“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Bar „
At a very long day and night at work I was very pleased when my boyfriend bought me these (along with a lasagne) to have as my pudding and breakfast (I had to stay over).
The box is quite small as there are only 6 bars in it. The bars are quite small, you can finish them in about 5 bites. Along the bottom is a thin layer of chocolate which gives you that chocolatey fix but without all the fat.
There are only 90 calories per bar so its great for a chocolatey snack if your on a diet or watching what you eat.
As a cereal bar you would expect it to just be edible for breakfast, however Im eating one right now and its 7pm! I like them as a pudding because of the chocolate, but they are also great for breakfast because of the oats and other healthy things.
I find them quite chewy to eat, bu they dont scratch your mouth like some cereal bars do. Theres a certain wetness to the texture and they almost taste a bit like they are stuck together with caramel.
The bars are individually wrapped so they could even be taken to work or school in a lunchbox. So this makes them even better than just being a breakfast bar.
They taste really nice, just the texture is different to that of a real chocolate bar.
I bought a magazine at the weekend to read in the garden whilst topping up my tan and was pleasantly surprised to see that it came with a Nestle Heavenly Chocolate fitnesse bar.
I was a bit surprised to find out it was a cereal bar as the picture on the front shows whole pieces of chocolate, much little the little squares you find in a dairy milk bar but as it was chocolate and technically free I decided to give it a go anyway!!
Like I said it is produced by Nestle, the multinational food company founded in Switzerland. The fitnesse range is part of their cereals range. If you look at a list of their products it is astounding, from ice cream to drinks to packaged foods.
The fitnesse bars also come in a range of different flavours including Tasty Multigrain, Sumptuous Strawberry, Chocolate & Orange Delight and Chocolate & Raspberry Sensation.
The thing that actually first caught my eye was the fact that each bar has only 90 calories. The bar itself is 23.5g so it was a normal size cereal bar not a mini one which was nice. This is great as I am always looking for something quite tasty, preferably with chocolate that would fill me up and be quite healthy at the same time and was hopeful that I would like this bar and want to try more. It also contains the following as well, "A 23.5 gram serving of Nestlé Chocolate Fitnesse Bar provides 15% of the RDA of eight vitamins and iron, and 20% of the RDA of calcium." This I can imagine is why they have called it a fitnesse bar as they are trying to promote a healthy product to healthy people and are doing so with vitamins and other essential nutrients.
It was much like any other cereal bar you can imagine. It had cereal grains, which according to the packet are whole grain wheat and rice held together with a sticky type substance, probably sugar I think. Then it has little bits of chocolate quite evenly distributed in it which gave it an overall very chocolaty flavour. The bottom of the bar is covered with a layer of chocolate, not too thick but enough to add more of a chocolatey flavour. The bar was nice and crunchy and chewy at the same time which gave it a really nice consistency and was pleasant to eat.
The reason I ended up tasting this cereal bar was quite simply because it was a free sample that I received the other day. I tend to back away from bars such as this because I find that they tend to have a bit of a cardboard texture and I hadnt found one that I found tasty that is until now.
The well-known company of Nestle makes the Fitnesse Chocolate bar. Now like the company or not, they are very successful and I have to admit I buy a lot of their cereals for the kids because they are made from the whole grain as well as being very tasty. My son loves to eat dry cereal as a snack so anything that gives him a bit of extra vitamins etc is a welcome change from the normal childhood snack these days of sweets or crisps.
This cereal bar originates from a cereal too, which is available in multigrain form or with honey and nuts.
***The Bar & Its Packaging***
I got a single bar of this but it is available in packs of 6 of this 23.5g bar. It is around 5 inches long and around half an inch tall. It comes in a foil wrapper to help it stay fresh and has an attractive design showing chocolate chunks on one side and a picture of the cereal bar on the other. In the middle it advertises that this bar only contains 90 calories, which is quite eye-catching for anyone who wants a bit of a snack but doesnt want a high calorie content to go with it. Most biscuits or snack size versions of bigger bars have at least 120 calories so its quite a different for those counting the calories.
The wrapper is easy to open and the smell of chocolate does hit you in a pleasant way. The bar doesnt really look that appetising to be honest but it has a layer of chocolate on the underside, the cereal bits held together with syrup in the middle and chocolate chips generously scattered on the top of the bar.
Biting into this bar I wasnt prepared for the lovely taste it would have. The cereal is a strange mix of being chewy in the syrup but also crunchy too. There isnt a lot of chocolate on the bottom layer but its enough to add a bit of flavour to this healthier option and is a must for any chocoholics like myself.
You can definitely pick out the flavour of the wheat and rice in this bar and the dark chocolate chips are nice to nibble on I have to admit to picking a couple off to eat on their own.
I wont bore you with a list of ingredients but the cereal grains make up 42% of this bar and the chocolate makes up 15%. Also included in just one 23.5g bar is 20% of the recommended daily dose of 8 vitamins including Vitamin E, B1, 2, 6 & 12 as well as Folic Acid and Calcium. Also included is a 10% RDA of iron. So all in all if you dont have time to eat a healthy breakfast then this could be a good supplement to your day.
Chocolate and Orange
Chocolate and Raspberry
For the pack of 6 of the original variety youll pay around 90p and for the flavoured bars you can pay around £1.80.
This healthier bar does actually do it for me. The taste is a lot more pleasant than some of the other bars Ive tried and for a freebie it was excellent value. I do think that its quite expensive to pay about 30p for a bar such as this but I will be looking out in the supermarkets for any special offers in the future. I do realise that this is about an average price for a cereal bar with extras in it though.
What I liked about it was the mixture of crunchy and chewy bits in it. You can really taste the brown sugar that is used to help make the syrup and this helps give it the sweetness that you associate with more sumptuous snacks. The thin layer of chocolate was just enough to deal with my cravings and the little chips on top were just scrummy.
Anything that allows me a little bit of chocolate and doesnt pile on the pounds has got to be a bonus, especially with my forthcoming wedding approaching quickly. I also found that this bar was quite filling and it was nice as a little snack with my afternoon cuppa. Its just the thing to keep you going half way through a tiring day.