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      26.04.2011 09:19
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      A winner and a fun way to get fruit down a child

      My son has always been a nightmare with food, if he doesn't want to try something he simply wont, and at 2 1/2 years old he really knows his own mind. He is dairy intolerant and as such his diet is odd anyway. When younger he would eat some vegetables but no fruit, none, nada! It didnt matter what I tried he simply refused fruit. I was at the end of my tether when he was about 1 years old feeling like a bad mum and worrying he wasn't getting his '5 a day' when someone suggested School Bars to me.

      School Bars are made by a company called Fruit Bowl (who are also the makers of Fruit Flakes for those who are familiar with them). They come in a pack of 5 20g bars and I buy mine from Tesco for £1.24 a pack (currently, they have gone up recently!). I have only ever seen in the store I shop in the Raspberry and Strawberry flavours, however if you shop online they also have Blackcurrant and Apple available (different chains of supermarket may stock more flavours).

      The blurb on the back of the pack tells you that School Bars are made from fruit puree, dried fruit and fruit juice. They have no added sugar, are low in fat and count towards your 5 a day. I wont list all the ingredients, I'm sure if you are interested in these you will find out.

      The first time I brought them I remember thinking 'how much?!' but then I did realise the fact they were fruit would up the price over them being sweets. However when I first opened one to give to my son to try I was shocked, it looked and smelt like a long thin sweetie! But I trusted the packaging that I was indeed giving him fruit and something that is good for him. I was expecting him to throw it back at me with 'that look' of how dare you try and give me healthy food! At the time he was only young and didnt have a huge amount of teeth so he kind of gummed on it, but he sat and persevered and ate the lot! Even asking for more. I was overjoyed! I had finally gotten fruit down him! We also moved onto Fruit Flakes and have never looked back.

      My son loves School Bars and for some reason (I have no idea, don't ask!) calls them 'Pop' but he will ask for one a few times a day. With the price of them it can get quite expensive to let him have them, but as he eats no other fruit or veg other than these Fruit Bowl products it really is worth it for me and he likes them. Personally I think they are foul - I decided to try one one day to see what the fuss was about and I would never recommend them to an adult. They are most definately a food aimed at children, but then this is given away by the 'Ideal For Lunchboxes' written on the box.

      Overall in our house they are a winner and a great way to get fruit down a child, especially a fussy one!

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      03.03.2010 18:34
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      Tasty occasional treat.

      Have you heard of the luchbox police? If you have school age kids who take a packed lunch to school, you may well have. This scary brand of extra stern dinner lady parades up and down the aisles of the school canteen, ready to root out anything unhealthy from their chubby little hands. Cakes, crisps, fizzy pop. Heaven forbid! To the bin they must go!!!

      So if your kids are looking for a sweet fix that they can sneak past Big Brothers all seeing eye, they could try taking school bars in their lunchboxes instead.

      School bars are sweet, wrapped bars made from fruit puree. They come in various flavours: strawberry, blackcurrant, cherry, apple orange and apricot.

      They come in boxes of five, although they have just started to sell larger boxes in the supermarkets. The box is vividly coloured, with a picture of the bar and the fruit it contains on the front, and extra information on the back, such as the benefits of the product and ingredients and nutritional information.

      The bars themselves are a bit fiddly to open, and that may be a problem for small kids. They look natural, as opposed to lurid colours. My kids think the apple one looks like bogeys and the apricot looks like earwax, but don't let that put you off! The bars are chewy and pleasantly sweet. They would be a good substitute for sweets. They are also quite filling and satisfying.

      the product contains no added sugar and counts towards 5 a day. Each bar contains:
      Cal: 67
      Fat: 0.6g
      Sugar: 9g

      Obviously this is quite a high sugar content for a 20g bar, so caution should be advised. This is not a health food and should be limited, like sweets. It is good to note though, that an average of 222g of apple is used to make 100g of school bars, so they do contain a lot of fruit.

      Prices vary. The weird thing is that the blackcurrant variety are the cheapest at just over £1, whereas the cherry flavour retails at £1.20. Sometimes you can get them on offer.

      In summary, school bars are a nice occasional kids treat that they maybe able to sneak past the dinner lady.It would be a mistake though, to view it as a healthy option as it is high in sugar.

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      17.11.2009 23:50
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      Natural chewy fruit bar; ideal for kids' lunchboxes

      If you're on here looking for some ideas for something to add to your kids' lunchboxes, then look no further: you have found it. These fruit bars are tasty and healthy, and they're easy to slip into the lunchbox. They come in boxes of 5, so one a day and the box will last a school week. You see, it's all done for you!

      They come in different flavours, I think there are four or five in total, such as blackcurrant or cherry, etc. The box I have bought for my son's linches this week contains bars with a combination of flavours: apple, pear and blackcurrant. The only problem is that he's not going to have one on Friday.......cos I'm eating it!

      The box is recyclable, and each bar inside is contained within a typical plastic wrapper. The bars are 20g each, and once you open the wrapper, they are a rather dull colour. While this may not be quite so appealing to the eye, this is because there are no artificial colours. In fact, the flavouring is natural as well, as they have tried to make these as natural as possible, a commendable thing, especially when artificial flavours and colourings tend to make kids more hyperactive. There are 9g of sugars in each bar, but there is no added sugar, only natural sugars from the fruit.

      The smell is quite strong when you first open the wrapper. It's not too sweet, but it is strong. The taste is quite nice, very fruity and the bar itself is very chewy. This may be seen as a bad thing, but I quite like this. It makes you take your time over what you're eating, and gives the chance to enjoy the flavours a bit more. There's about the right amount for an accompaniment to a sandwich as well as a piece of fruit, and our son loves them.

      They cost about £1, give or take, depending on where you buy them from. Quite often they are available on a buy one get one free deal, which is great value. As it stands without the deal, it works out at around 20p per bar, which isn't too bad.

      I recommend getting these for your kids. The flavours are nice and natural, and they're very good for you despite the sugar, completing one of the 5 a day requirements, and giving just under 70 calories per bar. They're great for kids lunchboxes, and if you sneak one every now and then, that's also quite nice, too!

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        30.08.2009 23:43
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        One of the healthier bars on the market

        Fruit Bowl Company ( School Bars owner) offers individually wrapped bars in a variety of different flavours like: Strawberry, Raspberry, Apple, Apricot, Blackcurrant and Cherry. Bars are made from fruit pure, dried fruit and fruit juice. If you like fruits and generally all heathy snack you are in for a treat!

        Eating five fruit and veg a day can make a real difference but now matter how i try, my daughter does not like 'real' ones. School Bars are great for her lunch because they look like ordinary muesli/chocolate bars (but in the foil wrap only!). They are higher in fibre and healthier for digestion than chocolate bars with added sugar.

        Packaging
        Each recyclable box (100g) contains five fruit bars. Boxes are colourful with large 'School Bars' logo on and bar (unrealistic in my opinion) photograph. They do not look tasty and this photo is misleading a bit. Real bar looks exactly like my dog reward/ dental sticks.Seriously! My daughter often says they look like a thin sausages.

        Ingredients - raspberry flavour
        222g of apple used to prepare 100g of bars, apple 28% (dehydrated), maltodextrin, oligofructose, veg oil, raspberry juice from concentrate, apple extract 1.5%, pear juice 1%, pectin, antocyanins (natural colour), natural flavouring and (sadly!) preservative - sulphur dioxide. Ingredients are mainly natural and bars come with no added sugar or salt. Product is rich in fibre (6.0 g in 100g). they are suitable for vegetarians.

        Price
        1.10 (Morrisons) - sometimes offered half price - most recently for 50p only.

        Conclusion
        Bars are too sticky for my younger child and too thick and hard to chew easily. In my opinion it is a perfect snack not only for children but also as part of well balanced diet as they are low in fat and rich in natural fibre. Highly recommended !

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        20.06.2009 14:40
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        A great on-the-go or lunchbox snack for children and adults.

        Fruit Bowl School Bars come in a recyclable cardboard box of 5 individually wrapped bars (20g each). Depending where you buy them they can cost between £1.10 and £1.60 but are sometimes on offer for £1 or BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free). You can buy them in most supermarkets, either in the snack aisle or with all the other dried fruits.

        They come in a variety of flavours including:
        Strawberry
        Blackcurrant
        Apricot
        Cherry
        Apple
        And combinations of these such as the apple, cherry and pear School Bar which I'm eating for this review.

        They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and they contain no dairy or gluten but do contain something called oligfructose which is a prebiotic that aids digestion.

        They claim to be low in fat, contain no added sugar, made with real fruit and count towards your 5-a-day!

        The individual wrapper is fairly easy to open but smaller hands may struggle a bit. Once open the smell of sweet fruit is quite strong, especially with the cherry flavours - they smell like cherryade!

        They don't have a very bright colour but that's because no artificial colourings have been added but they do look the right colour e.g. the blackcurrent ones are purple, the cherry ones are red etc.

        They're a bit tough to bite into and are fairly chewy too. Their texture isn't dry like you'd expect them to be and they remind me of a sweet I used to buy at my local sweet shop as a child although I can't remember what they were called.

        They don't taste exactly like the fruit flavour they're meant to be but they do taste sweet and don't leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

        If you have a child who is fussy about fruit then these might be a good way to get more into their diet as they're more like a sweetie than a piece of 'health food'.

        Overall, I think these make a perfect snack when fruit isn't practical e.g. when travelling, or while working, and are great for kid's lunchboxes or for adults. I know they're not to everyone's tastes but I think they're worth a try, especially if you already like other dried fruits.

        Ingredients:
        (for the apple, cherry and pear flavour)
        Concentrated apple purée, dehydrated apple (28%), maltodextrin, oligofructose, vegetable oil, concentrated cherry juice (1.5%), apple extract concentrate (1.5%), pear juice concentrate (1%), gelling agent (pectin), natural colour (anthocyanins), natural flavouring, malic acid, preservative (sulphur dioxide).

        Nutritional information:
        (per bar)
        Energy - 285kj/67kcal
        Protein - 0.1g
        Carbohydrate - 15.0g
        of which sugars - 9.0g
        Fat - 0.6g
        of which saturates - 0.4g
        Fibre - 1.2g
        Sodium - 0.04g

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          18.04.2009 12:25
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          individually wrapped bars.

          I bought these bars for my little girl as a change from plain fruit and an alternative to chocolate I find I need a variety of snacks for my little girl to stop her getting bored so these healthy treats seemed a good idea.

          I bought these from asda on an offer of £1 for five bars and my little girl loved them i bought the blackcurrant flavour and strawberry flavour ones, they are easy to open for little ones so ideal for lunch boxes and they are also filling and i tasted them too and they taste great. The blackcurrant ones were in the purple box and the strawberry in a red box, the bars are individually wrapped in foil so they are kept fresh and mine had a good date on them so would keep for a while if you bought them in bulk on offer. I would recommend these as a different healthy snack for all.

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          26.03.2009 21:32
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          A plain and bland fruit bar for school children.

          Unfortunately I have never got why people likes these bars. Even as a child I hated them, it was just the lack of good taste, poor branding, a strange looking bar and a bad attempt at making a fruity bar for school kids.

          Firstly you'll notice the strange packaging that does not sell this product at all. From the outside you are made to believe there are a hundred and one different fruits blended together to make this bar, which makes you doubt about the taste.

          Next as you peel open the wrapper you'll notice a strange coloured rectangular bar that doesn't really look like anything appealing. It's sort of bland, they could have at least imprinted something or made them an exciting colour, but then again, too exciting and you'd wonder what was in them.

          If you haven't already been put off, the taste to me is just plain awful! Words can't really describe it, they are very sweet, sometimes there's a strange tang, and there isn't a distinctive flavour that you could look forward to next time.

          I have no idea about whether these are in fact healthy for school children, and at around £2 - £3 per box, I'd rather spend my money on something that tasted and looked appealing.

          Unfortunately I stay well clear of these, and make sure they are never bought for the home; I'd have any other fruit/breakfast bar over these!

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            22.03.2009 21:16
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            fruity (and plasticy) goodness!

            Last year I brought my first pack of school bars. I had seen them in the shops for a while but never had any reason to buy them - my daughter was too young for them at the time and I didn't any any particular urge to try them. My daughter turned 1 years old and I was looking for new and healthy snacks for her to try so school bars seemed like a good choice.

            School bars are made by a company called fruit bowl whos aim is to make fruit more fun to eat. They come in 20g bars and in packs of 5. I brought my pack of school bars from Tesco for £1.18. You can also buy them from other big supermarkets, healthy food stores and some small convienience stores at around the same price. They come in 5 different flavours - cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant, apricot and apple. My daughter didn't have a favourite flavour at the time but I enjoy cherry foods so I decided to go for the cherry flavour.

            School bars are primarily made from fruit puree, dried fruit and fruit juice and 1 bar can act as 1 of your 5-a-day. They are perfect for lunchboxes and a quick, healthy snack. They are low in fat and calories - a single 20g school bar contains just 0.6g of fat and 67 calories. They contain natural colours and flavours and contain prebiotic oligofructose which is supposed to aid healthy digestion. They also contain no added sugar and are gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians like myself.

            The packaging was quite simple but eye catching at the same time. The bars came in a thin carboard box that was covered in cherry print and had a picture of a couple of cherries and half an apple on the front. The bars themselves came in individual foil packaging, much alike most chocolate bar wrappers but with the same colours as the box. The bars were about 4 inches long and a darkish pink colour. They were quite thin, sticky and a little flimsy.

            I suppose being called school bars they are primarily designed for children but I thought I'd give them a try anyway. I soon wished I hadn't!

            To me they tasted like slightly fruity flavoured plastic. That's the only way I can describe the taste - like plastic. As for the texture, they were very hard, rubbery and chewy. If somebody was to tell me I was chewing on an eraser I probably would have believed it!

            I decided to try them out with my little girl. I was a little concerned as I wasn't sure if she would be able to chew it properly but she was able to, it did take her a while to get through it though. She ate about three quarters of the bar and told me she had finished. When I gave her the other 3 bars throughout the week she did the same so I think she got a little bored with the amount of chewing she had to do. She never once complained about the flavour or 'yuk'd at it so maybe it's just an adult thing? I've brought her other flavours of school bars since and she munches her way through them too (although I haven't tried anymore since).

            Full nutrional information for a 20g school bar:
            Calories 67, Protein 0.1g, Carbohydrate 15.0g (of which sugars 9.0g), Fat 0.6g (of which saturates 0.4g) Fibre 1.2g, Sodium 0.04g.

            Full list of ingredients:
            Concentrated Apple Puree, Dehydrated Apple (28%), Maltodextrin, Oligofructose, Vegetable Oil, Concentrated Cherry Juice (1.5%), Apple Extract Concentrate (1.5%), Pear Juice Concentrate (1%), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Colour (Anthocyanins), Natural Flavouring, Malic Acid, Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide).

            I can't comment on the other flavours of school bar or compare cherry to the other flavours because after trying these I have never touched another school bar. I wouldn't write off the food bowl company on a whole though because I have tried their fruit flakes and they are lovely, plus my daughter seems to enjoy the school bars.

            Basically a good idea for children, a bad idea for adults.

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              21.01.2009 15:28
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              this school bar is marketed as healthy - it's not.

              "Fruit Bowl School Bars" - you would think wouldn't you looking at the name of these and the picture of the succulent looking strawberries/fruit on the packet that these were a fruit bar wouldn't you? Right?

              Wrong I suspect.

              I picked some of these up during one of those fraught supermarket trips. I am finding the school packed lunch thing tricky and a snack that is not chocolate always seems a good idea. They are 98p for five, and the bars come vacuum packed and are that school lunch box size.

              My daughter had had them at a friend's and told me she liked them. I happily gave her a few, reassured by the "no added sugar" on the packet.

              I do not spend my life looking at packets and am not obsessed by eating only organic good for you things - however one smell of this whilst opening it for my daughter and I felt compelled to look at the ingredients. The bar doesn't smell like fruit at all, it smells like a giant pariticularly artificial sweet. I have to say that with one taste I was horrified, it was so so sweet and gluey.

              Now I suspect plenty of mums/dads buy these as they have "school bars" on them and it looks like they are fruit. Some schools won't allow chocolate or crisps these days but perhaps these little horrors pass below the food police radar. I am not a nutritionist but personally I don't think they should, and actually I would far far rather my daughter actually had some chocolate and not something that I believe is mascarading as healthy and here are the reasons why:

              The manufacturer's site makes the following claims:

              "Made with 5 times its weight in real fruit
              Natural colours and flavours
              Low fat
              Just 67 calories per bar
              Count towards your 5-a-day
              Perfect for snacking"

              5 times in real fruit sounds impressive, so does 67 calories, until you read the ingredients. No added sugar maybe, but these contain maltodextrin, oligofuctose - which I had to look up but both appear to be artificial sugar by another name. Maltodextrin is apparently made from potatoes!

              They also contain vegetable oil, Juice concentrates, gelling agent and sulphur dioxide (a preservative).

              Looking at the manufacturer's own nutritional information reveals that they are 9g of sugar per 20g (source
              http://www.fruit-bowl.com/) - that is high!

              I have decided that I am not really happy to put these in my child's lunch box, I would actually rather she had a chocolate bar than these artificial processed bars that are sticky and just perfect for coating her teeth with sugar; worse than that sugar that is disguised as something else.

              I suppose on one hand buying these bars has lead me to try and find more healthy alternatives and I have been reading the food standards site for ideas. What I find loathsome about these is the use of the "no added sugar" and suggestion that they are one of the "five a day".

              These bars aren't called fruit bars I suspect as they are far from being fruit, other reviews on here suggest people think they are buying something healthy - personally I say buy something less seemingly healthy and enjoy it! I doubt it will be worse for you.

              These are just wasted calories in my opinion and the rest of the bars are going in the bin as they just smell and look vile and don't deserve to be part of my family's "five a day". We prefer real food!

              If any nutrionist can advise whether these are as bad as I fear I would be very interested, I'm just a mum trying to make sense of the labels and the things that food manufacturers try to sell to us as "healthy" when they are clearly far from being good for you.

              Don't buy these - eat an apple, a real strawberry or some raisins instead or dare I say it have some nice chocolate!

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                20.01.2009 13:06
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                great for lunch boxes or just a little snack

                So these are called school bars, which means adults can't have them, right? WRONG! These cute little packs may be a little pricey but they are certainly worth the pennies. They are small enough to fit in lunch boxes and are a good way to get some vitamins into your system.

                Not only that but you can get them in strawberry, blackcurrant, orange, apricot and apple. What seems to be amazing is that they can cram a hell of a lot of fruit into a small amount of snack bar. This makes them an equally satisfying snack mid morning or afternoon, because they taste good and will keep the cravings at bay until meal time.

                Because they are so practical, it's very easy to have a fruit bar instead of a chocolate bar, so make the right decision the next time you go shopping and pick fruit over chocolate or biscuits!

                Strangely these are found in my cake ingredients aisle in my supermarket, so if you find yourself lost in the biscuit aisle, don't despair and think you are going to have to give in to chocolate temptation, head over to the cake aisle!

                It could be great to see these in a bigger size so that you didn't have to eat two at once for real satisfaction, but because they are so yummy that isn't such a problem!

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                07.01.2009 13:15
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                They are marketed as being very good but taste and seem rather processed

                Finding appealing yet healthy snacks is a never-ending quest for parents, particularly those of toddlers. I'm quite lucky in this regard as my son will snack on relatively healthy things - fresh fruit, dried fruit, bread, rice cakes and the like. Sometimes, though, I feel I want something to treat him with that's not firmly in the sweetie camp.

                I thought that I'd found the perfect product in something called "Humzingers" a dried fruit snack bar that looks rather too much like it's already been processed for my liking but is nonetheless enjoyed by my son. However, on a particular trip to the supermarket I was unable to buy these bars and, instead, decided to try School Bars which, at least on the surface, sounded similar.

                School Bars are made from fruit puree, dried fruit and fruit juice and claim to contain 5 times the bars weight in fruit. Sounds good. There's a but though.

                Although these bars have no added sugar they're not pure fruit (like the Humzingers) and have a rather manufactured look to them. I think that they look rather like Fruitella sweets, only bar shaped. They also have the texture of a Fruitella sweet - firm and slightly chewy but without being as chewy as, say, an Opal Fruit sweet. Humzingers on the other-hand are softer and more like the inside of a dried apricot or date.

                The bars smell exceedingly sweet and the taste too is one of sweetness rather than fruit. The flavours are all easily identifiable but there's still a manufactured taste to them. As a parent you're less likely to like these than Humzingers but as a child I've noticed little difference other than it takes longer to eat a School Bar!

                The bars are individually wrapped and, as such, are ideal for lunchboxes and snacking when out and about. The only downside to the wrapping is that they are actually quite hard to get into and so a younger child may struggle alone.

                Although these have been bought again when I can't get hold of Humzingers they're not on my regular shopping list as I think they're too close to "sweets".

                There are better alternatives out there!

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                  09.09.2008 21:33
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                  Tasty but unusual

                  These are available at most supermarkets and a box of 5 usually costs in the region of £0.64 to £0.99. It depends on the shop and the flavour you are buying. A box contains 100g so 20g per bar. Each bar is individually wrapped. They are very well wrapped and can be a struggle to open especially if you have weak hands.
                  I bought the apple and pear variety, nice but unusual looking product, like a green eraser but with an apple aroma. May not be to everyones taste but it says on the pack they are healthy.
                  They are quite sweet but the pack says no added sugar.
                  Their website (www.fruit-bowl.com) says that all varieties have the same nutritional content this per serving (20g bar) is

                  Energy 67Kcal
                  Protein 0.1g
                  Carbohydrate 15.0g
                  Of which sugars 9.0g
                  Fat 0.6g
                  Of which saturates 0.4g
                  Fibre 1.2g
                  Sodium 0.04g
                  So all together they seem fairly healthy and suitable for both lunchbox or included in a packed lunch for work.
                  They are small so you may want to have one or two if you are an adult.

                  The composition of each bar is a basically fruit puree, dried fruit and fruit juice condensed into the bar. For instance with the apple and pear variety i tried to make one box (100g) 222g off apple is used to prepare it.
                  They are suitable for various diets such as vegan, gluten free, vegetarian or dairy free. Also they contain a prebiotic to aid your digestion and are a good source of fibre.

                  Different supermarkets carry different varieties. Some of the flavours available are apple, strawberry, blackcurrant, apicot, cherry and finally raspberry.
                  I would recommend the apple and pear variety but not tried any of the other variants as yet so cant comment.

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                  Don't buy them, try some fruit instead

                  I have lately been trying to eat more healthily so I'm trying to swap some of my fatty and sugary sweets for more healthy ones. I came across these Fruit Bowl School Bars in Tesco's, they were in the kids snack section but I thought that I'd give them a try anyway because they looked nice and I liked their fruit flakes, I used to eat them a lot. The Fruit Bowl company is one of the many companies out there who has realised people are trying to be more healthy and is trying to make a bit of money out of it, that's fine by me as long as they make good healthy food.

                  Basically what they are is fruit puree, fruit juice and dried fruit which has been all squashed together to form a bar, or actually a stick. They're meant to be really good for you because they only contain natural colours and flavours and are really low in fat, with no added sugar. Each bar contains more than 5 times it's own weight in fruit, this sounded very appealing to me, very healthy. As an added extra they are, gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians.

                  You can buy these from a lot of Supermarkets but I got mine from Tesco's where they were only 71p for a packet of 5 bars. They come in a box that matches the colour of whatever fruit you have chosen. They come in:
                  Apricot
                  Cherry
                  Apple
                  Blackcurrant
                  Strawberry

                  Inside the colour coded box are the bars each individually wrapped. They're quite small about as wide as two pencils and only about 10cms long. They don't actually smell of anything much which surprised me. They look quite disgusting to be honest, you can really see that it's just a load of fruit that's been crammed together, to be honest I really didn't like the look of it but persevered anyway. The taste was almost as made as it looked. I tried all of the flavours, thinking, stupidly that each one would perhaps be better than the last but they were all terrible. They tasted very high in sugar yet also slightly plastic. I can't remember which flavour was the worst, they were all pretty bad. The only one that I half liked was the blackcurrant one because you could taste a bit of blackcurrant through the sugar.

                  To give you an idea of what they contain here are the ingredients and nutritional information for the blackcurrant flavour.

                  Ingredients:
                  Concentrated Apple Purée (an average of 222g of apple used to prepare 100g of school bars®), Dehydrated Apple (28%), Maltodextrin, Oligofructose, Vegetable Oil, Concentrated Blackcurrant Juice (1.5%), Apple Extract Concentrate (1.5%), Pear Juice Concentrate (1%), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Colour (Anthocyanins), Natural Flavouring, Malic Acid, Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide)

                  Each serving (one stick) contains:
                  67 Calories (3% GDA)
                  9g of Sugar (10% GDA)
                  0.6g of Fat (1% GDA)
                  0.4g of Saturated Fat (2% GDA)
                  0.1g of Salt (2% GDA)

                  As you can see these contain a lot of sugar!

                  Overall I think that this is an awful product and only give it a 2 out of ten because they're cheap and the blackcurrant flavour wasn't that bad. I think the only reason they are popular with kids is that they contain a lot of sugar and taste very sweet.

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                  30.06.2008 13:15
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                  They may claim to be healthy snacks but not very nice to eat.

                  I am on a health kick at the moment and decided to buy some healthy snacks for lunch time instead of eating a pie or half a packet of chocolate biscuits.

                  Tesco have an abundance of healthy snack foods so I took ages browsing and then decided to try the School Bars.
                  They come in five flavours strawberry, blackcurrant, apple, pear, and apricot and for five 20grm bars for 79p I thought it was quite a bargain so I bought the strawberry and black currant ones to try.

                  They are made from fruit puree, dried fruit and fruit juice concentrated down into chewy bars.

                  The pack claims that each 20grm bar contains more than five times its weight in fruit.
                  They are gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians, have no added sugar and contain lots of fibre so a great contribution to your healthy five a day, sounds quite impressive doesn't it?

                  I tried the strawberry flavour first so unwrapped the foil packet, had a quick sniff as you do when you are tasting something new, the smell of strawberry hits you straight away.

                  It looked like a dog chew and the taste was far too sickly, to be quite honest I didn't try a second bite. I opened a black currant one but this too was over powering for me.

                  It left an after taste in my mouth that was not very pleasant at all but that was my taste bud reaction.

                  I thought that I would try my grand son's pallet thinking that the bars are geared up for children but he was not impressed at all.
                  They might be a healthy snack bar but I think I will take some fruit to work instead far more appetising I think.

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                • Product Details

                  Fruit snacks. Five great flavours: strawberry, blackcurrant, orange, apricot, apple. From Stream Foods Ltd. Made with three times its weight in real fruit. No artificial additives. Low fat. Perfect for snacking