I don’t really go for protein snacks and things that land in the range of functional foods all that often. Recently though, I added a few items of my own to an order with The Protein Works. Today I’m looking at this Caramel Macchiato Protein Truffle.
As I like to do, we’ll start with ingredients. There’s no surprises as there’s a lot going on in here.
Protein Blend [Micellar Casein (Milk), Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Soya Protein, Hydrolysed Whey Protein (Milk)], Humectant (Glycerol), Chocolate Flavour Coating [Sweeteners (Isomalt, Sucralose), Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Oil), Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder (Milk), Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamine), Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Flavouring], Water, Sweeteners (Maltitol, Sucralose), Fructo-Oligosaccharides, Flavouring, Colour (Ammonia Caramel)
These are vegetarian, with 12.3g protein per serving, 0.9g sugar and 4.2g fibre.
Worth noting for me are the sweeteners: Isomalt, Sucralose and Maltitol. By now you know I’m not a fan of sweeteners generally (especially maltitol), so that’s where we’ll start.
Yes, I can taste the sucralose in here. Yes, I get an aftertaste of sucralose. No, I didn’t absolutely hate it. And if you’re curious about the maltitol, I didn’t have a ‘problem’ with it.
The reason being that the caramel macchiato flavour was just so good. It’s full on caramel coffee, assuming you used one of the sugar-free caramel syrups.
The Protein Works generally do really, really well with their flavourings – so I shouldn’t have been surprised. Still, I was impressed by how much I liked the caramel macchiato taste – and just how much sucralose aftertaste I was willing to forgive it for that.
Opening the packet and the product smells chocolatey, truffley and just like a caramel coffee.
Taking a bite and the texture is soft, fudgy and not at all chewy like a ‘normal’ protein bar. It does have a slightly powdery sort of texture in the chew, which usually comes from the protein blends used – especially when they’re milk and whey based.
It also comes in Jaffa Cake, Millionaire’s Shortbread and Strawberry Cheesecake flavours. Priced at £2.99 for a single portion, it isn’t the cheapest protein snack around. That being said, if you buy a box of 12, the price drops significantly – down to £2 per portion.
The big question then: would I eat it again? Yes, actually. I would.