Overview of RedCon1 MRE Bar
RedCon1 has been making waves on the sports nutrition scene since they started. It seems like anything CEO Aaron Singerman gets his hands it turns out to be successful and profitable. They have a quality line of supplements.
MRE Bars from RedCon1 are like no other protein bar, because it gets it’s protein from whole food sources. This is a huge benefit for the MRE Bar over competitors. They are amazing for texture and great one taste. The eyebrow raiser is the price tag. If you can find this on-sale it’s a grab and buy for sure! OR If you just want to use our coupon code and save money – that works too!
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed RedCon1 MRE Bar on four categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at quality of protein used in the protein bars and amount, macros and other ingredients involved in the making of this protein bar.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to try the following flavors: Banana Nut Bread, Blueberry Cobbler and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.
Texture is important in a protein bar selection. We review the texture as well. We discuss chalkiness, chewiness, softness and crunch.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, taste and texture in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of protein bars available on the market.
Most protein bars are going to use some sort of variation of whey protein (isolate, concentrate, milk) to make up the protein in their bar. Not the MRE Bar. RedCon1 is using whole food sources to make up their bars.
You can actually see the food in the bar. You can see the nuts, the oats, the blueberries. This is really refreshing. Their protein blend comes from beef, salmon, chicken, egg, brown rice and pea protein. They also have a carbohydrate blend consisting of sweet potatoes, yams, fruit, coconut water powder and MCT Oil. Part of the carb blend consists of Dextrose and Maltodextrin, which is a negative on their part. There is soy protein in the bar and whey protein in the coating.
Overall, I love the use of food sources to make up this bar. Does it make it better than the competition? I think so, for sure.
The macros are solid on these:
There are a lot of carbs in this bar, so it’s more for a cheat day if you are not consuming carbs. MRE stands for meal replacement. I don’t feel this is a meal replacement since I eat at least 400-500 calories per meal, but if you consume significantly less than this could be I guess.
Overall, the profile is solid. Whole food sources are more recognizable than just powders. Kudos to RedCon1.
Banana Nut Bread:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip:
RedCon1 MRE Bar is available is several flavors. When we reviewed them there were only three, but more to come. I am not a fan of banana at all, but I really enjoyed Banana Nut Bread. It tasted just like it, and the texture, which I hit on later, was on-point for a banana nut bread.
Blueberry Cobbler (BBC) was solid too. If you really like blueberry then you will really like this one. The blueberry is strong in the bar and very flavorful.
Last, I liked the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. This is the only one of the three with your traditional coating. The other two have the white chocolate coating. This is the most “safe” of the three if you are unsure. You can actually see the oats used in this too.
Finally, I need to say this, NO, you do not taste salmon, chicken or beef in this bar. They do a great job of overcoming any of that flavor. You will enjoy any one of these bars. They really are delicious.
These get a perfect score on texture. You can tell you’re not eating a normal protein bar. They are more soft, less chewy than all others I have had.
The exterior of each bar is very similar to the Combat Crunch Bar from MusclePharm. You get the chocolate coating with crisps for added crunch. The interior is where all the goodness happens. The real food sources, which you can see, fall off right into your mouth.
Check out photos on our social platforms, you can tell that these are not like any other protein bars. Solid 10 out of 10!
This is the one area in which you will be very hesitant to buy these bars unless they are on-sale (luckily for you we have a coupon code to save you $$$). A box of 12 retails for $35. The normal price point for protein bars is around $25 for 12. Our coupon code will get you 10% off, which makes these more reasonable.
MRE Price per Bar: $2.62/bar (bulk, single serve units at C-Stores retail for less)
Normal Price per Bar: $2.08/bar
Looking above, you are paying $.56 more per bar based on the whole food. That is a big question many will question. They just want the 25 grams of protein, so they would elect to go with the cheaper option, and I cannot blame them for that. However, this bar is worth the money!
Overall, if the price tag came down to $29.99 these would be a 10 in my opinion. I will continue to buy these, but I will use our coupon code!