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Walk into any drugstore (or gas station, or grocery store) and you’re bound to come across one aisle that’s full of protein bars. And blessedly so—it’s great to have options, especially when those options come in flavors like chocolate brownie, cookie dough, and mint chocolate chip.

But so you don’t waste time on chalky protein bars or secret sugar bombs, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you what the best one is: RxBar Chocolate Sea Salt.

This number one ranking comes from SnackNation, a snack box subscription service. The brand launched their first snack awards this week, according to a press release, and choose from a wide variety of snacks to award top honors to the best bar, chips, meat snacks, sweets, and more. SnackNation says it used a proprietary data formula based on product rating and “purchase intent data” as well as nutrition and ingredient information to determine the winners in all of the categories.

Here’s a run-down of the ingredients in the RxBar: egg whites, almonds, cashews, chocolate, cocoa, natural flavors, and sea salt. The bar contains 13 grams of sugar, though none of it is added sugar. It also has 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. That’s pretty impressive!

The runners-up in the established bar category (meaning bars from well-known brands) were Appleways Blueberry Pomegranate Breakfast Bar, Clif Salted Caramel Cashew Protein Bar, Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars, and Nature’s Bakery Raspberry Whole Wheat Fig Bar.

Would it be healthier if the sugar was lower? Sure. But then it just might not taste as good. Rx, it seems, has hit the so-called sweet spot.

Here are some other healthy protein bars that deliver on taste. Or, you can try Carrie Underwood’s favorite.

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