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I bought these Rice Krispies cereal bars - made by Kellogg's from Tesco on offer priced at £1. (I think they're normally around £1.50?). It comes in a bright blue box that's easily spotted when on the supermarket shelf. The box itself contains 6 of these bars which are all individually wrapped.
The packaging states the bar to have 83kcal, and that it's suitable for vegetarians and even Halal.
Before writing this review I threw the box away, and so can't offer the official description of the product, and it also surprisingly does not state the tagline of the product on the individual wrappers. But, the Rice Krispies bar is known as a toasted rice cereal and milk bar.
The packaging of the individual wrappers contains the three characters Snap, Crackle and Pop - which would attract children's attentions.
The bar itself, when opened has two layers, the first containing the rice krispies and the bottom with the "milk layer" The rice krispies tastes how you would expect, but i'm not a fan of the milk layer. It's a little too sweet for me, and doesn't remind me of milk in any way. It looks more yoghurty and when eating the bar you can certainly notice the sweetness.
Overall, I hadn't bought these bars in a very long time.. and I would choose other cereal bars over these. I think for children they would be great and they would like them in their lunchboxes and as snacks but I found them too sweet to eat too often and won't really be purchasing them again for myself any time soon. My taste buds weren't a fan. Therefore I rate it 3/5. (Children would most likely disagree :P)
* Allergy information: It contains Milk, Soy and Barley.
OK, as some of you who have read my reviews will know, I have got a bit of a sweet tooth, hence lots of reviews for chocolate, cakes and the like. However, I must confess that I have finally found a product that is too sickly for even me- the humble Rice Krispie Cereal and Milk bar!
My son had nagged me to buy a box of these, so I finally gave in. They cost about £1.50 in the major supermarkets, for a box of six 20g bars. Each bar, therefore, costs 25p. To be honest, I dont know if that is great value, because surely it would be cheaper to buy a big box of Rice krispies, or a cheaper alternative, and try and whip up something similar at home?
The bars come in a bright blue cardboard box, with a perforated lid that you tear to open the box.there is a picture of a bar on the front of the box, along with the Rice Krispie elves, or whatever they are supposed to be, grinning inanely. There are 3 tick boxes which state that the bars contain no artificial colours or hydrogenated fats, and are a source of calcium, iron and B vitamins. The Nutritional information is also on the front of the box and is, as follows, per bar:
The calcium content is 136mg, or 17% of the RDA and the iron content is 2.4mg, also 17% of RDA. This information is written very small on the side of the box. I'm not sure why! To me, this would be a good snack for someone who is on a diet, as it has less calories that a special K bar, and it is very sweet tasting, so may satisfy a craving.
The product is also suitable for vegetarians. It bears the royal crest, so maybe the Queen likes these! Probably not, I presume it just means kelloggs in general!
So, to the bars themselves! they are individually wrapped, which makes them perfect for lunchboxes and travelling. The NI is also on the wrappers, which it says are recycleable, but I know my local council wouldn't accept them. The bars themselves are pale in colour, consisting of mainly puffed rice, coated in a gooey, sticky clear substance. the bar is coated on one side with a very sickly sweet layer of, um, well I'm not quite sure what it is, but the box describes it as a "milky layer" though it tastes slightly more yoghurty than milky to me. there is a nice mixture of taste and textures,between the smooth milky layer and the chewy rice layer, and the flavours compliment each other well, although as I have said, they are much too sweet for me. The bars are not very filling, as there is little substance to them. my son likes these for breakfast, but I always make sure he has something else as well, because I know that these bars won't keep him full for long.
These bars aren't for me, but they appeal to kids and make a good after school snack that won't put them off their dinner.
I often find that I get hungry whilst on the move, and so I do my best to keep a constant supply of things to eat in my handbag. My requirements for these things are that they are portable, not messy, not too perishable, not too high in calories, and tasty. Rice Krispies Cereal and Milk Bars fulfil most of these, except for the last one!
These bars come in a cardboard box which holds 6 of the 20 gram bars. The box is a vivid blue colour just like the Rice Krispies cereal box, and features the cartoony characters of Snap, Crackle and Pop, carrying a large cereal bar. Inside the box each bar is individually wrapped which makes them very portable, and they are also in the same blue design with the three kids on, which will make them appealing and familiar to young children who are used to eating the cereal.
The bars are made up of rice puffs which have been pushed into a soft and chewy bar shape, which has a milky layer on the bottom. The bars are quite small, only about 3 inches long , and about an inch thick.
I was not very impressed with the taste of these bars as they don't have much flavour at all. The milk layer is too sweet and the rest of the bar is really insipid. However if you have fussy children they will probably enjoy the bars as the only real taste is of sweetness and maybe a bit of creaminess.
I also found that the bars weren't at all filling. Maybe for a child they would be OK but for me they were not a substitute for a proper bowl of cereal and I was hungry again minutes after eating one.
Health wise these bars aren't too bad. They have no artificial colours and no hydrogenated fats, and they are fortified with calcium, iron and 6 different vitamins. They only have 82 calories each, 2 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar. A bit too much sugar but apart from that not too bad for either adults or kids.
These bars would be fine for a child on the go but for me they were not filling enough or tasty enough, so I won't be getting them again.
A pack of 6 of these costs £1.67 so they are not the cheapest snack available.
Other cereal and milk bars from Kellogg's include Coco Pops, Coco Rocks and Frosties.
Kelloggs Rice Krispie Cereal & Milk Bars are a great idea for giving kids when you're in a hurry. They're not an ideal breakfast by any means, but they're not too unhealthy as a quick snack. Plus they fill kids up and taste great which makes them an ideal choice! They cost £1.68 for a box of 6 in Tesco, which works out at 28p per bar. They're on offer for a bit less at the minute too, you can get two boxes for £3 making them 25p each which is a small saving for you.
Each bar is individually wrapped, so you can just grab one on the go or stick one in your glovebox for emergencies. I tend to keep things in mine for when I've got the grandson, as you just never know when you're going to get stuck on the North Circular or similar.
These tasty little bars are basically Kelloggs Rice Krispies that have been fused together with a savoury-sweet binding to make them into crispy, tasty little bars. They're covered in a generous layer of milk along the bottom, that tastes like a cross between cream and icing sugar.
They really are very tasty little things, but surprisingly they're not that bad for your health. There are only 84 calories in one of these little bars, and 7g of sugar with 2.5g of fat. Not the healthiest thing in the world then no, but not too bad for you (or your kids) either. Also, they've got lots of added vitamins in them.
These are a bit on the small side for us adults, but then I just eat two at a time! For kids, these are neat little treats though, and a great alternative to giving your child chocolate or crisps as a snacky treat.
I wouldn't normally have ventured near this type of cereal bar. Just the sight of those Snap, Crackle and Pop kids characters on the front of the box is enough to scare me away. Although they project a 'fun' image, it doesn't somehow conjure up a healthy image at the same time.
Anyway, I was having coffee with my sister who only ever gives her children the healthiest of healthy food, when I spotted her opening one of these cereal bars for her 3 year old. She noticed my surprise and said they weren't too bad in the health stakes.
So I had a quick scan through the packaging (once said child had finished, of course) and saw that they weren't actually too bad and little Max did appear to be thoroughly enjoying his bar.
So, the next time I did the shopping, I made my way towards the cereal bar section and picked up a box.
These cereal bars come packaged in a glossy cardboard box, which looks pretty much like a Rice Krispie box with the same blue colouring and Snap, Crackle and Pop characters on the front. Each box contains 6 x 20g cereal bars, individually wrapped, so they're convenient for packing into lunch boxes.
~~~What do they Taste Like~~~
I simply had to try one of these for myself. After opening the wrapper for my daughter, it smelled so nice I told her I needed to try it out to make sure she'd like it. OK, she probably didn't believe me but she did reluctantly allow me to eat half the bar. And I would have eaten more because it was so nice.
It has a sweet, almost honey like smell when you open it up. The bar itself isn't rock solid, it's a bit soft to bite into but it holds its shape out of the wrapper. The bottom of the bar is covered with what they call a 'delicious milky layer'. I liken it to the yogurt coating you often find on raisins or nuts.
Overall, its taste is similar to those Rice Krispie cakes you probably made as a kid - you know when you mix Rice Krispies with honey and put the mixture into paper cake cases and leave it to set.
On the front of the box they provide you with the proportion of calories, sugars, fat, saturates and salt that each bar contains. However, it's a bit deceiving I think, because underneath these figures it states 'of an adult's guideline daily amount' when these bars are obviously targeted at children!
Each bar only contains 83 calories which is a very reasonable amount for a child's snack. Sugars are in the high category with 7g in each bar, that's why they taste so sweet. However, they don't contain any hydrogenated fats or artificial colours. They're also fortified with calcium, vitamins and iron as the cereal itself is. Fat content is reasonably low with 2.5g in each bar.
I've only given these bars 4 stars because of the high sugar content, otherwise they would have received a 5 from me.
~~~Price and Availability~~~
You'll find these in most major supermarkets retailing for around £1.59 and they have a shelf life of around 6 months.
Oh yes, there are more of these bars in the range, namely: Frosties, Frosties Chocolate and Coco Pops.
Kellogg's Toasted Rice Cereal (28%)(Rice, Sugar, Salt, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12), Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk (13%)(Skimmed Milk, Sugar), Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Dried Skimmed Milk (10%), Sugar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Fructose, Humectant (Glycerol, Sorbitol), Milk Whey Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Milk Sugar, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Antioxidant (Ascorbyl Palmitate, Alpha Tocopherol), Acidity Regulator (Diphosphates), Flavouring.
Contains or may contain: Soy ingredients; Barley ingredients; Milk ingredients
Suitable for: Vegetarian; Halal certified
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These are so yummy and a great snack for when your in a rush in the morning. Knowing your child is still getting breakfast just in a handy rush out the door kind of way. Unfortunately my daughter loves them that much she eats them all in like a day. I end up with nothing left for the next days breakfast. There just like Rice Krispies but in a solid bar form with a layer of solidified milk at the bottom very tasty and not as much mess as a 3 year old with a uniform on. And admittedly not a good idea for a naughty mummy with a hungry tummy. Never had a problem always tasty and a great little snack even at lunch time on the go. Not ideal admittedly but in this day how many of us have 3 hours to make a wholesome breakfast for a fussy 3 year old.