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      05.08.2013 16:07
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      A nice little snack from Cadbury

      At work I always have a few snack items in my locker, also in my cupboard at home. Most are on the hold healthy but I do enjoy my occasional treats.

      Cadbury Brunch Bar -Raisin:

      My Findings:

      I personally only buy cereal / snack bars when on offer I normally get a couple of boxes for home and work. Recently the Cadbury Brunch bars were on offer so I picked up their raisin ones and hazelnuts ones.

      I've had these several times in the past and really enjoyed them. The whole balance of the bar for me works quiet nicely. The 35g bar is a decent size and certainly fills the gap for awhile. The bar is really more like a treat bar with its milk chocolate cover on the bottom.

      It consists of a mix of oats, flakes raisins, and honey. Then the half of the bar is covered in milk chocolate! The consistency is soft to bite into, chewy to, not in a sticky way and it has all been well compact.

      Each bite is simply more delicious than the last until sadly it is all gone! I find it to taste a little like cornflakes mixed with raisins; you only get a small hint of honey and a nice big burst of yummy sweet milk chocolate.

      On the hold this brunch bar is rather sweet so not for the savory lovers; I love my sweet treats so of course this is a winner for me. I would like to have some more raisins with the bar as everyone one I've had there only seems to be a couple in. This is a raisin bar after all!

      These come in a box of six and all individually wrapped in a foil wrapper for freshness. All of which can be recycled when finished.

      Nutritional Information:
      Per bar

      Calories - 150
      Sugars - 14.9g
      Fat - 5.3g
      Saturates - 2.8g
      Salt - 0.20g

      As you can see not a healthy bar at all! But when having a busy day at work I find these handy to give me a boost. Not something to eat often though!

      Allergy Information:

      Contains - Milk, wheat, gluten, soya and may contain peanuts and eggs.

      Price and Availability:

      The normal price for a box of six is £1.99 which I do feel is a little pricey; however they seem to be on offer in most places right now for just £1.00 per box which I think is a decent price.

      Overall:

      I love the sweet mix of this bar, certainly morish but does satisfy the hunger. A nice little treat when I have a busy shift at work which keeps me going. I will most likely purchase again when on offer and fully recommend.

      Four out of five stars

      Thank you for reading.

      www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Brunch-Raisin-2405?p=2405



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      Ingredients-
      Milk chocolate (22%) (Sugar, Dried whole milk, Cocoa butter, Cocoa mass, Dried whey, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavouring), Oat flakes (18%), Invert sugar syrup, Bran flakes (10%) (Whole wheat flour, Wheat bran, Sugar, Salt, Barley malt extract), Glucose syrup, Raisins (9%), Vegetable oil, Crispy cereal (6%) (Wheat flour, Rice flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, Emulsifier (E471)), Honey (2%), Humectant (Glycerol), Salt, Molasses, Emulsifiers (Soya lecithin, Sunflower lecithin, E471).

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        09.05.2013 13:16
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        Perfect for a mid-morning break, or a snack any time.

        These Brunch bars are a regular feature of my work day, one of them accompanies my mid-morning cuppa, and it really does bridge the gap when lunch seems a long way away... they are real revitalising boost.

        Packaging
        They are made by Cadburys, which was the initial big draw to me - you know there is going to be some great chocolate featuring in the snack somewhere. The packs come in 6's, and inside, the bars are individually wrapped . Apart from the familiar (comforting) dark purple of Cadbury's, the packaging is a fairly uninspiring shade of light purple - this is the same for the box as well as the individual bars. I guess it does look ok, it looks better than the hazelnut ones which are a dull light brown and the choc chip are a very chocolatey dark brown. None of this packaging is particularly eyecatching in my opinion. Fortunately, what's inside more than makes up for it...

        Flavour/Texture
        When you unwrap the bar, you find a generous amount of chocolate - the base is covered, and the chocolate goes most of the way up the sides. The main make-up of the bar is chewy oats - chewy when the weather is warm ... don't keep them in a fridge or let them get too cold or they will seriously challenge you to hold on to your teeth!! They are flavoured with honey, and of course in this case, the raisins. From time to time we also have the choc-chip variety and the hazelnut variety at different times. The chocolate covering, oats and honey are common to all three varieties and they are all delicious in their own way.

        Nutritional Information
        Despite the presence of all those oats, these are in no way a 'healthy' treat! The raisin bars are 150 calories and contain 5.3g fat. The hazelnut variety are 165 calories and 7.3g. In terms of the raisin bars, those stats represent 8.3% and 10.4% respectively of your Guideline Daily Amounts! Having said that, you know you're getting chocolate so it doesn't exactly come as a shock, and for me at least, it's a real treat and the only "sweet" thing I would have on an average day. Everything in moderation!

        Summary
        As a mid-morning snack, these do their job brilliantly, by 11am, breakfast has worn off, and I'm flagging ... these bars really give a great sugar-fix and they are quite filling. Also, because they are all individually wrapped they are also handy to keep a box in the house, just in case anyone fancies a quick snack. The full price of these is usually between £1.75-£2.00 in Tesco or Asda, but we have also picked them up occasionally in Poundland and for nearer to £1 on offer. At their normal price they work out about 30-35p a bar, which compared to chocolate bars still represents good value, but at £1 for 6 they are just too good to resist!

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          23.04.2012 23:10
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          A nice filling treat but not for everyday

          Since returning to work after my maternity leave I have been trying to get back into the habit of food routines at work, such as set morning breaks and lunch breaks, rather than being able to eat whenever when I was at home. I seem to have quite a fast metabolism and get hungry quickly, despite me always eating a hearty breakfast, so I need to have something with me that will be filling and be my little treat for the day!

          I usually always pack a cereal bar to munch on as my little treat to eat with my lunch, and when I saw Tesco selling these Cadbury Brunch bars for £1 for a pack of 6, I thought they would be ideal to try. I vaguely remember trying these a while ago, but the packaging has been updated from the photo shown above. These bars appear to come in two main flavours - raisin and choc chip. My local Tesco only stocked the raisin, and I was quite happy with this.

          On the front of the box, it states that these bars contain 'oat flakes, bran flakes, raisins, crispies and a drizzle of honey dipped in Cadbury milk Chocolate. When you are eating these bars, it is possible to taste all of those ingredients listed above, and it really makes for a tasty treat. I say treat, since one bar alone is worth 150 calories. One bar also contains 14.8g of sugar and 5.5g of fat. So, it isn't what you would call a healthy cereal bar, and should be classed as one that is reserved for treats. However, I think it is fair to point out that despite the high calorie content, this is a very filling bar, that will probably ensure you aren't reaching for another snack in a couple of hours time, as it will definitely fill you up!

          There is no doubt that these are tasty cereal bars, especially with the added chocolate layer at the bottom, but I'm not sure they are the kind of bars that I would buy every week as I do think they are quite high calorie, even though I now they fill me up well. I would purchase these again to keep in the cupboard as a treat, but not as an everyday cereal bar, simply due to the high calorie, sugar and fat contents.

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          17.02.2011 12:20
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          cheap and tasty

          Im stuck in bed with a horrible cold today and don't feel like eating but managed to munch a Brunch bar for a little energy and it seems to have brought me round a little so im going to write this review and get my head down again.

          The brunch bars are made by Cadbury's and come in a pack of six which are on offer at the moment in Morrisons supermarkets for £1 a pack which is great as if you eat them like your supposed to and have one a day these can give you the energy to carry on working or just get you going in the mornig if you don't feel like breakfast like me today.

          The packet is cardboard and can be recycled and inside you get six brunch bars individually wrapped in foil packs, the packaging is cream coloured with the usual purple coloured lettering that cadbury's is famous for. The one's I bought were the raisin bunch bars, as I like them better than the original one's.

          When you open the packet you can see the brunch bar is nice and solid with a thick layer of chocolate covering all along the bottom and up the sides of the bar, the bar itself looks a lillte like a flapjack but it's softer with raisins in and the bar is bendy when you want to break a piece off and is chewy when you bite it.

          Taste wise there are very moreish and you have to be careful not to be tempted to have two as they are high in calories at 150 cals per bar for a small 35g bar, which doesn't sound high but is also high in sugar and saturated fat, so if your dieting you can treat yourself with one of these for breakfast but not two or more.

          I like these as they are convenient, I often take them to work with me as I can eat them in the car on the move and not worry about missing my breakfast as if I'm late I can just grab a bar and eat it on the way.
          If you get peckish between meals then this is a better alternative than a chocolate bar as it will fill you up more and give you energy to carry on working.

          If your looking for a quick easy snack or breakfast replacement then I would recommend them to you as they are tasty, chewy and great for on the go.

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            26.05.2010 14:41
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            A lovely tasting snack

            This review is for the chocolate and hazelnut variety of the Brunch Bar.

            In my quest to be healthier I have swapped my usual morning chocolate bar or biscuit for a cereal bar. I generally find these products quite expensive so buy them when on offer or at a reduced rate. Whilst browsing in my local Home Bargains store I found a box of 6 Cadburys Brunch bars for £1.09.

            The box is pretty standard as these things go with a slotted top that opens in the middle. You are supposed to be able to slot your fingers between the two and be left with a resealable edge but I always end up ripping the cardboard and this packet was no exception. As the product inside is individually wrapped it isn't really an issue unless you want to hang the box up side down for storage.

            The box has all the usual with the Cadburys name, variety and information. It is quite appealing with a picture of a bar half covered in chocolate and some pictures of oats and nuts. This bar promises to be better for you without compromising n taste.

            The bars themselves are foil wrapped so great for popping in your bag as a snack whilst you're out. They also look great with a picture of the bar, the name and a lovely cream background. The nutritional information and ingredients are also listed which isn't always the case with multipacks products.

            The end of the packet has a serrated edge that pulls down and immediately wafts the milk chocolate smell in your face. The bar itself looks fairly nice; it is packed with oats and rice and then the bottom half is covered in milk chocolate.

            The texture is firm but easy to chew and the initial taste it of hazelnut, these must be fairly small pieces as they aren't visible. The oats and rice don't seem to add anything to the taste and appear to be there to add substance. There seems to be a pleasant sweet taste with a sort of syrupy consistency and then the smooth chocolate comes through after each bite.

            I do find some cereal bars have me reaching for a drink in between mouthfuls as they can be quite stodgy and dry but this isn't the case here; by the end of the bar I haven't even reached for my drink, the delicious taste alongside the texture doesn't dry you out at all.

            Overall I am really impressed with these; they are tasty, satisfying and give a pleasant sensation in your mouth. At just over 20pence per bar these work out half the price of a chocolate bar and being just as tasty.

            Nutritional Information per 35g bar:

            Energy 680kj / 160kcal
            Protein 2.5g
            Carbohydrate 21.2g
            (Of which sugars) 12.6g
            Fat 7.5g
            (Of which saturates) 2.9
            Fibre 0.8g
            Sodium 0.1g

            This product may contain sesame seeds and traces of peanut and egg.
            It is suitable for vegetarians.

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              07.04.2010 15:45
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              overall a great product for all the family to enjoy

              I really like these brunch bars, mainly because it allows me to get a cheeky chocolate fix but still feel as though I am eating healthily.

              The product comes in a pack of 6, which costs approximately £1.50. I brought mine from Morrisons although they are available from all major supermarkets and from some of the smaller convenience stores although the prices may vary.

              I really like the packaging, purple is my favourite colour so that probably influences my opinion. I think its fairly simple and has the usual Cadburys style. I like the fact the product displayed on the box is a true image of the product inside. You can find with some products that the picture on the box has been modified to make it seem more appealing.

              Each bar is individually wrapped in a cream and purple foil wrapper. The wrapper has a picture of the product on it in the left hand corner, "Brunch Bar" written in the middle and a bit about the product and its ingredients underneath the logo. On the back it contains all the nutritional information, ingredients and use by date.

              Nutritional Information per bar

              Energy - 630kj
              Calories - 150
              Protein - 2.0g
              Carbohydrate - 23.2g
              Fat - 5.4
              Fibre - 0.6
              Sodium - 0.1g
              Salt equivalent - 0.2g

              The product is a mix of oats, raisins, bran flakes and crispies mixed together with honey and layer of Cadburys milk chocolate along the side and bottom of the product. I thought that the product would be a little sickly, but it isn't. It contains just enough of chocolate and honey and the raisins add a lovely sweetness to the product. I find oats etc to be quite dry although mixed with the honey and the juiciness of the raisins they go down well.

              Ingredients include...

              Milk chocolate (25%) (Sugar, Dried whole milk, Cocoa butter, Cocoa mass, Dried whey, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavourings), Oats (17%), Invenrt sugar syrup, Bran flakes (9%) (Cracked wheat, Wheat bran, Sugar, Malt extract, Salt) Glucose syrup, Raisins (9%), Vegetable oil, Crispy cereal (6%) (Wheat flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt), Honey (2%), Humectant (Glycerine), Salt, Molasses, Emulsifiers (E47), Soya lecithin).

              I use this product for my breakfast, as I am usually in a rush, however I am on a diet, if I wasn't I would quite happily eat these as a mid morning or afternoon snack. I find them quite filling the product is definitely satisfying and keeps hunger at bay.

              I would say that the product is suitable for all the family, my son usually has one after his breakfast on his way to school and my partner enjoys them too, in fact on occasions I do have to hide a couple in order to get a look in.

              Overall I would say this is a very good product and a great alternative to chocolate bars. They can seem pricey but I think they are definitely worth every penny.

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              26.03.2010 12:25
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              Would recommend trying a pack!

              OVERVIEW:
              I drive quite a long distance to work each day and as a result don't normally feel like eating breakfast so early in the morning. When I eventually get to work I am starving and need something quick and easy to fend off those hunger pains.

              I have recently discovered that Cadbury produces a handy brunch bar that comes in both raisin and hazelnut flavours. My favourite flavour is the raisin bar which forms the basis of my opinions in this review. The bars are made using a mixture of oats, bran flakes, raisins, crispies and honey which are all bound together with a layer of Cadbury's milk chocolate - delicious!

              PACKAGING:
              The packaging is fairly small as each box only contains 6 x 35g individually wrapped bars. The box is a perfect size for keeping in my desk drawer at work for when I get the mid morning munchies.

              The design of the packaging is fairly simple with a mixture of product shots designed to illustrate the flap jack texture of the bars. The top and sides of the box incorporate the famous dark purple so that you can easily identify it on the shelf as being a Cadbury product.

              TASTE:
              The texture of the bars is quite incredible as there is a slight crunch as you bite into the bar but as the chocolate slowly melts, the mixture turns to a gooey delight in your mouth. I have to admit that I find the taste of the bars rather plain but this is lifted by the sweetness of the chocolate.

              I find that the bars are very moorish and one bar never seems to be enough. This is probably compounded by the size of the bar as I can normally eat a single bar in three bites!

              NUTRITION:
              Each bar contains the following nutritional values:
              Energy (630 kj)
              Protein (2.0g)
              Carbohydrate (23.2g)
              Fat (5.4g)
              Of which saturates (2.8g)
              Fibre (0.6g)
              Sodium (0.1g)
              Salt equivalent (0.2g)

              ALLERGY ADVICE:
              The bars may not be suitable for everybody as the wrappers clearly state that the bars may contain sesame seeds and traces of peanut, nuts and egg.

              COST:
              The bars are not cheap when you consider that a pack of 6 bars currently costs £1.70 from Tesco. To put this is perspective, a 500g box of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cornflakes costs only 55p more at £2.25 and will probably last longer. As with everything in life, you pay a premium for convenience.

              ADVANTAGES:
              * Vey convenient to eat on the move
              * Small packaging to store in your draw at work
              * Nice snack for anytime of the day

              DISADVANTAGES:
              * Relatively expensive
              * Not that good for you when compared to a breakfast cereal
              * Small size so you have to eat more bars to feel full

              CONCLUSION:
              These bars work for me and I would recommend a try. Perhaps I should try getting up a bit earlier and making a bowl of cereal once I get into the office instead... yeah right!

              Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

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                09.03.2010 15:13
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                Not A Bad Item, But Could Be Lower In Fat. Still Very Tasty For Us Who Don't Care Though.

                I bought a packet of these with my wife the last time we were in Tesco. They were on offer & as we do tend to like things like Nutri-Grain Bars I thought that we would give them a try.

                The packet was priced at 75p which was half the normal price of £1.49 for a pack of 6 individually wrapped bars. Each bar is around 3 inches long by around an inch wide. They are a crunchy cereal bar than are actually more filling than they look.

                I thought that the bar tasted good. The chocolate was Cadbury's Dairy milk chocolate which tastes as good as ever. The raisins were juicy & sweet & went well with the chocolate & all the cereal added a crunch that suited the other textures well. None of the flavours were paticularly strong & overpowering the rest, but all the flavours together meant that the bar was far from bland.

                The bar I had contained 115 calories, 6.2 grams of sugar plus 6.1 grams of fat. This doesn't make them the healthiest item bearing in mind it only weighed 23 grams in total (having around 36% fat).

                I would be happy to recommend them. They are tasty. Pretty Filling & not that expensive even at full price. Although I think people watching their diet might not be as impressed.

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                04.03.2010 18:37

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                Nice but not nice enough

                Cadbury's brunch bar is similar to many other of the cereal bars on the market aesthetically. However many of the other bars tend to be far too like consuming roughage or , in the case of those containing chocolate or the odd solidified yoghurt substance many of them contain, can be really worryingly sweet. It also should be note that the chocolate used in some of the other bars is very cheap and unpleasant tasting and the yoghurt can be distasteful in a horribly synthetic way.

                The Brunch Bar its self was introduced in 2001 to nationwide indifference. It is a stick of oats, bran flakes and crispy bits glued together with a sticky, syrupy honey concoction and then coated with cadbury's chocolate. They are softer than I had expected with a pleasanter texture than most cereal bars and a pleasant biscuity, sweet, chocolatey flavour.

                Overall these are better than any other cereal bar but not much healthier than a chocolate bar and they are less pleasant.

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                yummy cereal bar, not very healthy though

                Cadbury's brunch bar is a great cereal bar to snack on when you are feeling a bit peckish. They taste really yummy and aren't too expensive to buy. They come in a pack of six bars and you can purchase them in two different flavours - raisin and hazelnut. The brunch bar is basically made up of oats, bran flakes, crispies and honey and raisins on a bed of cadburys milk chocolate. They aren't the most healthy of cereal bars though as they have quite a lot of calories and fat in them so i wouldn't recommend if you a looking for a healthy snack. They contain 165 calories, and 7.5 grams of fat. However, they are quite good for kid's lunch boxes as a slightly healthier alternative to a chocolate bar. The raisin brunch bar i would say is not as nice as the hazelnut one as the raisins can be a bit dry and overly chewy. So i would recommend purchasing the hazelnut brunch bars instead. I normally eat these as a mid morning snack when i'm working to keep my concentration going and they normally will satisfy my hunger for a two hours or so! In addition, i feel that they are a lot more satisfying than other cereal bars that are available which can taste really artificial!

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                  03.01.2010 13:22
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                  Breakfast Bar

                  "Oats, Bran Flakes, Raisins, Crispies & Honey in a bed of Cadbury's Milk Chocolate"

                  My Gran's regular breakfast of choice is a Cadbury BrunchBar - which is why, when she's staying, we make sure they are in plentiful supply in the cupboard. Of course, being the snacker that I am, I end up eating many of these tasty breakfast thingies myself - so I thought I had better write a review of the raisin variety.

                  I generally think that BrunchBars are a bit of a cop-out, pretending to be healthy, but actually representing an excuse for chocoholics to snack in the morning. For this reason, I generally stick to cereal at breakfast, although there's no doubting that these Cadbury offerings are very tasty.

                  Price & Availability
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                  Currently, the 6 x 35g box of Cadbury's Raisin BrunchBar's are available for £1.72 from Tesco. The cheapest deal at the moment is at ASDA however, where you can buy a box for 30p less.

                  Taste & Appearance
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                  Measuring around ten centimeters in length, the Brunch Bar is a tasty looking delicacy comprising a honey clustered assortment of grains with its bottom half covered in a layer of Cadbury's chocolate. On the underneath, the chocolate has a diamond checkered pattern - although, this is taking the attention to detail a little too far on the part of Cadbury.

                  Biting into the bar is a chewy rather than crunchy experience, and the overall taste is sweet yet not too sickly. There are a few raisins encrusted into the bar, which actually affects the flavour more than you might expect - the result is a generally fruity taste which is quite pleasant.

                  Ingredients
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                  Milk Chocolate (25%) (Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavourings), Oats (17%), Invert Sugar Syrup, Bran Flakes (9%) (Cracked Wheat, Wheat Bran, Sugar, Malt Extract, Salt), Glucose Syrup, Raisins (9%), Vegetable Oil, Crispy Cereal (6%) (Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt), Honey (2%), Humectant (Glycerine), Salt, Molasses, and Emulsifier (E471, Soya Lecithin).

                  The above list proves my point exactly with regards to the less than healthy nature of these bars, and I wouldn't really recommend a diet of emulsifiers, flavourings, and vegetable fat first thing in the morning.

                  Final Word
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                  Cadbury's Raisin BrunchBars are filling and tasty snacks, which, depending on the individual, will perhaps tied you over until lunch. That said, my breakfast of choice is cereal, or toast, and I personally don't think these glorified chocolate bars represent a particularly healthy start to the day.

                  Nutritional Info Per Bar
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                  Calories: 150
                  Fat: 5.5g

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                    11.12.2009 08:09
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                    I've often walked past this in shops, as although i've had them before, I would rather have a nice bar of Chocolate when browsing in a shop rather than a "healthy" bar, which is what I always thought of this being.

                    This cost me 47p for a not that large bar. I think it was about 35g, so not sure if I was having this for Breakfast or a late morning snack if it would take the hunger away.

                    The packaging is alright. The Bar is a thin-ish rectangular shape and the wrapper fits it just right. It is a cream-ish colour with a bit of a sheen to it. The writing is in purple and stands out on the front, and there is a small Cadbury's branding. You see a picture of some Chocolate and some Raisins.

                    So what's in these? The base of it is Milk Chocolate and piled on top of that is Bran Flakes, Raising, Oats, little bits of Crisped Rice and a smearing of Honey.

                    So it kinda sounds healthy with all the fruit and healthy bits in it. It's not bad as the bar only has 150 calories and 5.4g fat in it, so like a healthy snack from your average shop. The taste of this is sweet with the Milky sweet Chocolate and the Raisins with their slightly sticky texture. There isn't a huge amount of Chocolate in this, but enough to know that you are eating Chocolate. The Oats and Flakes are slightly Salty and the testure of these go well with the smooth and sweet taste of the Chocolate.

                    I would probably buy these more often after trying them again after a while. They are more filling than a Nutrigrain and in my view a lot nicer tasting.

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                      09.12.2009 13:23
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                      Great for on the go

                      Cadburys brunch bars are a really great tasting bars, they don't really fit as a breakfast bar nor a bar of chocolate, I suppose this is why they come under the brunch category. These are fairly sweet in taste and I find that with them being chocolate coated that if you put one in your pocket these are not much use come dinner time, so these are not like a usual cereal bar in that respect.

                      The look?

                      Imagine a standard cereal bar then coat three of the four sides with Cadburys chocolate that's pretty much how they look. A good amount of raisins too. I would say this is Cadburys version of the Tracker maybe. You will get around 3 to 4 bites out of it and is slim but around the same size as most competitiors

                      Price?
                      £1.70 for six 35g gram bars, this works out to be 81p per 100 grams, which is about right price wise for this kind of product

                      About the Taste?
                      Really chewy and soft, I think this is mainly down to the honey which sticks together the oats and bran which makes sure this is not to dry to eat. The chocolate is the right amount also, leaving for a bit of an alternative to your standard cereal bar I think

                      Healthy?
                      Each bar weighs in at 155 kcals, this is not too bad I suppose. 440 kcal per 100 grams, the sugar and sat fat are both red on the traffic lights, fat and salt are amber. 37.8 grams of sugar per 100grams is fairly high for what you may think is quite good for you

                      Conclusion?
                      Don't be thinking it's a cereal bar that will help you with the calories, great tasting, chewy, different to a normal cereal bar

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                      08.10.2009 09:41
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                      A tasty cereal bar treat from Cadbury's, not just suitable for "brunch"

                      I think most of you will all know that I have suffered pretty bad morning sickness (all day sickness) throughout my pregnancy and despite being over half way through I'm still suffering. On my last visit to my midwife I virtually pleaded with her to give me ideas of what I should eat. Before I get bombarded with suggestions I had tried everything, crackers, ginger nuts, the list is endless but I have either a) sickened myself with certain foods as they are all I can eat or b) these suggestions have still made me feel sick and I can't stand the sight of them. My midwife suggested I try Cadbury's Brunch Bars in particular. She explained that a cereal bar is great to have on the go but there are many varieties which taste like cardboard and are too low calorie for my needs or too high in fat and full of sugar. But she assured me that Cadbury's Brunch Bars are tasty and not at all like cardboard but not full of "rubbish" like some cereal bars. So in my desperation I decided to give these a try and wow I have not looked back since.


                      ***Packaging***

                      The Packaging:

                      Each Brunch Bar is individually wrapped in a foil wrapper. This is purple and cream in colour with an image of the brunch bar on the front of the bar. The bar shows a cereal bar containing oats, and crispies with raisins inside and Cadbury's milk chocolate covering the side and bottom of the cereal bar.

                      The Brunch Bars if bought in a multipack come in a rectangular box. The box contains 6 Brunch Bars (standing upright) in the box. The colourings of the cardboard box is the same as the bar wrappers. The standard Cadbury's purple colour along with a wide cream strip on the centre of the box. The Cadbury's logo is visible on the front of the pack with an image of the Brunch Bars on the front of the box.

                      ***Price***

                      An individual 35g Cadbury's Brunch Bar costs 40p in my local newsagent. This is slightly cheaper than other cereal bars sold in there (such as Special K and Nutri grain bars) and these products are priced at 50p.

                      You can also purchase Cadbury's Brunch Bars in a multipack. A box of six Brunch Bars costs £1.49 in my local Asda. I think that this is reasonable as the Special K range of cereal bars are priced at £2.09.


                      ***Brunch Bars***

                      I was very surprised by Cadbury's Brunch Bars. Although they are a "cereal bar" they have the feel of confectionary rather than a traditional cereal bar.

                      For those of you have never tried a Cadbury's brunch bar they are essentially a cereal bar. The main bar consists of oats, what, bran, crispies and raisins and covered in honey so it forms a golden coloured cereal bar. The bar is then partially dipped in Cadbury's milk chocolate so that it has a chocolate base and the sides of the bar are partially covered in a layer of chocolate.

                      The size of the bar was the greatest surprise. I often find that I am very disappointed when I take a cereal bar out of the wrapper only to discover it is tiny; hence why it is considered "low calorie". The Cadbury's Brunch Bars are a decent size, about 9cm long 2cm wide and 1.5cm thick.

                      When you open the wrapper the bar has a lovely scent to it. A slight creamy chocolate scent alongside a sweet honey scent. I found this pleasant as I have found that with some cereal bars they have an unnaturally artificial sweet scent to them.

                      As soon as you bite into the Brunch Bar a very pleasant sweet taste hits your taste buds. This is a creamy honey sweetness as opposed to being overly sugary. As you chew the bar you get the wholesome taste of the bran and oats which tastes wholesome and complimented well by the natural sweetness of the raisins. The milk chocolate base adds to the creaminess of the bar and adds sweetness to the bar which is great for providing a sweet treat for those eating a Brunch Bar as an alternative to confectionary. Although the chocolate taste is apparent it does not overpower the taste of the other ingredients for example the oats and the bran, so you still get the feel you are eating a "cereal bar".

                      The Brunch Bar is slightly more chewy and soft than some cereal bars I have tasted. Although crunchy it is not so hard and crunchy as a Special K bar or a Tracker bar. Personally I like this but Mr Lools commented that he found the Brunch Bars a little too soft and chewy and he would prefer something with more crunch.

                      My only slightly criticism is that because these bars are half covered in chocolate, if you are carrying a Brunch Bar around in a bag "for emergencies" you will need to ensure that you do not put your bag anywhere warm. Otherwise you will end up with a melted mess, as I found out when I put my bag on my desk next to the radiator only to discover my melted Brunch Bar 2 hours later!


                      **Nutritional Information**

                      Per Brunch Bar (35g):
                      150 calories
                      14.8g sugar
                      5.4g fat

                      As a snack these are relatively good for you and provide a reasonably healthy snack. As far as "cereal" bars go these are not the lowest calorie product that you could opt for so not really aimed at dieters but are a lot lower calorie and lower in fat than some "healthy" cereal bars. As a sweet treat and substitute to an ordinary confectionary product these are excellent and contain half the fat and calories of a Mars Bar or a bar of Dairy Milk for example.

                      Brunch Bars are not suitable for those with a nut allergy as they contain traces of peanut. The bars also contain sesame seeds and egg.


                      ***Overall***

                      If you are looking for a very low fat and low calorie cereal bar these are not for you. However if you are looking for reasonably healthy treat which will satisfy a sweet craving I would definitely recommend Cadbury's Brunch Bars. Oats and raisins with a small amount of sweet creamy Cadbury's milk chocolate these snacks are perfect not just for brunch but any time of the day.


                      ~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~

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                        Tasty and healthy! Well done Cadbury's!

                        When I leave the gym which is almost every day I get a real yearning for unhealthy snacks. Usually I burn off several calories, then eat load of snacks and undo all my good work but think oh well least I've earnt it type of thing though of late I've tried to change my nasty habits and eat more healthily!

                        I spotted this in my local Nisa store costing 49p and put down my favourite king size Twix in favour of it due to me checking out the calories and seeing it only contained 150 of them and contained come Cadburys milk chocolate lol.

                        The Packaging:

                        Cream and purple coloured foil oblong wrapper with a picture of the bar on the front of it and in black and purple writing I'm told it's Cadbury's Raisin Brunch Bar which contains oats, bran flakes, raisins, crispies & honey in a bed of Cadbury's mik chocolate. Other information on the back of the packet includes ingredients and allergy advice being given (and being told it is suitable for Vegetarians) a full nutritional chart is show, size is stated which is 35g and contact details for Cadburys are given. It's a nice wrapper and I do believe these can also be bought in boxes of 6 as well as singly.

                        The Bars:

                        In a word they're lovely! and I was really surprised by them to be honest with you but as usual Cadbury's stick to making a tasty product ! Appearance wise it's not too thick and it's a sort of beigy colour and you can see a few bits of raisins poking out of it and it's slightly rough in texture. The underside looks dipped in milk chocolate though it isn't a heavy chocolate base but it is evenly coated and it all just smells slightly sweet.

                        It's easy to handle and unmessy to eat and it tastes healthy with a hint of naughtiness from the choccy. To me this tastes of oats and wheat, I cant taste the bran thankfully and the raisins add a little sweetness and moistness and to give more sweetness honey and sugar is in there as well though it really isn't all that sweet really everything is just so well blended. The chocolate is chocolaty of course and that's what lifts this bar up in my estimation. I like the way it all sort of melts in the mouth and the flavours all still hold their own. It's lovely and very morish and I still can't believe it only contains 150 calories a bar! A healthy sweet fix?! You'd never know by taste. Its fabby!

                        Allergy Advice:

                        May Contain: Sesame seeds and traces of Peanut, Nuts and Egg.

                        Nutritional Information Per Bar:

                        Energy: 150 Kcal
                        protein: 2.0g
                        Carbohydrate; 23.2g
                        of which sugars:14.8g
                        Fat: 5.4g
                        of which saturates: 2.8g
                        Fibre: 0.6g
                        Sodium: 0.1g
                        Salt equivalent: 0.2g

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