Tried It Tuesday: Chapul Bars + Cricket Protein Powders

I’ve been known to try anything once – and some things twice. I’ve eaten grasshoppers in South America and ants somewhere in Asia. When I read about cricket protein bars, I decided to give them a try. I reviewed Exo bars and found the only one that I liked (enough to eat again) was Peanut Butter and Jelly. The others tasted vaguely fishy (crickets are crustaceans like shrimp.)

When I was at my first Expo West in 2015, I met the folks from Chapul. They have a very fun, funky vibe. One of their slogans is “Bring InSexy Back.” You see what they did there? Their bars have more exotic flavors so I gave them all a try. The bars are all natural and are dairy and soy free.

Chapul says:In a changing world, our diets will dictate our destiny. At Chapul. We’re providing a healthy and sustainable food option that is not bound by conventional norms. Chapul cricket protein is an ancient protein source that we’ve crafted into our gourmet energy bars. Each flavor is inspired by international cuisine with healthy, all natural nutrition designed to sustain the adventure that is your life. Live it wildly, live it free. And thank you for joining us in a Good Food Revolution.

Chapul was a Shark Tank winner. Why crickets? They say “crickets need only 17% of the food and less than 1% of the water and land resources than livestock for the same amount of protein. They also require fewer natural resources than meat substitutes like soy, corn and rice.”

Chapul Sampler!

Chapul Bars come in four flavors. They are Matcha Bar (Matcha Tea and Banana), Aztec Bar (Dark Chocolate Coffee and Cayenne), Thai Bar (Coconut, Ginger and Lime) and Chaco Bar (Peanut Butter and Chocolate). If you’ve been around here much, you know I love the Aztec. The Thai is a strong second. It’s very different than other energy bars out there. The Matcha is awesome for Matcha fans. I like it better than I expected. The Chaco is rich with dark chocolate and has pieces of cacao nibs and peanuts. They are all yummy and no fishy taste – scout’s honor!

You can see seeds and nuts (and no crickets!)

All the bars weigh in around 200 calories. They are low in carbs and have healthy fats. The healthy fats and cricket protein keep you full longer. There is a warning that some people with shellfish allergies may be allergic to cricket protein.

New Protein Powders!

Chapul recently launched cricket protein powders in original, vanilla and chocolate. I received samples in my New Hope Network Blogger Box. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m very curious! Each sample has 10g of protein, bioavailable iron, B12 and prebiotic fiber.

I have a sampler of 4 bars and one of each sample of chocolate and vanilla protein to share with a lucky winner. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Winner must be a US resident, 18 years of age or older and the offer is void where prohibited. The contest ends on September 8. A winner will be selected and notified on September 9.

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Don’t want to wait? You can get Chapul products online or on Amazon (Prime Eligible). You can also keep up with Chapul on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please note: I received sample products from Chapul and from the New Hope Blogger Network at no cost. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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22 Comments

  1. Amy Scott says:

    I’d give it a shot. There’s a lady at the Charleston Farmer’s Market who sells cricket granola and had some free samples, and I tasted it. It tasted like regular granola to me, but I didn’t have the guts to buy it and bring it home to the family!

  2. Melissa says:

    I’ve never tried a cricket protein bar, but I did try crickets in Mexico! They’re really not bad at all, especially with some hot sauce. 🙂

  3. Sarah N says:

    I’d try it but I’m not sure I could convince my family to give it a try. I love matcha so I would definitely try that one.

  4. Audrey Stewart says:

    Sure…I’ll try them. I like being adventurous.

  5. Steph says:

    I’ve heard of it but never tried!! I’m
    Open

  6. Kyle Kranz says:

    I’ve not tried these, but I have eaten roasted crickets in Mexico!

  7. Geoff says:

    I’d give them a try for sure!

  8. Deb E says:

    Yes, they are good sources of protein! I’ve tried cricket flour and cricket bars. The Thai flavor, with the coconut would be the one for me since it also has ginger. Once you get over the crunchiness, lol, it’s all good. I’ve not tried their protein powders but would like to, especially the chocolate.

  9. Raymond says:

    These sound interesting to me! I’d try the Aztec bar for sure.

  10. Kimmy R says:

    I have never tried them but I would try the matcha first… yum!

  11. Georgiana says:

    I’ve never had these before and I’d choose the green tea matcha bar first.

  12. Ha ha it was your turn!

  13. I have tried cricket protein (as we all know) and would surely again. (It can be a little crunchy here and again but hey.) I’d try the peanut butter and chocolate Chacul bar first for sure!

  14. jberry says:

    Not yet, absolutely I would, chocolate(just in case,lol).

  15. Lisa Brown says:

    I have eaten a cricket, so I definitely would try if I won! Matcha sounds like fun.

  16. Renata says:

    Never tried them and I’m up for anything! I’d go for matcha tea first!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I have never tried eating crickets. It sounds like an interesting protein alternative. The matcha tea sounds great to try first!

  18. sarah s says:

    I haven’t tried cricket protein and would try the Thai bar and vanilla powder first.

  19. Danielle says:

    I have not tried them, but definitely would! I’d want to try the Chaco Bar! Sounds good!

  20. Joan Kubes says:

    I’ve never tried cricket protein, but if I win I will! I think I’d like chocolate best.

  21. Caroline says:

    Can’t say I have, but I’d be down to give it a try!

  22. Angela Saver says:

    I have never tried them, but I would! I want to try the Thai Bar – Coconut, Ginger and LIme!

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