Since having Jayden 9 weeks ago I have bee trying to eat healthier and have been calorie counting in order to try and loose weight, however being diabetic means that my blood sugar levels can go low meaning I have to have something to eat, I wanted something that was going to raise my levels and maintain them but at the same time low in calorie so I decided to stock up on Special K Cereal Bars, I have had these in the past and like all of the different flavours they do so I recently purchased myself a box of the Red Berries flavour.
The Special K Cereal Bars come in a rectangle cardboard box, on the front of the box is the make of the cereal bars "Kellogg's" and the words "Special K Cereal Bars" written in large red and blue writing with the "K" being much bigger than the other writing, the flavour of the cereal bars "Red Berries" is also written at the bottom of the box in red writing. The rest of the box is taken up with a picture of red berries and one of the cereal bars. The back of the box has the name of the product in the same style as the front of the box and the rest of it is taken up with various product information such as a bit about Special K Cereal Bars, the ingredients and nutritional information. The cereal bars inside the box are individually wrapped in a plastic type wrapper with a foil interior, the wrappers contain exactly the same information as the box.
The Cereal Bars
Special K Red Berries Cereal Bars are described as a rice and wheat cereal bar with cranberry fruit pieces and a yoghurt flavoured topping, the cereal bars are exactly how they are described on the box, the wheat, rice and cranberry pieces are all fused together to form a bar shape, they have a slightly sticky feel to them, I do find that they are quite soft and can fall apart a little when you eat them.
The yoghurt topping is swirled over the top of the cereal bar and does add a slight creamy taste to the bar, however the actual yoghurt taste isn't that strong. The bars have a lot of fruit in them and the pieces are quite large, the cranberry pieces add a tang to the cereal bars and they take away some of the sweetness without the fruity pieces I think the bars would be a bit too sweet. Special K Cereal Bars are described as being a snack that bridges the gap between meals and range between 80 and 98 calories.
The nutritional information is clearly labelled on the back of the box and include
* Calories - 90 Cals
* Protein - 29
* Carbohydrates - 18g
* Fat - 1g
* Fibre - 0.5g
* Sodium - 0.05g
* Salt - 0.15g
Personally I was pleased when I read the nutritional information, the Special K Red Berries Cereal Bars are both low in calories and low in fat making them ideal for a snack between meals and also to help me to maintain my sugar levels if they drop a bit low, I can happily have one of these and know that I am not consuming a large amount of calories and fat.
Price and Availability
Kellogg's Special K Red Berries Cereal Bars are widely available and can be purchased from a variety of supermarkets, they can also be bough as a single bar again from supermarkets as well as from corner shops and other shops with a confectionary section. I purchased my box of Special K Red Berries Cereal Bars from my local Tesco, you get 5 bars per box and they are sold for £1.99, however when I bought my box they were on offer for just £1.00, however I also think they are reasonably priced and worth the money when sold at full price especially compared to some other similar products. However the price does depend slightly on where you purchase them from and buying several bars in a box compared to singularly does work out a bit cheaper in the long run.
I would definitely recommend Special K Cereal Bars, they make a lovely healthy and tasty snack, they are low in fat and low in calories, these are ideal for anyone watching their weight, wanting to eat healthier or just someone who wants something as a tasty snack. I sometimes have one of these bars with my lunch as again it is a healthier alternative to something like a bar of chocolate. The cereal bars are very reasonably priced and also come in a wide range of different flavours, they can also be purchased as single bars rather than a large packet. I personally really like the red berry flavour as you get a large amount of fruit per bar and the tang of the fruit takes a little bit of the sweetness away so that they are not too sickly sweet, the fruit is also chewy and goes well with the crunchy cereal which makes up the majority of the bar, the yoghurt topping does add a certain amount of creaminess to the bar but in my onion does not really taste of yoghurt. I particularly enjoy the red berries Special K Cereal Bar and will certainly continue to purchase them and would recommend them to anyone as a tasty and healthy snack.
Before I learned the pleasures of eating a banana and a yogurt for an on-the-go breakfast, these Special K bars were a staple of my weekly shop. I found they went great with a coffee - and though they lacked any real nutritious value... they were only 90 calories!
I am now a bit more mature about my breakfast options, though, and I'll only reach for these bars now if I find myself in my firm's canteen for a mid afternoon snack. They typically retail for less than a pound, so they're comparable to other tea break options such as Kit Kat or Snickers bars. However, as they're only 90 calories, but still very sweet, it's a great alternative to a brownie or a chocolate bar to soothe even the pickiest of sweet tooths.
Though I have heard some people unfavorably compare the taste of Special K bars to cardboard, and though I have given them up as my main breakfast staple, I still think they're a yummy snack!
This review is about the Special K bliss Raspberry and chocolate bars!
As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, I am always keen to try new healthy or low fat snacks. Previously I had been buying up the Special K peach and Apricot bars as I found these to be really tasty and sweet , although low calorie.
I was not too impressed however when I went to get one of these out of the cupboard to take to work to discover that they had all gone and been replaced by the special K bliss bars instead. Chocolate and raspberry....as healthy as peach and apricot ...I think not I scoffed, however I really didn't have anything else to take with me, so I thought I would try it.
In fact I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they were, so much so that in fact now I would definitely choose to buy the bliss bars over the peach and apricot ones!
From the outside packaging they look pretty much the same, the same white wrapper with the red Special K logo except with a picture of some chocolate and raspberries on the front. However the bar looks completely different once you open the wrapper. The peach and apricot bar is an orangey cereal colour and you can see it has been made up of the big flakes. However the Bliss bar is a much lighter colour and is made up of more of the lighter rice type puffs as well as the cereal pieces. This is interspersed by pieces of raspberries and the underneath is coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate.
Taste wise as well these bars are completely different. I have a sweet tooth and do love the syrupy sweetness of the peach and apricot bars however they can get a bit sickly after a while. The Bliss bar, although sweet, is no where near as sweet and doesn't have that syrupy taste to them, instead it is the raspberries and the thin layer of chocolate that gives it the sweetness. I think that with the chocolate on the bottom they did not need to use as much sugar and syrup to keep the bar together which would account for this.
Being Dark chocolate on the bottom as well, this gives to a slight sweet taste making you think you are having a little treat however it is much healthier and lower fat than milk chocolate.
In terms of nutrition, the special k bar is 88 calories and 1.5g of fat per bar. Whereas the Bliss bar has 89 calories and 2g of fat per bar. So really there is not much difference between the two and I know I would rather have a bit of chocolate for the same values if I can!
Overall these bars are tasty , so tasty that whether you are watching your weight or not they make a yummy snack. I would recommend these to anyone and think they will be the special k favourite for me from now on!
Having been on a diet for the last five years, (yes, five years) I have managed to lose almost nine stone. Largely thanks to finding little treats like Special K bars to have between meals when I start getting peckish. I decided to have a good look around Tesco for anything low in calories and fat and came across these Special K bars on offer. They were packaged in a box of 12 for around £2.50 so decided to give them a go, let's face it, 21p each is hardly bad going!
The bars are quite attracively wrapped individually and are 23g each. The wrapper is shiny white foil with the Special K logo and a photo of the bar on and it is easy to remove. At just 88 calories and 1g of fat per bar they're perfect as a snack between meals but they don't fill you right up, they are quite light in texture and very tasty. Also they are rather handy for slipping in your lunchbox or pocket when out and about.
The bars themselves are attractive looking with their puffed rice, wheat flakes and cranberries but it's the yoghurt-drizzled coating along the top that makes them special, this provides that little extra sweetness that we crave. I love the way these bars are crunchy yet chewy, the texture just feels right in your mouth.
To summarise: I'm not going to say these bars are filling because they're not. They are very light in texture and more for a quick fix than to fill you up between meals. But they do ease a sugar craving and stop you reaching for the chocolate. However, having a piece of fruit is always the healthier option but I recommend these bars as a handy alternative.
Kellogs Special K has been released as a cereal targeted at lose wanting to lose weight, and it is many dieters fashion accessory almost to have a bowl of special K in the morning. However, in our rushed, hectic, material world, some of us prefer sleep to a proper breakfast, and that's why Kellogs designed these 'cereal bars'.
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I buy these in boxes, and the box is a typical standard package with a special K logo and the nutritional info and of course an image of the cereal bar itself.
This of course, is for the Original bars, however they do come in a variety of flavours, on the back on the mutipack box, there are imafes of their full range depicting the fruit/other filling above it. Which are - apple and pear, chocolate chip, peach and apricot and fruits of the forest.
A tear down flap on the front of the box makes opening them nice and easy, and you can see all 6 bars individually wrapped in foil/plastic. The packaging on the bars is a very similar, smaller version really, of the main box itself.
The trouble with such dietry products, is the industry likes to make you think you're getting a lot more for your calorie intake, however, the packaging on the bar is a lot more roomy than you'd expect... The bar is in fact 8.5cm long and 2.5cm wide. The packaging is unfortunately, about double that! ;-)
The Bar Itself
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Opening wrapper unleashed the smell of cranberries and milky yoghurt. What a gorgeous smell! It smells a little like chewits, actually. The bar is made of the cereal itself - flakes of wheat and rice, dotted with yummy dried cranberries, and a dash of dried yoghurt on the top.
The bar tastes divine. Nice and chewy enough to feel like you're eating something substancial, however, still quite lose and not tightly packed. It's held together by sugars and honey, and this makes it taste lovely and sweet... which is also added to by the lovely fruity cranberries and yoghurt.
I always feel nicely content after these bars. I eat them slowly to savour every morsel! At only 88 cals and 2g fat, these make a much better choice than a mars bar!
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Each bar contains..
2g of fat
As Kellogs are so health conscious, they also add vitamins to their bars, such as:
17% of your daily allowance of Thiamin (b1), Riboflavin (b2), niacin, vitamin b6, folic acid and vitamin b12 and 8% of your daily allowance of iron.
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I enjoy these bars very much, whether they are a quick breakfast in the morning, or a light snack to curb cravings, I love them very much and will never give them up! I also love the 'Bliss' variety with chocolate too! I will review those at a later date.
%% A treat for the guilty %%
Yes.. I too have spent countless years watching my weight and dieting for England (should be an Olympics games section as most of us would have no probs qualifying!) but I usually give up when it comes to maintainance dieting as I get fed up with miniscule portions that make you aware of cutting back the whole time.
All the research into human food satisfaction waffles about stomach acid signals etc but also about mouth sensations .... certain sensations trigger abatement signals apparently. (To the lay person this basically means that having a good gob-ful is more likely to persuade us that we've eaten something!) This has to be set against the theories that chewing can con our brains into believing we've eaten a lot ... hence the notion that you have to chew a lettuce leaf for a zillion times before swallowing it....
All of this knowledge seems to me to simply make you aware all the time that you are on a diet .. fact enough to make you want to tuck into the nearest chocolate bar as fast as humanly possible!
SPECIAL K BARS
What are they?
Well, cereal bars! They come in a white photo-decorated packet on the side of which is blazoned "90 calories per bar". Other than this reassuring fact, the bar itself does not lend itself to the "I'm on a diet" image. For a start it's big. The packet doesn't seem to tell me its weight (like its consumer!) but suffice to say it's chunky.
When you open the outer cardboard package you are faced with a cereal bar encased in shiny plastic. My initial reaction was "Oh no - I'll be covered in the stuff in 2 minutes and will spend twice the price hoovering the car out"! However, the bar stayed intact even when removed from its packaging and was gooey enough to make a good chewy mouthful, yet without depriving me of any of my fillings!
The packet describes this one as "Rice and wheat cereal bar with fruit pieces and a delicious yogurt topping". I don't like being told that what I'm about to eat is delicious as I like to discover that for myself, but I'll forgive them in this instance as it was pretty tasty.
The one I love best is the one with some unidentifiable red berries on the packet and corresponding red lumps of something in the bar giving it a fruity but not overpowering taste. The yogurt topping gives it an instant sweet smell when you crack open the packet and adds to the gooey texture. (ie glues it all together!)
Special K Bar Original
Special K Bars - Red berries (even the website doesn't identify them!)
Special K Bars - Fruits of the Forest
Special K Bars - Peach & Apricot
Special K Bars - Apple and pear
Special K Bars - Chocolate chip
Special K Bars - Orange and chocolate
Special K Bars - Raspberry and chocolate
Special K Bars - Mint
I have to say that I haven't yet amassed sufficient calorie allowance to sample them all. Also I can't eat chocolate (all sympathy greatly received in the form of multiple reads and great ratings!!) so I have to limit my tastings. However, I have interrogated my children about the choccy ones they have gobbled and very similar descriptions ensue.
£2.19 for a box of 6 x 22g bars from Sainsburys. Currently 12 for £3 in Tesco (until end Oct). I usually only dare buy these things one at a time as I'm likely to eat the lot if they're around but these are quite filling so I might resist...
What's in it?
We are assured that it has 43% special K in it .. you can't really taste that this is so, but you are aware that it is cereal of some kind. There are a myriad of other ingredients such as defatted wheatgerm (strangely reassuring even though I didn't hitherto consider wheatgerm to be particuarly overweight); Vitamins; iron; folic acid; Stawberry flavour fruit pieces (!?) (made of cranberries, strawberry flavouring and elderberry juice!) plus the usual skimmed milk; veg. oil and emulsifiers.
www.kelloggs.co.uk has plenty of enticing photos and any extra info you might need - your local newsagent or supermarket has the real thing!
Yummy. Good taste. Easy to eat. low fat but most of all, I felt as if I'd had a chunky, decent snack and could easily pretend I wasn't being saintly at all!
I like snacks but usually they are covered in chocolate if they are sweet not savoury, lol!
But every so often I like a cereal type bar that is still sweet but classed as healthy so these 'Special K Original Bars' are ideal for me.
These are really tasty with dried cranberry mixed in with Special K cereal and topped with a drizzle of creamy dried yogurt...
Only 88 calories a snack if you are a calorie counter which is really low for such a sugar-tasting treat - this equals 4% of an adults daily allowance.
The Special K grains are rice and wheat and the cranberries are in pieces mixed throughout the one inch by 4 inches long portion. The cereals make up 45 % of the total bar and the red dried fruit pieces make up another 12%.
For people with allergies there is soy, gluten and wheat, barley and milk in the yogurt style topping.
There is only 1% fat in this brand and 9g of sugar (which seems high for a health bar), there are also some vitamins added...
The white wrapper states this is fine before end October this year and that there is 50% extra fruit which you can really taste!
This original flavoured bar weighs only 23g but is really sweet and satisfying. The bar smells really fruity and rich on opening it and the aftertaste is really pleasant and natural rather than artificial like some slimming bars.
You can really taste the sugar plus the cereal grains are all stuck together with a soft toffee-like substance that makes the snack really chewy and a nice texture :)
Great for carrying around as they don't melt in heat like chocolate does, plus they are lovely with a cuppa to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Ideal for an in-between meal tummy filler this comes under Kellogg's the maker's 90 calorie range and are suitable for vegetarians too.
I love these; they make a nice change so I'm going to give then five stars :)
Kellogg's Special K bars are low fat cereal snack bars, ideal for those who need a light and healthy snack.
Having just seen one away in two bites, I am feeling a little dissatisfied. After all, I am a 'growing lad' and probably 3 or 4 of those would have constituted a snack for me!
Despite this, the peach and apricot bar I had was tasty and in reality, it's hard to believe it was only a mere 88 calories - which is excellent for those on a diet or looking to cut calories when snacking between meals.
Weighing in at 23g, the appearnce of the bar was typical of most cereal bars, with small pieces of peach and apricot wedged between the rice and wheat core, topped with a slither (and I mean an exceptionally light drizzling) of yogurt topping.
Overall, this bar was enjoyable but the enjoyment was short lived; although tasty and light, it just wasn't substantial enough - don't expect to receive much of an energy boost from it - but if you're dieting then I suppose it will suffice...poor you!
Protein - 2g
Carbohydrates - 17g
of which sugars - 9g
Fat - 1.5g
of which saturates - 0.9g
Fibre - 0.6g
Sodium and salt - traces
When I get out of my gym I'm usually starving! The lil devil in me wants to go to my local nisa shop on the way home and to buy a load of junk food! However the angel in me carries around cereal bars these days to stop me filling up on crap! lol
I bought one of these the other day in my local Sainsbury's priced 45p for one but did see them available in boxes of 6 priced at £2.15 and a pack of 12 priced at £3.27. Cos I didn't know if I liked them or not (as I hadn't tried them before as I'd never fancied them to be totally honest lol) I just picked up the one to try of course!
White, oblong plastic packet which is foil on the inside to keep the cereal bar fresh. On the front of the packet I'm told it is Kellogg's Special K 'Original', at the top of the packet I'm told this particular bar contains 88 calories and then I'm told it now has 50% more fruit and that this is part of the 90 calorie bar range. On the back of the packet I'm given a list of ingredients and given allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is on there, the best before date is clearly stamped on as is the size (23g) and the bar-code and finally there are contact details for Kellogg's given. It's a nice informative packet and because of it's simplicity and none nonsense approach sort of looks healthy lol.
The Cereal Bar....
Really really nice and as I purchased it I didn't hold out much hope for it really on the tastes stakes and just thought more than anything it may fill my tummy up for a bit but it's lovely and tasty actually.
As soon as you tear open the packet your met with a berry smell that is really nice, sweet and natural. Those berries are small chunks of rather moist red cranberries and they are plentiful and mainly actually sunk to the bottom of the bar. There is a smell of pineapple to the whole thing that my nose detected and when I looked at the ingredient list yep it is in there in the form of juice and syrup which to my thought is probably used more of a binding ingredient more than anything else.
The bar is a light golden colour and made up in the main from puffed up rice (like stuck together rice crispies) and there is some wheat in there and the wheat gives the bar a little bit of a chewiness to it and the rice gives a lightness against that.
It has a natural sweetness to it in the form of a drizzle of dried white yogurt dressing which again isn't too sweet or artificial or anything and once again just adds a slightly different texture to the proceedings.
I really like the natural sweetness of this opposed to something full of nasty sweeteners. I loved the sweetness from the fruit and yogurt and overall it was more like eating a treat rather than something healthy! It's light on the tummy and not really very filling but I enjoyed it anyway and shall definitely be buying a box of these very soon!
Contains: Milk, Soy, Wheat And Barley.
I grabbed one of these yesterday on the way to work as I didnt have time for breakfast and I wasn't disappointed. I usually eat Weetabix for breakfast when I have cereal and that's a manly breakfast I think! Other half eats Special K and she bought these bars.
They tasted good but before I had even tried them the smell hit me before I could take a bite- really tempting smell of fruit. The bars have really tasty fruit in them, Cranberries, which Missus says are very good for ladies health and everyones health in general. One bar did nothing to fill me up though and I missed Weetabix yesterday! These are very sweet for brekkie, maybe better for a mid-morning snack.
The bars contain 12% cranberries and also pineapple syrup and pineapple juice, giving these a lovely fruity flavour.
There is 45% cereal in them. The rest is made up of lots of sugars and colourings so not healthy in that sense!
Other half bought these from Tesco and for a box of 6 paid £2.00. I think the price will vary depending where you buy from. I did think this was a bit much but because she likes them and says they are a good alternative to chocolate I thought it was also worth a try.
I like cereal bars anyway but we normally buy a cheaper alternative from the pound shop- Chewee bars 10 for £1. This is a big difference then in price but you pay for the taste and healthier ingredients.
Best thing is that there are only 90 calories in them so you can scoff to your heart's content- if you can afford them! Less than 2 grams of fat too. If you want a quick snack on the run I would recommend these to try but because of the cost I would suggets shopping around for a cheaper alternative (Missus has yet to find one that is only 90 calories though!)
I was always a huge fan of the Special K bars and had a stash everywhere! Desk draw, handbag, glove box - I could always lay my hands on one. The main reason I was so fond, was because not only did I really like the taste, but the bars were also very filling and were great for dealing with the mid morning hunger between breakfast and lunch. Also with only 90 calories - It wasn't even a naughty treat!
However, now Kellogg's have added an extra 50% of berries and fruit to their bars and I am disappointed to say that they are just not the same....
Although the bars are available in many different flavours, I will be concentrating on the fruity versions in this review. There are four main fruit varieties;
1. Original (Like the Special K Red Berries Cereal
2. Fruits of the Forest
3. Peach and Apricot
4. Apple and Pear
Each bar consists of a combination of Special K cereal, with fruit pieces and a layer of creamy yoghurt which binds the fruit and cereal together and gives the bar a 'sweet' taste. Though the fruit pieces use to be very small, they significantly added to the taste of the bar and complimented the cereal element. It was a lovely chewy treat!
With less than 90 calories and 0.9g of fat per 22g bar, they are an ideal snack for anyone following healthy eating or weight loss programmes. Though they do contain milk, wheat and barley which may make them unsuitable for people with certain allergies.
Each bar is available in a pack of 6 and is individually wrapped - so they are great for taking as part of a packed lunch and are also kept fresh by the wrapper. However, the price is quite expensive compared with other cereal bars - approx £1.95 for a box of 6.
However, now with the 50% extra fruit, the bars taste slightly too sweet with the fruit totally overpowering the yoghurt topping and the cereal. They even smell too fruity! The smell is so strong that I was accused of stashing opal fruits and not sharing them round the office!
This may be more suitable for people with a 'sweet' tooth; I am left feeling a bit disappointed about the change though.
I love eating this when it first came out. The original Special K bar with yoghurt, raspberry and rice Krispies inside all for 88 calories. It was also cheaper to get a box of 12 and just eat it for breakfast everyday since one bar is quite filling. The yoghurt gives it the most wonderful taste that just leaves me salivating for more. The sweetness of the fruits and the yoghurt and nicely balanced with just enough crunch to make it easily chewable. I had eaten some breakfast bars where chewing it was such a chore that I probably burned more calories chewing it.
However, Kelloggs has decided to add more fruits to the Special K bar. This brought the cereal bar over the desirable sweetness level. It is now too sweet for my liking. I am also having problems finding the original without the 50% more fruits. Hence, it has fell off my list of things to eat for breakfast. However, it does make a good dessert now (in comparison to eating a flapjack, this is still healthier).
Would recommend eating the old version without the 50% more fruits.
I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. It has recently become apparent that I am not eating enough (??!!) during the day. A snack is in order!
I wanted something tasty, but still light in calories. I bought a Special K bar, Chocolate Chip flavour, and was hooked.
So far, I've tried three flavours, and so can only comment on those.
Raspberry and Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Chip (no bonus points for noticing the pattern!)
First up - the Chocolate Chip. YUMMY! is a one word review, but not so helpful for you guys eh. Ok, the chocolate chips are plentiful, which was a nice surprise. The rice and wheat cereal bar gave a nice crunch whilst being soft on the mouth. The aroma was all chocolate without the sugar after-sniff you can get with 'cheap' choccy bars. Only bad thing about it that I could say - it's too small! Although it satisfies the craving for sweet, you could happily eat another.
The Raspberry & Chocolate Bliss bars give you the mental satisfaction of having a 'fruit' hit while giving a chocolate hit. The make-up of the bars is basically a chocolate bottom with a cereal top. The raspberrys are sprinked in the topping, and are the first things you see and smell when opening.
Although the berries aren't over flavourful, they do add a nice something to the bar.
The Mint Chocolate Bliss bars follow the same pattern as the raspberry ones, in that they have a chocoate bottom, with a cereal top. Obviously, the chocolate is flavoured with mint, though once the chocolate coat has melted on tongue, the mint has gone. They a nice snack, and I guess the mint being 'under-bearing' is probably a good thing.
My opinion of Special K Bars (based on my limited experience as mentioned above) is over-all a good one. They fill the snacking gap I discovered I needed to find (haha) without breaking the healthy-eating life I try to lead.
At under 90 calories per bar (all three above say under 90cal) they are good for the diet.
I should mention the contents, for those intolerent and allergic people out there. They all contain: Rice, wheat flour, oat flour, rice flour and wholewheat, soy, barley and milk. oh yeah, and chocolate!
I always find that cereal bars are somewhat dry & boring & really only eat them if I need something to eat in a hurry, but my daughter, who is a very fussy eater loves Special K original ones.
I've tried to persuade her to have the pear ones which are usually on offer but she only likes these original ones which, luckily for me, are on offer until 14/12 at Tesco 2 boxes for £3.
The box is smart & easy to open because of it's perforations.
There are 6 x 23g bars in each box which are separately packaged which means they retain their freshness & can easily popped into a handbag, pocket or lunchbox.
They are a relatively healthy & tasty cereal bar & not as dry or tasteless as some others which may be cheaper.
The bars have plenty of ingredients & a noce layer of topping which makes the texture crunchy but not too chewy.
nutritional information & the ingredients are clearly marked & my daughter says that they make her feel quite satisfied as a snack.
I won't list them all as they are provided on the box & on the bar packaging - but there seems to be a mixture of fresh & artificial ingredients as well as some vitamins & calcium.
contains milk, soy, wheat & barley so may not be suitable for everyone.
again I won't list all of these as they are provided but the most important ones for me are the following per 23g -
calories - only 90
sugars - 8g
-fat - 2g
- not the cheapest cereal bar around but in my opinion one of the tastiest.
- nice packaging.
- convenient & especially good if you're short of time or need to 'bridge that gap'.
- fairly healthy & satisfying.
- a cereal bar to suit all age groups.
- a good cereal bar to try for all ages.
Over the years I've searched high and low for lower-fat versions of foods and stupidly helped inflate the already rediculous diet industry. I'm sorry to say that Special K cereal bars aren't so special and seem to appeal to those us of wanting a 'lighter' treat for twice the price.
Special K do a range of cereal bars, 8 in total, though most supermarkets will only stock a couple of varieties. Special K is produced by Kelloggs who have many years of knowledge and experience. I thought that meant you'd be getting a quality product here, but I couldn't help but feel slightly let down. Don't get me wrong, I didn't find them particuarly bad, but they're not great and I don't want to encourage expencive diet foods for the wrong reasons.
The range includes:
Original (cereal with fruit pieces, with a yoghurty drizzle on top)
Apple & Pear
Peach & Apricot
Orange & Chocolate
Raspberry & Chocolate
Fruits Of The Forest
Most of these bars have the 'yoghurty' drizzle which is smooth and helps blend the bar together, making it slightly chewier. Fruit pieces, although small, bring out flavour in the cereal and there's a good range here to choose from so you should be able to identify something you like.
The chocolate version, which I'll mainly base my review on, consists of cereal flakes stuck together, with chocolate chips dispersed throughout to add flavour and make you think you're having a 'treat'. I've found you may only get a couple of these chips in each bar, which is good if you want a healthier breakfast bar but not if you wanted a lower-fat chocolate treat. The texture I have found to vary. I had a couple of bars which have been slightly chewier and softer which has made it easier to eat and more flavoursome. On the other hand, I've had a few that have been much harder and seemed to be almost stale. Each chocolate chip bar contains 84 calories and 1.5g fat and this is similar for the other varieties (all under 90 cals each). It's definitely a lower version of a snack or a breakfast on the go, and cereal does have it's healthier benefits. Each bar is individually wrapped for freshness so they're good to take out with you in for lunch or incase you get peckish during the day, and is quicker in the morning than a bowl of cereal and milk that needs to be washed up (though cheaper in the long run to buy a box of cereal!)
A box of 6 cereal bars retails at £1.72 (Tesco) which I feel is too pricey for what you get. I've tried Tesco Special Flake Cereal Bars with chocolate chips (see review for details) and not only are these cheaper, they taste 10 times better! Don't be fooled by the 2 week challenge unless you genuinely don't mind the price and enjoy the food...they want all the pennies you're willing to give away whilst you dream of wearing the red swimsuit in the adverts. Tesco do other cereal bar versions at better value so I think you'd be better off trying the cheaper options out rather than paying for a label and giving away your hard earned pennies to the diet industry.
A low fat cereal bar designed for dieters.