“ Brand: Weetabix „
I'm not normally a fan of cereal bars unless they come in a box with the words 'chocolate', 'chip' and 'Tracker' on it, but I do like Alpen, not to mention chocolate, so I thought I would give these a go.
The bars are quite a good size - about the size of a small bar of chocolate - and they look appealing, although if you're going by the picture on the box, the amount of chocolate on the bar is going to be a bit of a let down. They are very light though; some cereal bars are quite dense, but these are - appropriately enough, I suppose - of the 'more holes than Swiss cheese' variety, and given that the main ingredient appears to be rice crispies, I'd estimate that they manage to be about 30% air. This does not suggest that they might be the kind of snack that will stop you reaching for the biscuit tin by 4pm. But still, let's give them a chance, they might be a taste sensation.
Actually, I'm not going to sugar-coat it (ha!), these bars are pretty bland. They are nice and gooey, but all they really taste of is 'sweet' which is possibly not surprising given that glucose syrup AND sugar feature as ingredients. Raisins apparently make up 12.6% (really? I only counted five) and nuts 3.4%, but these didn't really make a big impression taste-wise. They don't taste of Alpen at all, although they do smell like Jordans Country Crisp, which is perhaps not the result Weetabix were aiming for.
In a blind tasting, you'd be hard pushed to realise that these are dipped in chocolate, but there is a reason for this: I broke off a piece of the chocolate to try it on its own (purely for reviewing purposes, you understand) and it reminded me exactly of the cheap, synthetic-tasting Easter eggs that were around when I was a child. I'm at a loss to understand how they've managed this as decent chocolate is not exactly thin on the ground these days.
After the sugar hit passed, there was a hint of something oaty, or perhaps wheaty, but this passed pretty quickly to leave a bitter gluten aftertaste and that odd feeling you get in your mouth after too much sticky sugar. Each bar is about two-thirds carbohydrate, of which half is sugars, so one of these isn't likely to keep you going until dinner time. Rather, they have that odd ability to make you feel queasy and still hungry at the same time; I have a banana on standby for the anticipated blood sugar crash.
The rest of the nutrition information isn't terribly impressive, although this is a cereal bar dipped in chocolate, so let's not expect miracles. One 29g bar will give you 125 calories, which isn't bad and 3.9g of fat, of which 1.7g is saturated. This is on the high side; the Food Standards Agency definition of a high saturated fat content is over 5g per 100g, and this comes in at 5.8g per 100g. But still, the recommended maximum (note: maximum, not target) daily intake is 30g for a man and 20g for a woman, so one of these isn't going to break the bank.
Still on the subject of saturated fat, the last item on the ingredients listing is 'antioxidant: tocopherols'. I've noticed this term appearing more and more recently, which is indicative of our new obsession with cholesterol-busting antioxidants. This used to be called E307 or plain old Vitamin E, but it's mildly amusing that it's been specified as an antioxidant here, as if the tidal wave of cholesterol that too much saturated fat will unleash in your arteries could somehow be offset by the presence of this one magic ingredient. A cholesterol-neutral product, if you will (you know, it's only a matter of time).
These are usually around £1.60 for five bars (although they are currently on a '2 for £2.50' offer at Sainsbury's), which seems to be about average for this kind of product.
To sum up, then: tasteless, unhealthy and not very filling. Frankly, you'd be as well off with a handful of oats and a sugar cube.
(No, that's horses, isn't it? A bowl of Alpen and a couple of chocolate buttons then, and that's my final offer.)
I tend not to buy treats in multipacks mainly because they're too much of a temptation once opened but having recently seen these advertised sponsoring 'Grey's Anatomy' I thought I'd check these out.
My local supermarket had 5 varieties for sale, 2 'normal' and 3 'light' ones. As I like fruit, nut and chocolate the Alpen Fruit and Nut with Chocolate seemed the obvious choice.
They are made in England by Weetabix and say ' they have been creating their 'Alpen' recipes for nearly 40 years'.
They come in a slender recyclable box with a brown 'alpine' scene; different to that pictured above. There are 5 x 29g bars in each box priced at £1.47.
Each bar is individually wrapped in a foil packet with a similar design to the external box.
Each bar is about 3" in length although I understand that if you buy the individual bars these are bigger but I'm pleased to report that they looked exactly as the picture on the outer box.
The taste and texture of this product was divine and once tasted it was very hard not to have another one. The combination of cereal, fruit and of course chocolate just melted in the mouth. There was just the right amount of chewiness; you didn't spend the next half hour trying to remove what was left from around your teeth.
Calories - 125
Protein - 2.1g
Carbs - 20.2g
Fat - 3.9g
Fibre - 0.5g
Sodium - 0.03g
As you can see the calories aren't that bad if you can manage to eat just one but having a quick read of the light ones I think they came out at about 65-70 calories a bar so a good excuse to have more than one.
A top quality product, can't fault the taste and although the bars look a bit on the small side they make up for this by the fact that they are a very satisfying treat.
Cereal bars are often seen as a portable cereal breakfast, turning a bowl of cereal into a snack sized bar. In this case the cereal has added fruit and nut with chocolate which means they will appeal with the kids who seem to see the word chocolate and want to eat it, however what does it taste like and are they worth packing them into your children's pack lunches? Well lets a have a look. Alpen are on of the biggest cereal bar brands in the UK run by the giant Weetabix company this is just one of many products in the range that feature the same simple concept with different flavourings added to them. Be it Strawberry and Yoghurt, Apple and Sultana or these Fruit and Nut with Chocolate variation they are all simple a bar of cereal with the added bits in.
Although the bars can be bought in multi-bar packs, this is just a review of a single bar, which comes in a primarily Brown coloured plastic wrapper selling mainly on the chocolate part of the product it would seem. The bar which is about 1 inch tall, 1 inch wide and 4 inches long is mainly made of cereal though has a deep base of chocolate and dribbles of chocolate over the top making it all the more attractive. The bar is chewy with a strong chocolate taste to it, although when the term "cereal bar" is said, it may not be immediately thought of as sweet this is incredibly sweet and nice tasting. In fact the chocolate is something some major chocolate companies could try to replicate. Although the bar is only 29g it does manage to be rather filling which is always a great quality that such a snack needs.
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
1812 KJ Energy (430Kcal)
69.6g Carbohydrates (of which 38.0g are from Sugars)
13.6g Fat (of which 5.8g are Saturated Fat)
0.12g Sodium (equivalent of 0.3g of Salt)
The bar contains- Wheat, Barley, Oats, Milk, Soya, Hazelnut and Almonds. May contain traces of other nuts.
Overall the bar is nice tasting and filling, bought as a one off they can be rather costly (around 50p a bar) bought in a multi-bar box they could be great pack lunch snacks. They will be favourites for any chocolate loving kid, big or small due to their taste, texture and fillingness. The only problem other than the price is the high sugar content which can make the bar unsuitable for those with sensitive teeth.
Ok reviewing a food product that isn't chocolate, well ok it contains a little bit of chocolate, well the bottom half is coated in chocolate, Ok I admit it, I'm a chocoholic.
I occasionally get a bit peckish around 11am and I'm often reaching for a chocolate bar or a few biscuits etc. I decided I needed something that was a bit more filling and perhaps slightly better for me with the emphasis on the slightly. I was aimlessly wondering round my local tesco direct when I saw these. Now I'm normally a "Kellogg's' chocolate chip elevenses bar" man but these caught my eye and decided to give them a go. They cost me £1.39 for a box of 5 bars which wasn't too expensive.
On opening one of the individually wrapped bars the smell of the chocolate is the first thing I notice. This is followed by quite a sweet smell. This is slightly reminiscent of golden syrup. The bars are quite small but they are very filling they contain oats which are a medium GI food but I think that they have been a bit mean with the raisins. The bar is drizzled in milk chocolate and the bottom third is coated in a thin layer of chocolate.
On biting through the texture is quite firm but slightly chewy. The chocolate is fairly smooth and the cereal part gives a slight crispness to it. The nuts are too finely chopped to add anything to the texture was slightly disappointing. Whilst the box claims that they are 'moist' I actually found them to be a little dry.
The initial taste is sweet and the chocolate although creamy is not the best quality which was a disappointment and it was probably good there wasn't too much of it. There is a taste of golden syrup in these bars, which is strange as it isn't on the ingredients list. The flavour of the hazelnuts does come through but this is more towards the end of each bite. On the cereal side the main taste is that of the oats that is the most noticeable. As a fan of any oat biscuits this is good for me. There is also a fairly strong fruit smell in these but it doesn't really fit the rest of the bar.
The aftertaste is however not a clean one it is slightly oily which I am not a fan of. There is a slight lingering taste of hazelnuts but I haven't yet unearthed the taste of the almonds. I tend to eat them with a cup of coffee and this tends to mask the aftertaste.
Another downside is that the little bits of cereal get trapped in your teeth and I tend to think that I should go and brush my teeth after eating one.
Nutritional info - per bar
Energy - 125 kcal
Protein - 2.1
Carbs - 20.1g (sugars 11g)
Fat - 3.9g (saturated 1.7g)
Fibre - 0.5g
Salt - 0.09g
Whilst these do make a good snack bar they really need either a coffee or a cup of tea to have with it. They may not be the best cereal bars that you can buy but there are far worse out there. I would buy these again as they did make a change but they are not going to make a regular appearance in my kitchen cupboard. Whilst they now claim to have increased the amount of fruit in the bars I still feel that there is a lack of the raisins in these bars.
At the moment, I'm going through a stage where I need a little snack mid-morning just to get me through to lunch-time. Instead of reaching straight for the crisps and chocolate which I would find very easy, I have been buying boxes of cereal bars to take with me to work. This week's box is Alpen Fruit and Nut with Milk Chocolate. In the days where I didn't really eat breakfast, I used to grab one of these Alpen bars on the way to work instead. So, I decided to have a change from my usual Special K bars and stuck these on to this week's Tesco order, just to see if I still like them.
The multipack box contains five bars - it is a fairly flat cardboard box, not much wider than the bars themselves and an easy shape to fit into a cupboard. The bars themselves are in a brown package with the image of a mountain range as a background. The Alpen logo appears in white and there is an photographic image of a grape, a nut, a chunk of chocolate and an ear of wheat to the right of this.
On opening the package, the bar looks appetising. You can also smell the chocolate, which as a self-confessed chocoholic appeals to me. Visually, the bar has a tightly packed upper section of cereal, raisins and nuts, drizzled with milk chocolate and then a chocolate-covered base. It has a fairly firm texture - the first taste you get is the slightly crunchy taste of cereal and nuts, then the chewiness of the raisins and then the softer texture of the chocolate follows this. It is a combination that works well in my opinion - although there aren't enough nuts or raisins in the bar to mean that you get this combination in every mouthful. Sometimes you can't taste either the nuts or the fruit, so you just get the taste of cereal and chocolate which although it tastes good, isn't quite the same.
The main ingredients of this product are cereals (whole oats, rice, whole wheat), milk chocolate, raisins and roasted chopped hazelnuts and almonds. In terms of nutritional information, a 29g bar contains approximately 120 calories and 3.9g of fat. I think this makes it a relatively nutritious snack, although perhaps not something that I would eat every day. If you buy a single bar rather than one from a multipack, I think they are slightly bigger.
I paid £1.00 for a box of 5 x 29g bars - this was a special offer at Tesco and at 20p per bar I think they were very good value. The normal retail price for the box is £1.39 which again is reasonable value for five bars.
Overall, this is a product that I enjoyed and would buy again. The taste and texture were good and it fills me up enough to keep myself going until lunch. It is more of a mid-morning snack than a breakfast substitute but it is definitely one of those products which is useful to keep in your bag just in case you get hungry. The only reservation I would have about these bars is that I wish they contained a bit more fruit and nut, apart from that I think they are a good snack.
If there was one wish I could be granted this year, it would be a holiday abroad! Somewhere hot, where the sun doesn't set til nearer midnight and the blue sea glistens in the shine of the orange ball high up in the bright blue sky! Where your days are taken up with sunbathing, swimming and eating in fancy restaurants. Where you can go on a day trip and not have to worry about taking a jacket. Where the whole family comes together and has a joyful two weeks! Okay snap out of it, Laura. Sadly I know we are not going to be enjoy a holiday this year, however my grandma headed off to Corfu two weeks ago for a three week long holiday!
Fortunatly we did gain something out of thier holiday. This being lots of food that would be going out of date! Two days before my grandma and grandad set off, they brought two bags full of delights that wouldnt have time to consume before they left! Among the bags were a couple of different boxes of cereal bars, these pleased me alot and there looked to be some delicious looking ones there!
The following day, mid morning it was time for a little snack. All night the treats that we had inherited had been playing on my mind and I knew that at this moment, a cereal bar called! Reaching the cupboard I was hit with a desiscion! There were 3 different boxes and I had no idea what to choose. I then decided I didn't feel like a fruity yogurt coated snack and so I opted for a sweeter one! The particular one was _Alpen Fruit and Nut Bar with Milk Chocolate_!
The box was quite attractive. The top of the front of the box was a bright blue colour, representing a sky. Written on the blue part, was ALPEN in white writing. Underneath "6 bars" is written in smaller writing. However there was only actually 4 bars left when we got to them! There is a large picture of the scrumptious looking cereal bar inside and next to this is reads "Fruit and nut with milk chocolate". Under this is a mouth watering description of the product inside!
The box was already opened so I pulled out one of the single bars. They were a decent size, larger than some bars you seem to get these-a-days! The wrapper was similar to the main box, a bright blue colour stood out! The wrapper was easy to open; a simple tear at the end! My first impression of the bar itself was very good! It was very similar to the picture on the front of the box!
The top of the bar looked like mashed up cereal, not unappealing in the slightest however. There were also some raisins visible to the eye, and I did spot a couple of chopped up nuts however there wasn't a large amount! The bottom of the bar was coated in a delicious looking milk chocolate layer. There wasn't a huge scent coming from the bar, a slight sweet, cereal like smell was present but nothing too spectacular!
I broke a little peice off the end of the bar and popped it into my mouth. This particular bitesize chunk had 3 large, juicy raisins in it. These were the first thing I tasted. The next taste that tickled my tastebuds was the milk chocolate. It seperated from the bottom of the bar and melted gloriously on my tongue. The final thing I tasted, was the cereal. It reminded me of chewy frosties, or a mix between cornflakes and special K. It was chewy, but not overly, and it had a slight crunch to it on first bite! I managed to polish of my bar without feeling too full, and definitly not bloated! It was a satisfying snack, but I did have to have a large drink after as it left me feeling quite thirsty!
Once I had finished my treat I decided it would be helpful to take a peek at the nutrition at the back of the box! The nutrition information was cleary stated and really easy to understand. I wasn't expecting these to be really low in calories and fat as I reckoned as it contained chocolate and seemed to be coated in a slightley sticky substance. Glancing at the table on the back, my thoughts were confirmed. Each 29g bar contained 117 calories. I wasn't expecting it to be any less, lets put it that way. Although you get lots of cereal bars much lower in cals you definitly get ones higher! The fat content is pretty average- 3g to be exact!
As I didnt buy these bars, I am not sure where they were purchased from and for what price. However the next time I was in Tesco, I did take a little look and from Tesco they would have set my grandad back £1.90. I thought this was a bit steep at first, however when I worked out that, that meant each bar was only slightley over 30p it made a little more sense.
5 Sense Summary-
*Sight- golden cereal, milk chocolate coating on the bottom, juicy raisins
*Texture- juicy raisins, chewy cereal, slight crunch, smooth choc!
*Scent- mild cereal
*Taste- sweet cereal, and creamy chocolate!
Overall I'd definitly reccomend these. Although they aren't the lowest in calories and they are not the cheapest of cereal products I do think they are worth it. The taste is gorgeous and everybody is sure to enjoy them- unless you dislike nuts, raisins or chocolate that is! They would be greaty suited to pop into your childrens lunch box in place of a chocolate bar or a chocolate biscuit, and would make a quick snack or indeed a breakfast if you are on the run!!
I'm dieting (you may already be bored of hearing about this, sorry, there is more to come, stay tuned for exciting ryvita and cottage cheese reviews....) so I am looking for healthier options. More fruit and vegetables, more grains, less fat, sugar and unfortunately less chocolate.
Alpen bars are one of a whole range of cereal bars that try to tempt us into eating snacks by massaging our conscience. It is whole grain, apparently, and suitable for any time of day! (I do hate those snacks that can only be eaten at 11.25 on a Wednesday, don't you?) I've tried a few bars, including "Oats and More", "Tracker" and some own brand ones, and most of them have been like eating a chewy mixture of cardboard and sawdust. Yum. (The prize for absolute worst, at least amongst the branded and more expensive range, goes to Oats and More, sawdust held together with glucose syrup. Maybe I should have saved that for another review...)
Alpen Fruit and Nut with Milk Chocolate are different though, they are sweet enough to feel like a treat, but satisfyingly cereal-y (I'd like to say oaty but the 'mixed cereals' also include wholewheat and rice) so that they do fill a gap if you are hungry. Best of all, they have enough proper chocolate in them to actually taste, unlike some of the bars with chocolate chips, but not so much that you feel like you may as well have had a bar of Whole Nut (like "Brunch"!) The ingredients list is longer than I would like to see, but there aren't too many horrors.
These bars come in six flavours, and I have to say that I like the look of Cranberry, Almond and Milk Chocolate, but the others don't include chocolate, and some include yoghurt - I have never approved of the idea of hardened yoghurt. Per 29g bar Alpen have 124kcal, which is ideal for a snack or treat I think. These are excellent to keep handy for hungry moments, I like to have some in my desk at work, or in the boot of the car (along with some cartons of juice) for trips out.
Price for 6 bars at Tesco is £1.78, although they are currently on offer at 2 boxes for £3.
In the 17th Century, chocolate houses were opened in London to provide refreshment for the body and mind. We can't promise a spanking new you, but we can put a spring in your step with the great taste of Alpen Fruit & Nut bars with Milk Chocolate. A moist and chewy combination of crispy rice & wheat flakes and juicy raisins, topped with chopped hazelnuts and almonds, and dipped in smooth milk chocolate.