“ Brand: Harvest / Type: Cereal Bars „
~~~~~~ Harvest Cheweee white choc chip ~~~~~~
I love white chocolate more than it's sensible for anyone to love white chocolate. So on occasion I buy these bars, to save myself eating a family size bar of white choccie by myself. Incidentally, the milk choc chip and the toffee chip ones are delicious too. I often buy these when they are on offer; this box I bought for just £1 from Morrisons, but they can often be found on BOGOF.
They are very chewy (or cheweee) bars made from rolled oats and wheat with white choc chips throughout, all bound together by something sweet.
~~~~~~ First impressions ~~~~~~
You get 9 of these individually wrapped bars of yum in an eye catching cardboard box, proudly displaying scrumptious looking chunks of white chocolate. You can see the brief nutritional breakdown for one bar on the bottom left on the box, which I like as it's nice to see at a glance just how bad/good one is. The box also has a prominent green stamp proclaiming "Made in a nut free factory". This is great news for allergy sufferers, as too often products may not contain nuts but are made in an environment which does handle them and often this is enough to provoke a reaction due to minute traces.
---- The back of the box
Here we are given some of the important info regarding these delightful bars. We are told they area good source of wholegrain and fibre, contain no artificial colours, are vitamin and iron fortified, and again, from a nut free factory. Something else I really like, is that there is a table of guideline daily amounts (GDA) for children aged 5-10 (10+ is classed as adult values). This is brilliant for parents, as mostly food items display GDA for adults, only sometimes including those for children as well. Since these bars are pushed as a wholesome, everyday lunchbox snack, it is really good that you can easily compare the values to see if this is indeed something you are happy to feed your child.
You also get a little fun fact, my box informs me that there are less than 6000 tigers in the wild. Which does make me a bit sad, but it's good to know.
~~~~~~ Eating them ~~~~~~
As soon as I unwrap one of these bars, I can smell the chocolate! This is, of course, a very pleasant experience. I can also smell the syrupy sweetness from the binding used to hold the bars together.
The first bite always makes my mouth water with the sweetness, though I would like to say I don't think it's too much - they are not sickly at all, the sweetness is just right along with the cereal taste of the oats and wheat. Thankfully, the white choc chips can clearly be tasted with each bite, even though at first glance you would think they were a bit stingy with the choccie! In fact, I would say they've done really well to get the proportions right while maintaining the sensibility such items should have when they are aimed at children.
The bars are indeed extremely chewy and do take some teeth-work to get through. Often I dislike overly chewy things as I feel they tend to go dry and it feels like it takes forever to get them to go down. But not these bars!
~~~~~~ Important bits ~~~~~~
GDA given are for children, aged 5-10.
---- Nutrition (per 22g bar)
Calories 91 (5% GDA); protein 1.2g; carbs 14.7g; sugars 6.2g (7% GDA); fat 3.1g (4% GDA); saturates 1.5g (8% GDA); fibre 0.7g; salt 0.1g (3% GDA)
---- Vitamins & minerals (per 22g bar)
Vitamin B1 0.24mg (22% GDA); Vitamin B2 0.27mg (19% GDA); Niacin 3.0mg (19% GDA); Iron 2.5mg [17% GDA]
---- Main ingredients & allergens
40% cereals (whole rolled oats, whole rolled wheat, rice flour), glucose syrup, 10% white choc chips (sugar, whole & skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, soya lecithin).
Contains gluten, soya and milk. Suitable for vegetarians.
~~~~~~ Overall ~~~~~~
I think these are good little bars. They are very very tasty, and I think as part of a good balanced diet they are perfectly fine. They are relatively low in all the bad stuff and if I had children I would happily let them have one of these daily with their lunch. They don't seem to contain that much fibre though, but then I am not a nutritionist and I have absolutely no idea how much fibre you need for everything to function as it should. Suffice to say it's not something I have to worry about!
However, since I do not have children these are just for me (and the other half, if I have to share). And I say bring them on, just 91 calories - fabulous!
=== Harvest Cheweee Bars: White Chocolate Chip ===
I have been buying these cereal bars for years so I thought it would be appropriate to write a review on them. They are aimed as an alternative product to the classic chocolate bar, for use in children's lunch boxes. But, now 20, I'm still eating them as a mid-morning snack!
=== Packaging ===
*PLEASE NOTE* The packaging has since changed from the picture provided by DooYoo.
Pretty standard box containing 9 'scrummy white choc chip cereal bars' so it is really easy to store. There is a closing device on the top to keep all the contents together. The box is made from lightweight cardboard so it would be easy to recycle.
I can imagine children would be instantly drawn to this box. Its current packaging features a classic red lunch box with the 'Harvest Cheweee' logo written boldly across it, on a bright blue background. The product is not in full view, which is a major downfall, but you can see the rolled oats and chocolate chips packed within the rectangular bar. There is huge emphasis on the 'White Choc Chip' element, which is highlighted in purple and there are a number of white chocolate squares positioned in front of the cereal bars themselves. Personally, if I were a parent, I would be happier to see the healthier aspects of the product considering this is advertised as a lunchbox filler!
On the back it says 'Deliciously chewy cereal bars containing wheat and oats so they're packed with wholegrain goodness. Now you can give your kids a great tasting snack everyday... pack one in their lunchbox today!' Furthermore, it lists the following:
Source of fibre
No artificial colours
Contains vitamins and iron
Nut free factory
Best before date is printed clearly on top and there is clear information regarding a child's guideline daily amounts on the front and back. Additionally, on the bottom there is a list of ingredients, nutritional information, vitamins and minerals and the quality promise. The text is really small but the most important information (e.g. suitable for vegetarians and allergy information) is placed in bold, so it is easier to read.
Lastly, it points out the educational benefit of an interesting 'Did you know?' fact, which is printed on each individual cereal bar!
=== The Cereal Bars: Appearance and Taste ===
Each cereal bar comes individually packaged in a red plastic packet. The cereal bars themselves show the best before date and ingredients in case you decide to dispose of the box. The logo and flavour of the bar is printed along with a tiger paw across the front. This seems irrelevant somewhat, maybe that's just me! My 'Did you know?' fact says an alpine cricket can mate every 18 seconds. Hmmm... that could cause some uncomfortable discussions with your child!
The bars themselves are roughly 12 x 3 cm which is pretty small, but considering these are children's cereal bars I think they would be the ideal size. As an adult, I can tell you, these certainly do not fill you up but they do make a nice alternative to the chocolate digestive!
The texture is quite sticky because they obviously have to glue all the ingredients together with some sort of syrup. This makes them difficult to handle if you remove the packaging straightaway. I recommend leaving it in the packaging whilst eating to prevent a sticky situation!
The cereal bars reminded me of some sort of flapjack, because they are made with whole rolled oats and wheat, with rice flour. They are obviously not as soft as flapjacks but definitely NOT crunchy. But I would imagine they would retain their shape should the child's lunch box become overheated in the playground!
I was not happy with the amount of chocolate chips located within the bars. In some, you can get clusters of chips in one single part of the bar, whilst others are more spread out. Sometimes you'll get loads of chips and in others they are really scarce! I guess it depends on which part of production your bars got cut from, but they should really evaluate quality in my opinion!
I really like these cereal bars but I can imagine others would find them really sweet. The amount of syrup used sometimes begs the question how healthy these cereal bars really are. Add into this the chocolate and it really can be a sickly product!
I find that the ingredient do get stuck around your teeth, which is a real pain! I can only describe it like you are eating a bowl of popcorn. Maybe it is just me, but I hate having the feeling like you need to brush your teeth and can't do so!
=== Price ===
I bought these from a Tesco Extra and paid £1.50. Not a particularly expensive product compared to others on the market, and you get 9 bars, which is more than can be said for the other brands!
They are available from all good supermarkets. According to www.mysupermarket.com the current supermarkets sell them for (prices correct on 24.02.11):
Asda - £1
Tesco/Sainsburys - £1.50
Ocado - £1.50 or 2 for £2
=== Additional Flavours ===
If you are a fan of chocolate, these cereal bars also come with milk chocolate chips. Alternatively there are chocolate orange and toffee chip flavours. There is also a strawberry mallow one, which incorporates marshmallows, but I have not seen this one around for ages. Perhaps they should bring out a fruit version, which considers a healthier alternative!
=== Company Information ===
To find out any missed information you should contact:
Honey Monster Foods Ltd,
=== Summery ===
I rate these bars 3/5. I have a sweet tooth, so I really enjoy the sweet flavours this bar has to offer. However, the consistency is really sticky, which makes it difficult to hold without the wrapper. Furthermore, the ingredients are often stuck around your teeth for hours afterwards!
For the price, they would make a good treat for your child's lunch box every now and again, or for a treat between meals.
[This review also appears on Ciao under the username Strawberry_123]
I'm a big fan of cereal bars, they're great to grab when you're on the go or just to eat as a snack. I love chocolate in any shape or form so I decided to try these.
They're not the biggest bars in the world so if you're after something filling then you'd have to eat quite a few of these! They're small bars but that could be as they're intended for kid's lunchboxes.
When I bit into the actual bar I was surprised to see chunks of white chocolate, in the past I have been disapointed to find supposedly "chocolate" cereal bars that have just the tiniest drizzle, the rest being bland cereal. Another good point I must pick up on about these bars is the fact that they're low calorie, less than 100 calories a bar infact. Therefore, if like me you are on a diet they make for a tasty snack that won't go straight to my hips! They're also full of wholegrain goodness - another added bonus! The actual flavour is mellow but not overly chocolatey, I would of liked even more chocolate if I'm honest.
I think these bars are great as a snack, for kid's lunchboxes, maybe even in your lunchbox at work. They're suited to people of all ages and have a pleasant flavour with white chocolate chunks sprinkled through them. I'd certainly recommend you give them a try anyway, you even get 9 in a box - a definate bargain for a hungry household!
I understand that Cheweee bars are actually aimed as a lunch box snack for children, but that doesn't stop me eating them!
I first tried them really a while ago, but after recent television adverts I've noticed them more and more, so recently bought some white chocolate chip Cheweee bars.
These bars come in a cardboard box which has a red lunch box on it, showing the appeal to a children's lunch box. It has the Harvest Cheweee logo large on the lunch box, clearly showing the flavour and how many the box contains. It also has an image of the cereal bars, and some chunks of white chocolate.
The actual bar is made up of cereal (like rice krispies, but it has a much different texture), with delicious white chocolate chips sprinkled throughout it. It definitely lives up to it's name as is chewy - but it's a nice chewy, not sickly and horrible, or so chewy that you worry about losing a tooth!
And if you're not keen on white chocolate chips- they also do milk chocolate chips, toffee chips and strawberry mallow - so a flavour for everyone! (although I have to say, strawberry mallow doens't appeal to me too much!)
They are a perfect little snack and I enjoy them more than other cereal bars - I think they agree with my inner child really! Cheweee bars or Special K? I'd definitely choose these, AND they're just as healthy. Each bar is 22g, so really the perfect size for a snack to fill you up for a little while.
The box tells me that these bars are/have:
Source of fibre
No artificial colours
Contains vitamins and iron
Nut Free Factory
Which makes me happier about buying them! They're really not too unhealthy, and no worries if you or your child has a nut allergy, because they're specifically made in a nut free environment!
Each bar even has a little fact on it to make it that little bit more interesting... Did you know... There are less than 6,000 tigers in the wild... or that an alpine cricket can mate every 18 seconds! No? Me neither!
I bought these in a box of 9 but I'm afraid I can't remember the cost (sorry!) but I know it really wasn't too much.
Each 22g bar contains:
I really enjoy these cereal bars! Who cares if they're aimed at children - not me!
These cereal bars are fantastic! I found these in ASDA for £1 for a pack of 9, so thought i'd give them a try. They are so cheap compared to other cereal bars such as alpen or nutrigain. I personally think cheweee cereal bars are a lot nicer than other brands aswell. They are a reasonable size and great as a mid morning snack. You can get these cereal bars in white choc chip, milk choc chip or toffee. White chocolate are definately the nicest! They come in nice bright boxes and are wrapped seperately inside. Another great thing about these cereal bars is that their is not many calories inside and the sugar and salt content is low, which means they are fine to eat daily. They're also great for kids lunchboxes. These cereal bars look really nice and taste it too. They also have a nice sweet smell to them. The texture of the cereal bar is quite moist and slightly chewee (like it says on the packet). Cheweee are also on offer in various supermarkets often for less than a pound! They taste great and are extremely cheap! No need to buy expensive cereal bars like alpen and kelloggs when you buy these!
Most cereal bars try to be healthy, but have a nasty taste and are usually quite dry. These, on the other hand, are very nice, packed with flavour and chewy. However, they are quite small and not very filling.
The packaging is quite nice, with clear text that is easy to read. They are very easy to open, and are always fresh. However, the packaging is always sticky on the inside, so the mess starts before you even begin. The packaging is easy to recognise, with a nice big picture that will make your mouth water and encourage you to part with your money.
The quality of the product is very high, with big chunks of chocolate and lots of whole grain. However, some of the rice puffs can look a bit strange sometimes, but you still get the same great taste every time.
When you open the packet, a nice sweet smell will drift out, and your mouth will start to water. They are very sweet, but not too overpowering and there isn't a nasty after taste unlike other alternatives. The tastes are balanced, with sweet white chocolate and crisp cereal bar goodness. Also, the textures work very well together with a chewy sensation as it melts in your mouth to the crisp part.
They are also quite healthy, with a good amount of whole grain and added vitamins and minerals. They also contain little amounts of calories and sugar, despite the chocolate which is very good. However, they aren't very filling and are quite small, so the amounts will soon add up if you want them to fill you up.
The price is very good, as they are great value for money with lots in a box for a small price tag.
In conclusion, these are a great little snack that everyone will love. They are moist, tasty and far better than most other snack bars. They're also very good value and quite healthy, but are small and not as filling as other bars.
Although Chewee bars are aimed more at children & as a lunchbox snack, I'm quite keen on these. They're tasty and a healthier alternative when you're peckish, and I thought I'd review them for those who were unsure of them because of the way they're marketed as lunchbox cereal bars.
Chewee bars are made by Harvest, a company I was unfamiliar with before trying these. As I've said, they seem to be aimed at being a lunchbox snack with the front of the box designed to represent this. I find some cereal bars to be quite dry and bland, and although they're 'healthier', they have nothing going for them in terms of taste. I'm pleased to say these are very tasty and not dry as I had expected.
You can usually find these amongst other cereal bars and they're becoming more popular so they should be available in most supermarkets. I've also seen them in Poundstretcher places, which often have some good deals on these (for example, I've picked up a box of 9 with 3 free, so I got a box of 12 for £1).
They're generally sold in a box of 9 and cost around £1.56 (Tesco) in supermarkets. At this price, I think they're about average for a small cereal bar, and actually quite good if you compare them to something branded as being low-fat, such as Special K.
The box is red and shows the bar on the front you know what to expect, and there's a "I (heart) white chocolate chip" logo to distinguish the variety as being white chocolate. Toffee and milk chocolate chip are also available, both of which I would also recommend.
The front of the box also highlights that these are "Packed with wholegrain goodness", making them a great source of fibre at 3g per 100g. They also have added vitamins & iron, so It's good to know these have their health benefits as well as being tasty, with some chocolate thrown in for good measure.
Each bar is individually wrapped in red plastic, making them great for a snack at home or on the go. At 22g, the bars are relatively small and rectangular in shape. Each bar contains 91 calories and 3.1g fat, which is good if you consider these have white chocolate in as well as having whole grain and a great taste.
So, how do they taste? When looking at these, they appear to be a bit of a mish-mash in terms of colour. You can see the yellowy colours of the cereal, and the white chocolate chips, of which there is enough of the latter so you don't feel cheated out of chocolate.
They're much softer and more moist than I had expected, which is a good thing in my opinion. Biting into them, they're relatively soft and yet they're chewy when you get into eating them. The textures blend very well, giving these a perfect balance between being soft and being chewy. There's no nasty taste or aftertaste to these. In fact, I'm not entirely sure how to describe the taste as they're cereal bars which aren't the easiest of things to describe. But they're not bland or boring and the overall taste is fairly sweet.
Overall I would definitely recommend these as they would appeal to kids and adults alike. The portion size is fairly small and yet just right for a snack. The texture and taste is delicious; soft yet chewy without being dry, and tasty yet a healthier option to chocolate/biscuit bars.
Don't be fooled (As I was) by the packet of this cereal bar. They are incredibly titchy, and once you bite into one you become rather glad they are.
Visually, they don't look all that appealing. Like a standard cereal bar but interspersed with white chocolate chips and oddly, some weird rice krispie style puffs of cereal which, when one comes across one ina mouthfull, taste stale and unpleasant.
I was pleased with the ammount of chocolate however, often in cereal bars you are left feeling short changed by a thin drizzle of chocolate, but these chewy bars do have sizeable chunks of white chocolate liberally speckled throughout. However, this was not enough to recommend them to me. They are relatively good value, at £1.56 for 9, but if you consider how tiny they are,yoou would really need two to make upt he equivilant 'snack' factor you'd get from a larger brand, such as nutrigrain.
The taste of the bars themselves is not particularly pleasant. What little flavour you can percieve beneath the over riding sweetness is faintly oaty, but it is all but lost against the sticky coating that seems to glue the rice cereal and oats together.
Not my cup of tea, but I can see kids going mad over them, and they are good if you fancy a little chocolatey hit.
White Chocolate Cheweee Bars were something I decided to try a few weeks ago when I spotted a good offer in a different supermarket to my usual haunt. Their regular retail price is £1.59 in Tesco, and that's for a packet of nine bars. That works out at 18p a bar which is decent value.
These bars all come individually wrapped inside the cardboard box, and are relatively small compared to standard cereal bars. They're only 22g each, which is a few grams less than average. They look a fair bit smaller than I expected them to be, but then there are 9 bars in a box that's the same size as most 6 packs' boxes. I should have had more realistic expectations I think.
These are lovely, tasty little bars on the plus side though. They've got a lovely soft, chewy texture to them that's nice and sweet with a little filling and savoury edge to it. The white chocolate in this is just enough to give it a strong flavour, without being overpowering or too sickly. I think the white chocolate they've used in these is pretty decent quality too.
The only downside is that I felt the need to eat two of these at a time, and the box was empty a bit too soon... They're only 91 calories per bar though which isn't bad, and they've got 6g of sugar and 3g of fat. So although they're hardly healthy, they're certainly considerably healthier than eating a chocolate bar as a snack. I'd buy these again when they're on offer, but I'd rather they made them in Dave size as well as Kid's-and-Dieter's size.