Well, it's gone and happened, Quest Nutrition has finally released a birthday cake flavor! Have you tried it yet? I'm down for birthday cake flavored anything and Quest Bars are among my top 3 favorite brands of nutrition bars, so needless to say I couldn't wait to give them a try.
If you're a fitness enthusiast or if you consume protein bars with any regularity, you likely have come across a Quest Bar. They have a fiercely loyal fan base, and for good reason... they're pretty darn awesome, with a stellar macronutrient profile and minimal list of ingredients. I am obsessed with these bars and usually use them as a meal replacement - all of that protein and fiber keeps me completely satiated and, thankfully, without any digestional troubles.
Birthday Cake Quest Bar Nutrition Facts: Each bar contains 180 calories, 5g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 14g fiber (so only 5g net carbs), and 21g protein.
Birthday Cake Quest Bar Ingredients: Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Soluble Corn Fiber, Water, Erythritol, Almonds, Palm Kernel Oil, Natural Flavors, contains less than 2% of the following: Sodium Caseinate, Sea Salt, Gum Arabic, Spirulina extract (color), Red Cabbage extract (color), Turmeric extract (color), Radish extract (color), Sucralose, Sunflower Lecithin.
BIRTHDAY CAKE QUEST BAR REVIEW
What does birthday cake taste like? I feel like the answer to that question varies by individual. Birthday cake can technically be any flavor, but somewhere along the way someone decided that, visually, all birthday cake flavored products would be yellow or white and loaded with rainbow colored sprinkles. To me, a general "birthday cake" should be vanilla with an obvious yet balanced butter flavor as the backup dancer. That buttery flavor is the kicker and it's gotta be there to make me a believer that something is truly worthy of the birthday cake label.
Birthday Cake Quest Bars feature a coated bar, something that Quest does not usually do (the pumpkin pie flavor from a couple of years ago being the first). The decision to coat the bar works well here, as any good birthday cake needs a layer of frosting to complete the ensemble. Aesthetically, the coating works as a vehicle for the requisite sprinkles, keeping them fully embedded into the coating instead of loose, so no danger of them falling off and making a mess, which is a plus.
WHAT DO BIRTHDAY CAKE QUEST BARS TASTE LIKE?
There's a distinct separation between a product that "tastes good" and a product that nails the intended flavor that's printed on the label. Overall, I enoy these bars... but they don't taste like birthday cake. They have the classic wonderful Quest Bar texture - not too chalky, not too rubbery, and easy to chew, and I liked the addition of the sweet frosting coating on the outside. The flavor is vaguely vanilla and the amount of sweetness is on point, but it's missing that buttery undertone that, in my not-so-professional opinion, every birthday cake flavor must have.
Do I like these? Yes. They're pleasantly sweet and fun to eat with the colorful sprinkles and frosted coating. I'll be finishing my box of bars with no problem. Would I buy them again? Also yes, though I see myself buying this flavor as individual bars here and there rather than replenishing my supply of Quest Bars by purchasing the full boxes (and there is always a box of Quest Bars in my pantry)
Buy them here: Birthday Cake Quest Bar, 12ct box
This is not a sponsored post, though I was sent a box of Birthday Cake Quest Bars for the purposes of this review. I do not accept compensation or free products with the promise of a fully positive review, so you can trust what I have to say.