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      17.04.2011 23:58
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      i prefer strawberry but these are a nice change

      Nutri Grain bars are made by Kelloggs (the cereal giant)! They are morning fruit and oat bars and are available in flavours such as Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry and Blackberry & Apple.

      ~~~Soft and Fruity~~~

      The Blackberry and Apple Nutri Grain bars are described as being "a soften golden baked crust made with wheat, wholegrains oats and a blackberry and apple filling". The bars are a source of fibre and contain no artificial colours of flavours. They are also enriched with calcium and iron. They are also suitable for vegetarians.

      ~~~Packaging~~~

      The bars are presented to us in a predominately red, cardboard box with the relevant information on it and also a delicious baked bar and fruits surrounding it..tempting us. Inside the box, 6 bars are placed. The Blackberry and Apple version come wrapped in purple and yellow, foil wrappers for freshness.

      ~~~Ingredients~~~

      Cereals (32%) (Wheat Flour, Oat Flour, Whole Oats) , Glucose-Fructose Syrup , Sugar , Fruit (7%) (Apple Puree from Concentrate {4.5%}, Blackberry Puree from Concentrate {2.5%}) , Humectant (Glycerol) , Vegetable Oil , Maltodextrin , Modified Starch , Dextrose , Stabilisers (Sodium Alginate, Xanthan Gum, Methyl Cellulose) , Calcium Carbonate , Skimmed Milk Powder , Salt , Malic Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate) , Citric Acid , Raising Agent (Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate) , Calcium Phosphate , Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin) , Hibiscus Concentrate , Carrot Concentrate , Natural Apple Flavouring with other Natural Flavourings , Natural Flavouring , Niacin , Iron , Vitamin B6 , Riboflavin (B2) , Thiamin (B1) , Folic Acid , Vitamin B12 . (taken directly from Asda website).

      These bars contain oats, wheat and milk so if you have an allergy to any of these ingredients then please avoid.

      ~~~Nutrition~~~

      Each 37g bar contains the following :

      133 calories
      12g sugar
      1g saturated fat
      0.4g salt
      various vitamins and calcium at different percentages

      ~~~Availability and Price~~~

      This variety comes in a 6pk multi pack from supermarkets. Tesco price this pack at £2.65 and currently has a buy one get one free offer running. Asda price the pack at £1.00 at the moment. I am sure these used to come in an 8pk at around £2.40 though.

      ~~~My Thoughts~~~

      I can rarely be bothered with breakfast but like to set an example to my son. I have a fondness of breakfast bars. I have purchased Nutri Grain bars over the past few years and only really buy them when they are on offer. Recently, they have been priced fairly at Asda for £1.00 so I stocked up..they are well dated. My favourite is the strawberry but I decided to branch out and try the Blackberry and Apple. The bars are well presented and I couldn't wait to tuck in.

      ~~~Yummy Yummy~~~

      I normally eat one of these for breakfast but occasionally I pinch one for a snack to avoid chocolate! These are a good size for on the go and can be placed in the buggy or my bag for when I need a snack whilst out and about with my son. On unwrapped the bar, a smooth based and oaty textured golden bar is presented to me. There is a biscuity/cakey aroma about it and a little filling has spilt out onto the corners. It is thick and firm so little mess is made whilst devouring this delicious bar.

      So the outer bar makes up 32% and only 7.5% is the fruit filling. This is quite surprised as when I bite into the firm bar, the filling is substantial and takes up quite a bit of the inside of the bar. The oaty outer is sweetened slightly and the oats taste moreish as opposed to the blandness that oats normally offer. The filling can be detected visually and by smell and is rather mouthwatering.

      The oaty outer with its firm bite compliments the generous, soft and squidgy filling. The filling isn't full of bits but is more like a thick, jammy filling which is a deep, purple colour. There is quite an even balance between the blackberry and apple ingredients. There is certainly a strong sweetness which is infused with a sour twist. It isn't as sweet as the strawberry variety but is pleasant and tasty.

      ~~~Keeping Me Going~~~

      The calories aren't bad but the sugar is high so these should be limited. One bar leaves me feeling rather full up til my next meal which may be down to the oats having a longer lasting release of energy. I need to eat one of these bars quite slowly as they make me feel bloated otherwise.

      At £1.00 for 6 these are totally worth the price. I would only buy these on offer as I feel full price is a bit much for my personal budget. They are a good quality bar for mornings or snacks. I have tried the Asda equivelant which are soggy and less fruity so these are much better than those.

      I highly recommend these Nutri Grain bars!

      Thanks for reading :)

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        28.10.2010 02:55
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        Better then the other flavours.

        You know how it is today, everyone and everything rushing around. Breakfast is usually the first thing we miss when we shouldn't. The answer to this for some people, including myself is cereal bars. Manufacturers like Kellogg's and Nestle have many products out their, and one of my favourites is the Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars. Now seemingly renamed to Morning Bars, I found a flavour I'd not tried. I love the taste of Apple & Blackberry, so these were tried with a degree of expectation.

        I've had the Apple, Blueberry and Strawberry varieties of these bars before, and apart from the Apple ones, I'm not overly a big lover, but this new flavour tastes like a treat. The bar is a soft baked cereal of wheat and oats with a sticky fruit filling. I recall many moons ago that these bars were a little stodgy and felt soggy to touch, but they have since refined the recipe and now you get a more crumbly texture, with a tiny bit of crunch, with any hint of richness being toned down quite considerably. The filling is a sugary, syrup type jam made with Apple & Blackberry puree. It is very nice, and the sweetness does pick you up in the morning, but unlike the Strawberry variety which tends to be too sweet, (to almost bubblegum proportions), the bitterness of the Blackberry tones this done and creates a nice balanced tangy flavour. The resulting combination can be a little chewy, and mostly a crumbling sensation which is easy to digest and consume. Still a little rich for eating two or three bars back to back, but I suppose that's not the idea. They contain no artificial colours or flavours, so you can really taste the fruit, although enhanced by the sugar backdrop.

        This variety, unlike the Apple, Strawberry and Blueberry is not as widely available, and I have never seen the bars being sold individually. If you do stumble on a retailer selling them, which would be a surprise, I would imagine they would cost the same as the other types. The 8 bar boxes are easy to find though in many supermarkets, costing around the £2 mark, but a lot of supermarkets have offers and you can pick these up for a measly £1 sometimes. I think that is great value, considering other cereal bars which are of lower quality sell for higher prices.

        The packaging is as expected. A red and cream coloured box with a cross-section picture of the bars and the fruits that have gone into them. The tearaway opening is vary handy, you can pop this beside your regular cereal boxes and just take one out at a time without fiddling with the box every time.


        Ingredients are as Follows

        Wheat flour, Oat flour, Whole Oats
        Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar
        Apple Puree for concentrate, Blackberry Puree for concentrate.
        Humectant, Vegetable Oil, Maltodextrin, Modified Starch, Dextrose.
        Stabilisers, Calcium Carbonate, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt, Malic Acid.
        Acidity Regulator, Citric Acid, Raising Agent, Calcium Phosphate, Emulsifier.
        Hibiscus Concentrate, Carrot Concentrate, Natural Apple Flavourings and other Natural Flavourings. Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin B2, Thiamin B1, Folic Acid & Vitamin B12.

        Please note these bars to contain Milk, Wheat & Oats, for those with any allergies.

        Overall, these are nice, tasty, and mostly healthy, alternative to other breakfast food on the go. They are certainly better than greasy sausage baguettes or a certain popular branded muffin or bagel. They fill you up nicely and keep you going until Lunch, they are particularly nice enjoyed with a cup or tea or coffee. If you like the other varieties, I would defiantly try these, as I think they are the best flavour that Kellogg's have produced. Apparently there is a Raspberry flavour also available, but I haven't come across these yet, they sound nice so if you see some, let me know where you found them. Enjoy your Breakfast - the most important meal of the day.

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          09.02.2010 15:56
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          Delicious snack bars

          These soft bake bars from Kelloggs are extremely tasty and filling, either for breakfast or as a snack in between meals. They come as a pack of eight in a recycleable cardboard box which has a shaped perforation along the front for easy opening. The boxes are quite eye-catching with a large picture of the bars themselves.

          The bars are individually wrapped in plastic (like a multibag of crisps) with the flavour clearly labelled. The calorie content is also clearly displayed on the front of the box and bars. There are 130 calories and 3g of fat per bar which is quite good for something like this.

          The blackberry and apple filling is a nice dark purple colour and very tasty indeed, this is wrapped inside a crust which holds it all together. The crust is sweet but not over powering. The sweetness comes from the filling. You get probably four bites from a bar and it doesn't crumble at all so is easy to eat.

          I highly recommend these bars as a snack, even for anyone trying to lose weight. They are tasty, filling and easy to carry around with you. There are also many other delicious Nutrigrain Bar flavours to descover. They can be found in the cereal isle at Tesco and usually cost around £2.00 for a box of eight, sometimes they are on offer at £1.50 per box.

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          15.01.2010 19:54
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          Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bars - Blackberry and Apple

          Just like blackberry and apple pie.

          The combination of blackberry and apple is one of my favourites and to find them in a cereal bar is a real bonus. Kelloggs Nutri-grain bars are a favourite of mine and I do like them for breakfast when I don't have time to grab something at home and need a quick, tasty, filling snack on the go. To me they are basically a cereal in a bar since they contain lots of wholegrain.

          Kellogg's Nutri-grain bars are a soft bake bar made with wheat, oats and bran and a fruit filling in the middle. The outside of the bar is like it describes, very soft and chewy and has a lovely golden crust to it. It sort of is a bit flaky at the top and seems to have flakes of oats baked into the top. The crust portion of the bar is quite thick. The bar itself is approximately 12cm in length.

          The middle includes a sweet fruit centre and in this case the fruit flavour is like I've mentioned above blackberry and apple. There are a number of different flavours including strawberry and apple but this has to be one of the tastiest. To me, the fruit inside is almost like a jam or compote. It is not runny by any means; it is thicker with quite a nice texture to it. It is a very sweet tasting middle and gives a nice contrast of tastes against the oatey and wheaty taste. All the flavours are good in my opinion and there isn't one that I would not eat.

          The blackberry and apple fruit filling has a lovely dark rich colour to it and a very sweet flavour. The flavour is definitely quite strong and the thing I like about it is that it has a very definite fruity taste, not added or processed. You can actually taste the little blackberry pips in the filling so it makes me think that they use real blackberries and apples to produce it.

          Each bar is then individually wrapped in a foil wrapper to protect the freshness of the bar. I really like the fact that they are wrapped separately because this makes it really easy to pop in your bag, take to work/school etc and have for later. I do find though that they often get a bit crushed if you're not careful because the bar is quite squishy and can get bashed a bit if you leave it in the bottom of your bag for too long. However, this does not affect the lovely taste so don't worry!

          What I like about these bars too is that they are a healthy option for a snack as they contain whole grains which are said to reduce the risk of heart disease and are good for blood sugar control. Apparently each Nutri-Grain bar has half a serving of the recommended three servings or more of whole grains people need each day. On the Kellogg's website they write that, "studies have shown that when you make the right snack choices at the beginning of your day, you are more likely to make better decisions the rest of the day." Like I've mentioned above, I choose to have it in the morning because to me it's the closest thing to breakfast cereal I can find without having to have a bowl, spoon and milk!

          Each bar weighs in at 37g. There are 131 calories in one bar which I don't think is too bad. Unfortunately it's the sugar that kills this bar. In one 37g bar there are 12g of sugar. This is quite high and probably contained mostly in the fruit centre but I do have to say that I think the benefits of this bar outweigh this. It has added calcium as well which is always a bonus.

          You can buy these bars individually at convenience stores etc but I tend to buy them in a box set. They come in a box of 8 and at the moment cost £2.19 from Sainsburys.

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            15.01.2010 16:41
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            pretty good

            If you're like me, you might struggle sometimes to force down breakfast of a morning, but require something to keep you going until lunchtime. If you can't be doing with a sloppy cereal and milk or the dryness of a piece of toast, then these snack bars can provide a welcome alternative.

            Made by Kelloggs, who are no stranger to the breakfast market, the bars can be bought in a pack of eight from most leading supermarkets. When I have purchased them, they are are often on offer, but the standard price should come in at just over two pounds.

            Inside your cardboard box, you get eight individually wrapped cake bars. They have the consistency of a cake, they they'e not nearly as sickly or as fattening. A bar measures about four to five inches, once unwrapped. You will be greeted by a doughy looking outer layer, which is spongy to the touch. It is best described as similar to the doughy biscuit that you get in a Jaffa Cake, only without the chocolate covering it.

            The doughy base has a pleasant and nourishing taste. It does take of sponge and there is a gentle balance of sugars and salts. Inside the bars is a chewyish blackberry and apple filling. Both ingredients compliment each other and neither overpowers the other. It tastes a bit like eating home-made apple and blackberry crumble. The fruit flavours are proud and punchy and strike the right chord. Again, the sugar taste is refined, so you won't feel sickly if you have one.

            A pack of these will suffice for a week and provide a good price alternative for a box of cereal. If you don't want them for breakfast, then use them for packed lunches, afternoon snacks or as energy bars for after a gym session. They come in a range of flavours, the apple and blackberry comes recommended!

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            07.01.2010 16:47
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            Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars - Nice as a treat

            I like buying Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars as an after-school snack for my kids. They do have a lot of fruit filling but not too sure how healthy you could call them, as they do have quite a lot of sugar. Nutri-Grain bars do make a nice change though to biscuits, crisps etc. and my kids love them.

            Nutri-Grain bake bars have a soft golden outer crust, which is made from wheat and wholegrain oats. There are different varieties and these ones are filled with a good layer of blackberry and apple. Although I do not eat them, my kids have said they can taste both the blackberry and apple very clearly. They are also very sweet but as all three of them have a sweet tooth, they are quite happy about this.

            Although they do have quite a lot of sugar, this is balanced somewhat by the fact that they are a source of fibre. They also contain six B Vitamins, calcium and iron, so they are healthier than many snacks on the market.

            With three children, I always buy them by the boxful. In Tesco you can buy a box of 8 for £2.26, which is reasonable value.

            I would say these are worth buying as an occasional snack, but as with all snacks, they should be consumed in moderation.

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            21.12.2009 19:33
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            Blackberry and apple soft bake nutri-grain bars

            My wife has just handed me part of one of these. Normally, I'd look at it in disgust, wolf it down and wonder where my next meal is coming from. However, we're in high spirits because it's NEARLY CHRISTMAS WOOHOOO! so I smiled and took it graciously, nibbling, and hoping it would be nice.

            Surprisingly, it is quite nice. It's one of Nutri-Grain's soft bake bars. Usual N-G bars are a little bit crunchy on the outside, with a soft fruit centre. This one is soft all the way through. I wasn't expecting it and it was quite nice, even though it feels a bit like eating one that has softened after being left out for too long. Naturally, this isn't the case at all: the consistency is intended.

            The fruit flavours are easy to spot: apple and blackberry are common flavours to find together, and this is no different in terms of taste to any other product. It does taste of real fruit though, which other products can lack, often giving a very artificial aftertaste or a concentrate effect. This, however, was fruity and with bits in, and despite the ingredients saying the fruit is pureed and actually from concentrate, it doesn't taste like it.

            It's quite nice, and the oats baked around the outside are quite nice, too. It's probably not something I would choose myself, but my wife often gets things like this, and I'm always game for trying something new. I do prefer the harder coated ones with a thin yoghurt taste to them, I think they give a bit of flavour to the bland oat covering to the fruit, and combines well, but this is okay as the fruit and oats combine once you take a bite as it's all soft.

            They come in packs of 8, and are made by Kellogg's. Normally a standard for quality, this is probably a big selling point. Nutritionally, this 37g bar contains 130 cals and 26g of carbs, of which 12g are sugars. The bar advertises that it comes with calcium, which I suppose is a bonus, although I wouldn't choose this specifically because of that: it wouldn't be a buying decision for me.

            Not entirely sure of the exact price, as my wife didn't keep the receipt, but she's sure they're around the £2 mark, from Somerfield, or Co-op as it's becoming. This is never usually a good guideline as they are regularly more expensive than other places, so I imagine these will be cheaper elsewhere. They're nice enough, but it's not something I would have bought, and it's not something I'm likely to choose if I'm going shopping. That is, of course, unless my wife wants some more.......she wears the trousers..............

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              12.01.2009 10:12
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              One of the tastier breakfast bars out there, but not my favourite variety, and rather sugar laden

              Until a couple of years ago, I rarely ate breakfast (unless it was a dirty great bacon sarnie after a night on the tiles). It turns out that eating breakfast is an important part of your daily diet if you are calorie counting (as breakfast keeps you from getting so hungry you're ready to eat a horse at lunchtime). In fact, people who eat a regular healthy breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who don't. Ideally, of course, breakfast should be a meal - cereal, or toast eaten at a table at leisure. In reality, breakfast on weekdays is often eaten on the run, or at least at my desk. Though not the ideal start to the day, breakfast bars such as Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars can serve as a quick and easy breakfast choice.

              The Nutri-Grain Bars come in a number of flavours (my personal favourite is the blueberry), but I have eaten this morning the Blackberry and Apple variety. Whilst I no longer obsessively calorie count (but should start again, I think), I do still look at the calorie content of the foods I eat. These bars are not the lowest calorie option around, containing 131 calories per bar. Not too bad as a breakfast, though a bit high as a snack. They do have a fair amount of sugar though (not unexpected given the fruit content and indeed the sweetening in the cereal surround) at 12g. In addition to the fruit, these contain sugar, glucose, honey, dextrose, maltodextrine - all forms of sugar. The cereal coating is fortified with vitamins and minerals, as is typical for breakfast cereals. It also contains calcium, a fact heralded on the packaging.

              So you now know that although sweet, these aren't the worst option for breakfast. All of this is irrelevant, however, if they taste vile. Fortunately, they don't. The cereal coating is soft and chewy (some cereal bars have a far crunchier exterior), and the fruit filling is somewhat jam-like (not quite as sticky). The fruit filling is ostensibly blackberry and apple; to me, they taste very sweet but with a very slight bitter aftertaste - almost as if they were made from black currant, rather than blackberry (though according to the ingredients, they contain no black currant). The actual fruit content is low (as you might expect) - apple puree makes up 4.5% and blackberry puree (both from concentrate) 2.5%. So it's not surprising that these don't really taste like blackberry jam! The filling content is reasonable - not having measured, I'd say the filling makes up around a quarter of the bar (just from looking though!) The filling tastes not dissimilar to the filling you find in pop tarts or jammy dodgers, though perhaps slightly less sweet. This variety is not my favourite - I really cannot taste blackberry (or, if it comes to that, apple) - it's more a generic purple fruit taste, if that makes sense.

              Here's the thing. It really is subjective. I was disappointed with this flavour. My 17 year old daughter, on the other hand, loves it. It's easily her favourite, and she can get through two or more a day (might explain why she has fillings and I don't).

              I buy these in multi-packs, eating one for breakfast each morning. At Tesco they currently cost £1.93 for eight bars. If you buy them singly in newsagents, you'll pay around 35p per par. So they are not the cheapest nor healthiest breakfast out there, but for someone watching her calories, eating on the run, there are worse ways to break your fast (like Pop-Tarts - scalding jam in sweetened pastry anyone?!)

              Therefore, recommended with reservations.

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                14.11.2008 15:57
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                Good snack

                Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars - Apple and Blackberry are one of the cereal bars I have on rotation to keep my grumbling tummy quiet until lunch! I buy my bars in boxes of 8 which, at £2.19 from Tesco's, makes each bar approximately 27 pence each. Not a bad price and the box will last you over a week (assuming you can limit yourself to one per day!)

                The bars themselves have a soft oaty outer layer with a filling through the centre of blackberry and apple flavouring that has a jam-like consistency.

                My main reason for eating these is my incessant desire to snack and this is my effort to steer clear of anything too unhealthy. The bars actually have about 30% sugar content so I don't really think they can be considered truly healthy but I cycle to and from work so feel I do enough to work this off. They manage to keep my hunger at bay for about an hour so they are doing the job that I bought them for.

                I have had several types of cereal bars and find that the texture of these is the best for me. They are soft and crumbly meaning they can be eaten quietly at my desk! My one criticism would be that the blackberry flavour isn't terribly strong but this is only a minor thing really

                *Ingredients*
                Wheat and whole grain oats
                Concentrated fruit puree
                Sugars
                Vegetable oil
                (Suitable for vegetarians)

                *Nutritional Info (per 37 gram bar)*
                Energy - 131kcal
                Protein - 1.5g
                Carbohydrates - 25g
                (of which sugars - 12g)
                Fat - 3.5g
                (of which saturates - 1.5g)
                Fibre - 1.5g
                Sodium - 0.1g
                Salt - 0.3g

                *Vitamins (%age of recommended daily allowance)*
                Thiamin (B1) - 0.4mg (25%)
                Riboflavin (B2) - 0.4mg (25%)
                Niacin - 4.5mg (25%)
                Vitamin B6 - 0.5mg (25%)

                *Minerals*
                Calcium - 200mg (25%)
                Iron - 2.4mg (17%)

                This is a good bar to keep hunger at bar but given the fat and sugar content, they should not been seen as a healthy alternative.

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