So I just received the Huel bars and I thought people might want to know what someone thinks since they’re so new.
First, some background: I’ve been on probably 80% Huel for a while. I have two solid meals a week, and the rest is biscuits. I generally just have vanilla Huel by itself. I’ve always taken for granted that it’s never going to taste or feel great, which it never does, whatever you do with it. I can live with that.
So I was expecting the bars to be pretty awful, because the more solid something is, the more it tastes. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the bars. They actually taste fairly okay- like something I’d eat off the shelf of a supermarket. Don’t get me wrong, there’s the typical weirdness, but it’s definitely something I’m more than happy to eat.
I actually would have found them useful even if they tasted bad, because one problem with Huel for me was that when I’m travelling, or otherwise busy, I don’t necessarily have the freedom to get water and make some like I would normally. Also, I often just feel the need to eat solid food, which I why I tend to go for biscuits. These bars mean I have a healthier option, which is great.
The fact that they have the same shelf life as normal Huel is nice, because I had wondered about whether moisture in what makes it stick together would reduce the life. The fact that it doesn’t is a relief- my current ones will last until May, although they will of course be eaten by then.
One potential downside is that if you ate them instead of drinking the shakes, I think you’d run out a hell of a lot quicker. They’re also a lot more expensive.
One other thing I’ll add is that the packets create a lot of waste. I don’t know what could be done about that, but it’s something to consider.
Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase and will be getting more. They’re definitely very edible, which is a bonus, but they’re also going to be very useful for when I need solid food. Having said all this, the majority of my intake will remain liquid because of the above downsides. These will really just end up replacing other solid food I tend to eat, which in the end is the best I could have hoped for.