Food Review: Perfect Bars

Rating: 5/5

Living on campus has forced me to get creative with my cooking. With but a microwave and electric water kettle at my disposal, I consider myself to be thriving despite said limited resources. But sometimes, there are no eggs to scramble, no ramen to boil, and the dining hall’s doors are latched shut. What’s a hungry man to do in a situation such as that?

Enter Trader Joe’s “Perfect Bars,” my preferred meal supplement. For a general overview, one bar has between 14 and 17 grams of protein, 13g of monounsaturated fat, and 26 grams of carbohydrates. As you can guess from those numbers, these bars are very filling and a fantastic source of protein. The energy provided is nothing to be scoffed at either, and they’re a good holdover between proper meals. Also, they taste like cookie dough. On average, I eat one a day between breakfast and lunch, pairing it with a fine cup of dark coffee.

As an aside, Perfect Bars aren’t under the Trader Joe’s brand, but that’s the only place I’ve seen them stocked. My misnomer aside, I must say that these bars make the drive out to that establishment all the more worthwhile. I’m also a big fan of the wide variety of flavors they have on offer. My favorite is the peanut butter flavor by a slim margin, but the limited pumpkin spice flavor gets a hearty recommendation from me as well. 

Although I love these delectable treats, my off-kilter schedule often forces me to eat them in a semi-melted state. You see, Perfect Bars are touted as “The Original Refrigerated Bar,” meaning that they’re the best soon after being removed from some cooling receptacle. However, I’m a fool and don’t own an ice pack of some sort, so I resort to throwing them into my bag and heading out. This results in the aforementioned issue, and while this is more of a “me” problem, I figured I would mention this mild drawback.

Regardless, these are my favorite protein bars at the time of writing, and I’m certain to restock my supply at the start of every week. They’re an absolute delight, a good source of nutrients, and can help to maintain a consistent eating routine. For $2 apiece, it’s hard to go wrong with Perfect Bars.