Brownies, meet chips – a concept that is quite intriguing to me. As someone who absolutely loves brownie brittle, the hope here is that they’d be somewhat similar.
I saw the Homestyle Milk Chocolate flavor on Amazon, so that’s the one I decided to go with. With 8g of protein and only 130 calories for 32 thins, these are very impressive in the nutrition department.
These Protein Brownie Thins are gluten-free, which is the major draw of the entire Crunchmaster line of snacks. However, don’t let the fact that these use vegetable protein confuse you – these snacks are not vegan.
Despite the plant-based protein sources, the ingredient list confirms the presence of milk, meaning they’re not suitable for those following a strict dairy-free or vegan diet.
That seems odd to me because if you’re going to use a plant-based protein, you should make the entire snack plant-based.
The first thing you notice with these brownie thins is that they don’t smell strongly of brownies. When you open a bag of Brownie Brittle, you’re punched in the face with a delicious chocolatey smell.
In this case, you mostly just smell a bag of crackers with a hint of cocoa powder.
The crackers themselves (I’m not sure what to call them) are indeed very thin, but not extremely delicate, which is great.
Upon first bite, you’re hit with a nice rush of chocolate which is then complemented by a really nice saltiness. Each piece is coated in a bit of salt, which is great for me because I love salty brownies.
The texture is decidedly more reminiscent of cereal flakes than brownie brittle, leading to an experience that feels more like snacking on chocolate crackers than brownies.
Despite their name, these Crunchmaster treats bear little resemblance to the gooey, rich brownies we all know and love. The bag describes the “warm & gooey taste of baked brownies” that is simply not present.
Instead, the Homestyle Milk Chocolate flavor tastes more like snacking on chocolate cereal flakes. This might be a tad disappointing if you’re expecting a real brownie experience, so adjust your expectations.
The Cereal Experiment
It struck me that these brownie thins could actually serve as an interesting cereal substitute.