ThinkThin says, "satisfy your next chocolate craving with the rich flavors of dark chocolate with a hint of peanuts covered in delectable dark chocolate. This high protein bar has zero grams sugar and is completely gluten free." I certainly couldn't resist the tempting combination of dark chocolate + protein, so despite the $2.49 price tag, I picked up a ThinkThin Dark Chocolate Protein Bar.
From the first bite, I was greeted with nice dark chocolate and nutty taste. Call me 'nuts', but there also seemed to be some coconut essence as well - but that's not listed on the ingredients list, so it might just be my imagination. Regardless, this bar was quite delicious. It was really solid, a bit chewy, but still crunchy from the peanuts, and immensely satisfying.
Each 60 gram ThinkThin Dark Chocolate Protein Bar provides 230 calories, 7 grams of total fat, 4 grams of which is saturated fat (11% and 20% of the daily value), 110 mg sodium (5% of the DV), 2 grams of fiber, no sugar, 20 grams of protein, and a host of minerals and vitamins.
When I had to skip dinner one late night at work, I decided to try a ThinkThin Creamy Peanut Butter Bar for nourishment because of the promise of protein wrapped up in a candy bar experience - all for just $2.99.
ThinkThin says, "Our natural high protein thinkThin bars are draped in rich delicious chocolate and deliver 20 grams of protein ... they are the ONLY naturally sugar-free, high protein bar for an active lifestyle." And this bar is Gluten Free too.
Notice the absence of the words tasty or delicious in the description. Unfortunately, the texture of this was as bland as was the flavor of the chocolate. It didn't have any crunch or hardness to it, yet it also wasn't smooth enough to feel creamy in my mouth. There was plenty of peanut butter, but the chocolate part of this bar was very bland. After smelling the peanut butter, I was expecting something akin to a Reese's, but instead I got a big peanut butter bar that was coated with something not-quite chocolate. The peanut butter was a little dry, and not the delicious kind of peanut butter you'd eat out of the jar. It was just a touch on the bland side, though I think the ultra-bland chocolate made it even more so.
Each 60 gram ThinkThin Creamy Peanut Butter Bar provides 240 calories, 8 grams total fat and 3.5 grams of saturated fat (12% and 18% of the daily value), 10% of the DV for sodium, only 1 grams fiber but a whopping 20 grams of protein and no sugars. There is 13 grams of sugar alcohols though.
When I pulled my ThinkThin Brownie Crunch Bar out of the wrapper, it looked almost exactly like a mainstream candy bar - you couldn't tell at all that it was packed with protein. The outside is a somewhat greasy milk chocolate, and when I broke it open, it looked like pure dark fudge brownie on the inside.
Biting into it revealed that it was chewy and squishy, just like a brownie, but had some kind of weird chalky aftertaste. I've noticed this aftertaste with other ThinkThin bars bars, and I'm not sure what it is, but I'm not a huge fan. Still, that didn't stop me from finishing the bar and enjoying it. The flavor grew on me a bit, and by the end I really didn't mind or notice the aftertaste at all.
In looking at other reviews for ThinkThin bars, I found that Lauren Ashley had reviewed the ThinkThin Chocolate Fudge Bar, and we basically could have just switched the titles and a lot of the details of this review would have been the same. I almost wonder if the company simply changed the name of the bar from Chocolate Fudge to Brownie Crunch, because there is sadly no crunch in this bar. However, I will add that while I keep saying negative things - it actually wasn't that bad, and I kind of liked it. The positives aren't very apparent, but trust me when I say this isn't a bad bar.
On my way home from work, I passed a health food store and decided to stop in to see if they had any Larabars - I like to toss them in my bag as an "in case" meal or snack. Instead, I happened across thinkGreen. They are "a superfood nutrition bar for optimum vibrance. Every bar is packed full of beneficial nutritious ingredients including immune boosting broccoli and spirulina, antioxidant green tea and nutrient-packed chlorella and alfalfa. With over one tablespoon of powerful greens, thinkGreen is pure food that is high in fiber, gluten free, and free from trans fats and cholestorol."
With a description like that, I expected stellar nutrition facts - and in this case, they actually are. One bar of the thinkGreen Chocolate Chip Bar that I picked up has 180 calories, 5 grams of total fat (8% of the RDA) including 1.5 grams of saturated fat (7% of the RDA), 55 milligrams of sodium (2% of the RDA), which was good for me since I got salty takeout for lunch, 7 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates which includes 4 grams of fiber and 17 grams of sugars - the only downside.
When I tasted the bar, it was slightly sweet, but definitely not as sweet as you would think 17 grams of sugar would be! I wish they could get the sugar level down - honey is listed as an ingredient, and it's too bad they can't go a bit lighter on that. Still, the bar is well-flavored: I could definitely taste the dates, but they weren't overpowering, and the honey actually makes the bar just the right level of sweetness (not too much, not too little). It's a very natural-tasting bar: if you're into that, you'll like it; if you want something more consistent and processed, you should look elsewhere.
As more and more health experts tout the importance of a high protein diet for promoting satiety, enhancing energy, and maintaining a lean body, more and more high protein bars appear on grocery store shelves. High protein bars are appealing for several reasons: they're convenient, relatively cost-effective and come already portion controlled. I decided to try ThinkThin Chocolate Fudge High Protein Bar because this flavor sounds absolutely delectable - high protein, chocolate and the word "thin" - who can resist?! ThinkThin bars are also sugar free and gluten-free.
The packaging features a lovely graphic of slow dripping chocolate and when I opened the wrapper, I was greeted by an attractive, thick, generously sized bar appropriately smothered in chocolate. My high hopes for this high protein bar diminished, however, the second I took a bite. The taste was conspicuously un-chocolately. It was actually pretty bland, with serious chalky undertones. It was also lacking any discernible chocolate aroma. It was a total let-down.