Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: NuGo Slim Roasted Peanut Bar

My most recent and uncommon trip to GNC was quite eventful for me.  It led me to pick up several bars that I've already reviewed and posted on the blog already and it also allowed me to pick up another bar to add to my NuGo review collection.  NuGo bars are made with dark chocolate (my nemesis), but after trying out and having decent success with some of the bars in prior reviews that were sent to me as free samples, I was curious to see how this NuGo Slim Roasted Peanut Bar would measure up compared to those.  The bar itself set me back $0.75 and comes in at 1.59 ounces with 190 calories and fifteen grams of protein.  Since this bar is "Slim", it has fewer calories than a typical protein bar, so that's nice I suppose.

I know what you are thinking when taking a look at the picture above...what the heck is going on with that bar.  Well, let's just say that I bought this bar on a warm day while I was out running errands and it had some melting issues in the car.  It obviously looks a little rough in terms of presentation in the photo above, but visual appearances aside, the flavor should be unharmed.  Anyway, as you can see, the bar has a dark chocolate exterior and that dark chocolate had a very strong smell to it.  The interior of the bar was made up of chunks of peanuts and the typical soy protein mix.  One thing of note was that I could not smell peanuts at all because the smell of the named dark chocolate was so overwhelmingly potent and honestly, not very appealing.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I could smell peanuts if I put the bar right next to my nostrils and took a deep sniff, but really, how often does someone actually do that?

Armed (or nosed in this case) with that strong smell, I went in and took my first bite and all I could taste was dark chocolate and it was extremely bitter dark chocolate at that.  Sometimes dark chocolate has a mocha-like taste that makes it tolerable, but this did not have that at all.  This was dark chocolate in its worst form (in my mind) in that it was bitter and that bitter taste led to a horrible and foul aftertaste that just lingered in my mouth until I washed it out with a drink.  While the bar did have some decent crunch with the soy and peanuts in the interior, those two components brought no flavor that I could detect because I was so overtaken by the horrible and lingering taste of the dark chocolate.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Maybe it's just because I find dark chocolate so unappealing, but I have to rate this as one of the biggest failures of a bar in the blog's history, so it very much gets a FLY BY IT rating.  Everything about this bar disgusted me and I had to force myself to finish half of it so I could at least give a review that was based on more than one bite.  I made it through that half and this review is the result of that.  The other half of the bar met an unceremonious on the bottom of my trash can.  Unless you truly, truly love dark chocolate and everything it entails, I would strongly advise staying away from this bar.


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