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      27.01.2014 13:11

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      Eat them quickly before the fruit vanishes

      These seem to have gone downhill recently but maybe I've just had some bad luck with the last 2 packs I've bought.

      I don't buy these from a calorie-wise saving point of view, which I guess is unlike most on here, but just buy these as a tasty snack, often discounted by supermarkets.

      However the last 2 packs I have bought have suffered from a number of the slices having what appears to be 'disappearing fruit', especially occurring towards the end of the 5 mini packs inside.

      The 5 mini packs are usually eaten over a period of about 2 weeks but even though the mini packs are sealed they seem to deteriorate. The final pack just eaten now seemed to have a crystallized apple filling hence was virtually non-existant. The sultanas were still evident but the apple?

      If this was the first time I would have assumed some air had got inside the pack (and a one-off) but this is not the first time this has occurred. I am surprised no-one else has had the same experience; maybe everyone else consumes them in a few days.

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      14.01.2014 13:45
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      Excellent alternative to other sugary products

      I was on the hunt for a low calorie alternative sweet, as I've ate so much over the festive period. Luckily for me I didn't manage to put on any weight. Not sure how I didn't though!

      I came across these in my local Tesco on special offer. They were only £1 per pack. There were 5 packets in the pack, 20p each one. I didn't think that was too bad to be honest!
      As you know with certain supermarkets / stores, all of the cheap sweets and biscuits are situated right on the bottom shelf. With all the expensive, premium cakes at the top of the shelf. When I purchased these, they only had one flavour available, Apple and Sultana.

      When I opened the pack, there were 3 small slices in my packet. Calorie wise, each slice is around 50 cal. But they are low in fat and salt, which make these a nice, healthy change from all the other unhealthy bars around.
      I wasn't quite sure what to expect flavour wise. But I was pleasantly surprised how nice it was. It has a very soft centre with bits of apple and sultanas in the middle. The top layer is lightly sugar coated.
      Sugar wise, each slice has 5% of the daily recommend sugar in them. So even if you eat all 3 slices in the pack at once, it's only 15% of your daily amount. But I know apples have some natural sugars within them, so I'm not sure if most the sugar is from that, rather than the refined type you find in other chocolate / cake bars.

      I go jogging almost everyday, (well 5 days a week, in fact) and I eat a pack of these before I go. It does feel like I have a lot more energy than I did before eating these.

      When I used to eat other chocolate bars, I used to get headaches quite a lot. But now I've changed to these. I don't suffer from them anymore. It could be a major coincidence, but I very much doubt it.

      If you're after a sweet low sugar treat which is also low in calories, then I can't recommend this enough.
      I know they come in varies of flavours, I shall check my local supermarket to see if they have anymore when these run out.

      9/10

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        12.02.2013 15:20
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        Yummy and not too bad for the hips either!

        At the moment I am trying really hard to eat a bit healthier. I've had enough of all the takeaways and eating out I've done over the past few months and I certainly don't feel great through it and have put on weight so out has gone all the rubbish I was consuming and in are healthier choices and a membership to a gym!

        I was in my local Tesco store the other day after the gym when I was feeling a bit peckish but determined I wasn't about to undo all my hard work when I spotted these Go Ahead Crispy Slices. There are a few varieties of these to choose from but I opted for the 'Red Cherry' flavour.

        The packaging of these is green plastic oblong shaped pack and on the front of it we are shown a photograph of cherries and told what they are and that in the pack I have that there are 5 packs of 3 within it and that they are 'A sultana and red cherry flavoured filling in a light crispy biscuit' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the pack other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice (these are suitable for Vegetarians by the way) there is a full nutritional chart given and contact details for the manufacturer (Mcvities) are given. Inside the pack as promised are 3 biscuits x 5 and they come in see through and bright green and easy to remove packets from the slices/biscuits and on each we are clearly told what they are and the flavour.

        The Slices Slash Biscuits:

        The slices come baked looking and so are gentle brown colour and have holes to both sides of them. They are oblong in shape and reasonably thick and you can see some of the dark red filling sort of seeping but its set in the middle of each one poking through and they look rather nice and per pack you get a generous amount of the slices and each slice only contains 50 calories per one and with only 0.1g of saturated fat.

        Taste wise well these are great. They are really crunchy and crispy and not one bit greasy in touch or taste, the granulated white sugar gives a nice natural sweetness to each one, the slices go creamy almost when chewed and the cherry and sultana filling gives a nice fresh and fruity flavour that is rather sweet but naturally so against the biscuit and there's plenty of it and I find just one of these to really fill a gap on the go!

        Although a biscuit/slice Ieat these as a quick snack or breakfast rather than wanting to sit down and scoff them with a cuppa and they are not something I would want to dunk!

        Thumbs up for these I really like them and think they are excellent quality for the money and really tasty and although I bought my pack on offer for a pound would be happy to pay the £2.00 a pack they usually retail about at if need be!

        Available in all good supermarkets.

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        04.05.2012 19:21
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        A great tasting low calorie biscuit. Perfect to store in the cupboard for emergencies!

        For those people on a diet or those who just prefer to eat lower calorie biscuits than heavy calorie ones these are the perfect biscuit for you. There are different flavours in this range such as Apple or Orange but the ones I like the best are the Forest Fruit ones so this is the flavour I will be rating here.

        The pack of bars come in a green plastic wrapper with a red picture on the front which shows the berries inside the biscuit. The 5 bars inside the packet are individually wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper with a bit of green writing on the front. In each individual wrapper there are 3 crispy slice biscuits. Each slice has 49 calories and 0.9g of fat so if you eat all 3 slices in the wrapper you will have consumed just under 150 calories and just under 3g of fat.

        The slices themselves are made of a crispy chewy outer bsicuit with a forest fruit flavoured soft centre.They are a pale golden colour to look at with very small flecks of sugar clinging to the outside of them. They initially crunch when you bite it but are very chewy once inside your mouth. The bars have a really nice flavour and texture and are quite filling.

        What is good with these slices is that it takes quite a while to eat all 3 slices. If you went for a standard chocolate biscuit like a Penguin or a Kit Kat which would have similar calories although more fat it would be eaten in about 4 bites if that! With these you have 3 times the amount of slices and it takes a lot longer to chew them so you feel like you're getting to eat more.

        They cost £1.69 from Tescos and a similar cost from other supermarkets. Some supermarkets stock one or two flavours but maybe not all so you might have to shop around a bit first to check where they are sold.

        A worthy snack to have in the cupboard when you feel like having a biscuit but shouldn't have a naughty biscuit!

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        11.02.2011 16:47
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        I recently bought some McVities Go Ahead products from my local Tesco store, one of which being these Crispy Slices in the Forest Fruit flavour. I bought a pack that contained 5 individually wrapped packs, each of which contained 3 slices. They also had apple and sultana, and the orange and sultana flavours available. Priced at £1.26 I didn't think was too bad especially as Go Ahead products tend to be more expensive than some others.

        They are described as containing a sultana and berry fruit flavoured filling in a light crispy biscuit. The sultana and berry being the forest fruit theme. They contain no artificial colours or flavours either, meaning they should be a lot better for you.

        The slices are a light golden brown colour with the top of the slice being covered in sugar. At first it doesn't appear to look particularly good for you!
        The biscuit is quite sweet tasting, but this does have a lot to do with the sugar coating. Inside the middle of the biscuit is the forest fruit filling. There were real pieces of fruit and sultanas in this filling, and it did taste quite nice too. The surprise for me though was that it was actually really chewy and not soft as I expected. As you bite the biscuit you almost have to pull it away from your mouth, as it is that chewy and tough. I definitely wouldn't recommend for those with loose teeth or dentures!

        Each slice is quite a good size, so much so that I was surprised that each pack contained 3 slices. They are probably almost the same length as two custard creams put together! I personally felt quite full after one (I did continue and eat another though!) The biscuit left a nice sweet fruity after taste that lasted for a little while too.

        Nutritional Values per slice:

        56 kcals
        5.3g sugar
        0.9g fat
        0.2g saturated fat
        0.1g salt

        Overall these crispy slices are a nice alternative to a conventional biscuit, however as they are designed to be a healthier product having 3 slices to each pack is asking for trouble...especially with those like myself with little willpower!

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          16.12.2010 09:53
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          Like a low calorie mince pie...just without the pie, and the mincemeat

          Go Ahead is not a brand I often go for as from my experience their products are either higher in calories than similar companies' versions, or are noticeably smaller, so you have to eat two or more in one go, defeating the object. That said, I can still be tempted in by the occasional bargain, and I bought these Crispy Slices for just 15p, down from 59p, in my local Superdrug who had reduced them due to a short shelf life.

          The flavour I got is described as "Sultana and apple flavoured filling, in a light crispy biscuit". The first part of that sounds nice and healthy, the second less so, but the nutrition reassured me somewhat. A packet contains 3 slices, and weighs in at a total 45g which is quite a nice, chunky amount, suggesting these aren't just full of air like some products in the range. Each one contains 56 calories, 1.16 fat and 0.4g fibre, so eat the whole pack and it's about the same as a single cereal bar, though should feel a bit more satisfying. This item is suitable for vegetarians.

          The pack lists lots of ingredients, never a good sign on its own, but in this case also showing there's not much fruit in them - (about 30%). For a treat snack this hardly matters, just don't be a sucker and think from the name that you're getting anything approaching even 1 of your 5 a day.

          The rectangular slices are bigger than I had imagined from my experience with Go Ahead. They also look more tempting, with the top dusted with sugar. They smell very fruity - somewhere between a mince pie and an apple crumble - and you can see bits of fruit peeping through at various bits, though having read the ingredients I knew this was more sugar than actual fruit, just like fruit jam is hardly healthy.

          The biscuit surprised me as it was more of a flaky pastry with a sweet, buttery taste but at the same time living up to their crispy name. It's quite similar to those delicious heart shaped Spanish pastries you can get, or like turnovers but without the plump fruit filling. In these, for the size the filling is generous, reaching the sides and peeping through the latticed top, and gives the overall thing a chewy texture. The apple and sultana were both easy to detect, and complemented each other well. I was worried that it might be too sultanay - I'm not fan of that particular dried fruit - but really it was just like apple with an extra kick, and not too overwhelming.

          'Diet' products are often sweeter than you would expect, especially as they tend to load up on artificial sweeteners which always taste more sickly than proper sugar. There's no denying that these crispy slices are sweet, but they're not excessively so, despite the added sugar and natural sweetness from the fruit. I didn't need a drink immediately afterwards, nor did I want to stick my finger in a tub of salt and lick it off, to take some of the sweet away. These are sweet in the way you expect sweet snacks to be, but not more than that.

          Once again, I feel the manufacturers have got the serving size wrong with this product. For me, a two-slice pack would have been much better and less tempting since 2 slices was enough but I would probably have eaten the 3rd as well, had I not given it away to a hungry colleague.

          I liked these as they made a change from cereal bars, and also seemed like a naughtier treat due to the flaky pastry and sugar topping. I do think, however, that you could get sick of them quite quickly as although edible, they're not moreish - I'm not sure I'd want to have one as a mid morning snack every day for weeks on end, for example. As an occasional treat, though, I was quite impressed, and think you could also serve them up to children as an after school snack, or put them out with morning coffee for something a bit different from Rich Tea or, at this time of year, a Mince Pie. I also found them to be quite sturdy which makes them a good snack to carry about with you for hunger emergencies as they don't get too squashed / crumble to dust too easily.

          Would I buy them again? At 59p I think they're a bit much for a bog standard snack - that's more than most chocolate bars, after all, and far less enjoyable - but in multipacks in the supermarket when the unit price is less, or when you can get them for 15p a pack loose, I do think they are value for money, and tasty enough to have again...at some point.

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            24.08.2010 10:42

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            perfect fill me up in morning

            I was looking for something that was tasty and light for my snack in the mornings at work, as usually I don't have much time when I get up to make myself breakfast so often tend to skip it and usually head for the snack machine at work. I saw Go Ahead crispy slices in Sultana and raspberry flavour in my local supermarket so thought would give them a go. In getting 5 packs of 3 its easy just to pop one in my lunch box each day, I must admit having tasted them I am pleasantly surprised that not only are they very flavoursome, they really do seem to keep the hunger pangs away till lunch time and at only 56 calories per slice are a very welcome change to the usual calorie ridden snacks I tend to go for. The crispy biscuit is ideal at making me think I am having a treat, so tends to take away my craving for the usual chocolate and biscuits away. I certainly am looking forward to trying the other flavours available.

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            06.06.2010 13:55
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            Would like to have them in packs of two, three can seem to many , one not enough

            I tend to buy these when they`re on offer, I`m not on a diet so I dont see them as a diet food, I just like the flavours. My favourite is the sultana and berry ones, (Forest Fruits) But I also like the cherry ones and the apple ones.

            They come in 5 packs of 3 biscuits individual wrapped. Which is great for freshness but I think they would be better packed in twos as sometimes three is too many at one as they are big biscuits. And filling.

            On opening the pack they`re a rich brown baked colour and you can see a good quantity of sultanas/berries. They crisp to bite into and feel light to chew, they are chewy but that because of the fruit, but the harmony between the crispness and the chewiness is excellent and well done Go Ahead for getting the balance right.

            They usually retail about the £1.30 mark and the total weight of the whole packet is 215g (5x43g)

            They are advertised as healthy option, but what biscuit is? Especially at 56kcal/0.9g Fat per slice

            It contains no artificial colours of flavours, contains Seseme seeds, egg, soya , milk and gluten and may contain nuts.

            Nutritional Values
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            Per Slice
            Energy 56kcals
            Protein 0.8g
            Carbs 11.1g
            of which sugars 5.3g
            Fats 0.9g
            of which sats 0.2g
            Fibre 0.4g
            Sodium less than 0.1g

            So they are lower in fat than other biscuits, in moderation but as they come in packs of three perhaps a couple of custard creams would be less fattening.

            Buty these are so tasty and you really feel as if you`ve eaten something when you`ve chosen them.

            So a thumbs up from me on Go Ahead Crispy Slices of Forest Fruits

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            04.03.2010 01:59
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            Great for inbetween meals.

            I've recently decided to cut my chocolate and crisp addiction right down in an attempt to get into shape for this years holiday.

            It's usually when I am at work that I get a craving for something, so over the last few weeks I have been sticking to these as they are the healthiest thing available in the vending machine.

            I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted them and actually enjoyed eating them.

            The packaging is easy to open and contains 3 crispy Go Ahead slices which make up 43g. The product is made by McVitie's so there is really no reason to worry about the quality you are getting.

            Each slice is rectangular biscuit with an apple and sultana filling. The amount of filling is quite generous which really helps the make the biscuits taste less dry.

            You can really taste the apple in this product and there are whole sultanas used too. I find this makes the biscuits taste quite sweet and gives them a nice flavour but obviously, if you don't like apple or sultanas, then you're not going to like these.

            The top of the biscuits seem to be sprinkled with what looks like sugar which also helps to give the product a sweet taste. I felt quite satisfied after eating a packet of these, they are quite a substantial little snack and the great thing is that they are only 56 calories per slice and very low in fat. They are also suitable for vegetarians.

            I think this is a product that anyone of any age can enjoy and would also be great for children's lunchboxes.

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              10.02.2010 20:35
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              I like them just because they are yummy

              Go Ahead Crispy Slices are really yummy, personally I prefer the Apple and Sultana flavour. These biscuits now have 50% less saturated fat the previous ones. Each large pack contains 5 separate packs that contain 3 biscuits.

              Go Ahead are made by McVitie's, they state that are a light golden crispy biscuit with a sultana and apple flavoured filling. The perfect treat for those looking for a little bit of something sweet, and all under 60 calories per slice.

              I really enjoy these biscuits and always buy them when they are on offer. I have to say I don't buy them because I am on a diet or are counting my calories, I just buy them because I find them really tasty. Although I have to say that if I was on a diet, them I would probably rather have a Cadburys Chomp or one of there smaller choc's to feed my hunger for something sweet, as when you add it up they are not really that low in calories, as there is 3 per pack and each biscuit contains 56 calories, so that's 168 per pack, as you would not really be able to only eat one or two as the ones left would soon do stale. So personally, I would rather have something a little more naughty for the same calorific value.

              The ingredients are: Wheat flour, Fruit Filling (36%) (Sultanas, Glucose-fructose syrup, Sugar, Humectant (Glycerine), Dextrose monohydrate, Wheat Bran, Apple concentrate, Rice flour, Gelling agent (pectin), Ground cinnamon, Citric Acid, Vegetable oil, Acidity regulators, Flavourings), Sugar, Vegetable oil, maltodextrin, Glazing agent (Glucose syrup, Dried skimmed milk, Modified potato starch), Dried whey, Ground cinnamon, Flavourings, Raising agents. Finished product contains 27% sultanas and the equivalent of 3% apple.

              The biscuits contain gluten and milk, and are produced on a line handling nuts, sesame seeds, egg and soya.

              So overall, I would recommend them as a nice snack as I find them really tasty, but I would look into it a bit further if you are only looking to eat the as part of your diet.

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              Go ahead for people on the go, worth a try if you like breakfast bars and snacks.

              I first discovered McVities Go Ahead bars winter before last. I had to head out early to get to work and not wanting to get up at 4.00am I usually would be rushing to get out of the door on time. These crispy slices became a somewhat easy option for breakfast as they were quick and convenient. No need for a spoon or to add milk, no need to heat in a microwave and plain enough to be eaten in the morning without being too sickly.

              The crispy slices are a variant of the yoghurt breaks, they are very similar in size, the yoghurt topping is replaced with a sweet sugar topping lightly sprinkled over the top. They come in various flavours, my favourite being raspberry as it is not too fruity. I have also tried the orange one which tasted like it had been filled with candied orange peel, slightly overbearing for my palette. You can but these in packs of five which each contain three slices.

              I purchased mine from Asda retailing at 99p. Working out at less than 20p for three slices I am quite happy, although toast might be a cheaper alternative the convenience is worth the extra cost to me.

              Each slice contains 56 calories and 0.9g of fat which is helpful for those who may be keeping an eye on what they eat as part of a healthy diet.

              These slices remind me of the garibaldi biscuits, maybe a little drier. It seems a bit hit and miss to whether you buy a good batch or not, most packs I have bought they have been delicious and not to crispy and dry. The pack I had opened this morning were very dry and fair bit of effort to bite into without damaging my teeth, this is quite rare. I decided to experiment and try to soften it by dipping it in my coffee (I know, it sounds so awful!) and it actually turned out better than I had thought and they were no longer rock hard or dry. I have a feeling this may end up being a bad habit when I eat these now.

              I think these are great value for money, they are widely available in supermarkets and convenience stores. I would recommend as a snack or a breakfast alternative, not everyday though it can become very boring very quickly.

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                16.01.2010 02:39
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                Definitely something I will be keeping on hand

                I used to eat these quite a lot as a snack but for some reason have not thought of buying them for at least two years now but when I saw them on offer in Morrissons for £1 I thought I would get some in again.

                I personally think these are really tasty I love the mix of crunch mixed with chewiness and are a much tastier snack than picking up a chocolate bar but still fill the urge to pick up something.

                If you like fruit shortie biscuits I believe you will like these too.

                Another reason behind my purchase is the fact all I ever hear from her is chocchoc or bic and I like to try and keep her snacks more on the healthier side than giving in to her demands for cake etc. She too seems impressed by these and due to the chewiness they take her longer to munch on than a cake or biscuit would and afterwards she tends not to ask for anything else.

                56Kals pe slice and 1.1g of fat 0.6 of which is saturated

                So definitely a product I will keeping in stock from now on

                http://www.goahead.co.uk/ - There is a link to the bottom left of the site which gets you a 30p coupon off your next purchase

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                14.01.2010 11:42
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                nice low calorie snack

                I was a bit dubious about trying these at first because they dont really look all that great, rectangle biscuit with sugar on, simple. I do like the packaging though because the bright green wrapper catches you eye and the Go Ahead! logo stands out nicely.

                I brought these from work in single packets of 3 biscuits at 2 for 80p, im not sure what they usually retail at but i thought this was a good price. I originally brought these as a substitute for a pudding at work but now I eat them on various occasions. They also have different flavours but these are my favourite.

                The biscuit itself tastes a it like your standard McVities digestive biscuits but lighter, its nice because you get the crunch when you bite into it then the slight softness of the fruit. I was suprised at how tasty the filling was, full of flavour and not too sweet and the flavours mix together well. The sugar on top also has a nice crunch as you eat it but is not so hard that its uncomfortable.

                I think these are great for either a quick breakfast on the go, a snack or as a dessert substitue (they are lovely dipped in a bit of natural yogurt!). The reason they are so good is because they are tasty and only 2.7g fat in a pack of three which is great if you are trying to lose weight but still have a little bit of luxury.

                I would recommend trying them and the other flavours if you have a sweet tooth but dont want the calories of chocolate!

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                14.01.2010 10:51
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                Go Ahead!'s fruit filled biscuit slices

                I bought a couple of packs of these the other weekend as they were on a buy one get one free offer from our local Somerfield. I wouldn't normally go for something like this, but the price was good and I know my wife quite likes them. They worked out at 74p per pack.

                They come in a number of different flavours. On the shelves they had 3, and the two I chose were Apple & Sultana, and Orange & Sultana. The first I considered to be a quite traditional flavour for this sort of snack, and the second because I was curious to know how orange would work in something like this. I didn't go for the Forest Fruits one, but I know my wife has bought them before and we quite enjoyed them.

                What you get is a packet containing 5 wrapped sets of 3 slices. For 74p for the packet, that means each slice costs about 5p, which is really good value. Each slice is only a few millimetres thick, and about 3 and a half or 4 inches long, and about one and a half wide. The outside is crispy biscuit, and it is densely packed with the filling, depending on the flavour. They're quite easy to eat, although the filling is a bit sticky and I find it sticks to your teeth a little bit.

                The applea & sultana is as you would expect, as it's quite a common flavouring combination with something like this. It was ncie, but nothing special. The orange & sultana flavours worked quite well. While I liked it, especially on the aftertaste, it still felt a bit weird tasting it like this. The biscuit is quite nice, and has just about the right consistency to match that of the filling. I liked both flavours, and the fact that they are packaged in individual wrappings of 3 biscuits means that you don't have to worry about keeping them fresh all the time.

                It has that slightly sweet element, but as it's considered a healthy snack, it's often looked at as a savoury snack and not a sweet one. There are under 60 calories for each slice, which isn't too bad. They're low in fat, with about 5g of sugar per slice as well. The orange/apple filling is from concentrate, and they use actual sultanas to give you the consistency and taste.

                I do recommend them. They're easy to eat, tasty, and make you think you're eating something a lot healthier than it actually is. I quite easily eat a pack of 3 of them, as they're not that filling, but bearing in mind this rattles in at around 180 calories, it would be easy to rack them up, so you need to be careful. They are tasty enough to make you want more, but the calories soon mount up.

                They would usually cost around the £1.50 mark, and I probably wouldn't buy them at that price. At effectively half price, however, it's great value, and a quality product. Not the best around, and I do prefer the yoghurt coated ones they do, but these are still nice. Recommended.

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                  great little bar if you skip breakfast or want a snack

                  After pondering what to have from the vending machine every morning when I arrive at work, I decided to try a go ahead yoghurt break Forest Fruit. I do love anything with forrest fruits in it, and I havn't looked back since. I've bulked bought some from my local super market and scoff one in the car before I even arrive, they are just so delicious.

                  You have the top layer covered in yummy yoghurt then you bite into the crispy biscuit and get an explosion of flavours from redcurrents, blackberries and raspberreries. Just talking about it is making me want another.

                  They are good for people on the go, if you havn't got time to grab a bit to eat before you leave then they are good with goodness and only 74 calories per slice so for those who are calorie counting this is a safe bet. I first discovered these 6 months ago after originally been prone to cereal bars, but since I couldn't find them on offer anymore I thought I'd have a change.

                  If you arn't a fan of forrest fruits then Apple and sultana are a good comprimise as they also contain cinnamon which I love.

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                Apple & Sultana, Orange & Sultana, Forest Fruits. Go ahead! was launched in 1996 in the biscuits market on a low fat platform.