“ Brand: Weetabix / Type: Cereal Bar „
I sometimes buy Alpen Lights, and my favourite flavour is probably the 'chocolate & fudge' variety.
I purchase these in a multi-pack which contains five bars, and usually costs about £1.50 on offer (I wouldn't pay full price which is usually over £2) in Asda.
Each bar weighs in at 19g and contains 70 calories, so it is quite a good low calorie snack when I'm craving something sweet/a chocolate fix.
Each bar is individually wrapped and comes in a pale brown (fudge coloured) wrapper. The front of the wrapper clearly states the name of the product and the fact that it only contains 70 calories. There is also a rather tempting (albeit slightly misleading!) looking picture of some fudge and some chocolate.
Upon opening the wrapper, the first thing I noticed is that the bar is smaller than it looks like it will be. The wrapper has been made slightly too long, obviously to make it look better! This is the case with a lot of food items these days, especially low fat/reduced calorie things. It's a bit annoying, but to be expected.
The bar itself is made of cereal, which is all stuck together with a syrupy type substance. There is a drizzle of chocolate across the bar and it does look quite appetising. The thing that is missing is the fudge!
The bar is soft enough to bite into easily, but no so soft that is just crumbles away. It tastes a bit like chocolate and just has a generally sweet taste to it. Again, I couldn't detect any fudge in the taste.
I continue to buy these as I like the taste and they are low in calories. I wouldn't say they fill me up at all but they do offer a sweet fix without going wild on the fat/calorie consumption.
I would not say that the word 'fudge' is really appropriate in the flavour of these bars! But they are tasty all the same.
As part of my Slimming World diet, I am allowed one or two Alpen Light bars (for fibre) on a daily basis. I have switched from Special K bars to these bars and whilst the fruity flavoured bars are my favourites, I decided it was about time that I tried out the Chocolate and Fudge flavour.
The Alpen Light range includes a few different flavoured cereal bars. The light bars are high in fibre and are designed to aid a healthy digestion. The chocolate and fudge bar is described as 'prebiotic mixed cereal bar with fudge, plain chocolate and a plain chocolate drizzle'. The cereals that make up this bar include whole wheat, whole oats and rice.
Alpen Light bars are presented in a cardboard box which illustrates delicious pieces of fudge and chocolate. Each bar is foiled wrapped for freshness and is ideal for popping in your handbag for a light snack. Alpen Light bars are 65 calories per bar (says 70 on the front of the box). There is 4.1g of sugar and 0.5g of saturated fat present too.
~Price and Availability~
Expect to pay £1.99 for a box of 6 x 19g Alpen Light bars. They are available from supermarkets. Tesco, Asda and Morrisons often have them on offer at 2 for £3.00.
I only ever buy these when they are on offer and usually tend to stock up. Whilst I'm more likely to prepare a breakfast from scratch, cereal bars are perfect for if I'm in a rush to go out or for taking to my class with me to eat after being weighed. I wasn't too sure about trying this particular flavour to be honest. Whilst I absolutely love chocolate and fudge, I'm funny when it comes to the way chocolate tastes. For example, I love Cadbury chocolate but when it comes to Nestle, I only really like their white chocolate. Anyway, I had nothing really to lose by trying them out.
The bars are quite small so not incredibly filling but they are fine with a piece of fruit or yoghurt. The foil wrapper keeps the bars fresh and they smell oaty with a hint of sweetner when unwrapped. Whilst I am allowed two of these bars, I couldn't eat through two in one sitting as I get bored easily of the flavour. Each bar is a little bit sticky and quite thick. The texture is good - chewy but not too hard. I find this flavour to be a little dry compared to the other fruity flavours. The different flavoured cereals are rolled together tightly and coated in a light syrup which stops the bar from falling apart. A fine drizzle of dark chocolate is visible across the bar. I personally didn't realise that it was dark chocolate when I bought the bars as I'm not keen on dark chocolate.
Taste wise these bars are okay but I didn't get the sweet/chocolate fix and satisfaction that I would have by eating a bar of Dairy Milk. I'm not sure what else to expect for 70 calories though so I cannot grumble too much! I can definitely taste the different cereals in the bar and compared to the likes of Special K, the bar isn't very sweet and is really rather plain. I can mainly taste the chocolate through the bar and it reminds me of cheap baking chocolate rather than a high quality dark chocolate. It isn't too bad but it isn't particularly favourable. I find the fudge pieces (they are supposed to make up 12% of the bar) to be very minimal. They must be tiny pieces and well blended as I can taste a hint of fudge but the pieces add nothing to the texture of the bar.
These are definitely not my favourite flavour of Alpen Light. I find them to be a bit bland so don't think I would buy them again. The chocolate leaves a slight bitter aftertaste in my mouth which I'm not keen on. I'm sure when will like the flavour but the lack of fudge flavour makes them less appealing to me personally. I have used them as part of a Slimming World cheesecake type dessert and they act as a great base. I have finished the box but will stick to the fruity flavours and eat a small, child sized chocolate bar to combat my chocolate cravings.
Thanks for reading :)
Anyone that would have read some of my recent reviews will see that I do tend to eat cereal bars for breakfast as they are something that are convenient for me to be able to eat on the go or at work ensuring that I do not miss out on the most important meal of the day. I do find some cereal bars to be quite overpriced so look for ones being on special offer, my most recent purchase was of the Alpen light bars which were on a recent special offer in Asda.
I purchased a box containing 6 of the individually wrapped alpen light bars, there was several flavour options available but with me having quite a sweet tooth I opted for the chocolate and fudge flavour. I paid just £1.00 for the box of 6 bars which I thought was great value as they normally retail for £1.98.
The Alpen Light chocolate and fudge cereal bars are described as a prebiotic mixed cereal bar with fudge, plain chocolate and a plain chocolate drizzle.
The bars come in a cardboard box and inside you will find the 6 individually wrapped bars. The bars are wrapped in a thick foil wrapper to keep them nice and fresh. The wrappers are blue and brown in colour and have the alpen logo as well as on alpine snowy mountain scene on the front with pictures of chocolate, wheat and fudge pieces. It also states in a yellow circle that the bars contain just 70 calories which I was impressed by as I try and keep my calorie count down as much as possible. On the back of the wrapper you can find all the extra information that u need to know about the cereal bars including storage instructions, allergy advice, ingredients listings and nutritional information.
When I first opened the bar I was shocked at just how tiny it was and could see immediately just how they only contain 70 calories! The bar is like many others being light brown in colour with u being able to see the oats and puffed rice moulded together to form a bar shape with a fine drizzle of chocolate across the top.
When u first open the wrapper you are greeted by a lovely sweet fudge smell which I found very appealing and instantly made my mouth water. It is just a shame that the fudge taste is not as strong as the smell. I would not say that the bars are in any way horrible tasting they are just slightly bland and disappointing as they are more just sweet than you being able to distinguish an actual flavour. Even the chocolate on the top is so finely drizzled that it is barely noticeable.
I did like the consistency of the bar as it was crispy with the puffed rice but also had a nice chewy texture. But to me this was the cereal bars best feature. Personally I think they lacked flavour and at full price are very overpriced for the size of the bars and ones that I will not be purchasing again!
Ok, so lets face it, your average cereal/healthy eating bar is normally so sweet your teeth fur up, totally hard so your fured up teeth break or just taste like budgey feed. But not this one! Alpen Light Choc and Fudge (other Light flavours are available) have hit a home run with these bars.
In boxes of 5 bars for anything between £1.50 - £1.99 the come in at under 70 calories, are sweet enough for the sweetest of teeth and are a lovely soft and slightly chewy consistency and are a good size. I scoffed at Chocolate and Fudge, it would never taste of it - but I was wrong, you really do get the velvety rich fudge taste followed by more than a hint of chocolate wrapped with the cereal in every mouthful. They make ideal snacks on the go and should be in the lunch box of any self respecting dieter. They are popular with both Slimming World and Weight Watchers members alike due to their low syn and points value.
I think these are one of the nicest low calorie healthy bar ranges on the market at the moment and permantly have my cupboards stocked up with them.
Go on, treat yourself without the guilt and tuck into one of these, you wont be disappointed.
I was passing down the cereal isle at my local supermarket, trying to decide which mundane cereal I would like to purchase, knowing full well that even though I had decided to turn over a new leaf and eat breakfast everyday from now on, it would only take two days until I was slipping into the same routine of pressing snooze on my alarm one too many times, leaving only enough time to jump in the shower, get dressed, do my teeth and run out the door for work.
Whilst reaching for my usual Weatabix Minis I noticed the cereal bar section out the corner of my eye and decided to take a look. After some deliberation I decided to plonk for a couple of Alpen Light Chocolate and Fudge boxes. The box was aesthetically appealing and the bar looked tasty, granted, the surrounding fudge and chocolate images probably helped!
The next day, I took both boxes to work and stored them in my desk drawer, meaning that there was no chance of forgetting to grab one in the morning mad rush. After an hour sat at my desk, once the toothpaste taste had started to disappear I decided to open the box and try one.
The bar has an array of textures, at first its soft and chewy, slowly becoming slightly more crunchy. The bar also provides a taste sensation, it's sweet, but not sickly. The fudge provides the overriding taste, whilst the chocolate is almost unnoticeable, that is until the final bite, where you begin to get a sense of the rich fulfilling flavour provided by the chocolate. The taste of the oat's and wheat's is hardly noticeable, a major plus point as far as I'm concerned.
Considering the bar contains both chocolate and fudge, the nutritional values are not all that bad. Each one contains 63 calories, 1.3g fat & 4.5g sugar. These statistics are not too bad, provided you can avoid the temptation of eating more than one at a time, which believe me at times can be a struggle!
From now on I will be keeping a stash of these within my drawer at work, to make sure that no matter how late I wake up, there's always something available to kick start the day. Great if you have a busy life and are always on the run, or even if your like me and just can't get up in the mornings!
In general I can`t stand cereal bars,they are normally full of sugar and taste like I imagine cardboard would(I haven`t actually tried to eat cardboard yet,but there`s still time) I am doing slimming world at the moment and several people at my group kept telling me I needed to try these as they were delicious and low fat,two things that don`t normally go together!
They are easy to find,in the cereal aisle at asda and tesco,come in a variety of flavours,five bars in each box and are reasonably priced,between £1.29 and £1.69.Each light chocolate and fudge bar contains only 63 calories,is high in fibre and contains prebiotic(to aid healthy digestion)
So on to the taste..on the box they are described as having `delicious chocolate and fudge pieces` so I expected to find one tiny little chunk of fudge and a bit of chocolate so small you need a magnifying glass to see it.I was so so wrong these bars really are crammed with fudge chunks and there is a good amount of choc too but the best bit is they are tasty,delish,yummy and any other word that means nice you can think off.
I have been converted,although I still get choc cravings these do satisfy,the apple and sultana bars are tasty too.
I have never been a fan of so called 'healthy' or 'diet' cereal or snack bars which are marketed as a replacement to chocolate bars but which often actually include a ton of sugar and a surprising amount of fat. So I was pleasantly surprised when I absent mindedly picked up these Alpen Light Chocolate and Fudge bars and found that the nutritional values were very impressive.
Each bar contains less than 70 calories, and in 100 grams there are only 6.4 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of saturates and 21.5 grams of sugar, which works out as less than 2 grams of fat and around 5 grams of sugar per 21 gram bar.
I did wonder though, if a bar that was described as a 'mixed cereal bar with plain chocolate, fudge and a plain chocolate drizzle' could pack in much taste for less than 70 calories. But again I was pleasantly surprised. The bar is quite tasty. It has a moist, chewy texture and the chocolate taste is definitely noticable. I struggled to locate much of a fudge taste, but overall the bar is quite enjoyable and definitely more indulgent than many of the other, more sugary, cereal bars out there.
The bars come in packs of five, which are individually wrapped and stored inside a recyclable cardboard box. A pack of five will cost you £1.64 in Asda which is not too bad. They are currently on a 2 for £3 offer so stock up while you can if you enjoy them!
I wouldn't say these bars are filling enough to replace breakfast, but for a quick sweet treat or a snack to tide you over til the next meal they are more than acceptable, and I will be buying them again.
There is always a box of these in the cupboard as my mum eats them on her weight watchers diet as 1 bar contains only 1 point! I often take them for a snack as I find them quick and easy to eat and relatively filling too, I also like the fact that you get a little bit of chocolate! We buy ours from Tesco where they can be found in the cereal aisle, they come in a box of 5 and cost around £1.69 but can often be found on offers such as 2 boxes for £2.50. The box shows a picture of the product and tells you that each bar has less than 70 calories.
Inside the cardboard box, each bar is individually wrapped which makes them great for lunchboxes or good if you are going to eat them over a long period of time. Taking the bar out it is quite small, about 4 inches long, one inch wide and one inch tall. You can see the cereal in the bar and it looks quite moist, there is a swirl of chocolate on the top and you can also see fudge pieces in with the cereal.
Biting into the bar the main taste is the cereal, however there is also a strong taste of chocolate and also of fudge. This for me is a big bonus as I am not a huge fan of cereal bars and because these are less than 70 calories its even better! The bar is quite sticky and moist and is easy to eat, the fudge pieces are small but can certainly be tasted within the bar and the chocolate is quite powerful, dark chocolate is used which means you can taste the bitter taste of the chocolate with the cereal at all times. All together, the bar is really nice, it is easy to eat and quite filling even though the bar itself is quite small.
I like these bars and they are great as an alternative snack, especially as they only have 70 calories each, they are also available in chocolate and orange and summer fruit varieties however these ones are my favourite. Although they are quite expensive, look out for special offers as they are a nice snack and perfect for lunchboxes!
So hubby helped me eat the Alpine Fruit & Nut with Chocolate bars I reviewed the other day and after I told him they make a Chocolate and Fudge Light version off I went to the shop to buy some to try.
Again the box is now slightly different to that pictured but is still caramel coloured with an ice blue mountain scene. On the front it clearly says that there are fewer than 70 calories per bar (there's actually only 63). The back of the pack has the ingredients and nutritional info and a current promotion for your chance to win an Alpine Escape.
Each box comes with 5 individually wrapped 'Prebiotic mixed cereal bars with fudge, plain chocolate and a plain chocolate drizzle' costing £1.47.
Now I had high hopes for these bars as the full fat ones were delicious but hubby was not impressed with his. Not to be put off I thought I'd come to my own conclusion.
Before I'd even opened the bar though I was disappointed because I realised that they were actually even smaller than the full fat version. These were only 21g (the full fat ones are 29g); so that's where some of the calories had gone!!
What a swizz; these are the same price as the full fat version; but I can't help thinking that the weight conscious consumers are being taken for mugs having to pay more for less product because they think the 'light version' is better for them.
Ok back to the bar. So I opened the wrapper to be greeted by a lovely aroma of chocolate and fudge; however the base of these bars were not dipped in chocolate. The chocolate and fudge was obviously melted to bind the cereal together (it says fudge pieces but I couldn't tell there were any) so the cereal looks slightly darker but there's hardly any chocolate to taste only the tiny drizzle on the top. I found this made the bar very dry; not the lovely melt in the mouth experience that happened with the full fat version.
The Light Alpine Chocolate and Fudge bars are over in a couple of bites and not very satisfying; you'd need to eat two and that then brings you up to the calorie count of the full fat ones.
On trying to cater for the weight conscious Weetbix; who make Alpine; have compromised too much on the taste with this light version. I'd rather have a filling, lovely tasting full fat treat than this one with half the fat and calories.
Nutritional Info (per 21g bar):
Calories - 63
Protein - 1.3g
Carbs - 11.4g
Fat - 1.3g
Fibre - 1.4g
Sodium - 0.02g
To round up I was bitterly disappointed and won't be buying these again. The full fat versions are alot tastier, more satisfying and only 125 calories a bar so I would recommend buying them instead.
I was wandering around Sainsbury's looking for something for snacking when these boxes of cereal bars caught my eyes. They were on offer 2 for £2.25, pretty cheap for cereal bars (if you compare to Special K, for example), especially it contains only 70kcal each so I thought I would give this a try.
These bars are made by popular cereal company Weetabix and are sold in packs of five bars with each bar being around 21 grams each in weight. Normally it is sold at around £1.50 to £1.60 each.
The box has a nice big picture of the cereal bar showing all its cereal goodness, which makes you want to eat it immediately! Opening the box, each bar is individually foil wrapped. The bar is pretty small as it is only 21g. Once I opened it, I immediately love the very yummy smell, a sweet and definitely fudge tinged aroma and I couldn't wait to taste it.
Although it contains little calories, it doesn't taste plain at all. The bar is nice to eat, it is chewy & crispy and sweet. There is a drizzle of chocolate sauce along the length of the bar as you can see on the picture, and it makes the bar taste lovely. The chocolate is rich and smooth, I was amazed how could such a bar contain only 62kcal. It doesn't give me the feeling of eating a diet bar at all.
Overall, it is a very nice snack, better than a chocolate bar, and can fulfill my cravings for chocolate sometimes. I find a bar not really filling but I can eat 2 instead of my lunch or breakfast. The sugar is quite high as you would expect with sweets. But only 62kcal each, I can't complain.
Snack bars are always a great addition to any lunch time meal so when they are cheap (39p), contain chocolate and fudge and have the word "light" on them you know your on to a winner, right? Well lets find out as Alpen Light Chocolate and Fudge bar is what I'm going to have purchased from B&M stores which was swiftly become the go to place for snack foods. Now before I start actually eating it, I'm quite curios as to how someone can produce a "light" version of a bar and yet it still has chocolate and fudge, if it tastes ok someone deserves a giant medal.
Coming in a mainly light blue wrapper it's image fits with that of most the other Alpen products available with brown "tails" to show it's fudge flavoured. The bar looks like the chocolate and fudge are mixed directly into the multitude of grains and cereal to form a bar, unlike some other Alpen bars where the base is chocolate or dried yoghurt, so this looks like the contents of a bird feeder. Whatever they've done to make it had made it rather stiff and lifeless, and as you bite into them it cracks clean (except for the grain bits that go all over) almost like they've burnt it and it's gone a bit hard. The bar does taste slightly sweeter than similar bars however the fudge can hardly be tasted and the chocolate looks to be minimal at best with a swiggle along the top of the bar.
Nutritional information per 100g (each bar is 21g)
1249 Kj Energy
296 Kcal Calories
2.5g Saturated fat
0.35g Salt equivalent
Contains: Wheat, Barley, Oats, Milk and Soya. May contain Nuts.
Considering the high hopes I had for this with the fudge and chocolate they'd proven even great things can be used badly and this tastes just like you would expect bird seed to taste like. Sadly with the ingredients at hand they could have been a bit more excessive and made a fattening but yet delightful bar, instead they've tried to keep the fat down and as a result left the flavour out of the product. Now I'm not one for "healthy living" but if I do try healthy food I'd rather it wasn't pretty tasteless, I like food with sweet tastes, I know enough about sweetners to know how well they can work sure additives may not be the most healthy but if companies want people eating healthy, then they need to let their product's have some taste. As a result I won't be going back, if I wasn't something similar I'd just raid a bird house.
I myself am not a breakfast person; I get up too early to contemplate wolfing down a bowl of cereal (or whatever) before I rush out to get my train. However, my body is unbelievably stupid and will decide it's hungry the moment I get on said train. One other problem I face is that I'm currently on a diet, so it's not like I'm left with a lot of options.
So I've turned to Alpen Light Chocolate and Fudge as I can just chuck a couple in my bag and I'm good to go. They're not particularly big (hence the small amount of calories) but they are a good source of fibre, and if you're like me and have a ridiculously sweet tooth, these are for you.
I find that I no longer just have them as a breakfast substitute; they're sweet enough that I have them when I want a sweet fix (they have certainly helped my hold off my chocolate cravings!).
Also, for Slimming World followers - I believe these can be used as one of your 'B' choices.
As for their price, they vary immensely, so shop around. Especially if you're going to have them everyday.
I must admit i was drawn in by the lack of calories and the promise of chocolate and fudge for only one weigth watcher point. Closer inspection i saw that the bars were packed with wholegrain and oats which we all know are good for us. On the days when i just can't face breakfast i like to turn to these. For me one is not enough as a breakfast so i have two. They do taste of chocolate and fudge as stated on the package but are not overly sweet or artificial tasting. That is why i can tolerate them for breakfast. I have tried other flavours in the range and prefer the apple, but this was a close second. They come in a multipack of 5. I bought mine from Sainsburys for £1.65 although there is an offer on at the moment 2 for £2. Once i opened the bar you can see that it is a good size (so the packaging is not misleading) and is packed with oats and grains so is quite dense. The bars come in a long narrow box which fits easily into the cupboard (if they last that long). I do like these and buy them whenever they are on offer.
I've done a few reviews of cereal bars and yoghurts so by now you'll know I'm a bit of a snacker at work. I get so much hungrier on weekdays than weekends and I'm sure it's because I'm just sitting at my desk relatively bored and notice the hunger more than I do when I'm off climbing mountains. So 10.30's about the time I'll crack and devour a yoghurt or snack. Being a bit of a MoneySaver too, I have no loyalty to a particular brand, opting instead for whatever's on offer, as I'm sure many others also do In The Current Economic Climate.
Today's snack was an Alpen Light bar - Chocolate and Fudge variety. Alpen is probably the most famous and respected brand of muesli in the country if not the world and the name to me suggests healthiness and quality.
Alpen Light bars come in four varieties: Chocolate & Fudge, Summer Fruits, Apple & Sultana and Chocolate & Orange. Being the health monster I am of course I went for the Chocolate & Fudge! These boxes of five retail at about £1.65 but I got 2 for £2 on offer in Asda.
The box shows a photograph of the muesli bar and some chunks of chocolate and fudge, against a backdrop of the Alps. There's a fair bit of text on the back explaining how good for you the bars are: less sugar and half the fat of regular Alpen bars, contain a prebiotic to aid healthy digestion, high in fibre, nutritious oats, less than 70 calories per 21g bar... Yuk they sound horrible!
Inside the box, each Alpen Light bar is wrapped in a foil wrapper, again decorated with mountains, chocolate and fudge. When I first opened it, I have to admit I was surprised at how small the bar was compared to what the packaging suggests. Forgive the incongruous comparison, but it was about the size of a limp fish finger. Nor does it look particularly exciting, just like a normal muesli bar really, but you can see the pieces of fudge in it and there's a very small drizzle of dark chocolate on top. There is however a fantastic fudgy smell which becomes apparent immediately upon opening the packet, made my mouth water in spite of the not-too-appetising muesli bar in front of me.
The taste though is quite simply scrummy. Much more chocolaty than it looks and the fudge pieces are fairly strong and rich. It has a very chewy consistency which actually gave me mild jaw ache, but it's easy to bite into and you can pull bits off without getting sticky fingers. I would give this variety five stars except for the fact that it just isn't substantial enough. Yes, 70 calories is hardly any and that's very low for a product like this, but if it's not doing anything to fill you up then it's almost as though it's 70 calories where you could have had none.
Actually upon checking the nutrition info for this review I find that each bar only contains 62 calories which is quite a bit less than 70. In that case I think I'd be forgiven for having two, after all 124 calories is still fairly low isn't it?! In fact, if you ate the whole box that's still only 296 kcal - I'm sure that's about the same as one Mars Bar! Each 21g bar also contains 1.3g fat and 0.07g of salt. They do contain wheat, barley, oats, milk and soya (and a whole flavourings, emulsifiers and acids, suggesting that this might not be the most natural brand after all); and may contain traces of nuts.
More info on these and the whole Alpen range can be found at: http://www.weetabix.co.uk/brands/alpen-bars/
I picked these up at Tesco as they were on special offer and actually lower in calories than my usual cereal bars.
They come in a box of 5 and I was a little disappointed at how big the foil packaging was compared to the cereal bar inside. They are certainly not as big as other cereal bars I have tried, hence the fact that there are fewer than 70 calories in each and they are extremely low in saturated fat.
However I think the taste factor counts for the most and they are delicious, A little sticky because of the fudge but they taste and smell gorgeous and really feels as though you're having a treat rather than a low-cal cereal bar. The fudge is mixed in with tho oats with a thin zigzag of chocolate along the top.
I would happily recommend these, perfect for anyone watching their weight or just as a tasty snack.