15 Responses

  1. I have never been a huge quest bar conosure. But I did enjoy some of the flavors: banana nut muffin, chocolate peanut butter were my favorite. (I know that’s not normal). It is a bit disappointing they are changing their ingredients to use Palm oil and the corn fiber. But regardless at least they still taste good (though I haven’t tried the new bars yet). Good to know this flavor is good! I wish it had more pumpkin to it though. And how does this rank among the other quest flavors? I hope they come out with more seasonal flavors…that would be really cool! Maybe a hot cocoa/marshmallow chunk one. Or white chocolate oatmeal cranberry.

  2. Junk Male says:

    Sit tight, Sarah. I will have a review of every single Quest Bar in one post by the end of the week 🙂 The flavors were much sweeter and more delicious before the switch to soluble corn fiber. Some flavors are better than others. I will say that the pumpkin pie quest bar is outside my top 5 of their 18 varieties.

  3. Yay!! Can’t wait for that review!! I’ll sit tight til then 🙂

  4. carrie says:

    i love just about all the Quest bars. I eat them as meal replacements twice a day and have lost about 15 pounds. Just picked up the pumpkin bar…. sadly, it’s very artificial tasting… too bad because I love everything pumpkin but this just didn’t float my boat. I’m still a huge Quest fan… now what to do with the 10 pumpkin bars sitting in front of me!

    • Junk Male says:


      First off, congrats on the weight loss! That’s no small feat. I’ve found Quest Bars to be a great tool in both losing weight or trying to add muscle. I have to admit – I’m with you. I gave the Pumpkin Bars a 7 out of 10 for a variety of reasons. Had I not heated it and tried it like I do most Quest Bars, I would have landed on a 6. I bought FOUR boxes of them. I really think they just taste like Vanilla Almond Graham, and that works for me. But as a pure pumpkin product, not quite.

  5. pamb says:

    Hi, I read your blog and enjoy your jokes! As I am a pumpkin junkie as well, I admire your dedication to trying what must be every pumpkin flavored item on the shelf.

    I’ve read about Quest bars before, but why does everyone always recommend to heat them? If it’s to soften them, how hard are they right out of the wrapper? That always freaked me out a bit, as I usually eat bars in the car, where no heating is available.

  6. Junk Male says:

    Hi Pam! It’s nice to hear that there is someone out there that finds us funny. Thanks for reading! We are pumpkin freaks for sure.

    There’s something really great that happens when you bake or broil a Quest Bar. I prefer to broil them. The outside gets toasted and firms up, while the inside gets even more gooey. It’s a great textural contrast and seems to maximize the flavor due to food science that I cannot explain.

    People also like to bake with them. You can microwave for 10 seconds, break it apart like dough and craft it into cookies, then bake and they will rise just as cookie dough would. I was on a Quest Cookie kick for a while.

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating Quest Bars as is. I eat one straight out of the wrapper at work every day, and they are still excellent.

  7. Jas says:

    how long and at what temperature did you bake these for please? Is broiling the same as grilling for us English peeps?!

    • Junk Male says:

      Hey Jas! Most bars bake best at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. As this is the first coated Quest bar, you might want to pay attention to it in the oven so it doesn’t become a complete mess. Mine did not, but oven temperatures may vary.

      I’ve only broiled in the oven; never grilled a Quest Bar! Most kitchen ovens in the U.S. have a broiler at the top, so the heat source is from above in this case. You expose the bar to an extremely high heat source for a short period of time; usually about a minute per side. The bar gets toasted on the outside but a softer texture on the inside. It’s my preferred way to eat Quest Bars.

  8. Jas says:

    Ah thank you for such a helpful and speedy response. Yes broiling sounds like our oven grills which is the same with the high heat coming from the top of the oven. I shall give it a whirl, bought three of the pumpkin bars!

  9. rebecca says:


    • Drunk Female says:

      Rebecca, we appreciate the enthusiasm with which you hate Quest bars. But please stop yelling at us.

      • pamb says:

        I’m conflicted… I ran out to get the pumpkin pie Quest bar (GNC is having a special right now) and heated it in the microwave vs. the oven (oops. The coating melted). I found it really chemical-y tasting. But my daughter ate the cookie dough right out of the wrapper and enjoyed it. I guess I’ll stick with Kind and Larabar…

        • Junk Male says:

          Hey Pam! I’ve never been a proponent of microwaving even the non coated bars, as I don’t prefer them to become overly softed. This pumpkin pie bar would surely soften even more given the coating. When I baked mine in the oven, I took it out before it became a melty mess and it was quite enjoyable. As far the the chemical taste, I can relate. This would be the sucralose (artificial sweetener) you’re picking up on. It worked for me, but doesn’t for all. I’ve been eating these straight out of the package and have been enjoying.

  10. Sarah says:

    I finally found and tried this!

    I hated it. Sorry. It was that coating. So oddly oily and not very food-like.