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Alright, so I recently picked up the new Arnold Series Muscle Bar. Flavor Chocolate Brownie. I do believe they also have a cinnabun and Chocolate PB as well, so be on the lookout for those reviews as well 😉
Before We dive into this stats for the bar:
Macros: 1 bar(90g) 370 cals , 16g of fat / 30g of carbs / 30g of protein / 2g fiber / 7g sugar.
If you are knowledgeable on Quest Protein bars you will see that there is at least twice the ingredients if not triple compared to Quest.
First Glance out of the Wrapper : Had some minor melting on the top of the package but nothing to worry about. This bar being 90g compared to your usual 60g’ ish bars had a bit more density to it. Not really “squishy” or soft like you may find with a quest or ohYeah bar. Has a bit more richer chocolate smell than my previous review had, but still didn’t get a ‘chocolate brownie’ feel with just the smell.
No Fancy additions to this bar. Just a flat brown bar, yet good size to it.
Once you break it open you see that it has a Softer brownie layer that was more like a cake feel than a brownie.
Lower level was a much thicker, chewy, brownie feel which I happened to enjoy. This bar actually looked like what the picture had shown on the wrapper unlike my previous review.
I decided to do this review in 3 parts.
Room temp: Wasn’t to bad right out of the package. The Top portion of the bar(the softer cake) tended to have a slight grainy texture to it which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The layer of chocolate on the outside was quite thin which most of the top had gotten stuck to the package. The bottom layer however gave me a nice chew.
Warm: Heating it up slightly helped to bring out the flavor of the chocolate outside lining but IMO made the inside of the bar worse tasting.
Cold: Cold was my favorite way to eat this I think. I felt that it helped to bring out the chocolate flavor of the entire bar and made it seem a bit sweeter. This way made me feel like I was eating a brownie the most.
30g of protein
Dense feel when eating
Has a nice Milk Chocolate flavor
Looked like the picture
Nice chewy brownie layer
Grainy Brownie Layer
Not super strong on the chocolate flavoring
Warming it up made it worse
16g of fat along with 7g of sugar is a bit steep for the flavoring of the bar
I know not every bar needs a ton of fiber but for 370 cals and 30 carbs I would of liked to see a bit more fiber.
High Calorie Bar
Long Ingredient List.
Slightly higher in Price.
Alright so now to get to the ratings. I am going to do this in 2 parts then combine the two ratings.
Macro Ratings: IMO I am going to give this one a 6/10. Super high in Fat compared to a lot of its counter parts, higher in sugar than a lot of competition lately, and so low of fiber. Frankly for almost 400 cals I would of liked to see either a much richer flavor, or more fiber making up the carbs.
Taste Rating: 8.5/10. Was enjoyable to eat, really enjoyed the chewy brownie layer but I think the top layer and outer coating could use a bit of work. Wouldn’t throw it away but wouldn’t buy it again either. Much rather go with a Combat Crunch if I wanted to stay with Muscle Pharm.
So now, lets combine the two.
Overall Rating: 7.8/10 or a B- , good enough to get by but never first in line.
Interested to see how the Chocolate Pb and Cinnabun Stack up against this.
Bare with me as I am still trying to get the hang of these reviews!
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