Nutrition (varies by flavor): 180 Calories, 8g Fat, 28g Carbs (6g Net Carbs), 13g Protein
It’s no secret that I love Nick’s Swedish-Style Ice Cream. I don’t particularly love most healthy ice cream options out there, but Nick’s is by far the creamiest and best-tasting healthy ice cream I’ve tried.
So, when Nick’s released these “Smak” protein bars, I needed to get my hands on them ASAP.
What are Smak Bars?
Smak bars are described as “the first Swedish-style refrigerated protein bar.” What exactly is a Swedish-style protein bar, you ask?
Unfortunately, I have no answer for you. I haven’t quite figured out what makes these protein bars Swedish, but I can explain what these bars actually are.
These Smak bars are a high-protein, low-carb protein bar that is kept chilled, much like a Perfect Bar. They can be kept out at room temperature for one week, so they need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer over time.
The Nick’s website describes Smak bars as “the world’s first no-added-sugar refrigerated snack bar,” which I can’t confirm as true, but I can confirm that there is no added-sugar in these bars.
These bars do in fact have some sugar, but that is naturally-occuring sugar from the nut butter base that is used.
Thanks to the fiber and sugar substitute used in these Smak bars, they contain only 4-6g net carbs for any keto folks out there!
Here is the full ingredients list for the Strawberry Cashew Smak Bar:
Smak bars currently come in four flavors: chocolate peanut butter, strawberry cashew, chocolate hazelnut, and peanut cacao nib. Let’s get into ’em.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smak Bar Review
I was surprised at just how dense this particular bar was, and it reminded me very much of a Quest bar.
Since these bars are kept refrigerated, they are very firm and difficult to bite into while cold. Once they come to room temperature, they do soften up, but I found this flavor to be unusually stiff.
Flavor-wise, the chocolate peanut butter tasted just like any other chocolate & peanut butter protein bar I’ve ever had. It’s a tough flavor to explain, but it’s very generic across the board.
If you’ve had a chocolate peanut butter protein bar before (Pure Protein sticks out in my mind) then you’ve had this flavor before.
All in all, this is not a flavor I’d be running out to buy.
Strawberry Cashew Smak Bar Review
Unlike the chocolate peanut butter bar above, the strawberry cashew version was much softer. Unfortunately, this led to the bar being extremely chewy.
One of the main issues I have with many protein bars on the market today is that they are far too chewy, and this bar falls into that category as well.
However, this bar has really good flavor. The burst of strawberry flavor reminded me of a Nutrigrain bar, which was very pleasant.
I just cannot get into the extremely chewy nature of this bar, but the flavor warrants giving it a try, if I had to choose one flavor out of the bunch.
Chocolate Hazelnut Smak Bar Review
As you can tell by the photo here, this flavor is very similar to the chocolate peanut butter.
The bar itself is extremely firm, and becomes chewy at room temperature.
When I hear chocolate & hazelnut, I expect a Nutella flavor, but that is not what you’ll find with these bars. If you’re a fan of actual hazelnuts, these take on that flavor pretty well due to hazelnut pieces being mixed in, but it’s very far off from a chocolate hazelnut spread.
In fact, this bar tastes much like any other generic chocolate protein bar out there, which was very disappointing.
If you’re a big hazelnut fan, maybe you’ll enjoy this flavor more than I did, but I found the chocolate flavor to be really lackluster.