Product Type: Trimlyne Snacks
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Trimlyne Raspberry Fruit Bars
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Trimlyne Raspberry Fruit Bars
Date: 24/01/13, updated on 27/12/13 (91 review reads)
Advantages: Very tasty low calorie inexpensive snack
Disadvantages: High in sugar and contains ingredients not beneficial to one's health!
~The Product ~ 'Bar Code'!~
The six fruit 27g bars come in a small 5 ½ x 4" box. The bright varying pink carton contains all the relevant information that is also included on the snacks. The package displays six of the fruit bars piled on top of each other and looking very appetising. The Trimlyne logo is featured next to the brand name in a co-ordinating colour of green. The advertising also proudly announces that the pack contains '6 Individually Wrapped Baked Bars with a Delicious Raspberry Fruit Filling' and 'Contains only 93 kcals and 0.7g of fat in each bar'.
The ingredients are noted both on the packaging of the carton and fruit bars: 'Fruit Filling (50%), (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Raspberry (8%), Stabiliser: Glycerine; Dextrose, Oat Flour, Gelling agent: Pectin, Citric Acis, Acidity regulators: Sodium Citrate, Calcium Citrate; Flovouring, Colour: Anthocynanins), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oils, Oat Flour, Inulin, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whole Egg, Emulsifiers (Sucrose Esters of Fatty Acids, Mono and Diglycerised of Fatty Acids, Sorbitan Monostearate), Invert Sugar Syrup, Glucose Syrup, Stabiliser (Glycerine), Salt, Whey Powder, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Glucono-Delta-Lactone), Flavouring, Natural Colour (Beta-Carotene)'.
There is also a practical warning that this product has been 'Produced in a factory where nuts and sesame seeds are used', along with the allergen notice that the snack 'Contains milk, gluten and egg'. Further practical product information is given that includes 'Storage Instructions - Keep cool and dry.
Furthermore, 'Suitable for Vegetarians' and the snacks are 'produced in Netherlands'.
~My Usage Experience ~ 'Bar Tending'!~
I found these low calorie snacks in my local 99p store and was instantly attracted to them, not because of their slimming hype but because they looked like one of my favourite biscuits, Fig rolls!
I couldn't wait to try these fig like rolls that had the alternative fruit filling. As I peeled back the easy to open plastic wrapper I couldn't detect any aromas such as the fruit or biscuit. But, if I hold up the bar close to my nose, I can distinguish a faint smell of the filling, not raspberry but a general scent of fruit. These bars are just over 3" in length and 1 1/2 " in width so no big feast here, a neat snack nevertheless. The crispy crunchy but fairly soft biscuit outer layer is moist and delicious. A beautiful fawn and light brown colour furnishes the bar with an appetising 'just cooked right' appearance. The flat base with its curved top imparts a home baked impression that adds to the snack's inviting image.
With 50% of fruit filling, the bar oozes with ample contents. Surprisingly though, the taste isn't at all what I had expected, seeing that it is described as 'raspberry' fruit bars. Looking at the ingredients, I then could determine why! Only 8% of Raspberry flavour is added to each bar! But, I wasn't disappointed as the taste of the filling is very fruity, more like a combination of very sweet summer fruits.
I am often disillusioned with some cereal bars, as they tend to have more coating than filling, but not here. If anything, I'd say a fraction more biscuit could have been added to equalise the fruity content. I would also advise that the filling is very sweet! Undoubtedly due to the high content of 'Glucose-Fructose Syrup' and 'Sugar' that seems to contravene the 'Trimlyne' hype!
~Would I Recommend? ~ 'Prop Up The Bar'!~
Yes I would recommend these delicious fruit bars but only as an occasional low calorie treat. One could be swayed by the healthy imagery on the packaging and low calorie advertising but each bar contains 11.5g of sugar along with flavouring and a few other ingredients that are not conducive to a healthier life style! I will add though, that I prefer natural sugars as opposed to sweeteners that carry health risk.
A pack of 6 bars only cost me 99p at my local....99p store! But these snacks are available at many other outlets, including online, such as at Amazon.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on these fruity little gems :~) xXx
Summary: A cheap and delicious snack for a sweet tooth. Beware of certain ingredients though!