Product Type: Weetabix Snacks
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Weetabix Alpen Apple & Blackberry
Member Name: Kelly1981
Weetabix Alpen Apple & Blackberry
Advantages: Chewy, filling
Disadvantages: Can't taste the blackberry
I have enjoyed both the raspberry and strawberry Alpen bars in the past but I generally think they are overpriced. When in Home Bargains last week I spotted this pack of six Apple and Blackberry bars for 99Pence for five so into the basket they went.
Made by Weetabix, Alpen bars claim to be a mixed cereal bar with apple and blackberry, dipped and drizzled with a yoghurt flavour coating.
The box is approximately 3" by 5" with a 1" depth and a lovely deep purple colour with white writing which really stands out. It has a lovely picture of an opened bar on the front alongside some apples and blackberries. There is the name and variety and quantity stated. The side and back gives the best before date, other varieties and the nutritional information.
Each 29g bar contains 120kcal, 11.0g sugar and 3.1g fat (of which 1.8g is saturated). The main ingredients are oats, rice and wheat and it does state that they contain wheat, barley, oats, milk, soya, sulphites and possibly traces of nuts.
The top of the box opens fairly easily by sliding your fingers between the slots and then a tab appears for easy resealing. I find that this never quite pulls the two halves together but as I stand the box up in the cupboard this isn't too much of an issue.
Each bar is individually wrapped in a foil freshness purple wrapper which has the name and picture on the front. On the back is all the nutritional information along with the best before date. This makes a nice change as quite often multipack items don't have this much detail and you have to refer back to the main box.
Once open there is a faint sweet smell coming from the bar. It looks pretty appealing with oaty bits on the top and a white frosting around the bottom. Pieces of fruit are clearly visible although not as prevalent as I would have expected.
The first bite is not what I expected; I thought it would be quite crunchy but instead it's soft and chewy. The oats are the main sensation and then squashy fruit comes through followed by the sweet frosting. Taste wise, it's a nice combination with the fruit balancing out the bland oats nicely and the yoghurt coating adding a bit of moisture. I did find the fruit flavour a bit none descript and could only really taste apple and not blackberry.
The bar as a whole is pretty tasty. The one disappointment is that the fruit tastes pretty none descript and I couldn't really distinguish the flavour to the other bars in the range. I do think it's nice to have a hot drink as they would become quite dry on their own. They are quite substantial and I find they keep me going until my next meal if eaten as a mid morning or mid afternoon snack.
Overall these are a nice snack and something that's a little bit different to your average cereal bar. I think these generally retail for around £1.60 a box which is average but more than I am usually willing to pay. I would buy these again if they were on offer but given the choice I would go for the raspberry variety as they have a nice tang to them.
Although these may be healthier than a chocolate bar the fairly high sugar and fat content means they aren't particularly good for you either. These are fine as the occasional snack but don't be fooled into thinking they are good for you. There are a range of Alpen light bars that are much healthier than these.
Summary: A tasty snack