There is two news regarding this protein bar. The good one, there’s no more Acesulfame K in the ingredients. The bad one, it still doesn’t make this bar anything special when it comes to its taste.
Barebells are these not too impressing protein bars. All of them are OK-ish in taste, the most. Eventually, 4.5-6.5/10 pts in this criteria is nothing to be proud of. However, more important than that is the fact all five flavours we reviewed so far – White Chocolate Almond, Caramel Cashew, Cookies & Cream, Hazelnut & Nougat, Salty Peanut – contains potentially unhealthy Acesulfame K. Therefore, we say it clearly: please, avoid them. No matter what you’ll see on Instagram and what so-called ‘influencers’ say. Anyway, it looks like something might be changing, as Barebells Lemon Curd White Chocolate protein bar, the latest flavour from the range, lacks that doubtful ingredient. Does it affect the bar overall? Let’s have a look at that now.
The smell of this protein bar is not anything spectacular. You get a whiff of lemon-like aroma and that’s it. No white chocolate here at all. Therefore, it’s nothing mouth-watering for sure. A somewhat softish on the outside, this protein bar is soft on the inside. Add to that it’s moistness is really good and you get a bar that is pretty comfortable to eat. That’s nice.
It’s far from being a satisfying protein bar, still.
There’s a bit of Lemon Curd flavour in this protein bar, but it’s not too intense. However, what it lacks is the aroma of white chocolate – you won’t find it here. Instead of that, there’s something somewhat similar to it, but it doesn’t taste good for sure. Also, there’s sweetish aftertaste in this Barebells protein bar but again, nothing to be overly tasty. The bar overall is not too sweet, it’s rather coldish in taste, which is a result of using sweeteners. The good news is there’s no weird aroma or aftertaste, though. But still, this protein bar is pretty far from being a satisfying one.
Do I want another serving of this Barebells Lemon Curd protein bar right after the first one? Not actually. It’s not terrible in taste, but at the same time, it’s nothing I’d want to repeat straight away.
When it comes to macros, it’s not too bad. A 55g bar has a pretty nice 203 kcal, 7.7g of fat, 17g of carbs (of which only 1.7g of sugar) and 20g of protein. The ingredients list is better than before (there’s no Acesulfame K in it). But to balance your possible instant happiness, it still contains palm fat.
The new flavour, the same old experience.
Barebells Lemon Curd White Chocolate Protein Bar is the new flavour in the family. However, it copies the overall experience from it. It’s not overly inviting or tasty. And it still could have a bit better ingredients. Although there’s no more Acesulfame K in it, it still contains palm fat. So there’s a progress in this matter, but it’s definitely not enough to call it OK-ish in it. And to want to grab it with satisfaction once again.
Will I ever go back to this Barebells Lemon Curd protein bar? I will NOT. It’s not too impressive in taste. And it could have better ingredients for sure. And, eventually, there’s a pretty wide range of Lemon flavoured protein snacks out there to stop at this one.