Product Type: Muller Dessert / Yoghurts
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Muller Corner Healthy Balance (Red Berry)
Member Name: Teteenlair
Muller Corner Healthy Balance (Red Berry)
Advantages: Tasty AND healthy
Disadvantages: Not enough evidence of the berries for some people
Well as the week draws on I'm getting through my multi-pack of Muller Healthy Balance Corners, and today's snack was the Red Berry variety. This one comes in the usual Muller Corner type pot - fairly flat and square-shaped, with the yoghurt in one large corner section and the 'crunch' in a smaller one. The pot is designed so that the smaller corner can be folded over to pour the crunch onto the yoghurt, where it can be mixed in (you can of course eat the yoghurt and crunch separately if you wish).
The Healthy Balance products in the Corner range have a lighter colour blue on the lid than the Crunch Corners and this makes them look cleaner and lighter and healthier before you even get the lid off. There is a white splurge of yoghurt to highlight the product name, and a photographic image of the red berry crunch in the corner.
The yoghurt is low fat and probiotic, so it's a tasty way to get your 'good bacteria'. It is a smooth and very pale cream colour and has a slightly runny consistency with a little surface wateriness, but this soon mixes in. The crunch element is made up of little clusters of cereal and oats stuck together with a honey coating. I had expected the berries to be little chunks of freeze dried berry, like the chunks of dried fruit in the Tropical Crunch variety, but looking closely they just look like all the other clustered bits of oat, but in red. And there aren't very many of them.
The yoghurt tastes much more tangy and bitter than a usual Muller yoghurt but I guess this is because it's more natural and has fewer baddies in it to make it taste sweet and creamy. With the crunch mixed in however, the honey coating on the cereal sweetens up the overall effect a little bit. The berry pieces tasted tangy but to be honest, I could only taste them in one or two mouthfuls. This actually meant the yoghurt was nicer than I expected because I'm not a big fan of the 'tartness' of berries but obviously if a berry fan had bought this expecting that tang they'd be disappointed.As with the Tropical Crunch, this is again a very crunchy Crunch Corner as some of the bits of cereal are really quite hard and although I did enjoy the overall taste and texture of this yoghurt, it was a little bit bland because the berries were so scant.
Each 150g pot provides 26% of your RDA of calcium (I presume this is for an adult as it is not stated on the label) and contains 100% natural ingredients. Nutritional values are given per 100g which is a bit misleading - remember to add an extra 50% if you're eating the whole pot, which of course you will be. 100g provides 119 calories (so around 179 per pot) and contains 2.7g of fat. This is about 40-50 calories less than the average Crunch Corner with chocolate and I guess every little helps when you're trying to eat healthily, so this would definitely make a guilt-free snack or pudding. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains milk, wheat, oats and barley, and may also contain traces of nuts.
The other varieties of Healthy Balance Corner are Tropical Crunch and Strawberry. Other Muller Corners available are the Fruit Corners and the sweeter Crunch Corners. All the Corner yoghurts normally retail for around 55p, but there are often variations of the 5 for £1 type offers in the supermarket. Also available is a six pack of the Healthy Balance Corners, containing two of each, and this is what I bought for £2 in Tesco this week.
More info can be found on the very colourful and exciting website: http://www.mullerdairy.co.uk/
Summary: Not my favourite Muller but still a good'un
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