Sunday, June 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Jelly Meh: Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bars Are Barely Adequate!

The Good: Burst of nutrition, Does not taste bad
The Bad: Vastly overpriced, Few have “jelly,” Does not taste like it is supposed to.
The Basics: Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars do what they need to, but not in any extraordinary way.

My life lately has been a lot of work (hence a shocking lack of blog updates in the last week!). At my job, I subsist on nutrition in bar form. In fact, it was quite the thrill last night when my wife made me a salad. So, I have been trying a number of different protein and meal bars lately. Last week, my lunches consisted of Carb Conscious Supreme Peanut Butter & Jelly protein bars. For as filling and as nutritious as the Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bars are, they are impossible to recommend. If I did not need to take in a crapton of calories just to maintain my weight (over the last six months, I’ve inadvertently lost thirty pounds and put on five pounds of muscle with how hard I work), there would be virtually nothing redeeming to them.


Supreme Protein is a company that merchandises its foods for active people who are on the go and need a lot of nutrition in a light, convenient form that travels well. For exercise enthusiasts, outdoorspeople, and/or dieters, the Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bars can be a real asset.

The Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars come in a 3.38 oz. yogurt/peanut butter bar that is foil-wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Carb Conscious Supreme Peanut Butter & Jelly bars are a grainy 6” long by 1 7/8” wide by 7/8” thick bar, which is like a chocolate bar. The very bumpy top of the bar contrasts the smooth bottom of the bar. One bar is one portion, so this is very easy to get into on the portion front! These snack bars come sold as single bars or in boxes of 12.

Ease Of Preparation

Eating Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar and take a bite off it. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating this meal bar. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!


The Peanut Butter & Jelly Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar smells faintly of peanut butter and has a far stronger acidic scent to it. This protein bar smells surprisingly like chemicals or minerals as opposed to a food product.

On the tongue, the Peanut Butter & Jelly Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar is very smooth. Rather surprisingly, the Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bar is not dry in the mouth initially. This bar is smooth, but not sweet and it is not particularly nutty. In fact, unless one flips the bar over, they are unlikely to consider that the bar is actually peanut butter flavored. With the textured top of the bar on the tongue, the Supreme Protein Bar tastes quite a bit like the aftertaste of peanut butter, even if it does not actually taste like peanut butter properly. Chewing the Carb Conscious Supreme Protein bar reveals that the bar is chewy and predictably mealy. This is not an overly sweet bar and it is surprising how the bar is not very dry, though it has a grainy texture to it beneath its yogurt-like coating.

This bar leaves a strong bitter, somewhat acidic aftertaste in the mouth. The aftertaste endures in the mouth for several minutes after one finishes consuming the bar.


Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bars are intended as a supplemental food or to replace a full meal when one is on the go. These 3.38 oz. bars represent a single serving and they have a boatload of nutrients in them. Made primarily of maltitol, palm kernel oil and a proprietary Supreme Protein Blend (made primarily of whey protein isolate), the ingredient list does become a mess of preservatives and 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 peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, eggs and tree nuts.

Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars have a stunning 405 calories, with a whopping 145 from fat. A bar represents 46% of one's RDA of saturated fat, though they are fairly low in cholesterol (only 4% of the RDA). As well, they are surprisingly low in sodium, having only 180 mg (8%) per serving. They also have thirty grams of protein and at least ten percent of sixteen different vitamins and minerals! These are not vegan compliant.


Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Bar Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bars do not vary in taste regardless of when they are eaten or how they are stored. Unopened, they have a decent shelf life around eight months. I purchased mine at a discount food store and they had a sell-by date of April 2014, but no specific expiration date. 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 peanut butter bar.


Carb Conscious Supreme Protein Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bars are not horrible, but they do not taste enough like peanut butter to truly thrill consumers. The reason in the “taste” section I do not mention how the “jelly” aspect of these bars tastes is because the vaguely sweet gel that is supposed to represent the jelly portion of the flavor is only present in about one in four bars that I have tried so far. The result makes these bars inconsistent and enough to serve their purpose, but not in an enjoyable way.

For other reviews of food bars, please check out:
Marathon Crunchy Honey Graham Snack Bar
Special K Protein Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
S’Mores Balance Bars


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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