As someone who needs a boost in the morning to get going and a push forward once the mid-day slump hits, I was intrigued when news of Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars showed up in my inbox. Here’s the deal, though, they’re made from cricket flour. I was a little thrown off, but figured they sounded intriguing enough to give them a shot.
There’s a lot of protein bars on the market, but you may have noticed that many of them are covered in chocolate. Yes, they have the protein, but personally, the sugar high (followed by the low) of some of the bars is not pleasant, especially while trying to get through a work day. According to the handy-dandy little information booklet that I got with the Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars, cricket flour reportedly has a percentage protein of 65 percent, compared to beef jerky at 33 percent, chicken at 23 percent, salmon at 22 percent, and eggs at 12 percent. The little booklet also informed me that there are 40 crickets per bar with 5 crickets per bite. The bars are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and contain no refined sugars or artificial preservatives.
So what were the results?
Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars aren’t covered in chocolate and don’t taste like you’re eating a candy bar. After trying several varieties of Exo bars, not once did I have a sugar high or subsequent crash. The bars are filling, gave me a good energy boost, and I noticed that I wasn’t seeking out little snacks throughout the day despite having a ton of candy leftover from Halloween sitting on the table.
It took a bit of getting used to to get over the whole eating cricket flour thing, but personally, the benefits were worth it and the Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars didn’t taste bad at all. If you weren’t told there was cricket flour in there, you wouldn’t even notice it.
On the menu were the Cocoa Nut, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Blueberry Vanilla, Mediterranean, Mango Curry, and Barbecue Exo bars. They’re all soft with textured pieces from the almonds, they’re easy to eat, and they didn’t make me feel like there was a rock in my stomach. The blueberry vanilla variety had a nice tart flavor with a little sweetness from the vanilla, the cocoa nut had an underlying chocolate taste with a bit of tartness from the fruit, the barbecue flavor had a great smokiness to it with a little kick at the end, the mango curry had an exotic low-key tropical flavor, the Mediterranean variety had a bold combination of savory flavors, and the peanut butter and jelly bar was reminiscent of actual peanut butter and jelly.
The Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars were actually really good, and they’re something I would definitely eat again and would recommend, especially the barbecue which was my favorite out of all of them.
Kudos, Exo, on an awesome product. You can read more about Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars and order them here.
Disclaimer: The product reviewed in this article was generously provided by Exo. However, the opinions are my own and are fair and accurate based on my own experiences. Results and opinions may not be the same for everyone.