Product Type: McVitie's Snacks
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Don't get yourself in a flap over these
Member Name: ladybracknell
Advantages: Snickers taste
Disadvantages: Far too sweet
I happened to see these bars on special offer recently at £1 in my local supermarket and, not unnaturally, thought that something baked by McVities and with the distinctive Snickers taste in the form of a healthy flapjack, was bound to be delicious. How wrong could I be?
Well my first mistake was in assuming these flapjacks were healthy. They are full of fat and sugar and actually contain a negligible amount of fibre and each little bar is a hefty 167 kcal to boot. Despite the rolled oats in the ingredients list, fibre isn't even included as a percentage on the GDA values given.
I won't bore you with all the ingredients listed as they mainly consist of sugars and fats in several different forms, milk products, oats and peanuts.
Nutritional value per bar:
14% fat (21% of which is saturated)
The legend on the outer packing declares "Get some nuts", so all you folk suffering from nut allergies know you can't eat these. They are also full of gluten and milk products too, so that excludes a further proportion of the population, and with all that sugar, they're not exactly suitable for diabetics either!
For the rest of you, here is my opinion.
These flapjacks are made under licence by McVities. There are five small bars weighing 34g each in the pack and these bars are individually wrapped in the distinctive Snickers brown wrapper with the additional information that these are baked by McVities. Each bar is roughly the size of Mars' Snickers Fun Size only not as chunky.
On opening the wrapper the bar is revealed in all its glory and, to be perfectly honest, it didn't look too appetising. The flapjack is a moist looking mess of ingredients, the only ingredient immediately identifiable being the odd half peanut. On top of the bar is a thin layer of chocolate of approximately one millimetre thickness. It's spread so thinly, that the lumps and bumps of the other ingredients show through very clearly.
However, the proof of any pudding (or flapjack for that matter) is in the eating. This bar is very moist, almost to the point of wetness and on taking my first bite I immediately tasted salted peanut and intense sweetness. Now, I like sweet and salt together, it's a good combination but in this instance, the sweetness, which is enhanced further by the addition of caramel to the mixture, is totally overwhelming making the overall taste one of extreme sickly sweetness.
The chocolate layer, is almost too thin to taste but I'd hazard a guess is not made to the same recipe as that used by Mars for their Snickers bars. One Snickers Flapjack will certainly be enough for even the most hardened sugar addict to eat in one go.
The consistency of the bar, other than the peanut pieces, is overly soft and has very little texture other than the odd piece of oat.
Each of these bars provides 8% of your daily calorie allowance. They are far sweeter than a straight Snickers bar and without having the same luscious smoothness, texture or the same chocolate coating. I found that after eating one of these bars, I couldn't face the prospect of another any time this year and I certainly won't be including these on any future shopping list.
A regular size Snickers bar contains 271 calories and is approximately three times the size of a Snickers Flapjack which means that weight for weight it has far less calories than the Flapjack and, in my opinion, is an infinitely better taste experience.
Summary: Only fit for sugar addicts