Quest Bar Review – Strawberry Cheesecake

A Strawberry Cheesecake Quest Bar ReviewI have heard about Quest Bars for some time now and I was just recently able to find them at a local GNC.  They are raved about on so many blogs that I follow, I knew that I had to give them a try! This Quest bar review will be one of my many, as I would like to eventually try the entire product line!

Quest Bar Review Specifications

The Strawberry Cheesecake Quest bar comes brightly packaged in an attractive red wrapper with a plethora of very inviting phrases and words: gluten-free, high-fiber, no sugar or artificial sweeteners used, all natural, 20g of protein.

I really like the sounds of all of that.

This bar uses three different naturally derived sweeteners: Erythritol, Lo Han Guo and Stevia.

Nutritionally, each bar has: 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 NET carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar, 6 grams of sugar alcohol and 20 grams of fiber.

Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides* (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Water, Erythritol, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Natural Flavors, Lo Han Guo, Stevia.

Scent

The scent of this Strawberry Cheesecake Quest bar is out of this world. It is very natural and sweet smelling. Very reminiscent of the most perfectly picked strawberries at the peak of their season.

I wish I could smell this forever.

Taste

I really wanted this Quest bar to taste awesome, I really did. I am just not a fan.

There’s a very faint strawberry taste that is almost completely masked by the gritty protein taste that is in all protein bars.  With that being said, I can’t really taste the “cheesecake” part of this bar at all.

It’s not completely terrible. I’m not gagging like I have done in the past trying other bars. In all honesty, I think it’s the strawberry scent/slight taste that is the only redeeming quality, taste wise.

Texture

I really like the texture of this bar a lot.  Being gluten-free, I wasn’t expecting that crunchy build-up that most protein bars provide, which is good. I absolutely hate that. Instead, the texture is kind of like a soft caramel candy. I quite like it!

Verdict

Not the worst thing I have ever tasted, but definitely not the best.  I wouldn’t actively purchase this bar again, but if someone gave it to me, I would eat it. Take that as you will!

I have read that heating some of the Quest bars up will improve the flavor. I can’t imagine a warm Strawberry Cheesecake being too fantastic, though. Perhaps I should do half as-is and half heated in my review…

~ Final Rating: 3/10 ~

Did you enjoy this Quest bar? Am I out of my mind for not finding it very tasty? Comment below!

7 Comments

  1. Helen on February 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I am recently giving this diet a shot. I am 50 and had a full hysterectomy which has stripped me from all hormones causing weight gain; double. I have to say I can do anything on this diet list except I really need a bar and coffee for breakfast. I am a teacher and don’t like to cook up breakfast. The quest bars have 25 carbs which puts me at my max of daily carbs. I do work out daily. Sometimes hour classes at gym or 40 mins on elliptical. Any recommendations on snacks and breakfast? I used to eat steel oats with almond butter.

    • Dominic on February 25, 2016 at 2:31 am

      How about some pre-cooked bacon and hard-boiled eggs?

  2. Hilary on August 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Have you tried the cinnamon bun one? that one is 100% worth the try! I thought how could that be good as I usually stick to chocolate or cookie dough and I was VERY surprised!

  3. Justin on October 4, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Why are you reviewing protein bars when you clearly don’t need them (work out). Quest bars are essentially the best protein bar nutritionally and the strawberry cheesecake tastes amazing in comparison to other brands. Don’t knock it unless you know what you are talking about.

    • Dominic Geracia on October 4, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Justin-

      I actually lift heavy three times a week. Also, these are very popular in the low carb/keto community and what I was looking for were reviews that I wasn’t finding. If you look through my other posts, I did one for the Apple Pie flavor and loved it. No knocking, all honest opinions.

      Best,

      Dominic

  4. LyndaS on September 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Completely agree. It looked pretty good in the pictures but inside you find this brown appealing thing which tastes sweet, and maybe a little strawberry, but no sign of the rich creaminess I associate with cheesecake. Wouldn’t buy again. Now their chocolate peanut butter bars are pretty good.

    • Dominic Geracia on September 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      LyndaS-

      I am going to have to try the chocolate peanut butter, I have heard good things from a few different people!

      Dominic

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