Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: MET-Rx Protein Plus Chocolate Roasted Peanut Bar

In the past, I've kind of had a hit or miss response with MET-Rx products.  Some are really good and some are really awful and I've found that there's no real middle ground.  When I purchase these protein bars, I usually buy them in bulk and in different flavors, so that leads me to the MET-Rx Protein Plus Chocolate Roasted Peanut bar.  This bar is slighly larger than your average candy bar as it clocks in at three ounces.  That three grams consists of 310 calories and 32 eye popping grams of protein.  FYI, I got this one at CVS for around $2.50.

The name makes this one pretty easy to describe (I left out the "with Caramel" part, but you can read that on the wrapper), right?  It's probably going to have chocolate, roasted peanuts and caramel.  Well, I can confirm that it had chocolate (the outer coating and as part of the protein mix base of the bar) and I can confirm that it had caramel, but I had no idea where the peanuts were since they weren't there on a visual basis.  It had to be part of the blend somewhere, but I was expecting to see peanut chunks and I couldn't find them no matter hard I tried.

When I took a bite of this, well, let's just say it wasn't pleasant.  First of all, I need to turn my jaw into a vise grip just to get through the bite because this thing was rock hard.  Once I used all my might (good thing I'm eating this protein to build muscle) to get through the bar, the taste was underwhelming to say the least.  The chocolate taste (outer coating and inner base) was dull and virtually non-existent.  The caramel, while it did taste somewhat like caramel was sticky and stuck to my teeth and the roof of my mouth.  Remember the peanut taste that was supposed to be in here according to the wrapper and ingredient list?  Well, it was nowhere to be found and you could make a half-hearted case for false advertising on this one.

Flat out, this was just a nasty combination and that wasn't helped by the fact that by the time I was finished, my jaw was tired because of all the chewing I had to do to break up this bar in my mouth.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Do not pass go, do not collect $200 and definitely FLY BY IT.  This was an abysmal failure.  Sure, I got my protein, but outside of a sore jaw, I didn't get anything else out of this bar.  It was just a horrible, horrible excuse for a food item and I would not recommend this to anyone unless you hate yourself or the person that you are buying this for.  In my mind, this one goes into the Hall of  Fame of Awful.


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