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McVities Go Ahead Crispy Bars Caramel Crunch

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      12.08.2009 22:32
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      not a great buy

      Many of us are conscious about our weight and the sight of a low fat food entering the basket can make us feel great but is it really?

      I bought a packet of these go ahead caramel crunch biscuits from Morrison's as a healthy alternative to normal chocolate biscuits. As I was shopping with my toddler son I am limited on how long I can spending a supermarket before he gets bored so I saw the go ahead label and dropped them in the basket.
      The packet shows a picture of the biscuit and is in the distinctive green wrapper. Each pack contains ten bars. I bought them for £1.49 which was reduced form '£1.99 due to a short shelf life.

      Upon opening the packet each bar is individually wrapped which may discourage you from eating more and makes it easier to transport for a packed lunch. It does look really small and makes me immediately think the reason they are low fat and calories is because the bar is so small.

      As you bite through you are met with a thin layer of chocolate that is barely noticeable but the biscuit reminds me of crunchy shortcake biscuits it is then has a layer of smooth caramel .All of which does taste like a cheap biscuit. Although it only takes about four bites it is very sickly so you don't actually need more than one. I don't these are particularly filling just help when you want something sickly sweet to eat.

      Nutritional information per bar:
      Calories 106
      Fat 3.4 g

      Allergy information: contains milk, Soya, and gluten
      These biscuits have been made on a line handling nuts.

      If you want something to satisfy sweet craving then this will do the job but if you want something to really enjoy then I would advise a different brand.

      Note: the picture on the picture is not correct but Dooyoo have been advised by the food guide to change the photo

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        25.02.2009 12:45
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        Tasty but over-priced and slightly misleading

        This is a review for Go Ahead Caramel Crunch Bars, which is what the page seems to say but the picture isn't right. Therefore, just ignore the picture and imagine something very similar to Caramel Rocky bars.

        Go Ahead is a range produced by McVitie's that is designed to provide slightly 'healthier' and lighter snacks. I had a quick look on their website and one of their slogans is 'Tastier snacks. A healthier lifestyle. A better you'. I can't say it's all too appealing, or that I necessarily agree with the 'tastier snacks' part as I'm not so keen on most of their range. Their Caramel Crunch bars however are an exception as I do think these are very tasty, but, as always, we're expected to pay more for less fat.

        Caramel Crunch Bars are sold in packs of 10 for around £1.94 (Tesco). I remember buying these a few years ago when they first came out and they weren't that costly. I haven't bought them in quite a while as I decided it was a rip-off but managed to pick some up from Morrisons last week when they were on offer for £1. They're usually either found in the biscuits isle, cereal bars section or the lower-fat sections of supermarkets, though they're harder to come by in most smaller convenience stores.

        Each bar is individually wrapped and the packaging is quite simple and brown in colour. They're described as 'smooth caramel layered shortcake covered with milk chocolate' and the picture on the front of the chocolate is quite tempting. The bars are quite small in size and relatively thin, so just one probably wont fix a big appetite. If you just want a small chocolate biscuit snack however they're ideal, and they're sweet enough to give you blood sugar a little spike! These aren't anything special and the concept is quite simple: a biscuit base with a layer of caramel, covered in smooth milk chocolate.

        The biscuit is crunchy, the caramel is soft and just the right consistency to be chewy without being overly so and the chocolate is smooth. As for the taste, it's quite chocolate and fairly sweet, so it depends how much you like sweet things. Just one should give you the fix you need, but if you're like me once you've had one you're hooked. Being quite small however means you get the great taste without it being sickly.

        As for the claims about it being low-fat and the perfect healthier treat... well, I would have to disagree and say it's a bit of a marketing ploy to make you pay more. Each bar contains 3.3g fat and 105 calories, which is fairly low for something sweet and chocolatey. But they are only small bars anyway so it's hardly surprising there's only 3.3g of fat. But the calorie content is the same as a two-fingered kit kat, and similar to other products like Breakaways and Rocky bars. Yet the price is twice as much. Although the fat content may be 2g lower, the calories are the same. These are very similar, verging on identical, to Rocky Caramel Bars (which I have also reviewed). Difference is that a pack of 10 Rocky's is £1.15.

        Overall, I think these do have a lovely taste and texture. But as far as buying them goes, I wouldn't anymore unless they're on offer (like £1 which is a much better price for a pack of 10). If you want something similar, don't pay for the privilege of having someone tell you you're eating 'diet' food, opt for Rocky Caramels and save yourself some money.

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      Smooth caramel layered shortcake covered with milk chocolate.

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