Ah, good ol’ Quest bars. If you’re familiar with the term flexible dieting and/or protein bars in general, then there’s probably NO way that you haven’t heard of these bars by now. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or something, which even still I would be hard pressed to believe that these went under your radar the whole time. When Quest bars came out a few years ago though, they changed the game when it comes to protein bars… For good reason too. Quest made the first protein bars that contained good forms of protein (whey protein isolate as opposed to soy which was/is common in most other protein bars), a high fiber count, and ACTUALLY made it taste really good as well. Other protein bars at the time either contained good forms of protein but tasted like garbage, or they tasted pretty decent but either the macros weren’t that good or it was filled with soy. Quest not only pulled off both these feats, but they pulled off each individual aspect even better than any other protein bar before which made them absolutely blow away the competition. They had the best nutrition profile combined with the best taste.; an impossible combo to beat at the time. Other brands of protein bars have come out since then though that have given Quest some serious competition when it comes to great macros/taste and high fiber (like Combat Crunch, Oh Yeah! One, B Up, etc.), but regardless, Quest is still easily near the top or at the top of the protein bar world. I will cover all flavors eventually but for this first one, I decided to write a Quest cookie dough review since it’s my favorite of all the flavors.
Quest Cookie Dough Review
Let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE this bar, and it is one of my very favorite products in the entire protein bar industry. The base texture finds a nice balance between being soft and doughy, but still firm enough to chew through enjoyably. The taste of the dough is incredible and REALLY nails that cookie dough flavor that we all know and love. The chocolate chips are the real MVP of this bar, however. They go for a dark chocolate taste over milk chocolate which works perfectly for me considering I prefer dark chocolate in general. I realize that preference is completely subjective, but regardless the dark chocolate chips really do lend a nice addition of flavor to the dough base; it’s not too sweet so it’s not overpowering but it’s flavorful enough that you really look forward to each bite.
One cookie dough Quest bar totals out to 190 calories consisting of the macros 21p/20c/9f in addition to 14g fiber. Out of all the Quest bars, the cookie dough flavor has some of the higher fat content but it’s SO worth it. The carb intake is relatively low compared to other protein bars though which are usually closer to 30g, so all in all the macros are pretty damn solid. Any bar that has less than 200 calories but more than 20g protein is an absolute winner in my books.
Okay straight up- the cookie dough Quest bar is hands downs one of the very best protein bars on the market, if not THE best. In my personal opinion at least. It was one of the first Quest bars I ever tried and I’ve loved it ever since. I’m not just blinded by nostalgia either; I have it very frequently as a fairly consistent staple in my diet to this day, and I’ve had it after trying all of the best Combat Crunch/Oh Yeah! One/B Up flavors they have to offer. It’s still a top 3 bar for me, easily. I’m pretty sure I’ve made that point very apparent throughout this Quest cookie dough review by now though. If you’re going to try a Quest bar, this is the flavor I would recommend. The cookies and cream is a close second, but the taste of this bar just NEVER gets old for me. Do yourself a favor and purchase this now if you’ve been doing your taste buds a disservice by avoiding it up until this point.
+Whey protein isolate
-9g fat is slightly high
Overall Rating: A+
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