“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cereal Bars „
You know how it is, you get half way round Sainsburys, having negotiated all the old biddies passing the time of day with each other, the shop assistants restocking the shelves, the badly behaved children running amok and you've resisted all the sweet temptations urging you to "Buy me! Buy me!" You've been strong. But sadly, walking past all those tempting goodies is just too much, at least it is for a half-hearted dieter like me.
Last time I was in Sainburys, I did very well. I got as far as the biscuit aisle before I fell by the dieting wayside and was overcome by the desire for something sweet. In an attempt to offset my lack of will power, I decided to buy cheap and that meant Sainsburys Basics. I didn't fancy any of the Basics packet biscuits but noticed the boxes of cereal bars at a mere 76p; a price as tempting as the contents when compared to its branded rivals at almost twice the price.
You get six of these little beauties per box and before I knew it, a box was in my trolley. I quickly finished the rest of my shopping before being further tempted by the siren song of Ben & Jerry calling me from frozen foods, and rushed home for a cup of coffee and a quick sugar fix.
The ingredients list is long and I won't bore anybody with it but will simply say each bar contains 100 calories, almost totally made up of fat and sugar plus more fat and sugar and very little of anything else, so these bars are definitely not good for you: A recommendation in itself because we all know that anything deemed good for the human body invariably tastes less than pleasant at best and vile at worst.
Perhaps I should mention that if you're at all allergic to anything, you probably shouldn't go near these because they're packed full of gluten and milk and are manufactured close to everything else you may be allergic to. Sorry!! They're OK for non-allergic vegetarians though.
Each foil wrapped bar opens to reveal a tempting looking amalgam of cereal in shades of biscuit beige, golden yellow and deep pink and the top covered in a generous helping of creamy white chocolate chips. Very pretty, I hear you say, but what does it taste like?
I'll get to that shortly, but I must first caution anyone who values their teeth. Bite into this bar with care because unless it's been lying somewhere warm it will be very hard and difficult to chew, making these less than filling friendly.
Once having taken that first bite, the overwhelming taste is sugar sweet (well it would be with all the glucose syrup and sugar that goes into this product) but after a while an equally sweet taste of white chocolate blended with flavour of strawberries emerges. I'm normally not a huge fan of white chocolate on its own, as I find it rather sickly, but combined with the cereal and fruity jelly pieces, all packed together into a chewy mass, it was delicious. Each bite gives just enough of every flavour, all of which complement each other beautifully.
Now for the negatives. How can I be negative about something so sweet? Well, they're not very big for a start. I'd guess,they're a good half inch shorter than any of the branded cereal bars so you only get about four small mouthfuls per bar (probably two for a bloke). In order to write this review, I had to force myself to eat two of them, after which I felt a bit queasy! Which brings me to the other downside. They are very sugary so not at all tooth-friendly and despite their small size, one really is enough.
These cereal bars are definitely a sweet treat.
Yet again I'm going to up the Sainsbury's basic range. I previously used to purchase Alpen bars which come in a pack of 6 priced at £1.65. Then I realised I was throwing away my money. By switching to the Sainsbury's basics range you can also eat great tasting foods and cut your weekly food bill down.
I saw the Sainsbury's basic 6 pack of white chocolate and strawberry cereal bars in my local store. Being priced at only 89 pence per pack, I thought it would be worth trying. The bars them self are not as soft as I would have expected, but I have tried harder one. They are chewy and contain lots of small pieces of strawberry. On the top of the bar are white chocolate drops which make the bars extra tasty.
They are also avalible in oat and raisin flavour priced at 89p perpack pack of 6.
By switching from Alpen to the Sainsbury's basic's cereal bars I have saved a total of 76p. I know this isn't a huge saving but if you can save money like that on nearly everything your purchase you can save a huge amount.
Being individually wrapped makes them great to take to work with you or pop in your Childs lunchbox.
Each 25g bar contains 100 calories, 0.1g of salt and 2.0g of fat (of which is saturates 1.0g)
They come in a small cardboard box which is recyclable.
With the recent recession, I have found myself trying more and more items from the Sainsbury's Basic range, and I have to say I have been more than impressed so far. Most of the items are as stated, pretty "basic" in terms of the packaging they come in, but the products themselves are still of a very good quality in my opinion. These cereal bars are best described as crispy and chewy with white chocolate chips and strawberry flavour pieces. They are ideal for a quick and yummy snack whether it's for breakfast, lunch or tea! Each box contains 6 bars and each bar contains 100 calories (that's 2.0g of fat and 0.1g of salt). The bars are also suitable for vegetarians. Other brand names can charge up to £2 or £3 a box for a similar product, but at 77p for a box of 6, you won't be disappointed! Good work Sainsbury's!!
I decided the other week to start buying cereal bars for my breakfast - I wanted something quick and convenient especially for when I was on the go with my toddlers, I couldn't exactly carry around a bowl full of cereal while pushing a double buggy in the mornings - I know they say women can multitask but that is taking the mickey. I found though so many cereal bars are quite pricey and even though I wanted some I wasn't prepared to pay nearly £3 a box sometimes for say 5 bars - that would cut quite a chunk out of my small shopping budget each week. I've been quite impressed with most of the Sainsburys basics range so decided to see if they had anything similar to offer. To my surprise they did!
A white and orange box of 6 White Chocolate and Strawberry Flavour Cereal Bars for the awesome price of just 77p! I HAD to try some at that price and hoped for the best. The box they come in is just as basic as the rest of the range, white and orange telling you exactly what's inside with a small picture of a strawberry and a chocolate chunk. It says on the box 'Simple recipe, still tasty in lunchboxes'.
One of these cereal bars contains;
1.0g sat fat
We are also told on the front that these are suitable for vegetarians.
On the back of the box we are given a brief description of what's in the box, 'Crispy and Chewy cereal bars with white chocolate and strawberry flavour pieces'.
Each bar is sitting neatly in it's own white and orange wrapper which just needs to be ripped at the end like a chocolate bar to open. The bars don't look all that fancy, you can see the small rice puffs, the red strawberry pieces and you can see the odd white chocolate chip sitting on the edges.
It is quite a chewy bar but not overly so, it has a slight crisp to it too - it's quite a satisfying chew to be honest. There isn't loads of chocolate chips but for me there was enough, they are sweet and creamy like white chocolate is and they add a smoothness to the texture every now and then. The strawberry pieces are surprisingly sweet and fruity and for me this is what gives the bar most of it's taste. The rice puffs are quite small but this didn't put me off and I don't think if they were any bigger that it would make any difference, for me it was the strawberry pieces that provided the flavour.
Overall I've been quite impressed with these bars, they have suited me fine either for breakfast or as a snack mid afternoon when I havn't eaten for a while. They are tasty and quite sweet too but not in a sickly sugary way. They've satisfied my slight hunger pangs for a good few hours until meal times and have been handy to keep in my handbag for a few hours out and about. For just 77p for a box of 6 I will most definitely be buying more, there are other flavours you can buy which include toffee. The toffee ones I don't think are as tasty though and taste too 'fake' for me so I will stick to these from now on.