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Promax Review and Giveaway

by Meghann on December 29, 2009

A couple of months ago the kind people at Promax sent me a box their Chocolate Peanut Crunch HFCS-free bars to sample and review for the blog.

And for the past month I have been cutting each bar in fourths and enjoying the quarter of the bar before each week day run.

I prefer chewy granola style bars to soft creamy bars, but this one wasn’t too bad. I felt like I was eating a reeses before each run. The quarter of the bar was perfect for fueling me through my early runs and allowed me to come home, shower, and dress without having to chew my arm off for breakfast.


  • Taste
  • The option of HFCS free
  • Large size of the bar for the calories you get
  • Kept me full


  • Super long ingredient lists
  • A little heavy in my stomach if I ate more than a quarter
  • The price if I were buying them individually
  • The somewhat chalky texture

Overall if I were in a pinch I would purchase this bar again, but I would not see it becoming a regular thing. πŸ™‚

But you don’t have to take my opinion for it – try for your self!

Here is your chance to win a box of Chocolate Peanut Crunch Promax bars.

To enter leave a comment on this entry telling me what your favorite flavor you prefer your energy bars. Are you into peanuts? Chocolate? Fruity? Let me know!

You have until tomorrow evening when I will pull a random winner!

Good Luck!

1 JW December 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm

With chocolate and peanut butter!

2 Brianna December 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Mine has to be chocolate and peanut butter. . . i don’t like fruity bars!

3 thefitbride December 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I love anything with coconut in it!

4 Ashish December 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

cashew butter!!

5 Sara December 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter!!

6 Lacey December 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

The best bars have lots of oats.

7 Sam December 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Anything with chocolate or peanut butter and I’m happy. And if a bar has both then all the better!

8 Susan December 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I’ll eat anything if it has chocolate and whole peanuts πŸ˜‰

9 Lauren @ Reading and Running December 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I love the peanut butter crunch Clif bar! I haven’t had the chance to try many other Clif bars but the look delicious! I’m definitely a Clif bar fan!

10 Laura December 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

anything containing peanut butter is heaven to me.

11 Emma December 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

12 sarah December 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

i love chocolate and peanut butter…but chocolate with anything is good with me!

13 Erin December 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Chocolate peanut butter — mmm!!

14 krittie December 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I Love Bars with Peanuts and not too mcuh chocolate- I find that bars with chocolate tend to have a chalky taste if it is something like a probar or meal replacement bar πŸ™‚

15 Sarah December 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I like dried fruit. Especially cranberries!

16 madisonruns December 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Big fan of chocolate or peanut butter bars. However, the lemon Luna bar is my favorite!

17 Melissa December 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Hmmm…I would say no fruit, yes chocolate, yes peanut butter!

18 JessicaE December 29, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I love anything with chocolate, peanut butter or MINT. mmm πŸ™‚

19 Deirdre December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Anything with chocolate and any kind of nuts!

20 Natalie Rae December 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

peanuts! I love peanuts- then I like a lot do date and chewy fruit

21 bridget December 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

hate anything fruit, love anything chocolate!

22 SaraBarnett December 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

would have to be anything containing nuts, chocolate and caramel!

23 steph December 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Love chocolate in my’s like candy!

24 Emily December 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I enjoy fruity bars and nutty bars. I’m not a huge chocolate person but I do enjoy the mini chips in some.

25 lauren December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Definitely chocolate! I like a few fruity bars but will usually go for the chocolate when given the choice!

26 atastelife December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Chocolate and nuts….I like fresh fruit too much I think to enjoy it in a bar!

27 megan December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

chocolate or peanut butter for sure

28 DiningAndDishing December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Huge fan of chocolate peanut butter :O)!!

– Beth @

29 Justy2003 December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I’m going with a lot of other people on this one and must say chocolate or peanut butter are my favorites! And, when combined, they’re even better! πŸ™‚

30 Katie December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Luna Caramel Nut Blast–love it!

31 Jen December 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I love chocolate! It makes me feel like I’m eating candy, but also helps pre and post workout

32 Nan December 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Kind bars are my fav…ones with lots of nuts!

33 NewlyNutritiousBritt December 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I prefer something with chocolate, although I don’t go for the fake chocolaty taste. I’m a bit picky. =P I do enjoy one with oats too.

34 amanda @ fake ginger December 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I usually go for the chocolate peanut butter bars. I can’t stand fruity ones! Blech.

35 learningtocookeatandenjoydeliciousfood December 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I really love bars that taste like reese’s, but without the nasty ingredients in a reese’s!! I hope that you are having a great ski trip!!

36 caronae December 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I like the clif mojo bars best, because I love peanuts and chocolate.

37 Kathleen December 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

YUMMM chocalote peanut butter!

38 Katie December 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Anything with chocolate!!

39 Ashley December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I’m a big chocolate fan!

40 Tiffany December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Must have chocolate or peanut butter, of course!

41 sAm December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter…yumm!

42 Tammy Eros December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I like a granola-like texture as well…but not too fruity. I like nuts and seeds and definitely dried apricots…getting a bit tired of the dried cranberries!

43 hemp jogger December 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

chocolate. or peanut butter. nope, both!

44 Michele December 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I like the fruity and vanilla ones best!

45 EL December 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I like fruity bars. I like to eat bars before my morning workouts and chocolate does not appeal to me at 6 in the morning.

46 Jessica December 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Chocolate and peanut putter – although I love cherry pie LaraBars. But not the other fruity flavors.

47 Angie December 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I guess mine would be chocolate and peanut butter too. I do love smores flavored bars as well. Thanks!

48 Mary December 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I love Chocolate in bars πŸ™‚

49 FoodCents December 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I like peanut buttery bars, perhaps with a little chocolate, but not overload.

50 Nichole December 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

My favorite has to be peanut/peanut butter…..I just can’t get enought of it!!

51 Kirsten December 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I would have to say that peanut/chocolate is my favorite. I am not really into fruit bars, because it taste fake to me. I like my fruit fresh. But the peanut or peanut butter versions taste like a healthy candy bar! mmm!!

52 Alexis December 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Anything with nuts, chocolate or chocolate chips. Cashew cookie Larabar is my all time favorite.

53 apartmentnearchinatown December 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I love the chocolate/pb combo. For my bars, I prefer chocolatey to fruity, but not super chocolatey…

54 Britt @ Runnerbelle December 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

definitely chocolate! a little PB is ok, but sometimes the taste lingers a bit longer than I’d like once I start running.

55 Alyssa December 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I like them all. Depends on my mood, some chocolate and peanut-y, other times I want dried fruit with tons of warm spices!!!

56 Danielle December 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I love anything with peanut butter in it!

57 Kate December 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I am not a big fan of the fruity bars but I looove chocolate a sometimes a little peanut butter!

58 genesis December 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

i like peanuts and granola together. some chocolate is ok but too much makes my tummy go wacko!

59 marjan December 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

chocolate-y graham cracker flavor πŸ™‚

60 Suzanne December 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Chocolate peanut butter all the way. And I hate caramel protein bars. Fake caramel=gross!

61 Laura V December 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate!!

62 Tracey December 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

63 Tracy December 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

My favorite is definitely anything chocolate!!!

64 Tiffani December 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I love love love peanut butter, chocolate and any energy bar with almonds πŸ™‚

65 Jerilynne December 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Chocolate and/or peanut butter!! Or, if I’m feeling like switching it up, I really like the apple cinnamon and honey graham zbars!

66 Catie December 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I tend to like peanut butter flavor! Thanks for the giveaway

67 MaryZ December 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter!

68 kirsten December 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm

chocolate or pb πŸ™‚

69 Jen C December 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Chocolate all the way, fo sho.

Thanks for the giveaway!

70 Stephanie December 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

For protein bars, I actually like the (sometimes fake!) chocolate. I feel like I can satisfy my sweet tooth with something moderately healthy. I would love to win a box of promax bars!

71 Kate December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I’m a chocolate peanut butter person all the way, although sometimes in a pinch I’ll go for a vanilla flavor.

72 Jess R December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Definitely something with big chunks of nuts and dried fruit– love the crunchy/chewy combo!

73 Caitlin December 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

anything with almonds!

74 Jill December 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I like PB and chocolate!!

75 Michaela December 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm

chocolate/peanut/caramel…anything that makes it taste like a dessert is good for me

76 Paige December 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Anything with peanut butter, chocolate, or both. I like Crunchy Peanut Clif Bars the best!

77 Kate December 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I love chocolate! I pretty much only buy bars with chocolate, sometimes just nuts. These look interesting!

78 skinnyrunner December 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

i love chocolate caramel flavors the best.
your skiing pictures are too cute!

79 Lindsey December 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I like fruity bars the best, but I would love the chance to try these!

80 Cat December 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Fruity is the way to go as long as it is real fruit and not a flavor. I can’t stand banana or orange flavored bars becasue they taste too fake.

81 Clare December 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

MochaChip balance bars. 100%. Even though they have a long ingredient list, something about them just hits the spot.

82 Sarah D. December 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I am definitely a chocolate and pb girl!

83 Gina G December 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

chocolate, nuts, and fruit aka larabars!

84 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I like dried fruits in my bars.

85 Elizabeth December 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Chocolate for sure πŸ™‚

86 Shauna December 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Anything with chocolate in it is a winner in my book (um… stomach).

87 Vee December 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

My favorite all-time bar is Chocolate Brownie Z-Bars! I can eat, easily, three a day. πŸ™‚

88 Heather ODonnell December 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I am a sucker for peanut butter. Especially on my ice cream, or on a banana, or in a snack bar, or on a spoon. Yum!

89 Christie December 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter! Makes me feel like I’m eating a candy bar without all the guilt!

90 caitsplate December 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

DEFINITELY chocolate and nuts of any kind!

91 Alyssa December 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I like chocolate peanut butter!

92 *Andrea* December 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

i love chocolaty energy bars!

93 eaternotarunner December 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm

chocolate peanut anything!!!

94 Shannon December 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

anything with pb πŸ˜‰

95 Katie F. December 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Peanuts all the way! No-go on fruity bars, yuck!

96 Stefanie December 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

anything with peanuts!

97 Amy December 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I kind of prefer anything that’s more chocolate-y. That way I feel like I’m getting dessert!

98 Beth December 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I like peanut butter or chunky peanuts, but not too sweet and sickly. πŸ™‚ Jealous of your ski trip BIG TIME!

99 Ilene December 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I love chocolate + peanuts!

100 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I like bars with texture that aren’t overly sweet – so I love ones that are salty or taste muffiny, but chocolatey ones are overwhelming to me!

101 Lacey December 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I must be opposite to everyone…I like fruit bars better because chocolate/pb ones seem more like dessert and I end up eating more than one a day!

102 Cassie December 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love fruity bars!

103 Amy December 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I love anything chocolate and PB as well! And minty ones too. But also unique flavors like carrot cake draw me in.

104 Olivia December 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I love chocolate and fruit and maybe some almonds!

105 Emily December 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

MMM! I am always into a new bar…anything with chocolate or nuts (chocolate and nuts?! Even better!)…is right up my alley! πŸ˜€

106 busylittlelexi December 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I love chocolate & nuts (or peanut butter). Then it feels like a treat.

107 Jenna December 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Omg that is so weird because I tried to use a coupon I received from them but I couldn’t find them at stop and shop!

108 Lauren December 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

It depends on the kind-for Lara bars I like fruity, but for a simple granola bar, I like chocolate! This would be sooo awesome for my husband who is in construction and has such fast metabolism. He could use quick and easy calories in those bars!

109 hopefulrunner December 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Great giveaway, my hubby loves these bars! My favorite flavor of protein bars is generally peanut butter or mint.
Have a great day!

110 Marie D December 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm

peanut and chocolate all the way!

111 Alex December 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

chocolate peanut butter is the best combo hands down for any bar!

112 maggie b December 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

PEANUT!! with chocolate of course!

113 Carly December 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I like anything with peanut butter!

114 Alyx December 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I had an oatmeal raisin walnut cliff bar today- yum!! but usually anything with crunchy peanut butter

115 Gina December 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Chocolate, peanut butter, and cookie dough are my favorite flavors!
Great giveaway, I LOVE to snack on energy bars. They’re so portable and delicious.

116 jessica December 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I usually go for something like choco-pb, carrot/spice cake or cookies and cream!

117 Rachel December 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I definitely prefer chocolate. Any reason to have chocolate is a good reason πŸ˜‰

118 Erin December 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I usually go for a chocolate/peanut butter combo.

119 Evan Thomas December 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Peanuts, definitely! Are these really all-natural now? If so, wow they could be good

120 Kara December 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

It depends what I am in the mood for, but generally there is chocolate involved for a little jolt of energy.

121 suzanne December 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Oh chocolate for sure but if it’s got peanut butter in it that’s even better πŸ™‚

122 Sammi December 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I haven’t been eating energy bars for very long but so far the fruity ones are my favorite! This really surprised me because usually I’d pick a chocolate bar over a piece of fruit but fruit bars are so good!

123 kristin December 29, 2009 at 6:17 pm


124 Diana December 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Chocolate and Peanut Butter flavored bars are my favorites! Thanks for the giveaway!

125 Rebecca December 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

chocolate and peanut butter!

126 MB December 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Love the chocolate, it tastes decadent

127 Cait December 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

chocolate and peanut butter are usually the best across different bars…I only like fruity ones if they are larabars.

128 Carol December 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

OMG, I can only do fruity

129 JL December 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Definitely chocolate and pb…soooooo good…

130 Willa December 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Would definitely love ’em both!

131 Laura S December 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Definitely something chocolate and peanut butter!!

Have fun on the slopes! Have you ever tried snowboarding?

132 Jean December 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Chocolate PB all the way!

133 lora December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

my fav energy bars are minty and chocolatey!


134 Aileen December 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I love any sort of chocolate-nut combo. Yum!

135 Maggie December 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Chocolate and peanuts!

136 Megan December 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

i love anything with PB!!

137 Alicia December 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

any combo of chocolate, nuts and pretzels – you can’t go wrong!

138 Ashley December 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I mix between chocolate, PB, and fruit. Right now the kick is the Berries Go Mega by Odwalla! Tasty!

139 Brynn December 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Chocolate with peanut butter.

140 jessicΓ€ December 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I am obsessed with peanut butter anything πŸ™‚

141 weightwatchersforone December 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

anything with PB or chocolate!

142 jennyh December 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

blueberry and white chocolate macadamia nut are my favorites at the moment πŸ™‚

143 Laura December 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Any kind of nuts. Almonds and cashews are my favorite. Yumm

144 Sana December 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

chocolate with nuts especially almonds

145 molly December 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Cookie dough (pretending to be healthy)

146 Allie B. December 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Anything with peanuts or peanut butter gets me going!

147 Katie December 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

chocolate and peanut butter!

148 Lauren December 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I usually prefer a nuttier/heartier bar and not so much the fruity. But I also love the sweet bars on occasion.

Classic will always be Chocolate and PB! πŸ™‚

149 Ashley December 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Peanuts with chocolate, a classic but so good

150 Amy December 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Anything with caramel OR mint. NOT both! Peanut butter is alright, but not I’m not a fan of peanuts in bars.

151 Tiffany December 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm


152 Melissa G December 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

The best bars are peanuts but slightly sweet πŸ™‚

153 Beth December 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm

It’s hard to go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

154 danica December 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

you can never go wrong with peanut butter !

155 Erika December 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I definitely prefer a chocolate peanut butter combination….I find the fruity mixtures tend ot be too sweet for me…. Hope you are having fun πŸ™‚

156 amelia December 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

i love bars with peanut butter!

157 Dani December 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I am really into anything chocolate really. Toss in some peanut butter and I’m in heaven.

158 amanda December 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm

i am sucker for anything peanut butter. but no so much the chalky texture. but definitely worth a try…right?

159 Jess December 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Definetely chocolate, I usually get the chalky texture w/ peanut butter ones

160 Rachael December 30, 2009 at 12:13 am

chocolate and nut…yum!

161 Karla December 30, 2009 at 12:18 am

I always appreciate a good chocolate-PB combo!

162 Blair December 30, 2009 at 12:27 am

For fueling before a run, I like the chocolate-nut combo. But for a mid-afternoon snack, I go with a fruit and granola bar.

163 lisa December 30, 2009 at 1:04 am

I’m an equal-opportunity energy bar lover – all flavors work for me!

164 jackie December 30, 2009 at 2:47 am

crunchy (not crispy), chocolate and coconut!!!!!

165 Jasmine T December 30, 2009 at 8:59 am

anything chocolate–although dried fruit is always good too.

166 Brea December 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

I typically like chocolate or a combination of nuts and fruit in my bars πŸ™‚

167 amethyst December 30, 2009 at 10:44 am

Mmm… chocolate peanut butter is definitely my most (guilty) favorite!

Happy ski-ing πŸ™‚

168 Kellie December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I like chocolate and peanut butter. That way the bar feels like a treat and I am more inclined to work out harder after I eat it.

169 Sue December 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I love bars with almonds and cranberries in them!

170 J December 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

chocolate chip cookie dough has been my favorite πŸ™‚

171 marie December 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I really, really like all of the nut flavored bars.

172 Alex December 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Chocolate peanut butter is one of my favorites!

173 Nancy December 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Oh, chocolate peanut butter is so good! It looks like I’m not the only one who thinks so.

174 Becky December 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Anything chocolate and peanut butter please!

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