I’m about as far from carbophobic as it’s possible to be, so this isn’t the type of product I’d normally buy. But I saw this Atkins Endulge Peanut Caramel Bar in the bargain bin for 39p down from £1.50, and figured it would be hard to go wrong for that price. Not to mention the idea of a good-sized peanut caramel treat for 136 Calories is pretty enticing.
Anyway, I tried it, and here’s what I found.
The official description from the Atkins website:
Treat yourself to peanuts smothered in caramel and coated in smooth chocolate. Only 2.6g Net carbs and absolutely delicious.
This is what it looks like:
Taste & Texture
The base of the bar is chewy but pleasantly light, avoiding the claggy density of old nutrition bars. It’s mildly sweet, and has a good balance of flavors. The peanuts are big enough to add nicely to the texture. However, the chocolate is waxy and a bit artificial tasting. The caramel element is present, but not very prominent.
The sweetness of the bar comes via maltitol and xylitol, and I assume Atkins opted not to use the more controversial artificial sweeteners that inspire paranoia in people. Shame, they’d improve it—the bar has a kind of flatness to it that a nice dose of sucralose or aspartame would improve.
Serving size: 35 g
Fat: 8.2 g
Net carbohydrate: 2.6 g (1.5 g sugar)
Fiber: 9.3 g
Protein: 3.1 g
Atkins Endulge Peanut Caramel Bar Rating: 6/10
This bar is nice enough. “Absolutely delicious”? No. Worth about three times what you’d pay for a Snickers bar? Hell, no.
Not being into ketogenic diets, I suppose I’m the wrong audience for it, but I struggle to think of a point for this product. It doesn’t have anything close to a good dose of protein, and it’s not nice enough to buy on a regular basis for the taste alone.
If I saw it on sale again for 39p I probably would buy it, however.
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