Diet Direct Product Review: Bariwise Caramel Crunch

Today I got a sample of the Caramel Crunch Protein Bar.  Let’s start with the nutrition, then I’ll focus on everything else.

Calories: 170
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 4.0g
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 100mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 15g

OK, now that THAT is out of the way…

Appearance: Boxes lie.  This does not look like the box.  Yes it’s covered in chocolate, and technically has caramel in the middle (do not judge me for breaking it open and looking at it before taking a bite), but the “crispy” coating on the outside is way understated compared to the image, and the caramel is more of a 1:8 ratio with the peanut buttery base, rather than the 1:1 they’re displaying in the image.  Moving on!

The first bite:  Weird consistency…kind of like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter eggs (you know the ones, that have the Reese’s stuff inside but look egg shaped and cost like $0.50?)    Caramel…not so much.  More like peanut butter flavor and a bit of a caramel undertone.  The crunch is kind of reminiscent of a Nestle Crunch bar.

The remaining bites: Nibble vs. shovel…definitely shovel.  There is something about the first bite that is less than appealing, but like booze, it seems to tend to improve with the number of bites you take.

Buy it again?:  Honestly?  I don’t think so.  There are other protein bars that I still enjoy more than this bad boy.  Don’t get me wrong, if I was uber hungry (like now) and in a pinch (again, like now), then this bar would definitely get the job done.  And with 15g of protein and only 170 calories, it isn’t going to weigh too heavily on my conscience tonight when I go home.

Product Review: Bariwise Hot Chocolate (Cinnamon)

Good morning everyone.  Today could be described very easily as “frigid” here in South Dakota.   The high is 0, the low is -11, with windchill varying between -30 and -40 Fahrenheit.

I woke up this morning and it was so cold out, I decided to break in my new box of DietDirect product, in this case, the Cinnamon flavored Hot Chocolate made by Bariwise.  It’s cooling next to me while I write this intro…

Fast forward 10 minutes while I wrote the rest of the packaging information, and it’s time for my first sip.  The cinnamon is really apparent, it’s the cinnamon flavor that’s similar to the syrup form of cinnamon (like what you get at coffee shops), rather than the ground cinnamon flavor.  The chocolate is definitely there, no weird aftertaste so far.  Sip # 2: OK, there are still “clumps” in the hot chocolate, very possible I didn’t stir it enough (I tend to rush things).  So next time, I’ll throw this badboy in my Magic Bullet and see how it comes out.  I will admit that I added 6 ounces of water (heated in the microwave to boiling, then let it cool a few seconds) mixed with 2 ounces of milk, to add some creaminess to this drink.  Overall I’d say that this drink mix is definitely a keeper, and

Here’s  the nutritional information:

Calories: 80
Fat: <1g
Sodium: 210mg
Potassium: 170mg
Total Carbohydrate: 5g
Dietary Fiber: <1g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 15g

Now, for the “how to” portion of this review. If you’ve ever tried to make hot chocolate out of a pudding/shake mix, or out of GNC Amp 60, you’ll know what chances you’re taking by adding hot water to the mix, literally.  Typically, I’d use my Magic Bullet personal blender to make frothy coffee/amp combinations, but if I ever tried to let it be hot, the mix never dissolved and became chunky, chalky, and so gross there was no way that I could drink the stuff.  Now enters the beauty of the “Hot Drinks“.  These puppies are made to get hot, literally.  Simply throw the mix in a cup, add 6-8 ounces hot (not boiling) water, and voila, hot cocoa!

Now I’ll take a look at this compared to my favorite: Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa (you know, the powdered packet of its own!)

Calories: 90
Fat: 2g
Saturated: 2g
Sodium: 150g
Potassium: 270mg
Total Carbohydrates: 16g
Dietary Fiber: 0
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 1g

So, what I end up with is: 10 fewer calories, basically 2g less of fat, more sodium, less potassium, fewer carbs, more fiber, less sugar and way more protein.  Now, compared to what I NORMALLY do to my hot cocoa, which includes replacing all the water with milk, and *cough* doubling up on the packets, it’s obviously significantly fewer calories.

I’m excited to continue reviewing more DietDirect products.  Tonight is going to be the Cinnamon Crisp Meal Replacement Bar, created by WonderSlim (I already know I love it, but will focus on the review for it).

~As always, if you’re curious about trying the hot cocoa from DietDirect, now is the time to get 20% off all hot drinks, the sale is done this upcoming Sunday I believe (February 3?)  And if you’re on the fence, you can use my $10 discount on your first order, so you get the cocoa for free (after the discount it’s like $9.80 or something).

Bariwise Wild Berry Protein

Alright, time for another first…the Wild Berry flavored drink…my initial impression is kind of fear…it’s pink…like the strawberry kiwi was…oh well, here we go!

Oh it’s good!  And it’s sweet!  This totally could taste like an alcoholic drink, margarita or sangria somethin if made just right.  So glad that only one of the four flavors has been bad so far.  Chalk up another one for Bariwise!