This is not a protein bar for the faint-hearted. It smells like mud. It tastes like mud. And, surprisingly, its texture is alike, too. Or maybe it’s just a soy protein?
This is the very first PhD’s themed Smart Bar made up with Tough Mudder event. More on that we wrote in this news. Anyway, the question is: is this PhD Smart Bar Mississippi Tough Mudder Pie Protein Bar anything you should worry about? Or is it as demanding as Tough Mudder event? Or should you have it, eventually? Let’s find it out and see if it’s any challenge at all.
The smell. It’s weird. In the beginning, it smells like mud. You know, the mud you most likely used to have a try when you were a kid and play around. Or like a plant-based protein. Whichever it is for you, it might be not too impressing for many. And I’m wondering if it does
mudder matter after the event like Tough Mudder? Anyway, what is really surprising is the texture of this bar. Forget a toughish centre you know from the regular PhD Smart Bar. Here you’ll get a really pleasant and decently soft centre. It’s middling chewy and slightly sticky, but still, it’s nicely effortless to eat, on a par with mud. And its moistness is really good. Well done.
It’s going to be a challenge to eat this protein bar. At least as long as you don’t eat two servings of mud every morning.
And you should say ‘thank you’ to its plant-like flavour. There is a significant plant-based protein aroma in it. But if you have just finished Tough Mudder event and your mouth is still full of mud, then you should not mind this, right? Ok, jokes aside. The flavour of this bar is bitter with just a touch of the sweetness that is supposed to come from the caramel layer packed underneath the chocolate coating. Also, there are marshmallows there as well, but they are virtually not noticeable at all. Forget about any kind of satisfying sweetness here. But if you’re a real tough guy, then this might be something for you.
Do I want another PhD’s Tough Mudder protein bar right after the first one? Not much. And it looks I’m not THAT tough guy, after all. But I’m OK with it, seriously.
Macro wise, it’s a standard for PhD Smart Bars. A 64g bar packs 233kcal, 21g (32.8%) of protein and only 1.1g of sugar. The ingredients list is not too short, but it doesn’t contain added sugar, palm oil or syrups. And although it is partially plant-based, it’s NOT suitable for vegetarian.
It’s rather a themed and occasional protein bar.
I don’t think it will sit here for longer. Or make any significant change in the Smart Bars lineup. It tastes like it’s plant-based (so vegetarian- or vegan-friendly), but it’s not. It has a specific taste. And not bad macros or ingredients. What I would like PhD to take from this protein bar is its texture, as this PhD Smart Bar Mississippi Tough Mudder Pie Protein Bar is really pleasant and effortless to eat.
Would I buy it again? I don’t think so. I’m OK with plant-based anything, but I know much better pleasures than eating mud-flavoured protein bars.