“ Brand: Kellogg's / Type: Breakfast Cereal „
I decided to try Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars after hearing rave reviews about them from other members at the Slimming World group I attend and decided to give them a try.
In the UK there are two varieties of Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars available, milk chocolate and a dark chocolate and almond bars. Unlike the above picture the UK variety of these bars have 20% of your daily fibre requirement not 35%. The bars come in packs of four 28g bars and contain 111 calories per bar. The bars are available in the main supermarkets and currently retail for £1.98.
The milk chocolate bars come in a purple box with a picture of the product on the front and all the usual nutritional information on the back and the bars come in a foil wrapper, to keep them fresh, in the same shade purple of the box. The dark chocolate and almond variety come in a box with the same graphics as the milk chocolate variety but the box and wrappers are red rather than purple.
The bars are made of oats, rice puffs and chocolate. The bars have chocolate drizzled over the top of the bar and there is also a layer of chocolate on the bottom of the bar. The bars are easy to bite into, gooey and chewy, whilst not being too chewy and making your jaw ache while your eating them or too gooey that the bar falls apart. I find the bars taste like a cross between a less crunchy version of rice crispy cakes and a chocolate covered flapjack.
I have tried both varieties of Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars and personally prefer the milk chocolate variety as I find the dark chocolate variety too rich for me but then I'm not overly keen on dark chocolate as I find it too rich. I also found I could not taste any almond in the dark chocolate variety. I find the bars great for subduing a chocolate craving as they are very chocolaty and not a chemically chocolate like some chocolate flavourings as it is real chocolate that is used on the bars. The bars are also quite filling, I tend to have one mid-morning and it keeps me going to lunch time.
Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars are suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advise on the back of the pack informs you that the bars contain milk, soy, wheat and oats and may contain peanuts and others nuts.
There is a warning on the back to the packs;
"New User: Increase your fibre intake gradually and ensure to drink plenty of water. Gastrointestinal discomfort may occur until your body adjusts"
Whilst I have not experienced any gastrointestinal discomfort or any other untoward symptoms since I started eating these bars I have always drank quite a lot of water through day. When the bars were recommended to me by other members at my Slimming World group the women advised me to only eat one bar a day so this may also be why I have had no unpleasant discomfort or anything.
These bars are really delicious and have enough chocolate to satisfy a craving. Unlike some other cereal bars, they're also not hard to bite into. The size and price seem fairly standard for a "healthy" product of this type and is more generous than Alpen Lights, for example. Plus, for the size they really keep you feeling full.
Unfortunately, I found that when I ate these bars as part of my lunch with some fruit (clementines and a banana), my stomach quickly swelled up and got very painful, I think due to trapped wind. This hasn't happened when the bars have been eaten as a snack, although I have noticed they have made me a little windy, so this is a definite downside! I also did a little internet research (admittedly not always the most reliable source!) into the oligofructose added to the bars, which is partially responsible for their high fibre content, and apparently it can cause "gaseous discomfort" if more than 5-10g is eaten, or for some people only 1g - so it could be I just have a sensitive system.
In a bid to be a little bit healthier I have swapped my usual biscuits or chocolate with my morning cuppa for cereal bars. I usually just buy what ever is on offer that week as I think they are generally overpriced.
Last week whilst browsing round my local Asda I spotted these Fibre Plus bars for £1.00. The box only contained 4 bars instead of 5 or 6 but at £0.25 each I still thought it was pretty reasonable.
The box is different to the above photo; this appears to be foreign as it contains anti-oxidants and 35% fibre, the British version has a mixture of mauve on the top and chocolate brown on the bottom. I chose the milk chocolate and oats but there was also a dark chocolate and almond variety.
The bars are 28g each and the front boasts that each one contains 111 calories and 20% of your daily fibre intake which sound impressive. I have included a more detailed analysis at the bottom of the review.
I was pleased to see a message instructing me to lift seal and tear to open. More often than not I find these sorts of products difficult to get into, leaving me with pieces of plastic between my teeth but I was pleased this method actually works and the packet open nicely from the centre downwards.
I am initially met with a lovely sweet milk chocolate small. As it is open from the back all I can see is chocolate to start with. Once turned, the smell is still quite strong and it looks like a mixture of cocoa pops and porridge oats with shiny syrup fusing it together and chocolate on the back and drizzled over the front.
When I first bit into it I was pleasantly surprised at how soft this was, my teeth just glided through it. The initial taste is like chocolate covered rice crispies but then the soft oat texture comes through, leaving me with a lovely smooth and sweet aftertaste.
As I continued down the bar I started liking it more and more. The crispies seemed to get a little gooier and I expected the chocolate to get a bit sickly but it didn't, each mouthful got nicer and the lingering taste was lovely.
I did find the odd oat piece a little harder to digest but other than that the whole thing was really good. This gave me a really nice chocolate experience which was surprising considering this bar is relatively good for you.
Overall, I am really surprised at how nice these bars were; they were soft but not mushy in texture, had a lovely smell and left a pleasant lingering taste afterwards. They were also very filling; I ate this one at 10 o'clock and was surprised at how full I still felt a couple of hours later at lunch. I think I will stock up on these whilst these are £1.00 as I'm not sure if this is limited or not.
Nutritional information per bar (28g)
Energy - 463kj / 111kcal
Protein - 1.5g
Carbohydrates - 16g
Of which sugars - 6g
Of which starch - 9g
Fat - 3.5g
Of which saturates - 1.5g
Fibre - 5g
Sodium - 0.05g
This product is suitable for vegetarians.
Contains milk, soy, wheat & oats. May contain nuts.
On a recent shopping trip I discovered Kelloggs Fibre Plus Cereal Bars. The Cereal Bars were available to purchase in a Milk Chocolate and Oat variety and a Dark Chocolate and Almond version; however, due to my love of milk chocolate I opted to purchase the Milk Chocolate and Oat variety. The photo in the image relates to the version of this cereal bar which is only available abroad as the Kelloggs Fibre Plus Cereal Bar which is available to purchase in the UK only contains 20% of your daily fibre, not the 35% as advertised in the image.
The cereal bars weigh 28g each and are sold in boxes of four, they are currently on offer in Morrisons where they are half price at 92p. The box is generous in size and my first impression was that the cereal bar was going to be quite substantial as 28g means nothing to me; however, the size is somewhat disappointing. Due to it's size, I would recommend the Fibre Plus bar for a mid morning snack, it wouldn't be filling enough as an alternative to breakfast.
The box is made from cardboard and is recyclable; however, it could be smaller - I hate too much packaging !! The box is clearly labelled with the nutritional information for the Fibre Plus Bar and highlights all you need to know. The following information is taken direct from the packaging:
Each bar contains 20% of your daily fibre requirements
111 calories per bar
3.5g of fat
1.5g saturated fat
Allergy Information - Contains Milk, Soy, Wheat and Oats. May contain Peanuts and other Nuts.
The following guidelines for use are also detailed on the box - Increase your fibre intake gradually and ensure you drink plenty of water. Gastrointestinal discomfort may occur until your body adjusts.
On with the review:
Apart from the size issue, I find the bars are a perfect and slightly healthier way to satisfy my cravings for chocolate. The bars are wrapped in a foil type wrapper to help maintain freshness and they look identical to how they are represented on the packaging. The bar consists of oats, nuts, puffs of corn which are just like rice crispies and drizzled chocolate which are all moulded together and sit on a solid base of chocolate. The bar is very soft to bite into and has a chewy consistency but not to the point where your jaw starts to ache, it is very soft and very manageable so would be perfect for all age ranges. With each bite you get a taste of the oats and nuts and the chocolate and it really is a very nice combination - my only problem is that they are so more-ish one isn't enough !!! In terms of the increased fibre I have to be honest and say I have not noticed any difference in my daily habits, furthermore I've not suffered any gastrointestinal discomfort; however, this may vary depending on who is eating the Fibre Plus Bar.
I would definitely recommend the Kelloggs Fibre Plus bar while they are on offer at half price; however, due to the size issue I would probably not pay full price for them but it is really nice to eat chocolate and not feel naughty about it !