A few years ago, I discovered the magic of strength training and thus the importance of eating protein to help repair my muscles and get stronger. While I usually hunt for a sweating session with a protein shake, I love protein bars when I’m on the go, and I often find myself reaching for them for breakfast, a snack, or – stiffen yourself – even an alternative to dessert.

As I have learned from extensive taste testing and comparative shopping, not all protein bars are created equal. They have all their pros and cons. Some contain less sugar or more protein, and others just taste better than others. The latter is what you will find here. While chocolate-flavored protein bars may not always boast the most nutrients, they are sometimes exactly what you need to satisfy a sweet tooth. For a bar that really hits the spot, try one of these personal favorites.