You shouldn’t come back to some things from the past. Because sometimes it may turn out they’re disappointing. And that’s what it’s like with Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate (with sprinkles!) protein bar. It’s frustrating when it comes to its ingredients. But not only this.

While reviewing the latest flavour from this range, Lemon Curd White Chocolate, I was delighted they got rid of that nasty Acesulfame K from the ingredients. However, this Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate (with sprinkles!) protein bar belongs to the ‘old’ batch and it still contains that poor ingredient. Silly me, as I was hoping no to see it anymore in any protein bars. Anyway, let’s have a look at what this minty bar is like.

Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate Protein Bar with sprinkles
Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate Protein Bar with sprinkles

It starts so-so. There’s way too much of mint aroma in the smell of this Mint Dark Chocolate protein bar. And there’s not too much of chocolate in it. It’s barely detectable, the most. Hence, it’s not much inviting. A pretty tough on the outside, this protein bar is alike on the inside. And I’m sure some will say it could be ‘a bit’ more comfortable to bite into. And here’s another flaw in this bar – it’s decently chewy, which may put some off. Fortunately, it’s not too sticky, though. But I think it’s some kind of cold comfort here. Anyway, in term of texture, I can see some room for improvement here.

Minty trap. Aaand… it’s gone.


I won’t change my mind. Mint flavour is a tricky one to compose correctly. Pretty often it grabs nearly the entire spectrum of flavour, covering everything else significantly. And that’s what we’ve got in this Barebells bar. Although the mint aroma is not overly strong (and it doesn’t flood your taste buds and mouth), there’s way too much of it here. It covers chocolate flavour dramatically, which makes it barely noticeable. That means one thing: the flavour of this protein bar is not well balanced. Also, which is not a surprise with a mint flavour, there’s no weird aroma or aftertaste. Or it was effectively covered by mint, indeed. Anyway, the bar is not too sweet, and overall, it’s not satisfying.

Do I want another serving of this Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate protein bar right after the first one? Not actually. It lacks the chocolate flavour badly. And it contains Acesulfame K in ingredients.

Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate Protein Bar with sprinkles

When it comes to ingredients, well, they’re poor. Along with Acesulfame K, there’s also palm oil. And it’s not good news. Much better than that are macros of this bar. A 55g snack only has 192 kcal, 7g of fat, 17g of carbs (including only 1.3g of sugar) and 20g of protein. Not too bad.

With sprinkles. And some disappointments. Actually, many of them.


Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate Protein Bar with sprinkles

Barebells Mint Dark Chocolate Protein Bar with sprinkles is not a good bar. It’s not too effortless to eat, it’s not too flavourish (or it’s too much of minty flavourish) and it has inferior ingredients. Yes, that’s right, its macros are really good. But I’m afraid it’s still not enough to make its presence on my shopping list anymore.

Will I ever go back to this Barebells protein bar? I will NOT. And I do not recommend you to do that, too. All of that it’s not overly tasty and it contains Acesulfame K. And it’s not enjoyable too. No matter what so-called ‘influencers’ on Instagram or anywhere else try to tell you. Boom.

5.6
Score

Pros

  • Very good macros

Cons

  • It contains Acesulfame K
  • It contains palm oil
Smell
5.5
Outer firmness
4
Inner firmness
4
Taste
6.5
Moistness
7
Nutrients
7.6
Ingredients
4
Overall experience
6

Final Verdict

It is not a good bar. It's not too effortless to eat, it's not too flavourish (or it's too much of minty flavourish) and it has inferior ingredients. Yes, that's right, its macros are really good. But I'm afraid it's still not enough to make its presence on my shopping list anymore.