Grenade is a United Kingdom based protein supplement company founded in 2010, apparently dominating everyone’s post-workout fix world wide except me. As someone who does most of his whey protein intake through bars I’m always looking for new flavors and textures to entice my palate. When the Carb Killa bars popped up at my local GNC the packaging was interesting and I grabbed two of the available flavors. The first one I tried, Caramel Chaos, had really great texture but was generally lacking in any notable flavors, despite the fact that it was the only protein bar I’ve had to actually have caramel. The second bar – White Chocolate Cookie – changed everything.
Carb Killa’s are triple-layered bars combining a whey protein base with gooey caramel and crunchy bits, then dipped in either a white or milk chocolate. The White Chocolate Cookie bar has a milky white caramel beneath pieces of chocolate cookies and looks almost identical to the Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy bar. It is without a doubt one of the most uniquely flavored and well executed protein bars I have ever had.
The three textures interact with each other to create a seamless snacking experience, leaving almost nothing to be desired. White chocolate is the first ingredient, and the flavor is strong and pronounced with the use of cocoa butter and whole milk powder. Many of the issues that plague protein bars – grainy bases, overly sweet fake sugars, or too much fake fiber, are all nonexistent here. The bar is just sweet enough to emulate the candy bar it looks up to without becoming over the top or artificial.
This might be one of the rare cases where a protein supplement trying to mimic an established junk food product actually surpasses the real thing. The addition of the caramel offers a more complex mouth feel than the Hershey’s bar and with 22 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar I can’t imagine myself ever choosing the candy over the killa.
In the United States Carb Killa bars are available in four flavors – Caramel Chaos, Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Crunch, and the sensational White Chocolate Cookie. I plan on trying the two chocolate flavors as soon as possible, and being on the lookout for some of the more obscure UK-available flavors like Banana Armour and White Chocolate Mocha to make a Stateside appearance soon.
Quick Nutrition: Calories: 220 – Fat Cal: 70 – Fat: 8g – Sat Fat: 4g – Sodium: 150mg – Total Carb: 21g – Fiber: 6g – Sugars: 2g – Sugar Alcohol: 13g – Protein: 22g