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I know that many people buy these bars as a replacement for cereal. These days, everyone's rushing off to work or school and lots of people don't even like eating a proper breakfast and want something they can eat on the go. I am not one of these people. I always eat breakfast which is alwasy cereal and milk. I only skip it if I am feeling ill or intensely nervous, e.g. on the morning of a driving test of something. So to me these, bars are an alternative to a chocolate bar.
I love Special K as a cereal, not for all its dieting hype, but just because it's the kind of cereal I like, relatively healthy and tastes nice. So I thought that these bars would be good. 12 bars will cost you about £3.24 from Sainsburys. Individually, they cost roughly 50p each, the same as a Twix or Dairy Milk or something.
The packaging is akin to that of the cereal itself. It is mainly white with a big red K on the front a blury picture of soem berries. The words 88 calories are circled on the front and we are told that it it just 4% of the GDA. An average chocolate bar is about 200 calories so this is quite good.
Rich and wheat laced together make up the mainstay of the bar. Shoved inside are pieces of cranberry and on the top are white swirls of yoghurt. It looks very pretty but is very sticky to hold which is a bit annoying.
The most overwelming point I can make about this is that it is incredibly sweet. I am very sweet toothed but this it too much even for me. For a bar that is supposed to be healthy, though it gets a tick for calorie count, I couldn't consider it healthy nor consider it a suitable alternative for breafkast. No way would this fill me up unless you eat several of them negating the low calorie aspect.
It tastes nice enough and I like the varying textures and colours but never going to make my Top 10....
When I'm sat at my desk at work, I tend to get a sweet craving mid-morning - and inevitably I end up reaching for a pack of biscuits! So I decided to pick these up when I saw them on offer in my local Sainsburys as it seemed like a good low fat, low calorie option. I bought two boxes of six for £3 - so 25p per bar. They usually come in at just under £2 for six, or you can buy a pack of 12 for £3.14. The bars are quite small and weigh 25g each.
Each bar is individually wrapped in a white wrapper with the distinctive red 'K' on the front. It's a foil wrapper so you know the bar will be fresh when you open it.
The bar is mainly made of rice and wheat cereal, although it also includes a few bits of cranberry and a yoghurt flavour topping. So all in all it looks quite appetising - you can see the bright red pieces of fruit poking through the cereal, and the drizzle of yoghurt flavouring on the top looks good too, and brightens up the bar.
If you take the bar from the wrapper it does feel quite sticky to the touch, although it doesn't leave any residue on the fingers.
*The taste test*
The first and most overpowering taste to me is of sugar. This bar is extremely sweet and I can feel my teeth rotting with every bite!
The texture is quite chewy but actually really pleasant, and the fruit pieces add another dimension to this - it is nice to bite into these and get a new texture from the sticky crunch of the cereal. They also add even more sweetness to the bar.
The yoghurt flavour topping doesn't taste of anything to me and makes no noticeable difference to the flavour I don't think. In my opinion, its just included to look pretty.
The bar has 88 calories and a single solitary gram of fat, so it is good for weight watchers. It is a great way to satisfy a sweet craving, but it isn't particularly filling - in fact the bar feels very light and doesn't fill much of a gap. If my deciphering of the ingredients is correct, there are 8g of sugar per bar which does seem a high amount, and I do often think that low-fat/low-calorie snacks often make up the flavour by piling on the sugar (or salt).
I do like these bars and I will probably buy them again, but I am going to limit my intake due to the high sugar content. And I must try and eat some fruit instead!!!
I tried a Special K Bar for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was really pleasantly surprised by it. The selling point of these is that each bar has only 90 calories in it, which is considerably less than a chocolate bar or even a Nutrigrain type bar has. These retail in Tesco for £2.86 for a box of 12, which works out at a very reasonable 24p per bar.
These bars all come individually wrapped, and appear to be quite small when you take one out of the box. Inside the wrapper, the bars are quite solidly constructed though, and I was surprised to find that one was enough for me at a time. The bars have quite a chewy texture to them, so each mouthful lasts that little bit longer than it does when you have a more rice krispie styled cereal bar.
The taste is what surprised me the most with these. They are really sweet as well as chewy and moist, and the white stuff drizzled along the top tastes a bit like icing sugar. The dried fruit is really sugary and flavoursome, and all in all these make for a brilliant little sugar snack pick-me-up.
The nutritional value isn't that fantastic, which isn't surprising considering the great taste, but it is noticeably better than most chocolate and cereal bars I can think of. Each 23g bar contains 90 calories, 2g of fat, 8g of sugar and 0.25g of salt. Not perfect, but pretty good for something this tasty. They also include added vitamins and minerals which I liked.
I feel a bit of a big girl's blouse eating these thanks to all their female-targetted advertising, but they're so tasty I just have to buy them again! They're a fantastic way of cutting out a few extra calories without having to compromise on taste. I must admit that I'll probably send the wife in to buy them though, and possibly remove the outer wrapper before meeting up the lads...
I'm quite a weird person I would rather eat these healthy cereal bars than chocolate and Special K is my favourite cereal so obviously I just had to try their cereal bars.
For this review I'm going to concentrate on the Red Berrie flavour (Original) because that is my personal favourite and therefore the one I eat the most. I like these bars because even though they are quite low in calories, sugar and salt etc they still manage to keep all the flavour and still somehow taste really sweet.
Based on the serving size of one bar.
This is a perfect snack for dieter's and for those who are watching their weight.
As I mentioned before just because they have taken out a lot of the calories that does not mean they compromise on the taste at all.
For anyone who has tasted the Special K Red Berry cereal they do taste a lot like that. They are a mixture of the Special K cereal, yoghurt & a mixture of red berries (cherries, strawberries, raspberries etc) and the taste sooo sweet. It actually surprised me how sweet and tasty they were because a lot of "diet" bars Ive tried just taste like rabbit food. I think some people might find the berries in this bar a little to sour but I really like that different edge to the taste and its one of the things I like most about these bars.
This is the perfect diet substitute for people watching their weight who want to swap their normal, crappy sweet food for something lighter but still tasty. I eat these all the time and I'm not really a dieter so you certainly don't have to be on a health kick to enjoy these!
I recommend these to anyone whether your on a diet or not because I think they are a nice little sugar hit that surprisingly doesnt contain that much sugar! As I mentioned earlier some people may find the berries in this bar a little to sour but honestly this has never put me off in fact I'm usually enjoyed the bar so much its gone in about 3 bites! They are really filling as well and sometimes I have just one of these for breakfast and I'm full until at least lunchtime. Get out and buy yourself some and the rest of the range of flavours I have tried are just as nice in my opinion. :)
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I am a big fan of Special K's red berries cereal, but rarely have the time or inclination to pour myself a bowl, add milk, and then rinse it out the dish. This bar is the perfect substitute - and at only 90 calories, it's a surprisingly adequate substitute (though you should grab an apple or some other piece of fruit to get a fully balanced breakfast).
The taste is great, though the bar is a bit dry - I find it goes best with a coffee or a glass of water. The true selling point, though, is its convenience - when I know I'm going to be running around all day, I'll throw two to three bars in my bag, and they'll easily buy me a few hours in between 'proper' meals. What's even better is that I can scoff them down without the guilt associated with snacking on chocolate bars or potato chips - like I said, it's only 90 calories, so you don't need to worry about chowing down!