Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Pure Protein Strawberry with Greek Yogurt Style Coating Bar

I recently touched on a couple of Pure Protein's new Soft Baked products, but much to my delight, a recent trip to the store found me discovering that they also had a new line of Greek yogurt (style) coated products that are now in market as well.  Always looking to add to my so-called treasure trove of reviews, I felt it was absolutely necessary to grab this Pure Protein Strawberry with Greek Yogurt Style Coating Bar of the shelf for a review.  This bar itself comes in at 1.76 ounces and has 190 calories and a relatively robust twenty grams of protein to go along with it.

I'm not quite sure what "Yogurt Style" means, but I do know that the exterior of this bar looked as if it was coated in yogurt.  Now, "style" might mean that it's not really yogurt and only carries some of the characteristics of yogurt, but for the purposes of the rest of the review, I'm only going to refer to it as yogurt since I've already wasted too much time trying to parse the meaning of that phrase.  Anyway, beneath the Greek YOGURT covering is a mix of dried strawberries and also a doughy like component that did not at all remind me of the rice (or soy) crisp type of interior that I have become accustomed to when looking at these bars.  The dried strawberry bits spread through the interior kind of reminded me of Fruity Pebbles cereal in an kind of funny way, so I was slightly amused by that.  In terms of the smell, it was absolutely a potent strawberry smell, although it did smell kind of "manufactured" if you know what I mean.  The coating was the same way and I guess the best way to describe manufactured for those of you that might not know what I mean is that it smelled kind of chemical or metallic-like.

When I bit into the bar, that dough like interior made this a bit softer of a chew that I would ever expected.  There is definitely nothing wrong with that, but it is not what I anticipated, so that threw me for a mild loop.  Either way, the remainder of the bar had an overwhelmingly potent strawberry flavor from those strawberry bits and interestingly enough, the sweetness of the strawberries was eventually taken over by tang, kind of like I'd expect in a cranberry.  I'm okay with both of those berries, so I was okay with this, but again, this was something that I did not expect.  The yogurt coating didn't add a lot of flavor to the bar, but its melting characteristics did add a bit of moisture to each bite because the dough mixture did tend to get on the dry side.  That moisture lent a slight air of decadence to the bar, but don't get confused, this was not decadent in any manner.  Overall the flavor was pretty much standard stuff, but when I did let this sit in my mouth while chewing through each bite, that manufactured kind of flavor returned and I wasn't particularly fond of that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Despite the fact that I mentioned this had a manufactured appearance and taste that's not exactly appealing, I found myself oddly intrigued by this bar and actually will give it a BUY IT rating.  I have no idea why I was so intrigued by that and perhaps I've been eating these overly manufactured bars for so long that they've ruined my taste buds because that's the only feasible explanation I can think of.  Anyway, if you don't mind manufactured flavor and want something that has fairly decent flavor, this is a bar that is worth grabbing.  I've got another one of these to review, so I'm curious to see whether I'll have the same experience.


1 comment:

  1. The oddly intriguing factor is likely due to the "natural flavor" that gives the strawberry flavor. If you've never heard of "castoreum," look it up :)


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