Product Type: McVities Snacks
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McVities Go Ahead Apple & Sultana
Member Name: melinda3536
McVities Go Ahead Apple & Sultana
Date: 24/01/10, updated on 04/11/13 (419 review reads)
Advantages: great taste and texture
Disadvantages: Not enough evidence of sultanas
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.
Summary: good sweet taste, a great gap-filler!