the taste isn't bland. It's not knock-your-socks-off strong, but there is some flavor here. That flavor is a bit of mint and a bit of chocolate...it's well balanced and pleasing. Like I said, not strong but definitely present. The outer chocolate, while only being a bit of flavor, certainly helps make this bar more chewable because the denseness of this makes it very difficult to blast through. So, it's a bit of mint and a bit of chocolate. That's what we've got here and that's all there is.
Buy It or Fly By It? While this bar is basically just passable in my mind, I still think that's good enough to give this a BUY IT rating. I'm not going to say that this the bar to eat if you are looking for a snack, but if you are an athlete and/or training for something and are looking for something to fill you up quickly and deliver a lot of calories and protein, then this bar is a good solution.