Whey Gold StandardI ordered a mix pack of 100% Whey Gold Standard, so I can try all the flavors rather than pick ONE flavor and hope for the best. A lot of times, the flavor I like best in a brand isn’t always my typical favor flavor.

Like with the Syntrax Nectar, I post all 16 flavors from the variety pack here. The 16 flavors in the variety pack have either 120 or 130 calories, 1 to 3g carbs and 24g protein in a serving. The amount of sodium varies and every serving comes with 1g sugar — no more.

Side note: I don’t like Optimum Nutrition’s Whey Gold Standard Flash-based site. Prepare to do a lot of waiting while every element on every page has to animate.

Banana Cream: Banana-flavored drinks can be hit or miss. The banana flavor can easily overpower. Banana Cream was a perfect blend of banana and creaminess. Better than I ever expected. Usually I don’t like plain banana-flavored things, but this changed my mind. Of course, I am open to trying things regardless of how I feel. A winner when made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 60g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 4/5

Chocolate Mint: The mint comes through in scent and taste. The chocolate… not so much. I added sugar free chocolate syrup (the kind you put in coffee not on ice cream) and it lifted the flavor. Made it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk on first shot. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1.5g total fat, 80g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 3/5

Cookies and Cream: First one because someone raved about it in one of the forums. First, I took a little bit of powder and mixed with water. That did not dissolve the powder too well. It felt like I drank part water and part clumps. Tasted the bitterness, so I moved on with the unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The shake still tastes bitter, although I could taste the cookies and cream. I couldn’t enjoy the flavor because the bitterness won out. Man, I wish I hadn’t tried this one first before I got the hang of mixing these drinks. Now I have no way of knowing if this could’ve been worth ordering. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 120g sodium, 2g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2/5

Caramel Toffee Fudge: This time, I came prepared. I made half a recipe and added unsweetened chocolate almond milk, crushed ice and a little vanilla extract. Definitely better — except I’m not a fan of caramel-flavored drinks and the caramel comes through strongest. I had hoped between the fudge and toffee, it’d balance out. Dang, I wish I had some Cookies and Cream left so I could try this. Nutrition Facts: 130 calories, 1.5g total fat, 120g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2/5

Chocolate Malt: I used unsweetened chocolate almond milk, crushed ice and vanilla extract. I also tasted it prior to adding the vanilla. The malt flavor didn’t come through at all. I could taste the malt a little better with unsweetened vanilla almond milk because the chocolate may have overpowered the malt, but still not strong enough. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 110g sodium, 2g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 3/5

Delicious Strawberry: Made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract and ice. Not as tasty as you’d think especially since the bitterness slipped through and it has a strawberry juice taste instead of a creamy strawberry taste like those in smoothies. Nutrition facts: 110 calories, 50mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2/5

Double Rich Chocolate: Even with the “double rich” in its name, once again the flavor doesn’t come through that strong. At least, this tasted fine and would make a good base for mixing different protein drinks and shakes. Nutrition facts: 120 calories, 60mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 3/5

Extreme Milk Chocolate: I am noticing a trend with the Gold Whey Standard. The flavors just don’t come through strongly whether I use milk or water. You’d think with “extreme” in the name, this would have a stronger flavor. Nonetheless, the flavor doesn’t have the aftertaste that some of the others have and both versions (unsweetened vanilla almond milk and water) turned out fine. With the almond milk, it had a slight resemblance of chocolate milk albeit a weak flavored one. Nutrition Facts: 130 calories, 1.5g total fat, 100g sodium, 4g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2.5/5

French Vanilla Creme: The vanilla flavor comes through better than it did with the Vanilla Ice Cream when made with unsweetened almond milk. But it has absolutely no flavor when using water. I felt like I drank iced skim milk. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 30mg potassium, 90mg sodium, 4g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2/5

Mocha Cappuccino: Missing your frappe drinks? This is it! Mix the powder with your chocolate-flavored drink of choice and add ice. I mixed mine with unsweetened chocolate almond milk, a little vanilla and at least 4oz of ice. This transported me to the hot summer days when I used to drink frappes. I also tried it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but chocolate blew it away. This flavor is definitely worth ordering so you can get your frappe on — without the guilt. Nutrition Facts: 130 calories, 1.5g total fat, 60g sodium, 4g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 4/5

Orange Cream: Open the package and the orange flavor just kapows in your face. Unfortunately, this flavor disappoints. The orange leans towards the lemons and limes with a sour aftertaste even with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 60g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 1.5/5

Rocky Road: Typical Rocky Road ice cream has chocolate, nuts and marshmallows. I couldn’t remember exactly because I never eat it, so I looked it up AFTER I made the shake with unsweetened almond vanilla milk. My initial impression was it tasted like chocolate and creamy vanilla together. That sounds about right as the creamy vanilla could easily be marshmallows. This is one of the better flavors. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 130g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 4/5

Strawberry Banana: You can almost never go wrong with a strawberry banana mix and this one blends nicely with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It has very little — if any — aftertaste. Wins over plain Delicious Strawberry. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1g total fat, 120g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 3/5

Tropical Punch: I was not interested in this one, but tasted it since I won’t try the Root Beer. Just don’t like root beer at all. I tried to get someone else to try it, but he isn’t a fan of root beer either. Anyway, the Tropical Punch does have an air of fruitiness, barely. I didn’t drink more than a few sips. Nutrition Facts: 120 calories, 1.5g total fat, 80g sodium, 3g carbs, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 1.5/5

Vanilla Ice Cream: I *really* wanted this one to be awesome. First attempt used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract and ice. What? You call that vanilla? I could barely taste the vanilla flavor. C’mon! Vanilla and chocolate flavors should be the easiest to get. <pout> Combine the mix with water and you have skim milk without the vanilla flavor. The good news is that there’s no bitter aftertaste even when using water. This could be a potential base for different kinds of shakes that call for vanilla whey. Nutrition facts: 120 calories, 60mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugar, 24g protein. Rate: 2.5/5

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