The Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups have been out for a long time, and I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they were even released alongside the original Quest bar flavors. You don’t see them nearly as often as Quest’s protein bars in stores though. In fact, a lot of stores that contain TONS of Quest bars don’t even have their peanut butter cups at all. With all this in consideration, clearly they are less popular in comparison. That’s either due to taste… Macros… Or both.
Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups Review
First of all, the packaging is pretty nifty. They come in classic peanut butter cup holders so it almost makes you feel like you’re eating a real Reese’s cup… Until you actually bite into it, that is. The taste is far from horrible, but it leaves a LOT to be desired. The flavor of the cup itself is pretty good actually, as the peanut butter taste is definitely there and quite strong, it’s just that the texture of the peanut butter on the inside is SUPER dry and not very pleasant to chew through in normal temperature. After multiple experiences, I’ve found that if you freeze the cups before eating them, they become MUCH more enjoyable. The flavor isn’t affected at all as the peanut buttery taste is still just as strong as ever, but freezing them makes it a loss less dry which greatly helps with the overall experience. Don’t be worried about making them ‘too frozen’ either to where they’re impossible to eat, I’ve left them in the freezer for days at a time and was still able to chew through them with ease upon immediately pulling them out. After all this talk about the peanut butter on the inside though, I should probably comment on the chocolatey coating on the outside, which in my opinion is the best part of the whole cup. I get somewhat of a dark chocolatey vibe as opposed to pure milk chocolate like most other peanut butter cups, which I welcome with open arms considering I LOVE dark chocolate, and it’s always nice to see a slight switch up on a classic flavor.
The Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups total out to 240 calories consisting of the macros 20p/10c/17f in addition to 3g fiber… Yeah. Clearly not the best macros for most people, unless you’re on a low carb diet that is. If you are on a low carb diet though then these could be a nice treat every now and then, as long as you freeze them since they’re exponentially better that way.
Missed potential. That sums up my thoughts on the Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups. Peanut butter cups full of protein sound delicious in theory, but unfortunately Quest fell short on the execution. It’s a shame because the flavor itself is pretty good, it’s just the peanut butter on the inside is SO dry that is really drags down the overall experience. However I will say if you freeze them, they actually become quite good because the dryness gets cancelled out for the most part; I would recommend them in that case if you’re on a low carb diet. In its regular room temperature state though, I don’t recommend these.
+20g protein, only 10g carbs
+Whey protein isolate
+If frozen, pretty tasty
-17g fat, yikes
-Pretty dry/powdery peanut butter texture in the middle, not as good as it could be
Overall Rating: C+ (room temperature) B+ (frozen)
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