triyum bars display box

If I’m at Big Lots and I see something on the clearance shelf that’s marketed as a healthy snack, I’ll buy first and ask questions later. That’s how I ended up with a couple 5-packs of triYUM Bars.

I figured they must be aimed at triathletes, but it turns out they’re plain old snack bars for regular people! They’re not even high enough in protein to be called a protein bar.

I think I did figure out where the “tri” comes from though – it only takes three bites to finish the bar! They’re tiny.

But I’ll still review them…

triYUM Bars Health and Nutrition

Here’s the data, based on the cinnamon bun flavor.

INGREDIENTS: White Chocolate Coating (Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernal, Cocoa Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk Solids, Whole Milk Solids, Reduced Mineral Whey Powder, Soya Lecithin, Salt, and Artificial Flavor), Soy Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Syrup, Maltitol, Invert Sugar, Whey Protein Isolate, Butter, Humectant Powder, Raisins, Nonfat Dry Milk, Crispy Rice, Soy Nuggets, Calcium Carbonate, Cinnamon Bun Twist flavor, Sucralose, Canola Oil, Soy Lecithin, Spices.

I didn’t even notice the sucralose when I picked these up. Doh! But how many food bars contain sucralose? I thought that was extremely rare. But who knows, that stuff is being used everywhere these days.

Backing up, the first ingredient is sugar… that’s no good. Any sucralose at all, that’s no good either. Partially hydrogenated oil to top things off, wow, these are awful! It’s a trifecta of terrible ingredients!

The cinnamon bun bar claims to be gluten-free. A nice touch, but by no means does that make it healthy.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 130
Fat 4g
Carbs 17g
Sugars 10g
Protein 8g

The macronutrient ratios aren’t too bad. These are a little high in carbs compared to fat and protein (for being an anytime meal bar,) but that would make them alright for during-workout use.

*The peanut butter flavor has a tiny bit more fat and less sugar.

triyum bars

triYUM Bars Taste Test

The bars come in three flavors:

Cinnamon Bun
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Mint

triyum bar cinnamon bun

Cinnamon Bun

I was really excited for this flavor, and at first, it was good! There’s definitely some cinnamon flavor in there, and with the icing, it’s like a real cinnamon bun. Unfortunately, there are also a couple tastes I don’t like. I can’t pinpoint them, but I think one is from the sucralose. The other might be an artificial flavor. Whatever the problem flavors, they leave a terrible aftertaste! To make matters worse, there’s also a bit of a sticky feeling left in my mouth.

I think the coating is a big part of the problem. The fake texture from the hydrogenated oils is likely screwing with my mouth.

After eating one, I didn’t want any more! (And these bars are tiny!) I immediately shoved a peanut butter bar into my mouth to hopefully mask the awful aftertaste!

triyum bar peanut butter

Peanut Butter

Again, this one starts out with a nice taste that reminds you of the bar’s intended flavor… then you taste the fake crap! This one is overly sweet; I can only assume that’s from some artificial sweetener because real peanut butter does not taste like that!

Chocolate Mint

N/A

(I didn’t see any chocolate mint bars, and I’m certainly not going looking for any now!)

I’ll cut to the chase – both these bars taste awful. Plain and simple.

It’s unfortunate because the overall texture is nice and chewy and pleasant to eat. Too bad the flavor ruins it.

My final verdict is…

The first ingredient is sugar and they also contain sucralose. It should be obvious that I don’t recommend these at all! Add in the terrible flavors, and I recommend you stay far, far away!

Official website: www.triyumbar.com

Product Review Details
Company: triYUM Bar.
Product: triYUM Bars
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 1.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-04-13
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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