“ Brand: McVities / Type: Cereal Bars „
These are really nice, juicy and with satisfying oaty bits in them. A good mid afternoon snack..
As you can probably tell from my reviews, I am currently working my way through the Go Ahead/McVities collection. Tesco have various varieties on offer at the moment so I thought I would try them all out (obviously not all at once I might add!)
Packaged in their uniform green and yellow colours, Oat Squares are yet another addition to the Go ahead range. They are available in a few different flavours but the ones I am reviewing are Apple and Blackberry. They are described as 'Delicious soft moist baked bars packed with oats, sultanas, and apple & blackberry flavoured fruit pieces'.
Oat Squares are packaged in fives - so one a day to pop into your lunchbox - in clear plastic wrappings with all the necessary information shown in green and white. Through the cellophane they look very appetising. Just make sure you don't squash yours in your bag like I did! It probably would have helped if they were contained in a cardboard case or sleeve. They have a long expiry date - June 2010 - for the fresh ingredients that are included.
Appearance and Taste Test
You can really smell the fruityness of the product upon opening the packing. The square quite resembles a flapjack with the regular oats, syrup and fruit. I noticed as soon as I removed it from the packet how wet and sticky this oat square was, it just squashed between my fingers rather than being firm and keeping it's shape. I also don't think I have ever tasted something so sweet! I have a very sweet tooth and love cakes but this was just too sweet. The whole thing was very mushy to eat and it clinged to my teeth like glue. They probably would be nice with a cup of tea or coffee to counteract the sweetness.
137 calories per bar
11.4g of which are sugars
As you can see from the above values they are very high in sugar so are not as good for you as you may think. You could probably eat a two fingeres KitKat for the same as this or a few biscuits.
Price and Availability
These Oat Squares are on offer at just £1 a pack at the moment from Tesco and usually retail at around £2.40 - What a rip off! They are available at all local supermarkets down the biscuit isle.
Overall Go Ahead's Oat Squares are nice every now and then but I don't believe I will be purchasing these again in a hurry. I give these 3 dooyoo stars out of five - if they had a better texture and less sugar McVities would be onto a winner with these.