If you’re looking for a sweet protein snack, then this may be an option for you. This dark chocolate and raspberry flavour protein bar should curb your sweet craving(s) quickly. And it’s available virtually anywhere.
PhD SmartBars are one of the most widely available protein bars out there. You can easily find them in Tesco, ASDA or Sainsbury’s, to name a few. However, that comes for a price. It costs £2.50 per bar in all three supermarkets. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Anyway, paying this price for a single bar you expect it to be a tasty and really satisfying sweet treat packed with protein, right? The question is, does this one meet that requirement?
We believe our noses and they say ‘no raspberries here’. There’s dark chocolate easily detectable. It has a reach and appealing aroma. However, it grabbed all the smell spectrum for itself, leaving no space for raspberry. A small disappointment. Anyway, it’s still pretty appetising. Somewhat softish outside, it’s also not too harsh inside. Thanks to that it’s not too difficult to bite into and chew. But you may need a sip, as this treat itself is slightly chewy and hardly tries to stick to your teeth.
In terms of taste, it’s pretty good.
There’s a lot of dark chocolate, intense flavour, covering cocoa soya crispies. It gives this bar a lovely crunchy texture. Also, you should detect some raspberries too, in the form of ‘raspberry flavoured caramel layer’. It’s situated between cocoa soya crispies and chocolate interior of this bar. However, it lacks its intensity and it’s not too much noticeable. At least not as much as we’d like. The good news is there’s no weird aroma or aftertaste. All that composition is sweet, but not oversweet. However, being a bit of ’empty’ in the term of taste, we found it hard to be satisfying.
Do we need another serving after the first one? It wasn’t bad, it was sweet and it was worth to give it a try. But we missed that satisfying feeling of eating something that blows our taste buds and minds. So no, thank you, one serving is OK for us.
A pretty sweet bar comes with rather biggish macro. A 64g bar has 237 kcal, 11g of fat, 22g of carbs (of which
Can it be a sustainable protein bar on the go? Not actually, with these macros.
A SmartBar that is not too smart after all.
Can you see that? This bar has nearly everything we’d expect of it. Pretty good smell, sweet taste, not bad macros, really thought out ingredients and so on. But at the same time, it misses that kind of inexpressible something that would make it a delicious protein bar. Hence, it’s only ‘good’.
Will we ever come back to that protein bar? We are too smart to give it a second chance. It’s not bad after all. But paying £2.50 per bar, you have the right to expect something more than that. Unless dark choc and raspberry is your jam. Then yeah, you may give it a try. Otherwise, Cookies & Cream or White Choc Blondie may be a better, still satisfying choice.
- Smell 77/10
- Outer firmness 5.55.5/10
- Inner firmness 66/10
- Taste 7.57.5/10
- Moistness 77/10
- Nutrients 6.46.4/10
- Ingredients 77/10
- After the last bite 77/10
OUR RATE: GOOD
This bar has nearly everything we’d expect of it. Pretty good smell, sweet taste, not bad macros, really thought out ingredients and so on. But at the same time, it misses that kind of inexpressible something that would make it a delicious protein bar.
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No added sugar No palm fat No any syrup