Bland, dry and without the peanut butter flavour they promise – we’re not off to a great start here.

This is the first time I’ve tried a Redcon1 protein bar and what better way to start than with peanut butter? Well, turns out I was wrong! This bar is advertised as a ‘meal replacement’ bar and to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend anyone skipping a meal and consuming this protein bar unless you were really caught short. But, if you do, make sure it’s actually a tasty one! That means, unfortunately, skipping this bar altogether!

Redcon1 MRE BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bar
Redcon1 MRE BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bar

We all know what peanut butter smells like. Hell, even I do and I didn’t even use to like it! But, if you were blindfolded and we’re guessing the flavour of this Redcon1 Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup protein bar, you definitely wouldn’t guess that! I guess they just forgot to add the peanuts? If you’re like me, a person who prefers chewy, soft protein bars then divert yourself away from this one. When I say the outer firmness of this bar is solid, I genuinely mean it’s like a brick! However, it is actually a little softer than it feels. Don’t get me wrong it’s still as tough as boots, but it does give slightly and there is some form of chew involved. Not a great deal, but a lot better than a brick in your mouth! 

Dry, flavourless and disappointing. Not worth wasting your money on this protein bar.


Peanut butter chocolate is meant to be rich, moist, tasty and be both salty and sweet at the same time. This Redcon1 Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup protein bar is none of those things. Instead, it’s dry, bland and pretty flavourless. Add the fact this bar has a weird bitter taste to it and for me – it’s not even remotely good. I do however like their addition of oats, but why would you add dry oats to an already extremely dry bar? I didn’t find this bar satisfying to eat at all and was actually quite glad when it was over!


See also: other protein bars containing Acesulfame K.


Sorry, but I definitely couldn’t eat another Redcon1 Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup protein bar after this one (or ever again). It really was a disappointment, especially as I was really looking forward to this!

Redcon1 MRE BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bar

Most people who purchase protein bars focus on the macros they are made of. I wasn’t keen that this bar was already sitting pretty higher than average on the calorie front, but I thought the flavour would be worth it. Oh, how I was wrong! This protein bar weighs in heavier than your average bar, but I still believe the macros could be better. A 67g Redcon1 Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup protein bar carries 260kcal, 9g fat, 29g carbs (of which 6g sugar) and a decent 20g protein. Personally, I would want a lot more out of a bar for 260kcal!

Now, seen as I’ve knocked this bar down enough already, let’s get onto their ingredients. Palm oil, added sugar and the ever so harmful Acesulfame K. They really need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something much better! 

My advice? Grab a proper meal instead of this meal replacement bar!


Redcon1 MRE BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bar

Dry, bitter, bland and tough. All the things to avoid in a protein bar. Unfortunately, that’s everything this bar is. Luckily for you, I’ve eaten this bar and reviewed it so you know to stay away! Instead, spend your money on something much tastier!

Will I be buying another Redcon1 Crunchy Peanut Butter Cup protein bar again? Sorry, but no. Even if I managed to receive one for free, I still wouldn’t even be tempted to eat it again!

3.9
Score

Pros

  • Sorry, there aren't any

Cons

  • It contains Acesulfame K
  • It contains added sugar
  • It contains palm oil
  • Too firm on the outside
  • It's bitter and bland in taste
Smell
4
Outer firmness
1
Inner firmness
3.5
Taste
4
Moistness
5.5
Nutrients
5.8
Ingredients
3.5
Overall experience
4

Final Verdict

Dry, bitter, bland and tough. All the things to avoid in a protein bar. Unfortunately, that’s everything this bar is. Luckily for you, I’ve eaten this bar and reviewed it so you know to stay away! Instead, spend your money on something much tastier!