My go to protein bar has been the Kirkland Signature Protein Bars from Costco. These are comparable to Quest bars but are much more affordable. Costco however has pulled these bars from their stores. When I made an enquiry they said they were reformulating them. I did purchase several extra boxes knowing they were going to sell out. However now I am running out and I need to find a replacement bar.
The macros on the Kirkland Protein Bars are 21 grams of protein, 24 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat and 14 grams of fiber. Finding other bars with similar macros was not to tough. Only issue was finding one with similar fiber. Most protein bars are low in fiber so that ruled them out. I did not want to have to completely change what I am eating during my contest prep. Knowing Quest Bars are pretty much the same but more expensive I kept looking for something else. Searching on Amazon.ca I came across MusclePharm Combat Crunch Protein Bars. Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite. Seeing they had chocolate peanut butter cup protein bars I was very interested!
Looking at the macro’s they were almost identical to the Kirkland bars. 20 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat and 12 grams of fiber. On Amazon.ca they are the same price as the Quest Cookie Dough Bars at $36.99 for 12 . Since I was looking for something cheaper I was not sold on getting these.
When we were at Walmart I decided to checkout that they had available but not expecting to find anything. Much to my surprise they had the MP Combat Crunch Peanut Butter Cup Protein bars so I purchased a box of 4 to try them. Now here was the big surprise. A box of 4 was $8.97 so three boxes would equal 12 bars for $26.91 instead of the $36.99 on Amazon.ca so this moved these to the top of my list to replace the Kirkland bars.
Only thing left was to see how they tasted. On the box it says;
“Combat Crunch baked protein bars are made using a proprietary baking process for superior taste and a softer texture. The bars are high protein, with very high source of fiber. Unlike hard paste, “taffy-like” sports bars, Combat Crunch is like eating a soft-batch cookie.”
The bars are just like they say they are. Kind of a soft crunchy cookie covered in chocolate which is a really nice change from the taffy-like sports bars which Quest and the Kirkland bars are. They taste really good as well. Not as good as a my favorite chocolate bar but pretty amazing for a protein bar. My only concern with these bars would be how they handle the heat. I can see these melting in the package and being a mess on a hot summer day compare to the taffy-like bars.
These are very macro friendly protein bars that are also banned substance tested and carry the Trusted by Sport logo so these are great for natural athletes. They also come in other flavors so if you are looking for an alternative to the taffy-like sports bars I would highly recommend giving these a try!