Ironcore Chunk of Protein Bar Review

As much as I like to use a protein bar as a quick meal or snack when out and about, I usually find that unless I have at least two of them to actually still even a remote feeling of hunger. Several of my favorite protein bars in terms of taste and nutritional values only come in sizes around the 60 gram mark – and that’s just too tiny for a 220 pound guy like me most of the time.

Luckily, I think I’ve now found a solution to the problem: the Ironcore Chunk of Protein bar. This bar weighs a full 100 grams, comes with roughly 30 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat and more than 400 calories total. That’s almost twice the amount of calories I’ll usually get from a protein bar, and since I’m not on a diet I’m very happy with that. I can take big bites of these things and not worry about the thing being gobbled up in mere seconds.

What I really like about this bar is the taste, though. This is a rich, full tasting protein bar that actually seems to please my taste buds more than most regular chocolate bars.

Ingredients

Milk chocolate coating 19% (sugar, coca butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier (soy lecithin), flavoring, milk protein, caramel 11% (sweet condensed milk, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, sugar, caramellised syrup, emulsifier, salt, aroma), inverted sugar syrup, almonds (8,4%), stabiliser (glycerol), hydrolysed gelatine, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, soy protein, soy granules, flavoring, salt.

 

There’s one drawback to this product…

I like it too much! I buy a box of these things (15 pcs) and go through it in just a few days, because I just love the taste. The Ironcore Chunk of Protein bar has become somewhat of a staple of my personal diet, and that’s really not a good thing. Protein bars are not meal replacement products, so I guess I need to get a little more disciplined and stick to real foods most of the time. When I’m out and about, though, I’ll keep one of these handy. It’s quickly become perhaps my favorite protein bar.

Ironcore Nutrition is a fairly new brand, owned by Proteinfabrikken, whose Oxygen Protein bar was also a hit with us when we reviewed it some time ago. Check that out if you’re after a sweet treat that doesn’t pack the punch that this one does in terms of calorie count.

Weider 32% Protein Bar Review

It might sound strange, but Weider Supplements is something I tend to associate with the 80s (and some would probably associate them with even earlier decades), because of how huge they were back then and how relatively tiny they’ve been they last few years in terms of market share. In the nineties, of course, companies like EAS and MuscleTech seemed to wipe the floor with Weider. But hey, guess who’s back! Weider is apparently gaining massively in European countries like Germany and Norway, and more and more supplement outlets are starting to sell their stuff again. And so I thought it’d be good to give the Weider 32% Protein Bar a test run. I must say I am reasonably pleased, and might very well buy this product again.

(Keep it simple, stupid:) The Weider 32% Protein Bar is a decidedly no frills product

This product kinda reminds me of the Weider Nutrition supplements I used to take back in the 80s when I was first starting out doing this lifting stuff: It isn’t very fancy. Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Ingredients: Glucose syrup, Lactoprotein, Milk Chocolate Coating (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier: Soya-Lecithins; Flavouring), Fructose Syrup, Collagen Hydrolysate, Vegetable Fat, Dextrose, 1,6% Low Fat Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Dried Egg Albumin. May contain traces of nuts and peanuts.

No waxy maize, HMB, Vitargo or other fancy ingredients here, in other words. The Weider 32% Protein Bar I’ve been enjoying is basically a simple chocolate bar with some milk protein (or, as they put it on the label, lactoprotein) added in. That’s it. Admittedly, that’s the way most protein bars on the market are put together. If you’re new to this stuff, you should realize that there is nothing magical about a product like this: It’s just a simple, convenient and fairly tasty way to get 19,2 grams (per 60g bar) of milk protein, which you could also get by drinking four glasses of milk. The protein here is of no better quality, and won’t promote muscle growth any more than those glasses of milk would. So don’t buy a pack of these for any other reason than to have a tasty, protein rich treat handy when you’re out and about, or when you’re at home and feel like reaching for a chocolate bar but want something a little higher in protein. That’s what it will do for you.

At 32% protein per weight, though, it is higher in protein than most of the competition. That’s obviously a good thing. This is not a low fat or low carb product, though: each bar will also give you 27 grams of carbohydrates and 5,4 grams of fats in addition to the 19,2 grams of protein. As such, it makes for a decent post workout meal (at least if you have two of them!)

Taste & “Eatability”

This is quite a tasty protein bar. It’s not among the absolute best I’ve had, but it’s certainly good enough to warrant buying more of them. I’ve only tried the chocolate version, but these bars also come in vanilla and banana flavored versions – which I’ll be happy to try once I can get my hands on them.

I’ll be glad to recommend the Weider 32% Protein Bar to anyone looking for a tasty snack from one of the oldest companies in the business.

 

PVL Mutant Pro Bars Review

Most protein bars are decidedly simple concoctions: make a chocolate bar, add some kind of protein – usually in the form of a vry simple milk derivative like a whey protein – and voilĂ : you have transformed that candy bar into a nutritional supplement (or, at least, that’s what most manufacturers would have us believe – I’m not sure I always agree with that). True to form (check out our review of their high tech weight gain supplement Mutant Mass), Canadian sports supplement manufacturer PVL has done something quite different: Their Mutant Pro protein bars do not come with one source of protein, they come with ten.

These bars weigh in at 70 grams each, providing 25 grams of protein. That’s a pretty good score. And what’s the advantage of using ten different types of protein? Two words: time release. If your protein bar – like most – come with only whey protein – a so called fast release protein, you’re going to get a quick hit of amino acids in your blood stream, with the supply of these muscle building nutrients dying out fairly quickly. Combining several types of protein, on the other hand, makes for a more sustained supply of amino acids to the muscle tissue. Now, isn’t that something you’d want in a protein bar? I mean, these types of products are what we mostly use while on the go, right? So if you’re out and about and reach for a protein bar because in between meals, isn’t it an advantage if that protein bar delivers a more sustained flow of nutrients? I personally think so. If, on the other hand, you’re having a protein bar right after a workout and want a quick hit of amino acids, a pure whey protein bar may be your best bet. I do think, however, that putting together a time release protein blend like the one in the Mutant Pro bar is a great idea considering how most of us tend to use these types of products.

As far as taste goes, this is a pretty good tasting protein bar. PVL has called the flavor “Double Decadent Chocolate” and wow, did they ever hit the nail on the head. That name describes the rich taste of this bar perfectly. In fact, this is such a rich tasting bar that I could not imagine having two of them at a time, which, say, I easily could with the lighter tasting caramel flavored Nanox Isolox protein bars. Being “restricted” to just having one at a time is probably a good thing for me, though, as I’m a bit of a chocolate addict. There’s also a little crunch in these bars, which I like.

Mutant Pro Bars Ingredients and Nutritional Profile:

Mutant Pro Extreme Multi-Staged Protein Ingredients: Mutant Pro Protein Blend [3 Cold Pressed Whey Protein Concentrates, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate, Egg White Albumen Protein, Cross Flow Micro-Filtered Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate], Coating (Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Nonfat Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Soy Protein Isolate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Cocoa), Glycerine, Canola Oil, Fructo-Oligosaccharide (natural extract of chicory), Natural Flavour, Cocoa, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Each 70 gram bar will provide:

Total Calories: 260
Protein: 25g
Total Carbohydrates: 28g
-Sugars: 9g
-Dietary Fibre: 2g
Fat: 7g
-Saturates: 3g
-Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 110mg

I think those values are pretty good – there’s a tad less fat than in many competing products, and less carbohydrates as well, although this is far from a low carb product if you’re looking for that. The bar also contains no trans fat – which means that I might buy it again. Boycott nutritional supplements containing trans fatty acids, people!

The price is okay – I suggest looking around online for a good deal, as I’ve seen some worthwhile discounts on these.

All in all, I think the Mutant Pro bar is another home run from PVL – a quality product which taste does not disappoint. An ideal product to keep in your pockets when you’re out and about and need a quick snack!

And once again: this is an unsolicited review that we have not been paid for. We do not sell these bars either (we don’t sell any kind of supplements – we just review them for our readers). Just so you know.