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This Week’s Review: MCTco Caramel Sea Salt Bars
So all of that being said, you’re probably ready for this week’s review. I’m really excited to write this one! As I write these, I get amped because I’m learning more about these companies along the way. I scour websites, social media, and internet reviews for news and background on every brand I review. MCTco is a company I’ve seen in my Facebook and Instagram ads for quite some time, so I was naturally curious about them. That’s the point of these reviews; I want to try those products that keep showing up in your sponsored posts so you know whether or not to take the plunge and try them. Like the Try Guys version of keto products.
I reached out to MCTco to see if they were interested in a product review and they were so sweet to send me a box of Caramel Sea Salt MCT Bars to try for you guys. I haven’t tried their other two flavors (Cocoa and Cookie Dough), but they’re definitely on my wish list for the future! This review is entirely for the Caramel Sea Salt flavor. Special thanks to MCTco for sending these over!
Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s break down these bars.
Who is MCTco?
From their website:
We celebrate positive transformations through healthy, adventurous lifestyles.
We call this Making Change Transpire.™
That means making one small positive change for your body, your day, and eventually, your life.
After observing countless peers and family members being crippled by obesity, heart failure, and unhealthy lifestyles, I decided to dedicate my life to educating myself on proper nutrition, maintaining an active lifestyle, and, in 2007, following the ketogenic diet.
But just changing my lifestyle wasn’t enough—we wanted to make a healthy impact on our community too. So we started MCTco.
MCTco was born with a passion for making health accessible, easy, and above all, taste good. We’re excited to be here and to make an impact. We know that change happens one step at a time and one bar at a time. Let’s make change transpire together!”
Y’all know I’m always supportive of companies who do what they do for the good of their consumers. This is one of those companies. It’s absolutely nutzo to me that there is such a huge health crisis (especially in the U.S.) and so many companies are just fine contributing to that, especially when it comes to the health of children. I couldn’t even list the amount of predatory marketing strategies I fell victim to as a child, all because some dude in an office wanted me to convince my mom to buy their crap and feed it to me, so they could make a quick buck. I really respect that MCTco is not one of those companies. They care about educating their customers on their products (and the ingredients that go into them) because that sort of stuff matters. Educated consumers are healthy consumers.
Also, that motto (Make Change Transpire, AKA MCT) is a pretty cool play on words. I think brand-wise, this company stands out in comparison to other options, because they keep their packaging clean and simple, and their website matches that scheme. I found their website informational and easy to navigate. It was definitely the best place to purchase their product, because their prices (hello, flash sale) were better there than on Amazon. So my advice with this company is to order direct.
Caramel Sea Salt Bars
Ingredients: Organic Almond Butter, Chicory Root Fiber, Grass Fed Bovine Collagen, Cacao Powder, MCT Oil Powder (MCT Oil from Coconut, Acacia Gum), Sunflower Lecithen, Organic Cashews, Organic MCT Oil (from Coconut), Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Monk Fruit Extract
2g net carbs per bar
Thoughts: Ok, so the first one of these I tried, I had mixed feelings. I’ve never had anything like these. They crumble a little bit when you eat them, but they’re not super brittle out of the package. I guess this is the result of the coconut oils mixed with the almond butter and collagen. Once you bite into them, a lot of the bar melts in your mouth. There are little bits of nuts in them (that’s the cashews, I’m thinking) which are almost entirely responsible for their chewiness. The flavor is pretty good on them room temp. But let me tell you this: all of these things change when you put them in the fridge.
Once refrigerated, the coconut oils and nut butter/collagen get a little more solid, so when you eat them, they have a more substantial texture. Don’t get me wrong, the melt-in-your-mouth thing is pretty cool, but I like to have something to chew on. The bar has 200 calories, 10g protein, and 15g fat, which are absolutely excellent macros. This means that, even though they’re a little on the smaller side, you are guaranteed to be satisfied by these. If you’ve ever finished a granola bar or other protein bar and immediately thought, I could eat something else, too, you will not have that thought after eating these.
These bars are:
- sugar free
- sugar alcohol free
- dairy free
- gluten free
- non GMO
- palm oil free
If you’re looking for more info on their nutrition, you can compare flavors and ingredients here: https://mctco.com/pages/nutrition
For $15 off your first order, use this link: https://www.talkable.com/x/fvhCpR
My biggest criticism about these bars is that they’re just a little pricier at retail value than I prefer. I like to keep my “keto snack bar” cost somewhere in the $1-2 range, and these normally run about $2.50/each. They’re small (though calorie dense) so it may not feel like you’re eating much at first, but after a few minutes, they’re satisfying. I think the size leaves some things to be desired, but I totally get why they are the way they are.
Cool things about this company
MCTco has a great blog, which has help articles on topics from loving your body, cutting sugar during sugar-laden holidays (re: Easter), and finding healthy WFH snacks. I highly suggest you check it out. One of my fav articles from their blog (Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Rituals) is about healthy habit forming and how to take action to be the person you want to be today. It’s some good stuff, and it’s really similar to what we talked about in January, with making commitments instead of resolutions. You can check out that post here: Why I’m Ditching Resolutions for Commitments
MCTco just launched their cold shipping process, which ensures your products make it to you unmelted. If you’ve ever received melted chocolate, you’ll totally understand the importance of this. Espectially when it comes to ingredients like chocolate and coconut oil, shipping is uber important and you’ll be thankful for this. At the time of this post, shipping on orders over $50 is absolutely free!
Aside from their website, I recommend you follow them on IG, too, because their feed is a) cute as hell and b) really informative when it comes to flash sales & special promotions.
RKF Product Score
I really loved these when refrigerated, but at room temp, the texture was just a little too odd for me. If you have the ability to keep them refrigerated 24/7, that is the best way to enjoy these. But for an on-the-go snack, you may not have an option to keep it cool or not.
I had a hard time using their store locator (the map states it’s in development mode) but they are available on their web shop and Amazon. They’re also available at Sprouts, but that isn’t local to us. This could be improved by moving them to grocery chains like Publix which are more accessible in rural areas.
You totally don’t need these to start keto BUT I think you do need a clean, sweet keto option that’s high in fats so it keeps you satisfied. This checks that box.
Not gonna lie, these are ‘spensive. They run about $2.50/bar on average, and it just seems like a lot of money, especially when you factor in their size. They’re a little smaller than a Quest bar. They keep me considerably fuller, though. At the end of the day, I’d be happier if these were closer to a $1.75-$2/ea price point.
CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Pretty much a blend of nut butters, oils, and collagen, and sweetened with monk fruit extract. I stand by every ingredient in these.
Cute, clean, easy to recognize and understand. Website was fast. Docked 1 point for the map issue (above) because it’s important that your products are easy to find.
Bottom line: 7.5/10 Recommend
Ready to try for yourself?
Here’s another link to my Amazon shop! You can find these in the RKF Recommended Items section: www.amazon.com/shop/restingketoface
Check out their web shop HERE
I really hope you like these! Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,