Monday, March 5, 2012

A Close Second, Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars Satisfy!

The Good: Very healthy, Tastes amazingly good.
The Bad: Very expensive.
The Basics: Slim-Fast 3-2-1 has another real winner with their Peanut Butter Crunch Time snack bars which deliver a lot of chocolate taste to health-conscious consumers!

Slim-Fast continues to surprise me. After knocking my socks off with their 3-2-1 Chocolate Mint bars (reviewed here!) and being utterly unimpressed by their 3-2-1 Chocolatey Vanilla Blitz snack bars (reviewed here!), which failed to live up to their promises, I was feeling remarkably neutral when my wife brought home the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars. Slim-Fast managed to go 2-1 with this product, as I am once again on the bandwagon praising the healthy snack.

In fact, it is worth noting that my biggest gripe about Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars has to do with their expense. These bars are comparatively ridiculously small. At $4.99 for only six bars, I could never justify the expense of these if they were not on sale. My wife and I got these buy one, get one free and even then they seemed pricy. Sure, these are wonderful, but they are small and expensive.


Slim-Fast is the company that merchandises its specialized diet plan for those who are trying to lose weight by eating healthier, but more controlled portions. The 3-2-1 plan is a new program that encourages participants to have three snacks (like the 100 calorie Snack Bar), two Slim-Fast shakes or meal bars, and then have a balanced meal of about five hundred calories. The Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time snack bars are part of that program, but may be enjoyed just the same outside the program.

The Peanut Butter Crunch Time come in a .81 oz. chocolate bar (reminiscent of a Heath bar) that is foil-wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time bars are 3 1/2” long by 1” wide by 3/8” deep. They look like a flatter chocolate bar. These snack bars come in packs of six and locally, we have found them for $4.99, though they do seem to go on sale frequently and have coupons fairly regularly as well. At full price, these are thoroughly underwhelming in appearance and the box even makes them look bigger than they are!

Ease Of Preparation

Eating Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time snack bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating this healthy candy bar. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!


Opening the wrapper on the first Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time Bar, one is instantly overwhelmed with the scent of chocolate and peanut butter. This snack bar smells like a slightly less salty version of a Butterfinger bar and it perked me up the moment I opened the wrapper!

On the tongue, the hopes and dreams of every dieter is realized through this chocolate! Yes, there are chocolate bars you can eat while working to get healthy! Flaky and buttery, the peanut butter flavor comes out as the thin milk chocolate layer melts delightfully away. The flavor is reminiscent of toffee as the chocolate disintegrates and the nutty flavor of peanut butter gives way to a sweet, buttery taste. This is delightful and the taste, more than the portion, made me want more.


Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars are intended as a supplemental food, not a full meal. These .81 oz. bars represent a single serving and they have a boatload of nutrients in them. Made primarily of sugar, corn syrup and dry roasted peanuts, the ingredient list does becomes a list of vitamins near the end. This is not an all-natural food product and these snack bars were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about milk, soy, wheat, eggs, sesame, almonds, cashews, coconut, walnut, pecans, and peanuts.

Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan's Peanut Butter Crunch Time have only 100 calories, 30 of which are from fat. A bar represents 10% of one's RDA of saturated fat, though they are cholesterol free. As well, they are nicely low in sodium, having only 70 mg per serving. They also have a gram of protein and ten percent of ten different vitamins and minerals! This is a surprisingly healthy snack!


Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time are good regardless of when they are eaten or how they are stored. Unopened, they have a decent shelf life around six months. We purchased a box on the first day of February (2012) and they have an expiration date of June 2012. If they melt, they will stain, so consult your fabric guide if that happens. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the foil wrapper away when you are done with the snack bar.


Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan Peanut Butter Crunch Time Snack Bars are exceptionally good, and good for you, but Slim-Fast makes you pay a premium for that goodness!

For other reviews of healthy foods, please check out:
Quaker Chewy S’mores Granola bars
Peeled Organic Apple-2-The-Core
Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Bars


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my index page on the subject! That is available by clicking here!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.

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