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Part of McVities' "Go Ahead" range of healthy snacks, these individually wrapped 30g bars come in boxes of 6, currently £1.91 at Tesco. Looking back at previous reviews on the site, it's clear that this product has changed slightly over the years! So here's the January 2010 version: the box is in the current green of the rest of the range, with a clear description of the contents and a photograph of one of the bars, together with nutritional information, particularly flagging up the energy (120KCal) and fat content (2.4g) per bar. This information is also printed on the bar wrappers. As a novel departure from the norm, they've organised the info into three points, each in its own little table, No.1 being titled "Eat Healthily" with the nutrition table beneath it, No.2 is "Keep Active" and is an advert for the United Biscuits website www.123healthybalance.com, which actually does contain an extensive amount of handy hints on healthy lifestyles, and of course a section on their own products. No.3 is the very long ingredients list, which I'll quote:
Milk Chocolate (22%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Skimmed Milk, Cocoa Mass, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring],
Crisped Cereals (21%) [Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Maize Flour, Wheat Bran Flour, Sugar, Malt Extract, Salt, Raising Agent (Calcium Carbonate), Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)],
Rolled Oats (5%),
Dried Apple (3.5%) [contains Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide)],
Apple Flavoured Fruit Pieces (3.5%) [Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Concentrated Apple Purée, Humectant (Glycerine), Wheat Fibre, Vegetable Fat, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Flavourings, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid)], Vegetable Oil,
Product contains: Milk, Soya, Gluten, Sulphites, and is produced on a line that handles nuts.
So what does that all combine to produce?
As you bite into it, it has a very satisfying chewy feel, not too soft though, and a nice texture - the apple and apple flavoured pieces are fairly easy to taste, the rest of the ingredients seem to form a general sweet flavour, enhanced by the thin but flavoursome layer of chocolate at the bottom. It might seem, if you look quickly, that the list above makes chocolate out to be the second largest ingredient - don't be misled, if you add up everything else you get more of an idea. It really is quite a thin layer, but then they're not sold as chocolate bars, and in a sense it's just an added bonus that it's there at all! The only thing that's a shame is that you almost can't tell that there are sultanas in there at all, the pieces are very small and their subtle flavour gets absorbed into the general sweetness of the bar.
Although it's a fairly small snack bar, it's quite dense and somehow manages to be quite filling - I often enjoy one as an energy boost mid-morning, or to steady my nerves before embarking on cooking the evening meal. They're actually meant to be in the cupboard ready for our youngest daughter's school lunchbox! In fact it's a sneaky way of getting chocolate into a healthy lunchbox, she's happy as she likes them (in fact she likes quite a few of the different Go Ahead bars), and the school are happy as they're a healthy product. All in all, it's a very enjoyable sweet snack that you know won't be piling on the ounces!
3/11/13 - Perhaps another one for the archive - I haven't been able to find these for sale anywhere locally now for a couple of years, which is a great shame.
These are my little after dinner treats, cereal bars, although they look like it, are actually usually not the most healthy of snacks, you just end up eating a dry old lump of wheat with no health benefits, but Go Ahead bars are different. As part of an active lifestyle these tantalising bars are actualy worthy of sitting in a dieters cupboard!
Each bar is 30g, quite big for such a low calorie snack! And very saitisfying, great for if you get a craving for something sweet. There are many flavours in the Go Ahead range, but this particularone is apple and sultana, blended with oats and crispies...and get this, DIPPED IN CHOCCY! Ok, so lets not go wils here, its only a thin layer, but i find it very encouraging, whether on a diet or not, that can still get my little chocolate kicks!
Not dry at all, quite tasty, if your used to eating chocolate bars all the time then you probably on't appreciate it that much, as obviously its not as tasty as a Twix or something, but you do get the satisfaction of having no guilt after eating it!
Each bar contains 113cals, 11.2g sugar and 2.3g of fat, Plus, its free from trans fats! The sugar levels are not great but you can't have it all! The only other downside is the price, but theres not much you can do about that, you do get 8 after all.
Allergy notes: Contains milk, gluten, suphite, produced on a line handling nuts.
Is it me, or is everything produced in a place that handles nuts? I feel v sorry for all those people with nut allergies!
So basically their a dieters best friend, do not cave in to your sweet cravings, have one of these on standbye at all times (just don't go too mad, they're not so fantastic calorie wise if you eat them continuously throughout the day!)!
Once again, I am on a mission to lose a bit of weight and get a trimmer figure in the process! Whenever, I am trying to lose weight though, the challenge is to be able to eat the right type of food (which I will also enjoy!) and not feel hungry in the process. Normally about eleven o'clock, the hunger pangs start setting in, so I am very pleased to have discovered this go ahead apple and sultana bar which seems to help keep my hunger at bay, is not too high in calories and is actually rather tasty as well!
The apple and sultana cereal bar is part of the Mcvites Go Ahead range which I always look at when trying to diet! Normally though, I tend to avoid cereal bars because, personally, I find them a bit dry and tasteless. This however, is not the case with this go ahead bar which is in fact quite the opposite.
The cereal bars come in boxes of six and each are individually wrapped to keep them all fresh. The description on the box says that they are blended with oats and crispies and dipped in milk chocolate - that last bit was what really appealed to me! A healthy snack which would also provide me with a small chocilate fix! Also on the box you discover that each bar only contains 114 calories and only has 2.5 grams of fat! Not bad when you are watching your weight!
So when you open up one of the wrappers you find a rather tempting looking bar with a good mixture of sultanas, apples and crispies - and I have to say that I really like this combination of tastes. The bottom part of the bar has been dipped in chocolate - it's quite a thin layer, but you do definitely taste the chocolate. I'm not quite sure what all the ingredients are bound together with, but the bar is quite sticky to taste, which definitely contributes to its moistness.
When you start eating one of these bars, it tends to break off quite easily in your mouth. There are quite a lot of different textures which make it very interesting, and the taste of apple tends to come through quite strongly. In fact altogether, the combination of tastes, texture and the hint of chocolate works together really well.
The best thing about this cereal bar is that it does tend to leave you satisfied and full up. If I eat one of these at about 11, I can easily go until about one o'clock before really thinking about lunch.
So, if you're tempted to 'go ahead' and try some, I can tell you that I buy them from Sainsburys, where a packet of six normally costs about £1.65. Having said that though, you can often find them on special offer and be able to but two boxes for about £2.50. They have a reasonably long shelf life so it is quite possible to stock up when they are on offer!
Apple & sultana cereal bar blended with oats & crispies & dipped in milk chocolate.