Venture Bar Review – Definitely Worth the Wait!

Venture Bar Review

The PricePlow crew review Controlled Labs Venture Bars. Bottom line is they were WORTH THE WAIT and take your taste buds on an ad-VENTURE!

It was a long time in the making. Months of hype, rescheduled launches, and production delays left the masses salivating at the chance to try Controlled Labs much heralded Venture Bars.

Today, we present the PricePlow Venture Bar review!

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Where, oh where, do we begin. First, I need to thank Jon and the entire CL staff for the incredibly generous “sampling” they sent me (i.e. an entire box of each flavor!). CL’s generosity is simply second to none.

Second, it needs to be stated  that I was a huge fan of CL’s White Rapids pre workout, previously reviewed on the blog. So, anytime Controlled Labs comes out with a new product, I’m always chomping at the bit (pun intended) to test drive the latest product released.

Now, on to the review:

Note: Reviews include details about the bars eaten room temp as well as heated in the microwave for 10-12 seconds, per Venture Bar instructions.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

    Venture Bar Boxes

    THANK YOU to Controlled Labs for sending the generous “samples” of protein bar goodness. We greatly appreciate the generosity!

    Luscious looking on the outside and rich and peanut buttery on the inside. If I had to describe these in a word, they are deceptive.

    Now, this isn’t necessarily a negative on the bar, it’s just that at first bite, and subsequent ones, no real chocolate flavor develops. Even though the entire bar is encased in a thin layer of chocolate, you never really get a big chocolate taste.

    There is a very pronounced peanut butter flavor throughout the bar, and even chunks of whole peanuts cleverly melded into the fudge as well. This helps provide some textural contrast to the bar as it otherwise consists of a soft, moist chew.

    After heating, the bar softens up incredibly well, and the peanut butter flavor seems less dominating and “smoother” but there still isn’t a whole lot of chocolate going on here, unfortunately. I did find the bar more enjoyable after heating, but of the three, this would be my least favorite.

    One possible fix for this would be to simply remove the chocolate coating and use the filling from the bar along with the base of the chocolate chip cookie dough bar. This would give a PB cookie type flavor, which would be absolutely delicious.

    I even tested this theory out by combining the filling of the Chocolate PB Fudge bar with the non-chocolate chip parts of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar, then nuked it in the microwave for 10 seconds to meld the flavors. The resulting bite was simply bliss.

    Perhaps CL, can use this idea for future Venture Bar flavors.

  • Coconut Almond Delight

    Venture Bar Review 2

    Here’s a close up on all three bars. From left to right: Chocolate PB Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Coconut Almond Delight.

    Much like our previous bar, Coconut Almond Delight has an incredibly soft texture and pleasant chew right out of the box. Upon first bite, your taste buds are hit right away with a strong coconut flavor that adds a very refreshing taste to the bar. The finish on the bite is a clean almond flavor that carries the bar to a satisfying conclusion.

    There really are no knocks on this bar whatsoever, it is simply outstanding when eaten at room temperature. For this reason, I was wondering could it possibly get any better heated in the microwave.

    10 seconds later, I had my answer….YES! As soft as the bar is to chew straight out of the box, it gets that much better once slightly heated. The refreshing sensation mentioned earlier is somewhat muted by the heat, but the coconut flavor still permeates throughout the bar and provides a pleasant counternote to the cleaner almond flavor.

    Room temp or heat, Coconut Almond Delight really was a delight to eat. You simply can’t go wrong with this bar. If you’re on the go and simply can’t get around to heating the bar up, this should be without a doubt your go-to choice!

    Out of the three eaten at room temperature, this was far and away my favorite!

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

    Venture Bar Review 3

    Coconut Almond was delicious either right out of the wrapper or heated in the microwave. The addition of coconut provides a very refreshing taste that’s pleasing on the palate.

    Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?! The answer is not many people at all. For this exact reason, I was very much looking forward to trying this flavor.

    Chocolate Chip cookies are without a doubt my favorite type of cookie, especially when they are fresh out of the oven. I’m not the biggest fan of cold cookie dough though (although my brother is a fiend for it), I never developed an affinity for it.

    Right out of the wrapper, you notice chocolate chips dotted throughout the bar intended to give that authentic chocolate chip cookie experience. I dove in and was once again greeted to the soft texture of the bar countered by the firm bite of the chocolate chip.

    Good news folks, the chocolate flavor is extremely present here thanks to the inclusion of the chips. The “base” of the bar (the parts not including the chocolate chips) is very mild tasting, not too sweet or too buttery like traditional raw cookie dough can sometimes be. Overall, eaten room temperature this is my second favorite bar.

    Now, to the microwave!

    OH…..MY….GOODNESS! After heating the bar, the flavor on this borders on indescribable. If the flavor was “good” at room temperature, it’s freaking outstanding after heating.

    The chocolate chips start to soften and melt a little (just like a cookie out of the oven) and the base blends perfectly with the chocolate to mirror the flavor you get from fresh homemade cookies. The texture is chewy, soft, and moist and all around incredibly satisfying.

    Post heat treatment, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is without a doubt the BEST of the bunch!

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Thumbs Up

Venture Bars are PricePlow Approved! These are delicious and deserve a HUGE thumbs up!

Overall, it goes without saying that these Venture Bars were definitely worth the wait! They take your taste buds on an ad-venture that few other bars seem to do. The two clear front runners were the Coconut Almond Delight and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (especially after heating!).

Thanks again to everyone at Controlled Labs for sending the Venture Bars for us to test and provide some detailed insight for our readers! Also, feel free to steal our idea about combining the Chocolate PB Fudge filling with the base of the CCCD as a new bar flavor, it’s dynamite!

These are most certainly PricePlow Approved and, if you haven’t yet, you need to get out and try these for yourself!

Read the details on our post about Controlled Labs Venture Bars.

About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is an n=1 diet experimenter with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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