Atkins Advantage Caramel Fudge Brownie BarFirst, notice the white bits in the bar in the picture? That’s on the box I have, too. I see zero white bits — assuming to be nuts — in my bar. I checked before taking every bite.  Anyway, Atkins Advantage Caramel Fudge Brownie Bar rates right in the middle for Atkins Advantage bars. Neither the best (Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll has this honor) nor the worst (Peanut Butter Granola Bar continues to lead the pack — and it was the first Atkins Advantage bar review here).

Brownie Background

Heads up — I’m not a brownie fan. I don’t think I’ve ever had a brownie I that called me to finish the whole thing. After taking a few bites of something sweet that doesn’t ring with me, I stop eating it. I always give something more than a couple of bites before giving up on it. The “fudge” and “caramel” drew me to try this one. I will probably try all of the bars at some point, but I put a lower priority on the ones with less appeal to me.

The Tasting

Atkins Advantage Caramel Fudge Brownie Bar tastes like a brownie with chewy caramel thrown it. I don’t quite get a fudgy zing from the bar. The bites taste better when I bite just the top half or just the bottom half, rather than as a whole. Why? I can’t quite figure that out because the bottom still tastes brownie while the top resembles more of a chocolate caramel mix with a brownie flavor. According to the product description, the caramel is topped with a thick fudgy layer on top. Thick? I don’t think so. Fudgy? It tastes like any other chocolate covered bar.

Brownie lovers may score this one higher than I do. Some brownies tend to be dry, but the good news is the bar tastes nothing like a dry brownie. But also, it doesn’t taste like the fudgy, not completely cooked brownie that some people love.

Nutrition Facts and Special Info about Net Carbs

This smaller than average Advantage bar has 10g of protein in 170 calories with 1g sugar and 3g net carbs. However, some people may question the net carbs. The bar has 10g carbs, 10g fiber and 0 sugar alcohols. Well, that doesn’t add up to 3g net carbs.

I researched this and it turns out Atkins also subtracts glycerin (or glycerine) — but that’s not an item on the Nutrition Facts label. Atkins says that glycerin is has little impact on blood sugar. So it depends on you — whether it works for you or not. For some people, it may have a bigger impact while others not as much. Research says glycerin has low impact for most people.

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Verdict

***½