“ Brand: Marmite / Type: Cereal Bars „
Marmite Cereal Bars are, quite simply, fairly disgusting. I'm one of those weird people that actually hate eating Marmite, but I love the flavour of Marmite - and so I like Marmite crisps, Marmite Crackers, I like adding Marmite to sauces, etc. and so I thought the Marmite Cereal Bars could be something that I'd like. I couldn't have been more wrong!Marmite cereal come in a multi-pack and cost me £2.05 for six bars - which equates to 34p each which, for a cereal bar sounded okay....it's a shame they are quite revolting!
The cereal bars are individually packed - and are made up of rice and oats and have the look and texture of most other cereal bars I have eaten. The surprise comes when the taste of the Marmite hits you because it's just not expected as obviously cereal bars are usually sweet. So, despite knowing this was a Marmite Cereal Bar, the taste of the Marmite still came as a shock! And not in a good way. The taste of the Marmite is very strong and the rice and oats are just not enough of a buffer to soften the taste of it. It's not like a hint of Marmite, but instead it's more like a giant slap in the face of Marmite - and even if you love the stuff I struggle to believe that anyone wouldn't find this too much!
In addition to this, the cereal tastes a little soft and stale - which really doesn't help the overall experience!! I really cannot express how much I disliked this bar.
I'm in the Marmite-loving group and have grown up with this gorgeous yeast extract for nigh on 50 years. I love it for many reasons including the texture, the goodness and best of all the taste.
I'm so used to having it spread on toast or bread that I was somewhat surprised the other day when I saw they had cereal bars for sale for just £1 at our local cheapo shop. Without even hesitating I picked up a box thinking it would be a real treat for myself and my two Marmite-loving grown up daughters.
I am not sure whether they had ever advertised these bars (maybe I just missed them?) but I'd never seen them before nor heard anyone talking about them. They certainly looked tempting in their smart black box with the famous logo and on opening I found 6 fairly good sized, individually wrapped bars which has 'hate belly rumbles?' in large letters across each one. So far so good....
On the side of each bar it gives you the nutritional information (I won't list all of them) but just to let you know each 25g bar contains only 93 calories and 2% fat which I consider is pretty good for a cereal snack. Still sounds good ....
HOWEVER, In my personal opinion I think these are GROSS and so does my younger daughter and I will never buy these again.
Firstly, I thought there was a distinct lack of Marmite flavour and what there was seemed incipid.
Secondly I was not impressed by the texture of the bar - the cereal just seemed to disintegrate and not at all chewy.
Thirdly, these bars are dry and hard to digest.
Fourthly, I found myself with an unpleasant aftertaste.
I cannot believe Marmite have developed such a product with the outstanding reputation they have acquired over the years.
I could not finish a whole bar, my younger daughter was not at all impressed and elder one has yet to try.
I was born when food rationing was still in place in the UK and have always avoided wasting food of any description but, after having no ideas about adding it to a supper dish etc, trying to tempt the cat and dogs with a 'treat' (to no avail) and seeing the pigeons in the garden winging their way home (empty-mouthed) I have thrown them away. I've saved one for my elder daughter to try - guessing she will either love it/hate it!
I am really disappointed with Marmite - stick to your jars please!!
Being a lover of Marmite..and having just started a diet.. i was quite excited to find a marmite cereal bar as it sounded just what i needed to help lose weight..cereals..marmite..low cals..whats not to like? Well the answer is...EVERYTHING!! To say they were disgusting would be an understatement Never have i been so disappointed in a foodstuff They dont even taste like marmite..not really sure what they taste like to be honest but the awful aroma stays in your mouth for hours after and actually makes you feel physically sick.AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!
Marmite cereal bars were recently being given away in my train station. Now I sit firmly in the "love" camp, so I was quite excited to try this new snack.
Now when I saw recent a poster campaign that turned out to be for a make-believe Marmite perfume called XO, I thought it was actually for a new brand of marmite that was extra strong - I spend three trips looking for it in my local supermarket. And it is in relation to this that I feel let down by the folks at Marmite. You see, these bars barely taste of the lovely stuff, they should probably be called "hint of marmite bars" as that is all you are getting.
I thought that this might be just me being too demanding, so I shared some free samples with the colleagues that would try them and they echoed my sentiments.
The bars are of puffed rice, and only weigh 25g - (the bar claims 16% of this is marmite, but I am not so sure), hence they are a fairly light snack and can be enjoyed guilt free unless you are on the Atkins. The texture of the bars is not an issue, they are perfectly crisp.
There is not much more to say than the above - they are quite nice, light bars of puffed rice, with a mild Marmite flavour, not for either haters of Marmite (obviously) or marmite heads either. I feel the company should have picked their side and stuck to it - giving more flavour to the fans. Sadly, a disappointment - some of the free samples are still sitting in my desk 2 or 3 months later...
Marmite, is thick dark, gloopy, yeast and vegetable extract based food stuff, which is very often used as something to spread onto hot buttered toast.
Its an acquired taste that you either love to love or love to hate. Its salty tangyness is not for the faint hearted, but once you get used to it, its a real winner.
There are all sorts of marmite based products around these days. Products available range form moorish and tangy marmite crisps to marmite cheese and marmite bread sticks etc.
So who was it that thought the world needed Marmite Cereal Bars then? After all most of the cereal bars on our supermarket shelves are sweet tasting snacks, like cornflake bars and museli bars. So why oh why, use marmite in a snack like that?
The bars come in a 6 pack box and are priced at around £1.99 and each bar has 25g of marmite bar inside it. The makers of the product tell us that the bars contain 'lots of lovely chewy oats, wheat and rice all wrapped up with a hefty punch of marmite'.
Well they are telling the truth there, as the bars are full of rice, wheat and oats and have the texture we would normally expect from those sweet cereal bars that are so popular. But these are packed with marmite and as much as I am a fan, these bars just do not work. In fact I would go as far as to say that they are really horrible!
After opening the pack and biting into the bar, the taste of marmite seemed at first light and bearable, but then it really kicked in. It was really hard to continue with the bar at that stage, as the marmite taste really does not sit well with the texture of the bar. After about 2 bites its difficult to finish the rest and you can't face eating any more.
Even though they looked and sounded good from looking at the pack, even though they are 100% vegetarian and are full of B vitamins, I couldn't even think of trying to eat another bar. So the rest of the pack is just sat there awaiting its next victim, but so far when I have mentioned it, there have been no takers.....Mmm I wonder why?
Marmite eh? You either love it or hate it and as I fall into the former camp, I was very pleased to see that they had brought out Marmite cereal bars. On my last trip to Tesco I spotted them in distinctive black and yellow packaging and popped them in my trolley.
They come in boxes of 6 at a price of £1.50 which at 25p a bar is pretty decent value. As far as I'm aware they are not sold individually at the moment.
The bars are quite small at 25g each. When I unwrapped it, it was a golden colour and quite densely packed with oats and other cerealy bits.
I must admit when I first bit into it the taste took me aback and it took me a good while to work out whether I liked it or not. I now think that it was just the strange sensation of a cereal bar being savoury when I'm used to them being sweet.
Taste wise, it's not overly strong in fact, I could have done with a bit more. The taste I can most liken it to is a slice of marmite on toast spread very thinly!
It's also not a particularly filling snack but then again, that's exactly what it is - a snack. Definitely not a substitute for breakfast.
Suffice to say if you are not a marmite lover then this is highly unlikely to convert you, but those who do like it might just have found a nifty new product for their elevenses snack.
Reading the back of the box for calories as I always do, I was happy to find that nutritionally it's only 2g fat and 93 calories per bar with the added bonus of being rich in B vitamins and folic acid.
Then I read the ingredients list and disappointingly it contains palm fat, the production of which impacts considerably on deforestation of rain forests and subsequently endangers species such as the orang-utans. Boo.
Taste wise, I did like these bars but I'm afraid (and it's purely a personal choice) that I wont be buying them again as they contain palm oil. I prefer orang-utans to Marmite :)
Marmite cereal bars....i love it and i hate it!!
While cruising down the isles at the local morrisons a slim black box caught my eye, being easily attracted by black and shiny things i had to take a closer look. As i got closer the bright yellow logo that is traditional to all marmite products became clear.... marmite cereal bars......not something you would have thought would go together! But the special offer of just 99p for a box of six was a bargain and it was worth a try.
What you get in the box is 6 cereal bars made of chewy oats,wheat and rice wrapped in the flavour of marmite, needless to say these are not suitable for people with allergies to wheat, oats, barley and also celery and soya. Each bar is 25g.
Whats in it ?
Well the cereal bars are rich in b vitamins as usual to marmite. The bars also boast about being high in fibre,no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and have only 93 calories in a bar. Well sounds pretty healthy doesnt it?!
There is also :
Protein - 4.6g
Carbohydrate - 14.0 (of which sugars) 1.3g
Fat - 2.o g (of which saturates) 0.8g
Fibre - 1.5g
Salt - 0.45g
So overall as far as snacks go these seem to be pretty healthy but what about the taste?
Opinion :As you open the little black packet (which is just the same design as the box) you are greeted by a golden cereal bar. The mild marmite colour giving the cereal a nice glaze. Unfortunately there doesnt seem to be any smell to these bars but what it is lacking in smell it makes up with that first bite. I am at the moment a big marmite eater but I do not like my toast smothered in the stuff. The first bite is to be savoured as this seems to be the nicest. This is the only kick of marmite you will get as once the initial kick has gone every mouthful after that seems a little bland. The taste is nice but the marmite is more of a subtle undertone than the hefty punch of marmite that is claimed on the box. Maybe this has been done to make you want more, or purely because as marmite so often say," you either love it or hate it " and they were worried about offending. If you are a newbie to marmite then this is an ideal product to try as the taste is just subtle but to those of us who are keen marmite eaters i feel that it could do with a bit more marmite to give us that marmite fix on the go!
All said and done though, it is a cereal bar, it's meant as a snack and not meant to replace your morning toast so if you are out and about its handy to have and leaves you with a nice taste in your mouth. It isnt too bad, the taste is nice but more marmite please!!
While shopping at the weekend in Morrisons I literally got stopped in my tracks as I thought I had spied something on the shelves that looked familiar but couldn't possibly be!.
There it was a whole end aisle of black square boxes with that really familiar logo in yellow on the front......Yep it was MARMITE CEREAL BARS!. Well my first reaction was YUKKKK!!... even though I really love Marmite.
Being that they were on special offer for 99p instead £1.99 I really had to try these so I grabbed a box and flung it into my trolley, getting quite excited to hurry up and finish the shopping and get home so I could try one of these bars.
Now I decided to wait until I was feeling hungry so I could give these bars a fair chance of tasting what they really tasted like instead of just eating one for the sake of it.
You get 6 bars in the box which are quite striking to look at in their black wrapper with the simple Marmite logo on one side with bold writing across the front saying three different quotes "HATE BELLY GRUMBLES?", HATE MORNINGS?" & "HATE TO BE LATE" don't quite get what that is all about, I suppose it is trying to say grab one of these if in a hurry! Well the question is should you!!!!.
Feeling quite hungry I decided to give it a go, I tore across the top of the bar which ripped down the wrapper, to expose a oaty golden colour bar. There was a very slight hint of a smell of something, but straightaway you wouldn't have thought Marmite if you had not known that this is what it is.
I break a piece off and put it into my mouth, my first reaction was that it tasted weird, as you did get a faint taste of Marmite, but the oats were quite tasty and after a second piece there definitely was a Marmitey taste, but it seemed wrong as my brain was thinking that " cereal bar= sweet taste" and not savoury. So by the time I had finished the bar my brain had come to terms with it being savoury and the only thing I can say is I personally don't think they go together well at all!.
I love Marmite, but have been really dissappointed recently when I have tried several different Marmite products, to find that they seem to be a bit afraid to give it a really good blast of Marmite. As if everyone knows you either Love it or Hate it, so if you buy a Marmite product you must love it, so why are they holding back on the Marmite taste are they trying to get a new market of people who may like just a hint of Marmite.
To date I've tried their breadsticks, cashew nuts, cheese ect... and I have the same opion on all of these and that is that they are too light handed with the Marmite. So Marmite people if you read this review a few more spoons of the stuff if you are going to call it MARMITE!!.
Each 25g bar contains;
~~~Calories 93 ~~~
~~~Sugars 1.3g ~~~
~~~Fat 2.0g ~~~
~~~Saturates 0.8g ~~~
~~~Salt 0.45g ~~~
Each bar is made up from Oats, Wheat and Rice, so for allergy sufferers beware as these do contain Wheat, Oats, Barley, Soya and Celery. May also contain nuts as well. These are high in fibre and rich in vitamin B with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
My son is an avid Marmite eater and said the same as me that it just didn't marry well together. We still have four left in the box in the cupboard which is really unusual in this house as cereal bars usually fly out of the window here!!
My last word on these are that on the front of the box it has written " Lots of lovely chewy oats, wheat and rice all wrapped up with a hefty punch of Marmite " well if that is your punch I'll take you on any day in a fight!!!
More like a flick!!! .......sorry but I can only give it 2 stars and this is because the rest of the ingredients seemed of good quality and tasty.
Should have gone with my first reaction YUK!!!!