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This is my 3rd 2kg tub of Double Rich Chocolate (used it while doing The Insanity workout and still am with my new routine) and have learnt a few things over the past year:1) It tastes awesome with milk and for me better than restaurant milkshakes (with water it's not that bad) - personally I use 150ml of semi-skimmed milk for during the day and mix with water post workout.2) A shaker is a must!!! - I've left mine at work on multiple occasions and even though it says on the tub it's "instantized" and can be spoon stirred it doesn't taste the same without one when mixing it with milk,it won't be that lumpy but it definitely won't be as smooth. I ended up using a whisk because I was desperate!3) If you've tried this flavor before and found it wasn't sweet enough for your taste try the "Milk Chocolate" / "Extreme Milk Chocolate" (same thing on Amazon) which is a bit sweeter, these are the only two flavors that I've tried and found the Extreme Milk Chocolate a bit too sweet for my liking and also had black/dark bits at the bottom of my shake that don't taste nice (not sure if it's meant to be like that or if I got a dodgy tub)4) If you don't care about taste know that this product offers a great quality protein (Whey Isolates - one of the quickest absorbing proteins) for post-workouts for the price you pay, the only thing better is Hydrolysate/hydrolyzed protein shakes but these are more expensive.5) This is NOT a meal replacement shake (only 113 calories per serving, low fat and low carbs/sugars - if you only lived on 3 of these per day you'd probably starve to death), it's ideally for post-workout or to have as a protein top up when you can't meet your daily protein goals with the normal foods that you eat and it also works as a good between meal snack that will keep your hunger at bay for a few hours/keep your metabolism upOne last tip that I forgot to mention that I only found out recently to save some money, if you're buying this item and it's "Dispatched from and sold by Amazon" don't forget to buy it using "Subscribe & Save" which will knock 5% off the total price whether you want the next delivery or not. If you don't really want to subscribe because you only want it once just set it to 6 months and remember to cancel the subscription (all done online with a few clicks) before 6 months have passed as you only get charged by Amazon once the product has shipped.Also the price when I first bought this from Amazon back in September 2013 was £42.81 (maybe it was on some special promotion) but it has now jumped to £49.75 in only 6 months!!! Hopefully this price increase doesn't continue to happen since I plan on buying this for the rest of the year!
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About three weeks ago I purchased the strawberry flavour of this protein supplement and I have been very pleased with the product so far. This was my first ever protein supplement I have ever bought, and after three weeks I have noticed a large difference in my workouts. I had originally been going to the gym for a year, without supplements, without specified diet plans. I finally came to my senses and decided that workouts alone were not enough,as I was finding difficulty in progressing through weights in the gym.After using this product and just having one scoop a day after each workout, I have noticed that my muscle pain the next day has been greatly reduced, and I feel much more 'restored' in my following workouts. I have also progressed up in weight within this time quite easily, and it was a surprise to me that the heavier weights actually felt fine and not too much of a push at all. I had always been skeptical about whether or not protein supplements really worked, or whether they are just a scam for money. However, I have been pleasantly surprised that they do work nicely.The strawberry flavour tastes great after the first day. The first one I had tasted cringing, but all the shakes I've had since taste good and you get used to it. Drinking it with milk improves taste hugely, but I believe milk should be used for slow digestion as opposed to water for quick entry into the blood stream. The price is quite good for this product too, Maximuscle do their protein shake at around £27+ whereas this product is £23-£27 at the time of writing this review. Although I also believe Maximuscle have more supplements added to their shake, whereas this product is a more 'simplified' supplement. The only cons I would have with the product is the differing prices between different flavours (Choc being ~£23 and Strawberry being ~£25). The tub is also only about half full when you open it, and so you are given the illusion that you're getting a lot of powder, but you actually don't notice until you open it that a lot of the tub is just empty space. So far the product has been fantastic, but I shall have to try some different supplement brands in the future.
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More than a year ago, I had bought Cookies n' Cream, and finally finished it about a week ago. You could imagine how bad it must have tasted for me to have taken so long to get through it. I had only recently started forcing myself to drink it since I started working at UPS as a sorter.Cake donut - Once I ran out, I decided to buy a different flavor; cake donut. It was a thousand times better. It has a light aftertaste, but really goes down smoothly. The powder mixes easily with a spoon, no clumping,no need for a shaker. With 1 cup of milk, and 1 scoop of cake donut, it tasted like I was drinking sweetened milk. The "donut" taste doesn't really come through at all; it just faintly tastes like cake.Cookies n' cream - It's just as bad as the next review tells you it is. It has a strange, bitter taste that's difficult to describe... It by no means tastes anything like cookies n' cream. Some people mentioned a coffee-ish hint of taste, which I could see where they're coming from. It's really hard to take a scoop of this down without thinking "this is awful". The taste had actually put me off from putting any effort towards a work-out regiment. Simply keep away; unless you a masochist.Rocky Road - I'm speechless. Why am I bothering to write a review when I could be downstairs, in the kitchen, enjoying another cup of some Rocky Road protein shake? Seriously, it's absolutely delicious. I was just as skeptical as anyone else reading the reviews on how it's the best flavor, and also as skeptical as those who read reviews of people who were skeptical about people who ; etc etc. In a nutshell, it's so good that I've been CRAVING it. Dangerous for weight loss (you might crave too much), amazing for muscle gain. No aftertaste. It tastes kind of like a chocolate malt flavor mixed with some marshmallowy sweetness. It clumps a bit if mixed without a shaker. Highly recommend it!
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This was the first protein I'd purchased, and I wasn't sure what to expect. For context, I'm new to fitness and have little experience when it comes to weight loss, muscle toning/ building etc. I'm a 30 year-old sedentary worker, sat at a desk all day. 5'11", and when I started using the protein I weighted around 190 pounds.While using this protein, I worked out for 1 hour after work (either HIIT or strength) 5 days a week, and had a balanced diet focused on macro counting.I was able to reduce my body fat percentage from ~27% to ~25% within a month, and also losing ~10 pounds in the process.For this review, I will look at 3 things: Taste, Texture, and Nutrition.Taste: The Banana Cream flavour whey protein is fine. It has a very slight chemical aftertaste which concerned me at first, though after trying a few other protein blends I can assure you this is mild in comparison to other brands. It has a similar aftertaste to banana flavour sweets, as opposed to an actual banana. But it's pleasant enough, once you know what to expect.Texture: Mixed with the recommended ratio of powder to water, the texture is a little thin. For best results, I found using milk instead of water gave it a thicker texture, much more like a standard milkshake. It also takes additions well, without too much additional thickening. I found a couple of ice cubes, a standard banana (100g - 130g), 15g - 20g natural peanut butter and the standard ratio of milk blended to make a very tasty post workout shake.Nutrition: In terms of macros, I'm finding the good quality brands more or less offer the same in terms of P:C:F ratio. ON was good, though. So met every expectation in that regard.Summary:A decent protein blend with a good enough taste to keep me using it. Well worth purchasing, has given me good results in terms of fat loss and muscle recovery, and I'm pleased with it overall.
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So I am not a super gym freak but I wanted to get healthier over all, so I opted for some additional supplements to help me on my journey. One of these supplements was Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard 100% WHEY (Extreme Milk Chocolate) I was not only relying on this for my protein intake, real food was also consumed. So I would have 3 meals and 3 shakes a day. After about a week are so I did lose some weight and gain some muscle. It wasn’t a massive improvement but a good start in my eyes. Since then,due to injury, I have not been back to gym but I do still take this supplement occasionally in the week as a quick meal. I like the taste and the nice thing for me is that the protein mixes well in both water and milk.Packaging:Well packaged, comes in a tub. I have seen other in the reviews saying that the seal had been broken when trying to open it. I have bought at least 6 tubs in the last 12 months and never had this happened to me.Product: The flavour I ordered is extreme milk chocolate, I really like the taste and it mixes well. I have used it with water, almond milk and 2% milk all mixed well and tasted great. I find that its not really down to the powders not mixing proper but some people don't use good quality mixers.Pros:*Tastes great*Mixes well*Free scoop in every tub*Good quality protein*Versatile for what you need it for*Packaged wellCons:I haven't had any as of yet. I still have a tub in the kitchen, that I now just use with my meal replacements.Conclusion:If you are looking for a good trusted brand this is a good choice in my opinion. I have used other protein brands in the past but this was the right one for me and I will continue using it. I would definitely recommend this product, whether you are going to gym, playing sports, or just wanting to add additional protein boost to your diet.
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[UPDATE]06/07/2017The tamper seal is now sealed lol.But still there is horrible glitter on the plastic wrapper covering the lid to unscrew it, it gets all over your fingers and makes a mess.To my surprise there was no plastic measuring cup o_o, I had to go look in the recycle bin for my old protein barrel to get my cup back, luckily hadn't gotten rid of it yet, wow. Fyi it is 70 ml of powder (one scoop per drink).[update] Okay so the scoop was buried about 5cm under the powder, it is not transparent though,i prefer the transparent one so you can see if there are air gaps in the scoop so you know to get more to make it a full scoop ... now you cant see that.The strawberry flavour is still good so I dont really want to bring the rating down to 3 stars.Just be prepared for the glittery bs and you'll now need to get your own measuring cup, apart from that its some good powder.Use milk and drink twice a day as part of your diet.-----------------------------------------------2015:As a lot of people have said already, this comes with the tamper seal not sealed !The seal just looks like it had never been stuck down rather than something corrosive or someone opened it before, that and the powder looked clean so I did not return it.Saying that, it does come with a wrapper around the lid so you would have to have cut that off first. Talking about the lid wrapper, it has glitter on it or something nasty that sticks to your fingers, note to maker: please do not put that glittery stuff on the wrapper.It's a shame it has a major flaw with the seal because the actual flavour is really good !I put 190 ml of water and 20 ml of milk and it just tastes like a Nesquik strawberry milkshake :PI think it is normal as it is the same with another product I tried, it comes 3/4 full.
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I started taking protein supplements a year ago alongside a simple strength and cardio fitness program I was following to lose weight. During that time I think I've gone through about 3-4 different brands of protein powder of varying flavours and quantities.First of all while I mostly agree with the sentiment that this is a supplement as opposed to a bowl of Nesquik or a chocolate bar and so taste shouldn't be as much of a concern, if you're going to be consuming the product on a daily basis it might as well be tasty,and this brand 100% ticks that box. My one minor complaint with it it that it doesn't taste like any kind of peanut butter I've ever had - it's more of a candied chocolate flavour, comparable to a Mini-Egg or a smartie or something. I use whey powder to bulk out my morning oats and some powders don't mix well, but this seems to do just as well warm as it does cold. It is a fair bit sweeter than expected but nothing unpleasant. If you're desperate for some peanut butter protein powder like I was, this isn't necessarily going to sate that unholy need.Being fairly new to the world of supplements but extremely well-versed in the stomach punishing risks you take buying cheaper makes, I am thoroughly impressed with the complete set of proteins and BCAAs a serving of Gold Standard contains. It blends effortlessly too, mixing completely into water in a few firm shakes. As mentioned before it's a great addition to other foods or smoothies, great way to hit your surplus by mixing with porridge oats. It's easy on the stomach too, without any of the bloating or heavy feeling whey protein can sometimes leave you with.I will definitely be sticking with Optimum Nutrition from this point onwards. Does everything it needs to, decent price point, true quality.
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I've tried several of these. The consistency and ability to mix have always been very good. Here's a breakdown by flavor (I'll be adding more as I try them):- Banana Cream 2lbs (4 stars): Very good. Tastes like banana Laffy Taffy, but less sugary.- Birthday Cake 2lbs (2 star): Not TOTALLY disgusting, but probably the worst flavor I've tried. It has little, colored (sugar?) lumps that detract from the already lacking flavor. Never buying this flavor again.- Blueberry Cheesecake (3.5 star): Pretty good,but nothing special (unless you really like blueberries)- Cake Donut 2lbs (3 star): Doesn't taste bad, but flavor is bland/not rich. Even when using less water in order to thicken it, flavor is still lacking.- Chocolate Hazelnut 2lbs (4 star): Tastes like chocolate milk! Gotta add some extra water tho.- Chocolate Malt 2lbs (4 star): Tastes good, would probably give it 5 stars if I didn't dislike malt.- Chocolate Mint 2lbs (4 stars): Quite good. A bit too chocolaty for me.- Cookies and Cream 2lbs (5 stars): This tastes VERY good. It's like an actual shake (when using just water). Will definitely buy again, and probably in 5-lbs- Delicious Strawberry 2lbs (1 star): Says "Delicious" as part of the flavor - it's not. Tastes like strawberry medicine.- Key Lime Pie 1.8lbs (2 stars): Doesn't taste like Key Lime Pie at all (there's a hint of lime, but no hint of pie). Not terrible, but far from good.- Vanilla Ice Cream 1lbs (5 stars): Very good. Simple, consistency close to an actual milk shake even when using water.
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This product is really great value for money.This particular brand is a well established, and a well recommended product. I have heard and seen a lot of good reviews on this product, i can't even recall anything bad said!I was first interested in this as once a week i was working out with a few friends who were were using this product and it gave them good results, (they were working out nearly everyday, just to point out)They never had bad things to say about it, and still don't!.Now i gained more free time i decided i was going to work out a lot more, and i decided to give this product a go based on their recomendations.Taste: I had purchased the Chocolate mint flavor, and in my personal opinion, it tastes just like those 'after eights' chocolates. (I complement my why powder with milk, preferably semi-skimmed, or green label as some people know it)I will update this review as i use it more and more, as I've had it less than 24 hours!I want to give the seller a high review as well, the delivery time was outstanding! and also for the cost, you cant beat this service!I would like to point out that you should preferably try the smaller 'sample packs' if you are new to this product, as i have tried this whey before i had purchased i had found that i disliked the vanilla and strawberry flavors. Everyone has a different taste, But as i have already stated, if you like After Eights chocolates, then the choc-mint is the flavor for you!Highly Recommended product and seller!!
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This protein powder arrived quickly and in good condition (No seals broken or anything, like I have seen in some other reviews) I ordered a 2 pound container in the flavor "Chocolate Malt". I am almost done with it, and I am going to order again, for a few reasons. The company is a popular company and the flavor is not bad (although not the best). I have tried it with water, and almond milk but I prefer water. It does taste like chocolate and it is not too sweet BUT it does have a weird after taste,I figure it is just because it is protein. I usually add a little extra just for a more rich flavor. I use this in my Contigo shake & go bottle and I never get any clumps, so that is a huge plus in my book. The price is similar if not cheaper than anything else on the market and ordering from Amazon I find it at least $5-$10 dollars cheaper than stores in my local area. I go to the gym every day and I drink a shake afterwards, so this meets my needs. I think I am going to explore another flavor only because they have so many! However, I would definitely order the chocolate again.Pros:- No clumps- Good value- Low carbs- 24g of protein per servingCons:- Doesn't blend well in yogurt- Taste could be betterBottom line: I think this product is good for anybody who is not super serious into fitness. If you are more of a gym junkie, then I would probably go with a different brand. The taste is not bad (although I have had better), it blends well and you can use it in multiple recipes.
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