Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: PowerBar Recovery Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp with Chocolatey Coating Bar

It was post workout and I was tired and sore.  What better way to help yourself than by eating a recovery bar?  Well, that led me to the PowerBar Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp with Chocolatey Coating bar.  Have you ever seen a more descriptive name of a product in your life?  I'm not sure that I have.  LOL, anyway, I picked this one up on sale at Kroger for $0.99.  It contains 260 calories, twelve grams of protein and is a fairly robust bar in size/weight at nearly two ounces.

As you can see and also read in the ridiculously long name of this bar, this bar is covered by a "chocolatey" coating.  Now, if something is referred to as "chocolatey", that seems like a clever way to me that something is not actually chocolate but instead just resembles it.  I'm not going to argue semantics either way, but it is what it is.  Anyway, the rest of the bar is made of a peanut butter/protein base mix and then topped with caramel and the "crisps" which to me resemble something like a cracker (actually they are rice crisps).  One thing I will point out is this thing is built like a brick's rock solid and actually required some moderate effort for me to break in half.  When something is that rock solid in just its physical appearance and touch, it can't be a good sign, right?

Well, sometimes appearances can be deceiving. While this bar was admittedly more difficult to chew than your standard candy bar or protein bar, it wasn't really that bad.  The "chocolatey" coating had a strong chocolate flavor and the peanut butter and caramel, while not overpowering, definitely made their presence felt as well.  None of the three were overly sweet either, so that was nice as well.  If I had to describe all of them, I would say that their flavor was "hearty" and had body.  In addition to that, the cracker-like "crisps" took what could have been a soft and mushy recovery bar and turned it into something crunchy, which was the perfect complement to the aforementioned three ingredients.  All in all, this was pretty close to an actual "bad" candy bar that you'd buy at the local convenience store.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I'm going to say to BUY IT.  It tastes similar to a candy bar and that alone makes it worth a purchase.  If you are the type like me that works out and needs a power punch after your workout, that makes this bar even more appealing due to its supposed "health" benefits.



  1. Hi Crazy Food Dude.

    I purchased a vast array of different protein bars, for post-workout snacks, and this one definitely was the best! Like you said - it tastes "almost" like something you would reach for from the candy shelf.

    I found that it really filled me up. Actually, it kind of sat in my stomach like a rock for about an hour after I ate it..... I don't know if that is good or bad....

    Out of all of the ones I purchased, this was definitely the best tasting. Would I eat it everyday post workout? No, I don't think so. It almost seems like it should be viewed as a treat, not a staple after burning some calories. I am firm believer in getting your protein and carbs from actual food, not something manmade. But, all in all, it is a great bar.

    Thanks for the awesome review by the way! I googled this bar, and your review was the best thing I found! :)

    1. First, thanks for the comment!

      Second, it probably sat in your stomach like a brick since protein is supposed to give you the impression of being full, thus the brick. LOL. Actually, I'm sure that wasn't PowerBar's intention, but I do know that they'd like that both you and I liked the bar!


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