First off, this has got to be one of the prettiest bars I’ve had! A white chocolate coating with multi-coloured sprinkles – it definitely looked like a birthday cake morphed into a bar format.
On with the taste: the white chocolate coating it’s got has a really tasty sweet vanilla flavour, complete with multi-coloured crispy bits which adds some good crunch and texture, and as mentioned above, very in keeping with the Birthday Cake theme.
The filling: sort of a raspberry/red berry flavoured filling, which I love. Reminds me of those chewy Fritt sweet bars you can get from Lidl if anyone knows what they are?! They were my favourite sweets when I was younger. BUT, and a big but: these are so chewy and taffy like, much like the Fritt bars actually, except those bars are supposed to be like that – these are not. Ironic as the packaging states ‘unlike hard paste, “taffy like” sports bars, Combat Crunch is like eating a soft batch cookie’. Well Mr Robert Irvine, either I’ve had three bad Combat Crunch’s in a row, or all of these bars are exactly like the taffy like sports bars you claim them not to be. I genuinely had jaw ache after eating just half of it (in the name of reviewing it). And it stuck in my teeth, too. Another point is that I had the most horrendous stomach ache after eating this which made me quite poorly the following days after..
Some positives: The macros are pretty decent! Per 63g bar: 210 calories, 20g protein, 25g carbs (5g sugar), 7g fat, 12g fibre, 1g sugar alcohol. So not ridiculously high in fibre, or with excessive sugar alcohols, which on paper is good news to avoid a gut destruction, but the use of Isomalto-Oligosaccharide (prebiotic fiber) is probably the culprit for my digestive issues following eating this.
The texture of it was such a huge disappointment given the rave reviews I’ve seen all over Instagram about them. The flavour though is pretty decent, and I couldn’t detect any artificial sweetener aftertaste, despite it being super sweet.
Verdict: 6/10. If you’ve got a loose tooth you want removing without the dentistry fees, one of these might just do the trick..