My review of the 4 new Huel bars, version 3.1. Disclaimer, I was a big fan of the old ones, especially cacao and orange, but after forcing myself through a box of coffee flavour, I vowed never to buy them again…
Common to all four, so let’s start here. Definitely more “gooey” than previous iterations, but actually still pretty dense. So the result is a very chewy bar, hence one or two comments about them not being “soft”. The old bars, while much more dry, did have a softer, fluffier consistency. These new ones, while pretty chewy, are a lot more moist, so they definitely don’t have me reaching for my cuppa after every bite. They also have a really pleasant grainy mouthfeel that you get with something like those decadent billionaire’s shortcakes (other supermarkets are available), but without the over-the-top sweetness. And as mentioned by others the chocolate chips melt in your mouth even at room temperature.
Noticably smaller, to look at the thing. As others have said, the old ones looked more like the kind of thing that could fill in for a (very) small breakfast, these definitely look more like a snack. But don’t let that put you off, they still definitely feel filling enough to tide you over until the next mealtime, if that’s how you intend to use them.
Chocolate - Hmm, probably best not to compare directly to the old cacao bars, as those had a pleasantly bitter dark flavour. These new chocolate Huel bars are a more delicate flavour, but absolutely not unpleasant. A nice enough bar to have as the default option.
Coffee caramel - oh damn, despite how I felt about the old coffee Huel bars, I am 100% converted. Team coffee caramel all the way. Absolutely delicious. The coffee flavour is very subtle but it’s there, much like with the coffee truffle in a box of chocolates, it highlights the sweetness of the bar really nicely.
Chocolate orange - my love for the old ones is no secret. Amazingly, I am not sad to see them go! The new Chocolate Orange bars pack all the flavour of the old ones but with the improved texture of version 3.1. What I will say is that, much like with the new Chocolate Huel bar, the chocolate flavour is more subtle, and the dark cacao flavour is lost. This allows the orange flavour to come through with a real tartness, and leaves a very fruity aftertaste. Delicious!
Salted Caramel - Interesting colour! A much lighter, caramel-brown. It smells exactly like the salted caramel flavour boost. The chocolate chunks look massive! It tastes kind of like Oatso Simple caramel flavour porridge, if you put a pinch of salt in it. Not too salty, not too sweet! Very good!
Well done Huel, this has been a very successful update imo. The texture is indeed improved and the I never thought I’d be saying that coffee is my number one choice of Huel bar! I am still annoyed I had to fork out £100+ to taste all four flavours, and definitely think there should be a multipack on offer… but that’s a subject for another thread.
NB. I wasn’t paid for this review (yet? ), or for linking to any particular supermarkets or products (unfortunately)