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Nature Valley Crunchy Ginger Nut Crunch.
Since 1975 Nature Valley has been making crunchy cereal bars.
Made with wholegrain oats.
Comes in green cardboard box with image of two fingers of biscuits on the front and images of oats and root ginger.
Contains 10 bars - 5 x packs of two.
Suitable for Vegetarians and is Kosher and Halal.
192 calories per two bars.
Each individual pack contains two 42 gram bars and are foiled wrapped and sealed.
Long shelf life - mine was until September 2014.
Made in Spain for General Mills.
No artificial colours or preservatives and is Lactose free.
Made from rolled wholegrain oats.
£2.39 per box but currently selling at 2 boxes for £3 at Tesco.
These boxes of granola type bars are sold in a wide variety of flavours.
I was lucky enough to have a lot of nibbles bought for me for Christmas and one item form my sister was a box of these ginger bars as she thought they would make a change from chocolates.
These bars come in a strong and colourful cardboard box and it contains 10 bars. The bars are wrapped in strongly sealed foiled wrap and come in packs of two - just the right size to carry in your handbag or pocket when out and about.
The bars themselves are quite thin and hard but are not too difficult to bite into.
When you open the foil wrapper you do get a smell of ginger but it is not very strong.
The bars themselves are small enough to be able to eat the two at one time with no problems.
I like most oat things in general anyway and these bars are flavoured with ginger which I also love.
However would say that the ginger is very tame - not even as strong as your average ginger nut biscuit - so if you buy these expecting a strong hit of ginger you will be disappointed.
I have had some expensive ginger biscuits before which were very strong and flavoursome but these are not one of them.
However they are tasty enough and a reasonably healthy snack with a cup of tea - or to help you fill a gap until mealtimes when you are out.
These bars are quite dry but that was not a problem for me, though it is good to have a drink afterwards. They are not too crumbly or messy which might be an issue if you are out and about or at work.
With over 50% of the br being oats they are reasonably healthy - well more so than a conventional chocolate bar anyway - though these do have sugar f course.
Not a bad buy for your money when at full price but even better value when you can get 20 bars for £3 - so at 15p a bar you have a great bargain and I will get a few packets again to take when I am out in the car etc.
===Would I Recommend?===
Whole Grain Rolled Oats (57%), Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Ginger (3%), Honey, Salt, Molasses, Natural Ginger Flavouring with other Natural Flavourings, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate.
Contains Oat Gluten and may contain Peanut, Tree Nuts and Soy Ingredients.
When we pick up a product - even one we've not tried before, we often have an idea of what to expect. It was in that particular state of mind that I picked up Nature Valley Crunchy 'Ginger Nut Crunch' granola bars. I had tried some 'Chewy' Nature Valley products recently and liked them. So, I bought this untried variety which was on offer 2 for the price of 1. The usual price for a pack of 12 bars which are actually 6 x 2 individually wrapped portions is £2.40 per box. The offer is 2 boxes for £4 at Asda.
This product and I got off on the wrong foot from the start. The first foil pack of two bars I opened and tried tasted instantly 'wrong.' It was not crunchy - it was fairly soft and unpleasant. I opened another packet and bit into another. This confirmed my original thought - and when I checked over the packaging of the first bars I could see the problem. The inner of the packet is extremely shiny, glossy foil and the 'glue' they use to seal the packaging had not done its job properly. There was a gap in the 'glue' trail around the edge. The first pack had been spoiled as it had not been airtight. I wonder if this is a common problem with these bars or if I was just unlucky?
How did I find the properly sealed bars? The bars were crunchy, gingery and dry -oh, so very dry. You certainly need a drink when you have one of these - which to my mind, defeats the object somewhat, as they are designed to be 'breakfast on the go' products. I would need to find a 'drink on the go' to be able to eat them. They don't look yummy to eat - they look like two dry, thin flapjacks.
On the plus side, the bars were oaty and pleasantly gingery. You could smell the ginger as soon as you opened the pack. In my view, they are not as gingery as a ginger biscuit, but they are still warming. The ginger flavour of these bars was quite authentic and tasted like 'natural' ginger. They were crunchy and crumbly in my mouth. The bars satisfied my hunger for the next few hours so I suppose they did their job in that respect. A pack of 2 of these bars gave me 189kcal. The bars are free from artificial colours and preservatives and suitable for vegetarians.
Whole Grain Rolled Oats (54%), Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Ginger (3%), Honey, Salt, Molasses, Natural Ginger Flavouring with other Natural Flavourings, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate]
Contains Gluten. Contains Oats. Free From Lactose. May Contain Almonds. May Contain Hazelnuts. May Contain Soya\Soybeans. Contains oat gluten.
My main thought on these bars is that they were adequate. Although, I recognise the ambivalence in my use of the word adequate - as I don't intent to buy them again. They were tasty enough, they were crunchy - but their dryness was off-putting for me. There are better ways to start the day.
In short, I expected more from this product than it delivered. 3 very average dooyoo stars from me.
Crunchy wholegrain oat granola bars with ginger Natural, wholesome and ideal for snacking on the go No lactose and free from artificial colours and preservatives Suitable for vegetarians Halal & Kosher certified