Last Updated: 4/3/2013 11:41 AM
Chocolate, which is a ubiquitous flavor for any protein drink brand, is the first flavor that we sampled in the Coco Libre Protein Coconut Water line. It has a very pleasant, but rich, chocolate flavor that certainly tastes like the cocoa that is promised on the front panel. It’s admittedly a little hard to taste the coconut water in this blend, especially as you continue to drink the product and the chocolate and stevia mask it. However, coconut water from concentrate is indeed the first ingredient and, if nothing else, it adds electrolytes and natural sugars to the product (the drink is also sweetened with erythritol and stevia). Regardless, this is a very nice tasting product. Beyond that, the product is loaded with 20g of protein (from milk protein concentrate and whey protein isolate) and also includes a blend of 22 vitamins and minerals. The formulation has 140 calories, 6g of sugar, and 2.5g of fat. While we can’t comment on the makeup of this blend, it’s certainly a filling and satisfying product to consume. Visually, we feel as though this is the strongest looking SKU of the line. We say that simply because the cholate and protein aspects of the drink are immediately identifiable, which makes this drink’s core purpose and flavor easy to grasp while panning a shelf. We do, however, feel as though the coconut water and the protein could be visually tied together in a better way. The coconut water definitely feels like somewhat of an afterthought in that sense. Still, this is a great start and definitely a solid protein drink.