Results of 2.1 Taste Testing Extravaganza

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Results of 2.1 Taste Testing Extravaganza

I put out a call for people nearby to come taste test Keto Chow 2.1 – SnowMason on Reddit asked what the results were so I thought I put together an update. There were a few things that needed fixing but most turned out fantastic.

  • Eggnog – nailed it.
  • Rootbeer float – nailed it.
  • Pumpkin Spice Caramel – Nailed it though one person thought it had too much pumpkin spice and not enough pumpkin.
  • Orange Cream – nailed it.
  • Salted Caramel – they used the rootbeer flavor by accident. It was pretty funny. I got another tester and that one was great.
  • Savory Chicken Soup – the riboflavin being used to color it yellow added a weird flavor. It’s now gone. Unfortunately, this means that drinking the savory chicken soup will no longer give you neon yellow urine =)
  • Snickerdoodle – nailed it.
  • Strawberry – tastes great but needs to be more pink, we’re adding more beet juice extract but the color fades after refrigerating overnight. We could add artificial color to keep it red but with the whole “Natural Strawberry” version using monk fruit that’s a no-go.
  • Raspberry Cheesecake – tasted good, there was a disagreement over whether the raspberry was overpowering the cheesecake or the other way, seems people have different tastes. Also uses the same coloring as the strawberry so it starts looking raspberry-ish but fades to a purple-gray. Still working on that.
  • Banana – tastes fantastic, more like a banana cream pie and actual bananas and less like banana laffy taffy
  • Cookies and cream – has more of a chocolate flavor, the 2.0 C&C (to me) tasted more like vanilla wafers.
  • Vanilla – has a more distinct vanilla, which is weird since it’s the same flavoring.
  • Chocolate Toffee – this was REALLY good, probably my favorite of the batch.
  • Chocolate Mint – needs more mint. We’ll see what we can get done before it’s time to roll into production.
  • Chocolate – needed a little more chocolate flavor to match 2.0, I should be driving down to grab another test batch either today or tomorrow morning to verify that it’s dialed in.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter – see above.
  • Mocha – they actually forgot to send a sample of this one for the testing, I’m suspecting it’ll need to have the chocolate component tweaked as well. I think coffee smells like burnt popcorn so I wouldn’t have tasted it anyway. I also think cucumbers and cantaloupe smell like ammonia.

I took them down to our manufacturing place when I got the salted caramel that wasn’t root beer and the other tweaked ones so they could try them too. For most, it was their first time trying the actual finished product. It’s always funny for me to see people try Keto Chow for the first time – “wow, that’s actually REALLY good!” is pretty much the universal response. It’s like they think I’m going to give them stuff that tastes bad =)

There was a little (like 1/8 a meal) of Rootbeer, Snickerdoodle, Orange, Eggnog, and Pumpkin left over so that’s what I just had for lunch today =)

So, there you have it. The protein for the Chocolate and Choc PB batch is enroute right now. The packaging should be done any day. The big order of chocolate flavoring is supposed to be arriving in about a week. Things are looking pretty good for Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.1.0 arriving before April.

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About the Author:

Chris Bair is a technology and computer geek. He became involved in the nutritionally complete "future foods" movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.


  1. Val March 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    how is the saltiness in 2.1?

    • Chris March 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      It has the same amount of salt as 2.0 – people who haven’t ever done Keto before will often think 2.0 is too salty (you can fix that by adding more water), people who have been on Keto for a long time think it’s too sweet (you can fix that by adding more salt or more water)

  2. iobhai March 17, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I’m not sure if nutrition facts were posted for separate flavors but as someone who has a sensitivity to caffeine, none of these will have caffeine will they? Some brands put caffeine in their chocolate mint and “coffee / mocha” flavors. Will you be offering chocolate mint and mocha without caffeine?

  3. iobhai March 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Okay, that’s comforting about the Chocolate Mint. Will you ever consider doing a decaf mocha/coffee flavor? Maybe I could start a reddit poll. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d be wary of the cortisol response from caffeine while our bodies are starving.

    • Chris March 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Probably not, you could add decaffeinated coffee to the chocolate or you could use the base powder with your choice of protein powder and flavoring to accomplish that though.

  4. lefear March 18, 2018 at 3:57 am - Reply

    For the Natural Strawberry try adding some acid to make it pinker. Beet juice gets its color from anthocyanin which is a natural pH indicator – more acidic = redder – more alkaline = yellow/green

  5. Andy March 24, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Hey Chris,

    I sometimes feel like some of the drinks are a bit on the sweeter side.

    Do any of the above flavors have less of a sweet taste? I’m actually really curious about the savory chicken soup flavor.


    • Chris March 25, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      That’s typical if you’ve been doing keto for a while. All of the flavors of Keto Chow that aren’t savory chicken or natural strawberry have the same amount of sweetener, but we’re reducing the sweetener by 20% for Keto Chow 2.1. Until then (and after) you can easily add salt and/or more water to any of the current flavors.

      • Andy March 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        This is just too good of a news for me.

        Always thanking you for having a great product, thoroughly supporting and constantly improving it.


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