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PRICE: £1.19 at my local Morrisons for a pack of 6 bars
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per bar):
(of which sugars): 11.5g
(of which saturates): 0.4g
(of which monounsaturates): 0.2g
(of which polyunsaturates): 0.1g
NB: Ingredients not listed, as there are too many - but I will say there doesn't appear to be anything too evil down the route of artificial additives or other potential nasties.
Even though I realise that quite a few cereal bars are nutritionally almost as evil as a chocolate bar, I somehow feel as though I'm eating something healthier when I reach for one instead of a huge mountain of Maltesers or similar.
For me, cereal bars fall into one of two categories - they are either disgusting or delicious.
Recently in my local Morrisons I saw Trimlyne Fruit Bars nestling on the shelves, and thought I'd give them a try.
The box contains six individually wrapped cereal bars. The outside of the box is largely coloured a middling shade of green, with the front listing very basic nutritional information together with a few of the bars surrounded by an image of a few apples, and the rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy advice and a note to say that the packaging is recyclable.
Each of the cereal bars is fairly small - approximately 1/4" thick and about 4" long, and is a nice pale golden-brown colour. The outer layer is sort of a cross between pastry and biscuit - I'd be hard pressed to come down on the side of either. On biting into the bar, the biscuit/pastry is fairly hard, but not unpleasantly so.
Inside is a dull apple-coloured fruit paste, the serving of which I'd call moderately generous. On biting into the bar, the apple paste is fairly sweet, and tastes quite strongly of cloves. As I chewed on the first one, I felt the experience was almost, but not quite, like eating apple pie; one made by somebody who doesn't quite have the knack of making light pastry. There is a slight tang which I find very pleasant, but I also and aside from the tang, found the apple paste a little too sweet for my own palate.
Overall, these are rather nice cereal bars but not very substantial as they are quite small and don't contain any 'fillers' such as whole oats or bran. I personally find I need two to fill me up when a snack attack overwhelms me, as one is just enough to get my taste buds on the move.
These cereal bars are comparatively low in calories, but that could be due to their smaller size more than anything else. The fat content is very low, but I feel they would be more beneficial down the health route if the fibre content were higher.
£1.19 isn't too bad for a pack of six.....many other cereal bars are more expensive, but on the other hand, are generally more substantial than the Trimlyne Fruit Bars.
Being very nice but not all that moreish, I find that two packs of six bars last me quite a while, as they are not something I want to eat every day. They are handy to have as a snack standby though, and despite being a little too sweet for me, are very tasty.
I knock one star off the overall rating for the biscuit/pastry being a little harder than I personally like, but that hardness is not so bad that it puts me off eating and enjoying the bars.
Thanks for reading!