As far as I know, the Quest Pumpkin Pie bar remains the only limited edition flavor that Quest has ever released. I’m not sure if they even make these anymore currently. I found them recently on clearance at a Price Chopper, it seemed like an old batch they were trying to get rid of considering they were the only flavor on sale and they were a bit stiff to the touch. They might just be a fall only flavor, but I stocked up on some extra just in case.
Quest Pumpkin Pie Review
In addition to being a limited edition flavor, the first thing that you’ll notice about the Quest Pumpkin Pie bar is that it’s their only flavor that features a frosted coating exterior. This aspect makes it pretty similar to a Combat Crunch bar actually in regards to appearance, texture and even taste. It may just be because the batch was old, but this bar seemed noticeably firmer and harder to chew through compared to a Combat Crunch bar though. They felt similar on the outside, but once I got to chewing I could instantly recognize that Combat Crunch is FAR softer and more chewable in comparison. Texture aside, the flavor was pretty solid I will say, but I didn’t get too strong of a pumpkin vibe. This doesn’t bother me too much because I’m not crazy about pumpkin flavoring like some people are and I enjoyed the flavor it did have, but I can see how some could be disappointed over the lack of an intense pumpkin flavor. The frosted coating tastes more like a mixture of graham cracker/cinnamon/vanilla than pumpkin, which is still a pretty tasty combination in my opinion even if it’s not ‘true’ pumpkin.
The Quest Pumpkin bar totals out to 220 calories consisting of the macros 201/19c/12f in addition to 12g fiber. Due to this flavor being the only Quest bar to have a frosted coating, it’s no surprise that this one has the highest overall calories out of all of them. What is surprising though is that the carbs are actually lower than a typical Quest bar, and it’s just the fat that is increased. Due to the consistency and texture of the coating, I was expecting the carbs to be increased more than anything, similar to a Combat Crunch bar’s macros. I’m not sure how they managed to make the carbs lower while featuring that coating, but I’m not complaining too much. The higher fat is a bit of drawback for sure, but considering this flavor is completely different from any of their other bars, some difference in the macronutrient ratio is only to be expected and further makes this flavor more of a unique experience.
When it comes down to it, I did enjoy the Quest Pumpkin Pie bar. I didn’t think it was potentially as great as it could have been though. The texture was far too hard for my liking, and just made me wish I was eating a softer/chewier Combat Crunch bar instead if I’m going for a bar with a similar external coating. The actual flavor of the bar was good though, but I could see how some would be a little upset that the pumpkin flavor isn’t as strong as it could be. When this flavor originally came out, it was a welcome, different approach on a typical Quest bar. Now that Combat Crunch has entered the game and basically makes these exact types of bars but better on every level, it’s pretty hard to fully recommend this flavor.
+Whey protein isolate
+Only Quest bar to feature frosted coating
-Higher calories/fat than all Quest bars
-For a similar type of bar, Combat Crunch is better
Overall Rating: B+
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