Can You Identify These Unwrapped Protein Snacks from an Image?


By: Ian Fortey

7 Min Quiz

Image: System1 by Ashley Bruenderman

About This Quiz

Protein supplements have been around longer than most people think. Athletes in Ancient Greece were advised to take in massive quantities of meat while they were training. Of course, they were supposed to drink a lot of wine too, but it's a science, and it takes a while to work these things out. In the early 1900s, bodybuilders were just beginning to learn the benefits of a proper diet to enhance their training and routines. In the 1950s, powdered protein supplements made from egg hit the market. The first legit protein supplement was born.

The problem with bodybuilder protein supplements is that they're kind of intense and gross. No one wants to eat just whey protein. And not everyone wants bodybuilder gains. If you're only trying to be fit, maybe by maintaining an active lifestyle with some trips to the gym or cycling, you don't need 100g of protein a day, right? You want a Clif bar! A Larabar! Or perhaps you prefer a ThinkThin bar that tastes delicious and has chocolate and almonds in it plus more protein than a hamburger!

If you've tried more than your fair share of protein snacks to find the perfect fit for you, let's see how well you can do at identifying them with no wrappers. It's not going to be easy, so bulk up before you head in.

Which of these is vegan, Paleo, non-GMO and 100% natural?

That's It makes their apple blueberry bars with one apple and 20 blueberries in each bar, which seems like a pretty decent haul of fruit overall. In fact, that's the equivalent of two servings of fruit and they have only 100 calories. That's all kinds of healthy!


This snack is inspired by streetside stands in Europe. What is it?

Honey Stinger waffles are inspired by waffle vendors who, in Europe, are as common as hot dog or pretzel vendors in North America. They're a favorite snack of people on the go and feature organic honey between a pair of thin waffles.


A couple of buddies from the gym came up with this item. Do you know it?

Lenny and Larry's Complete Cookies come in a few flavors, including peanut butter. The owners of the company, Lenny and Larry, are self-described gym rats who wanted a protein snack that didn't taste awful, so, in 1993, they set about making one.


Which of these is 70% organic and fortified with 23 vitamins and minerals?

Luna Lemonzest bars fall under the Luna banner, but they're actually made by Clif. The reason for the alternate name is that Luna bars are specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of women.


Do you know which of these bars would probably be most appealing to Elvis?

The Clif Peanut Butter Banana bar also comes with some dark chocolate bits, if you're down for that. Clif began selling its energy bars in 1992. Why Clif? It's named after the creator's dad, Clifford.


The theory behind this bar is the 40-30-30 dietary principle. Do you know what it is?

Caramel Nut Blast is a Balance bar that is made to follow the 40-30-30 nutrition principle. What does that mean? That your diet should contain 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% dietary fat.


Do you know which of these bars has a surprise inside?

The Stuff'd Peanut Butter Oat Bar is one of the Bobo's lineup that, despite what it sounds like, is actually named for a teenage girl, not a farmer or whoever else you might think of when you hear the name "Bobo."


The logo on the packaging for this bar features a spear. What is it?

As the name seems to imply, the Caveman Protein Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar is made with Paleo ingredients in 12 different varieties. They also use some ingredients from the "grey area" like dar chocolate.


Do you know which of these doesn't come from a vegan-friendly company?

Epic Bars aren't just making protein bars, they make a line of meat bars that include things like Bacon and Egg Yolk Bars, Bison Bacon Cranberry, Venison Sea Salt Pepper, and Lamb Currant Mint.


When you order this product online, it ships fresh. What is it?

Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookie dates back to 1994 when Erin, the founder, started whipping up cookies in her kitchen. Within two years, she sold her car to buy a commercial oven and expanded into what has become a pretty massive company.


Do you know which of these contains 100% of your RDA of vitamin C?

Honey Stinger produces a pretty extensive line of fruit energy chews, some of which push the limits of what you might reasonably call fruit, like their caffeinated cherry cola flavor which, of course, also has caffeine.


The founders of the company that make this bar are brothers with celiac disease. What is it?

The GFB Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar comes from The GFB company, which stands for "Gluten-Free Bar." Every product they make is certified gluten-free because the brothers who founded it can't eat gluten and wanted to create some tasty stuff for people like them.


Do you know which of these has only three ingredients?

Larabar is pretty well known for limiting its ingredients to just the essentials, and its peanut butter cookie bar is no different. It's made with peanuts, dates and sea salt.There may not technically be a lot of "cookie" in there, but that's OK.


This bar is specifically made to meet the needs of children. What is it?

Clif Kid Z Bars are tweaked a little from the average Clif Bar to contain carbs, fiber, protein and fat. They are full-on nutrition bombs that come with cinnamon and vanilla icing that kids love!


Do you know which bars are created by professional nutritionists?

The point of the Zing Bar is to take advantage of what they call the vitality triangle: good fats, high protein and carbs. The company was founded by four registered dieticians.


Do you know which bar is made by a manufacturer that petitioned the FDA to be able to call their products "healthy"?

Apple mango chia is one of the flavors made by Pressed by KIND. Based out of New York, KIND has been making healthy snack bars since 2004 and has eight product lines. Pressed is just one of them. By the way, the FDA initially denied the company's request to call their products "healthy," but later reversed its decision.


Which of these bars dates back to the 1960s?

Tiger's Milk bars have been around for decades, even though several companies have bought the brand. The bars were voted one of only six "edible" energy bars in a test of 30 different brands by American Way magazine.


The company that makes this bar was founded by three former college athletes. What is it?

Health Warrior is the result of the work of three college friends who graduated and realized they needed better quality snacks to keep them energized. Their product is jacked full of chia seeds as the main ingredient.


Which of these have only 35 calories each?

Clif Bloks Energy Chews come in about nine different flavors, from the standard stuff you'd expect like orange and black cherry, to things that are a little more exotic, like margarita and salted watermelon.


Do you know which of these is part of a larger, popular diet plan?

Zone Perfect bars comply with the Zone Diet which is based around a low carbohydrate approach to nutrition. Zone Perfect bars work on the 40-30-30 principle. One of their fudge graham bars has 8% of your daily carb requirements and 28% of your protein needs.


Which of these bars is also made by a company that makes thin-crust pizzas?

Quest Nutrition doesn't just make a chocolate chip cookie dough protein bar, they also crank out a line of thin-crust pizzas, cookies, protein chips, shakes, and straight-up protein powder.


Clif makes this bar. What is it?

The Luna Protein Chip Cookie Dough Bar is produced under one of the banners Clif uses. Luna Bars hit the scene in 1999 and were the first line of protein bars specifically marketed to women.


Do you know which of these has only five ingredients?

The Epic Peanut Butter Performance Bar has a pretty simple list of ingredients that are plastered across the label in large print, so they're easy to see. Thea are peanut butter, peanut oil, egg whites, sea salt and dates.


If you like cashew butter, you'll want to give this a try. What is it?

The "macro" part of the GoMacro Sweet Rejuvenation Cashew Butter Bar refers to macrobiotics. The company's founder, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, opted to try to fight the disease with a plant-based macrobiotic diet that inspired the recipes.


One of these bars has more than half your daily protein needs. What is it?

Premier Protein is not joking around with their bars as they offer up nearly 50% more protein than most other high-end protein bars and up to four times as much as some others. The chief ingredients are soy and whey protein.


Which of these is crafted one batch at a time in Bend, Oregon?

The Cafe Mocha cookie from the No-Bake Cookie Company came into being as a treat at a family deli. In 2011, owner Caroly Healy presented her no-bake cookies to Nordstrom, and the rest is history.


The company that makes this bar calls itself a not-only-for-profit. What is it?

The maple glazed pecan sea salt bar is made by KIND, a company that was founded by Daniel Lubetzky. In 2015, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker selected Lubetzky to be a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.


With 12 grams of protein but only 1 gram of sugar, these have a low glycemic index. What are they?

Think Thin's chocolate protein cakes come in two packs. The company makes a variety of products for different lifestyles, including Keto products that are certified by the Paleo Foundation.


Do you know which of these contains a lot of whey?

Clif's Protein Coconut Almond Chocolate Bar gets its 14 grams of protein from whey protein. Not many people know that, prior to settling on the Clif name, the company tried out Gary's Bars, Forza, and Torque as brand names.


These bars are available only in the Northwest. What are they?

Panther Bars are made from almonds, butter, sugar, cream and honey. They have 8% of the protein you need daily and 26% of the fat you should also be getting in your daily diet.


Which of these bars comes from a company that responsibly sources all of its ingredients?

NuGo's Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar is one of several bars the company manufactures. NuGo uses ingredients that are sourced from trusted suppliers. It is a company that engages in corporate philanthropy and supports the Children's Alopecia Project.


These are soft-baked. Do you know what they are?

Bite Fuel's Power Bites are tiny soft-baked cookies. The company was founded by a kindergarten teacher and the sales manager of a milk company. They wanted to stay fit without cheating on their diets.


These bars have 20 grams of protein and no sugar. Do you know what they are?

The Think High Protein Bar is a pretty decent protein hit if that's what you're looking for. There's more protein in one of these bars than you'll get in three eggs. Considering most people need between 46 and 56 grams of protein per day, that's pretty significant.


Which of these bars originally came from Utah?

ProBar dates back to the early 2000s in Park City, Utah. The company's founder had apparently decided that a life of martinis and cheesesteaks was not doing him any favors and, inspired by a health bar from a local health food store, ProBar was born.


The protein in this bar comes from egg whites. What is it?

RXBAR makes its chocolate sea salt energy bars with three egg whites, six almonds, four cashews, and two dates. The recipe for their bars is apparently a painstaking process. They say it took 250 variations just to nail the chocolate coconut flavor.


Do you know which of these bars contains pumpkin protein, pea protein and alkalized cocoa?

The thinkThin Chocolate Mint Bar is part of the thinkThin lineup created by Lizanne Falsetto. Falsetto was an international runway model in the 1990s before she got into making protein bars.


One of these bars has almost as much protein as two Whoppers from Burger King. What is it?

With 20 grams of protein, Clif Builder's Protein Crunch Peanut Butter Bar gives you a pretty solid protein hit. The company's founder, Gary Erickson, wanted to create a good quality protein bar after he went on a 175-mile bike ride in 1990 and had to pack a ton of energy bars for the trip.


Which of these bars was made to taste like a popular breakfast treat?

KIND's Protein White Chocolate Cinnamon Almond Bar tastes like a cinnamon bunch with an added bit of crunch and, of course, 12 grams of protein to keep you jazzed up. KIND has been pretty successful since they first showed up in 2004. The company had over $1 million in sales in its first year.


The company that makes this bar is named after the founder's daughter. What is it?

Bobo's Almond Butter Oat Bar is made with both almond butter and sliced almonds. The original bars that the company made were just whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, brown rice syrup and vegan spread. The founder and her daughter started out making them in their kitchen, and continue the "small batch" tradition to this day!


Do you know which of these bars has a creamy filling?

It may have a weird name, but the Clif Fruit Smoothie Filled Tart Cherry Berry Bar has a smoothie-like filling to give you a the textural and flavorful hit of something different. Clif likes to be a bit different, which is why the company has green-friendly initiatives and even an employee stock ownership program.


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