The Lift Salted Caramel Crunch bar was a random purchase. I was browsing the health section of Wal-Mart recently when I came across these after never seeing them before. I checked out the back and was happy to see that the macros were pretty solid, the protein sources were great and the fiber content was high. That was all I needed to see in order to make this an instant purchase. Hopefully it tastes as good as it sounds.
Lift Salted Caramel Crunch Review
Not only that, but damn hopefully it tastes as good as it looks too! The Lift Salted Caramel Crunch bar is packed full of various peanuts that are obvious to see the second you lay your eyes on it. I’m not crazy about peanuts in my protein/candy bars, but I always welcome the sight of a ton of mix-ins. Now, the taste. It was… Pretty good, but nothing to write home about. It was a little softer than I thought it was going to be based on how firm it was on the outside, so that was nice actually. The salted caramel flavor just wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping it would be though. I enjoyed it, but it could have been a little more intense in overall flavor, it was a little too mild for my tastes. Even though there were a LOT of peanuts as well, they didn’t provide as much crunch as I expected them to. They were more crispy than anything and not even crunchy at all really. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because the texture reminded me of a rice crispy treat, plus I think I would have preferred a crisp like this over crunch for this specific bar anyway. The name of the flavor and the appearance is what led me to believe it would have more crunch though so as long as you don’t get your hopes up expecting huge crunchiness, the bar is still pretty solid.
The Lift Salted Caramel Crunch bar totals out to 200 calories consisting of the macros 21p/24c/4f in addition to 16g fiber. This is what really grabbed my attention about the bar in the first place, the macros and nutritional profile are absolutely excellent and easily some of the very best in the game. For a bar I’ve never heard of or heard people talk about, it came across as pretty shocking to me. It’s mainly the low fat content that is so rare to see. Normally in a calorically similar protein bar, the fat will be more in the 6-10g range. So yeah, 4g fat is extremely low and not even touched by top brands such as Quest/Combat Crunch/One and etc. This bar isn’t as flavorful as most of those bars but still, the low fat can’t really be beat. The No Cow Blueberry Cobbler bar is the only protein bar off the top of my head that has lower fat than this bar with a similar protein/fiber count (which has only 2.5g fat and tastes great, highly recommend that product).
Overall, this wasn’t too bad of a protein bar. It wasn’t one of the best I’ve ever had by any means, but it’s closer to the top than it is to the bottom at least. There really aren’t a lot of salted caramel peanut based protein bars out there, so with that in mind this is one of the best out there in regards to that flavor actually. It can’t hold a candle to the Carb Killa Caramel Chaos bar which is one of the very best tasting protein bars in the whole industry, but after that it’s definitely one of the better caramel protein bars you’re going to find, especially for the macros. The Carb Killa bars are pretty difficult to buy if you live in the US though as you can’t find them in stores, so these are more readily available considering they’re sold at most Wal-Marts.
+Good, crispy texture
+Only 4g fat
+Whey protein isolate
-Salted caramel flavor could be stronger
-Despite the name, not as much crunch as you would think
Overall Rating: B+
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