“ Brand: Weetabix „
Alpen Groove Bar
It's hard to find cheap treats that are good for you. Why do chocolate bars and naughty things always seem that much cheaper! On my last visit to our local 99p store I spotted a huge range of Alpen cereal bars. I never quite knew that they offered such a huge range until I saw them all together. I always buy McVities Go Ahead Biscuits but fancied a change so I setted on Alpen's Nutty Chocolate Groove Bar.
~ Packaging ~
The bars come boxed with 6 in a pack and feature a handy flap across the front of the packaging so the box can be resealed easily. The packaging is modern and eye-catching with a plain rather delicious brown background, white text and line drawings of a chunk of Chocolate and a hazlenut. The usual nutritional information and company details can be found on the back.
~ The Bar ~
Upon opening the packet I am greeted with a good sized solid looking muesli bar packed with oats, seeds and nuts with a surprise of thick chocolate fitted inside and on top of the bar thanks to the 'groove'. (This bar reminds me of the bars I used to buy my hamster!) The chocolate does not have the look of normal chocolate. It's more like the chocolate topping that you used to get in a squeezy bottle to put on top of your ice-cream or alternatively like the chocolate from the choc-dip pots.
~ The Taste ~
The bar is very chewy and has a nice texture. It is well formed so will not fall apart and make a mess unlike some other bars from competitors. The chocolate taste is mild and not overpowering. Each bar contains just 145 calories which is not that bad considering the chocolate filling. The main ingredients are rice, oats, wheat, Sugar, Hazlenut and almond.
~ Summary ~
Overall it is a nice change from my usual purchase and will certainly be going back to try the other flavours in the range - lemon and strawberry. I did not think that it would be quite as filling but it definately filled a hole. I am not sure of their original price but at 99p for 6 I think these are a bargain and will be stocking up on my next visit.
I first bought these cereal bars from Alpen a few weeks ago, and I have found them to be really tasty. They are made by the Weetabix company, and the main ingredients are rice, oats, wheat, sugar, hazelnut and almond filling and and a chocolate topping. I have only tried the chocolate variety so far, but my husband and I liked them so much that I ordered two more boxes online from Tesco. As well as chocolate, the bars are also available in lemon and strawberry flavours, but I haven't tried these yet. The bars come in a box of six, and cost around £1.70.
They are individually foil wrapped for freshness, and are ideal for putting in lunch boxes or in your bag for a snack when out and about. The bars do have some sugar in them which works out at 66.8g carbohydrate per 100g or 21.4g per 32g bar. The amount that sugars is 31.4g and 10.0g respectively. I think that the cereal content (31%) helps to reduce the amount of carbohydrates that sugar, as they are longer lasting carbohydrates, rather than short lasting ones, such as refined sugar. Oats are especially good for this, as they come quite low on the glycaemic index, and help to keep you fuller for longer.The fat content is 15.5g per 100g and 5.0g per 32g bar. The amount of saturated fat is 4.2g per 100g and 1.3g per bar, which is not that low, but not excessively high either.
The bars are called Groove because they have a groove in the centre that is filled with a nutty chocolate praline and topped with milk chocolate. I think that the bars have a mix of good and some not so healthy ingredients, making them a balanced snack to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee, or after a meal. As long as you eat foods like this in moderation, as they can be quite sweet and sugary, there should be no problem, and they can form a tasty part of a balanced diet.
Get into the Groove with new Nutty Chocolate Groove bars - a unique snack featuring a groove of nutty praline topped with yummy chocolate. A combination of rice, oats and wheat, with an added groove of flavour, Alpen Groove bars give you a hit of yummy chocolate in every single bite.