Big news if you’re a Quest Bar fan: Quest Nutrition turned their expert hands to creating a coated bar, which is a new area for them. In this review I’ll let you know how the Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar tastes, if the coated bar experiment worked, and whether it lives up to its namesake dessert.
The official description from Quest’s website:
You’ve been asking for it, and we finally perfected it… Fall’s favorite flavor isn’t just for lattes anymore! Unwrap autumn with the very first coated Quest Bar. Enrobed in a layer of sweet buttery pumpkin, with a graham cracker crumble crust, and packing 21g of protein with 4 net carbs, this perfect slice of pie is only around for a limited time!
It’s a protein bar with a pumpkin-flavored coating that has cookie bits interspersed. This is what it looks like:
Taste & Texture
Like most of their offerings, the Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar is quite sweet, but not overly so. The pumpkin flavor seems to be only in the outside layer, and it’s quite subtle. The essential spice element of a pumpkin pie is detectable.
The middle has the normal soft and chewy Quest Bar consistency. The outside pumpkin layer is chocolate-textured, and the crispy cookie bits sprinkled in it provide a third texture that complements the others well.
The flavor is disappointing insofar as the label is concerned; it’s just not very pumpkin-pie-ish. That doesn’t mean it’s not delicious, though—it really is. The textures add up superbly, and the flavor is great. But it reminded me more of a type of frosted cookie from my childhood more than a pumpkin pie.
Shame it’s a limited release, it’s a novel bar in the Quest lineup. Hopefully they come out with some permanent varieties with outside layers.
Uncoated Quest Bars are incredible heated about 10 seconds in a microwave or baked a few minutes (which is even better because the outside goes crispy). I was dubious about heating this one because of the coating, but even though it was slightly messier, it actually still worked extremely well.
Serving size: 60 g
Fat: 12 g
Net carbohydrate: 4 g (1 g sugar)
Fiber: 12 g
Protein: 21 g
(Weights of Quest Bars can vary quite a bit, leading to significantly different caloric content than stated on the label. I did a write-up here.)
Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar Rating: 9/10
This is a great protein bar. Get your hands on it before it disappears… (It’s no longer available on the Quest website.)
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