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Recently I spent £2.27 for a box of Kellogs Chocolate Chip Bakes. I have been buying them for a while no matter what they cost-I truly liked them. I had problems with one box previously. I had opened the box to find most of the bars unwrapped. Then one morning I unwrapped one of these and found a FLY embedded in the bar. I returned the whole box back to Tesco and they refunded the value of the whole box and made a report to Kellog's. Needless to say I was very upset. I waited for Tesco to "write back and they said they had sent the bar with the fly back to Kellogs. When Kellog's finally wrote back they said they would await for the bar and the fly to be checked by their technicians.
Today I got an answer from Kellog's apoligising for the "incident" and they sent me a £10 voucher for me to try more of their products.
If anyone has had anything like this happened to them please tell me what else to do- I refused the vouchers as I do not intend to buy any products from a company that will not take responsibility for their product.
As a lover of chocolate, I thought it would be impossible to quit, or at least cut down on having a bar a day (if not more). Since being at uni and having to do my own shopping, I often like to try alternatives to things and have tried my fare share of cereal bars since being here. My absolute favourite, is the Elevenses Choc Chip bake, which you can buy in a single packet, or a box of 6 or 12.
If you haven't come across the Elevenses range before, they come in a multitude of flavours including Ginger, Raisin, Golden Oat and even Cherry apparently (although I haven't seen Cherry in any of the supermarkets). They are not like traditional cereal bars, which are often crunchy, not filling tasteless things you eat because they are supposedly better for you, yet don't really enjoy. Elevenses are rich, moist oat bars which are genuinely delicious little beings, especially with a cup of tea!
The Choc Chip variety contains chocolate chips in the middle, and oats on top. For me, it's been a real way of kicking my chocolate habit (I'm sure I can be let off for chocolate chips!). Although each cake is only about 6 inches in length, it certainly does fill a gap and would be suitable for breaks at work, lunchboxes or just sitting down in the evening with a mug of tea.
I should also mention the box pictured is an outdated image, as now the box is brown, with the words "Elevenses" clearly displayed in yellow/orange text, with a picture of one of the cakes on the front. As the box is made of card, it is also really easy to recycle, something which I'm quite conscious of (and I try and avoid plastic packaging if it's possible).
In terms of the nutritional values, each bar contains 6g fat, 0.24g salt, 182kcal and 17g sugar. Although the sugar content is moderately high, in terms of the calories and fat I think it's a much healthier alternative to say a Mars bar, which has a whopping 27g of fat! As with all foods, it's all about moderation and I certainly feel better for eating one of these than say a whole bar of Milka (because a couple of squares is never enough!).
Price wise, I would have a look in the Supermarkets, as sometimes you can find 3 for 2 offers, buy 1 get one 1 etc. I usually find that a box of 6 is around the £2 mark, and considering that could be your treat in your lunchbox sorted for a week, that's not bad in my opinion. Fortunately for me, this seems to be a product which is regularly on offer.
Price Comparison for 6 pack (as of 06/03/11):
Overall, I couldn't recommend Elevenses Choc Chip bakes enough. They are a low fat, genuinely tasty treat which as ex CA member (Chocoholics Anonymous), I couldn't recommend enough. They are also filling enough to last until your next meal, yet aren't so unsatisfying on your hunger that you have to go through the whole box! Tasting is believing, and I would really recommend you do so!
Normally I go for the rasin variety of these chocolate chip bakes, but I noticed recently that the chocolate chip and ginger versions were half price at Sainsbury's (just over £1 for a box of 6), and picked some up.
Since I don't like ginger I went for the chocolate chip variety. These Elevenses are lovely bakes which taste like a naughty snack treat but have low calories, fat and salt amounts so they aren't too unhealthy, and definitely a good alternative to a chocolate bar. They are high in sugar at over 15g per 45g bar, but to me it's worth it because they aren't naughty in other respects and so I can have one as a snack or for breakfast without feeling too guilty.
Each chocolate chip bar was a mix of lovely rich cake and high quality chocolate chips. I was impressed by the size, amount and quality of them and this made the bar taste a lot nicer. I didn't expect there to be many chips, but because there were I felt like I was enjoying a nice chocolate chip cake and it would satisfy a craving for chocolate without filling you up. Each bar is moist and chunky, and offers a lot of chewing, so they are much more fun, tasty and longer-lasting than a typical dry bake or tasteless cereal bar.
At the full price of over £2 for a box of six they are expensive compared to the other options out there, but the quality and taste are well worth it in my opinion. Each cardboard box contains 6 individually foil wrapped 45g bars, so I can pick one up easily and throw it in my bag to take to work.
I find it really difficult to enjoy supposed 'diet' products like cereal bars and bakes because they are often too dry and boring, so the fact that Nutrigrain makes these so good is even more impressive. A bar will keep me satiated for a good few hours, which is impressive at work because boredom eating usually takes over! No real complaints, they could be cheaper and they could have less sugar, but nothing's perfect :)
I bought a packet of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Elevenses Choc Chip Bake bars in Sainsbury's as they were £1.16 a packet which is half price. I've been looking for a tasty snack bar to take to work to eat at break time and have tried several different types and been somewhat disappointed with most of them. Not this one though, I thought it was delicious! In fact I rushed back to buy two more boxes they next day.
There are several different flavours but being somewhat keen on chocolate I just had to try the chocolate chip variety.
Elevenses Choc chip bake come in a cardboard box of 6 individually wrapped bars. The wrapper is easy to undo. The bars contain wheat and oatmeal and are quite cake like so if you like fruit cake I think you will enjoy these. They are suitable for vegetarians
For those interested here are the boring bits.
Calories Value : 179 Percentage : 9%
Sugar Value : 16g Percentage : 18%
Fat Value : 6g Percentage : 9%
Saturates Value : 1.5g Percentage : 8%
Salt Value : 0.2g Percentage : 4%
(of an adult's guideline daily amounts)
They are quite high in fat so not especially good for you especially if you eat your way through the whole box. (Easy to do!) However they are a good alternative to chocolate biscuits.
*** The taste ***
They are deliciously moist and melt in your mouth. My main complaint about most snack bars is that they are hard and dry so it was a pleasant surprise to have one that tastes so good. The chocolate taste from the chocolate chips is quite strong which is fine by me!
The bars are topped with oatmeal and they smell as good as they taste. They are quite filling and go down a treat with a nice cup of tea at any time of day.
*** Conclusion ***
My 19 year old son who 'doesn't do breakfast' will eat them on the way to college so they must be good!
A mouth-watering snack bar that won't last long!
I rarely eat breakfast but with the recent alteration of my working hours I have found it almost impossible to get some lunch at a time which means I am filled up for the remainder of the day without being grumpy through hunger during the mornings, or am ready to eat dinner when I get home from work, so I have been exploring ways to have food at work which isn't a full meal.
The solution so far has been cereal/breakfast bars, my favourite so far has been Nutrigrain Elevenses bars and in particular the chocolate chip flavour...well it keeps me away from the snack shop chocolates which live in works fridge!
A box of this product contains six bars which is three weeks of early shifts (2 per week), each bar is individually foil wrapped and weighs 45g.
It has to be admitted that these are not the healthiest options, at 179 calories per bar, 16g of sugar and 6g of fat.
Unwrapping the foil you are greeted by an oblong cake with oats sprinkled across the top, the chocolate version is a golden brown colour indicating that the cake part is not itself chocolate flavoured. The texture of the cake is surprisingly heavy and moist with a large number of small chocolate chips equally distributed throughout. I'm not a person who worries overly about how healthy or otherwise her food is but I do tend try not to eat unhealthy things all the time and I suspect these would rate fairly high on a list of things which should be occasional treats.
Overall though the cake bar doesn't have an overly sweet taste nor does it taste overwhelmingly of chocolate, but is sweet enough to satisfy my sweettooth and stop the hunger grumps and unlike some other brands I'm not finding myself hungry again an hour or so later. I bought my last box while on promotion at 2 for £3 which seems a fair price to me, but usually these are £2 or more per pack which for anyone buying them for more frequent consumption would seem a little expensive.
Oh wow. Love these. There is two ways to get food in my college. The refectory which sells chips, pizza, bacon butties etc and the cafe. The cafe sells dinners, sandwiches, muffins, hot drinks, flapjacks and a load of cereal bars and soft drinks. I tend to rush as my free periods tend to be spoken for by something else. I got tire of the original elevenses bars and grabbed the chocolate one.
For a single bar I pay 50p
8% GDA of fat 9% GDA Saturated Fat. 179 calories 18% GDA sugar.
Easy to open pack, feels quite foily.
The actual taste of the product is great, I love it, these bars are very filling and even though it has a sticky feel to it when you get it out of the wrapper you will be 100% certain that is is just pure chocolate and really unhealthy. SO not true. I usually find a lot of cereal bars that are on par with chocolate bars GDA wise and they are small and not that filling. This one kept me going until dinner time and it isn't a bar of stiff, sharp frosties that scratch at my gums. It is quite chewy and soft, tiniest bit sticky but you will enjoy every little bite. I love these things. They look incredibly chocolately but they aren't, which is perfect. Chocolate in the morning makes me feel sick.
In my opinion, the best cereal bar ever!
Size wise this bar is about 4cm width, 7-8cm length and 2cm thick. Quite a lot for a cereal bar.
We tend to buy a lot of cereal bars in our house, but the first I heard about Nutri-Grain Elevenses was when I was pregnant with my first child six years ago.
I was given a pack called "Emma's Diary" which contained lots of pregnancy booklets etc (obviously) but there was a free sample of an Elevense.
The free sample was raisin flavour, which I have to admit was very tasty, so I started buying them quite often. After a while Kellogg's knew they were on to something so started branching out into different flavours, which brings me to this review... Choc Chip flavour (Mmmmmmm......!!!!!!!)
Being a fan of most things chocolatey I was very excited to try these- I'm kidding myself I'm eating something naughty like cake for breakfast knowing full well it's something good for me!
What are they?~
They come in a box of 6, and are individually wrapped, mini cakes which are made up of lots of oats, barley, wheat etc. and chocolate chips!
They look like mouth watering cakes, but do they taste like a treat, or are they masquerading as one? Well the answer is yes they are a treat. These really do taste as good as they look! They are very moist and not too crumbly, and there are sufficient amounts of chocolate pieces to satisfy any chocoholics craving.
As I said they are individually wrapped for convenience-ideal for lunch boxes or to pop in your bag. The wrappers on the bar are a rich chocolate brown colour, quite fittingly and so is the box they come in, which has the words Nutri-Grain Elevenses and a picture of the bar next to a cup of hot steamy tea.
Expect to pay around £1.50 to £2 depending on where you shop.
Although they are a healthier option, each 45g bar does contain 15g of sugar. Allergy sufferers beware they contain milk, soy,wheat, oats and barley.
For more information contact 0800 626066(UK) or 1800626066(ROI)
Elevenses can be found near the cereal bars which tend to be near the cracker/biscuit isle in your supermarket.
I am quite keen on the Nutri Grain bars, and I had never tried this one until for some reason I got 1 in the bottom of a box of Corn Flakes. I guess it makes sense, as these are manufactured by Kellogg's as well, but not sure of the promotion. Anyway I like a freebie and I would now buy this again, as it was tasty and a good snack.
Kellogg's Nutri Grain Elevenses come in a few different kinds and this is the Choc Chip Bake 1. So I guess we would expect the filling to be Choc Chips? There are a few in here and certainly enough for the bar.
Packaging is alright for these bars. They come individual wrapped in a shiney wrapper which is white, with a metallic Copper colour strip along the bottom and the product writing is in copper colour againt the white part. You buy these in packs of 6 and these are boxed in a cardboard box. I would say the box could be a little bit smaller, due to packaging and all the "save the environment" stuff, but it isn't a huge box where the bars are rattling around in.
So what do these taste like? They are just a bar, which is kind of Oaty, Bread-y type bar. it is quite sticky inside, perhaps not sticky is a good word, sort of moist and this sticks to your teeth a tiny bit. This is a baked bar, and isn't overly hard, it is actually nice and soft. There is a good sprinkling of Choc Chips on the top of the bar and mixed into the bar as well, so they don't all fall off the top and you have to pick them out of the package - (I'm talking about you, Special K Bars!)
These are a little bit pricier than other Cereal Bars, and normally priced around £3 for the 6 bars, but they are different than the rest and I don't think I would get as bored as quickly with these. The other Nutri Grain range is more so jam inside the baked bar, and these are much nicer.
A nice change from a bar of chocolate, but I guess at a push the chocolate bar would win!!
I'm always looking for something for lunchboxes, and also things that aren't completely bad for you. Our family came across Nutri Grain Elevenses when my daughter tried the raisin ones. I don't like raisins so there won't be a review on those from me. When I was restocking I saw this chocolate chip version so I thought I'd try it. That was about six months ago, and we have been buying them ever since.
A Nutri Grain Elevenses bar is a wheat and wholemeal bake bar. Its consistency is similar to a chocolate chip brownie. Made from cereals and oats, this bar is suitable for vegetarians.
The bars come in a box of six for £2.09. This doesn't make them the cheapest by any means, however we usually by them when they are on offer at two packs for £3. As this usually covers the whole Nutri Grain range, there is a good choice, and makes it more cost effective.
Each bar inside the box is individually wrapped, so perfect for the lunchboxes. Personally I eat these as a snack or instead of a packet of crisps with my lunch.
The wrapper is foil based for freshness and easily opened by a quick tear of the wrapper. Each bar isn't very big at only 45g, but it's enough for a quick hunger pang.
Upon opening the packet, you are met with a piece of what looks like cake, and is spongy like cake, smells much like chocolate which is good, with toasted oats on top.
There is a slight hint of chocolate if you stick your nose up to the bar; however it's not a strong overpowering aroma. The taste is a lot better that the look and smell of the bar. A chocolate sensation sits on your tastebuds long after you have swallowed your mouthful. It's a rich chocolate taste as well, which I personally like.
As mentioned in the name of the bar, this also hides the promise of some chocolate chips. These can actually be found in a good quantity, and nice sizes so they're not lost in-between all the mixture.
I could have been fooled into thinking this was a cake if I hadn't seen the wrapper. Instead I know it's made from cereals and oats, but it doesn't taste like it.
Each 45g bar will provide you with 179 calories, and 6g fat (1.5g sugars). It's a bar that you could be fooled into thinking is good for you by the ingredients, but in fact it's not all that good for you at all. It does taste nice though, and I will carry on having them as alternatives with my lunch.
Nutri grain is made by Kellogg's.
Made from whole grains and are deliciously cakey!