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      28.03.2012 15:12
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      A brilliant snack

      ~~ Personal Account ~~ Well as many of you may know I have just returned from a visit to South Africa where I helped out over there. I tried all the different types of food that they offered me even some that I didn't have an idea about what I was eating. When I come back I was over half a stone heavier and not feeling at my best after snacking on fatty foods. So I joined a local Slimming World to help me to get back to being more healthier. They recommended these as a snack during a meal. At first I wasn't really looking forward to them as I thought they would be bland. However, I couldn't be more wrong they are fruity and taste so sweet. I also don't like apples that much so I was a bit put off by the apple on the front of the packet but in my experience I couldn't taste the apple. I now enjoy having the light cereal bar between breakfast and dinner and it puts my mind at ease when I know that it is much more healthier for me than a chocolate bar. ~~ The Product ~~ Considering the bars are only 70 calories I was very surprised at how much taste they had. The summer fruits in the bar made the chewy cereal bar a lot more sugary. Just the right amount of sugar you need to keep you going until lunch time. You can taste the strawberry the most when eating the bar and it isn't too tangy like I thought it would be. The bar smells lovely and fruity which gives you a fresh summery feeling knowing that the food that you are eating is good for you. One thing that I was disappointed with was the size of the bar, the package that they come in is small anyway but it was disappointing to see that a quarter of it was air. I wouldn't really mind if they bars were cheap but priced at nearly £2 for 5 isn't good. However, the packaging really appealed with the deep red and light blue contrasting with each other gave it the true summer feel to it. ~~ Contents ~~ Per Bar - Energy 267 kJ Protein-0.8g Carbohydrate- 11.2g ( 4.3g of which is sugars) Fat- 0.8g Fibre- 4.3g Sodium- 0.02g ~~What I liked~~ The fruity taste was excellent and the chewiness of the bar was just right. I also love eating them because I know that it is much healthier than eating a chocolate bar and that its light enough to keep me going until lunch. I also like all the fruits that are in there and the yoghurt that is drizzled on top of the bar. ~~ What I didn't like ~~ The price can be a little expensive, especially if you are a student. Also the bars might be too small for some people. ~~ Overall Opinion ~~ I can't seem to get enough of these bars at the minute they are light and fruity which really do keep you going until dinner time. I would recommended these to anybody who tends to snack between breakfast and lunch on fatty foods these are a great option.

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        14.05.2010 11:44
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        A good cereal bar, would buy again.

        Due to the fact we had mouldy bread this morning, I had to give breakfast a miss, so I went to the petrol garage on the way to work, and picked up one of these. I'm not usually a big fan of cereal bars, but it was this or crisps, so I chose what I thought would be the healthier breakfast. The packet says that it cost me 39p, which isn't bad, but it is was quite small. It also says on the front of the packet that there are fewer than 70 calories per bar, which I guess can only be a good thing. The bar itself consists of cereal, otas bits of dried summer fruits, all stuck together with a bit of what looked like icing on the top, in a swirly pattern, but I think it's yoghurt. The taste of this bar, was actually a lot better than I expected. The cereal was nice and crunchy but a bit chewy, and there were a lot of small fruit pieces in there, that were actually really tasty. I could only taste Strawberry really, but I still liked it. Even despite the tangyness of the fruit it was still a very sweet bar, and tasted very sugary. It wasn't overly filling so not a great breakfast substitute, but it definitely satisfied my hunger for a short while. The only downside to the bar was that it was a bit sticky to touch, so me being sensible held it in the wrapper like an old lady, I don't think this is too big of a problem for me though, but might be a bit different for someone who wears smart clothes to work, if they touched it then got the sticky substance on their clothes, but still only a minor downside. I actually really liked this bar, it was a lot better than I expected it to be, and I would consider buying a multi pack from the supermarket, depending on the cost.

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          03.02.2010 14:07
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          Great for a diet snack, but not as nice as other cereal bars - though less calories

          Since joining Slimming World i have always been looking for low calorie snacks or even snacks I can use as a healthy extra B (Slimming world jargon) I came across these bars and was delighted to know that you can have 2 of them as a Healthy Extra B on slimming world, when most other cereal bars you can only have one (if at all!) So for that reason alone they are great, i can have one for my breakfast and one later on in the day as a snack. The downside is that they are very sweet and a bit artificial tasting compared to more calorific bars! they have a drizzle of yoghurt flavouring over the top which is nice, but as I say - very sweet. The bar itself is made of a mix of cereals, oats and small pieces of fruit (raspberries, apples and strawberries (although they don't tast particuarly like real pieces of fruit - much more artificial). The overall effect of the bar is satisfying for a sweet craving, but lets be honest, it's no chocolate bar! Worth buying, but i do think the chocolate fudge Alpen light bars are nicer, but this is good for a change. Particularly good if you are on the slimming world diet (or infact any diet as they are only 70 cals a bar!).

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          18.11.2009 23:59
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          worth a try.

          I have only recently got into eating cereal bars, up till now they made me think too much of cereal and breakfast time and i wasn't sure they were what i really wanted as a snack. However a friend of mine gave me an Alpen Light Summer Fruit Cereal Bar and i was hooked. At less than 70 calories per bar they are a non guilty pleasure. They contain less sugar and half the fat of regular Alpen yogurt bars and taste pretty good, a nice chewy but not too chewy texture they have enough fruit and cereal mix to enable you to taste the flavours and a light drizzle of yogurt on the top gives a hint of sweetnes without being too sweet. The summer fruits are cranberries (not the first fruit i think of when i think of summer!), raspberries and strawberries. The fruit mixture is pretty yummy. The cereal part is a combination of oats and wheat making them high in fibre. Each 21g bar contains the follwoing nutritional information: Energy: 59 kcal Protein: 1.2g Carbohydrate: 11.9g of which sugars 4.8g Fat: 0.8g of which saturates 0.3g Fibre: 4.7g Sodium: 0.05g In addition they also contain a prebiotic to aid healthy digestion. As well as summer fruits there are 3 other flavours which include: Alpen Light Apple & Sultana Alpen Light Chocolate & Orange Alpen Light Chocolate & Fudge They all come in packs of 5 bars and are availabel at all the major supermarkets priced around £1.60 ish for a 5 pack, also watch out as they often do specials on them like 2 pack for £2. All in all they are a pretty tasty snack and i am loving the summer fruits flavour. Yum!

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          07.10.2009 23:22
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          You need to get some - the Alpen guys have got it just right.

          It appears I am a relatively late discoverer of the Alpen Light Bars, having only been eating them for a fortnight now, this is due to the fact that I was looking for an alternative to my usual Ryvita Mixed Berry Bars. Alpen isn't normally my first consideration, because they tend to favour nuts in their recipes, and whilst this product carries the usual caveat about containing traces of nut - my nut averse taste buds can detect none and this is why 2 weeks on I am still eating them. I have tried both the Summer Fruits and the Chocloate and Fudge Alpen Light bars, the latter is not my thing at all - chocolate and fudge on a cereal just isn't right for me. The Summer Fruits bar is absolutely sublime. The cereal bar is a prebiotic mixed cereal bar - a what? This is what is considered a functional food whose job it is stimulate the growth of bacteria in the digestive system which bestows benefits to the individual. (Not bad). In addition to this the added ingredients to the cereal are apple, sweetened cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and a yogurt drizzle that tastes just like white chocolate to me. The fruit is sweet enough to provide the sweet crave we desire, and isn't at all tart in flavour. What I didn't realise is that there is a standard Alpen bar, the Alpen Light bars are half the fat! Brill. Because you don't get a sense of them being stingy with ingredients or flavour - these cereal bars have been cleverly crafted. Using my totaller on the Tesco diets website - it advises me that the Summer Fruits Alpen Light is 0.7 points (same equivalent as Weight Watchers), and whilst the packaging states less than 70 calories - the box states 59 calories per bar (incidently the choc/toffee is 0.8 points and 69 calories). Allergy advice is given stating this product does contain wheat, oats, barley, milk, soya and sulphates, but I don't think you need this review to point that out - those with allergies will be regularly checking the packaging. The best before dates are around 12 months from the date of purchase so it is possible to stock up if they are on offer.

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          26.09.2009 17:45
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          a good tasting low calorie bar - who would believe such a thing existed?

          When I'm getting a bit peckish around 11 in the morning I was often found raiding the biscuit tin and for not much of a snack was probably eating 200-300 calories. Not really what you want. I have started to move over to the more substantial cereal bars and have after trying many that were on offer I have now tried one of Alpen's lighter bars. These were on sale in my local Tesco express in a box of 5 for £1.72 so they are not the cheapest on the market but I am a firm believer in 'you pay for what you get' which is true most of the time. Inside the box there are 5 individual wrapped bars each of 21g The appearance/smell On opening the foil wrapper the smell that comes out is mainly strawberry but it has a slight chemical edge to it which gave it a slight acidic aroma which was slightly disappointing. This then gave way to a slightly sweeter smell with perhaps a hint of cranberry and apple. The bar is disappointingly small - perhaps this is the reason why these are around the 60 calorie mark. There is a fair amount of yogurt drizzled over the top and there appears to be a good amount of the red fruit within the bar. The pieces of oat and rice are visible and yes it does look more appetizing than it smells. Taste/texture The initial texture is slightly crisp but this gives way to a more chewy texture. The pieces of oat do add to the texture as do the bits of rice. Unlike some of the other bars in the Alpen range these are not overly dry this is possibly due to the yogurt drizzle. Whilst it is quite difficult to distinguish the tastes of each of the fruits in the bar, the most overpowering taste is that of the red fruits. I find that it is the cranberries which come through the most with a lingering aftertaste of the raspberries with a slight tang of the apple. There is a slight acidity to the taste of the fruit which helps the bars not to taste too sweet. The fruit taste again for me is, like the aroma, slightly chemical. This is probably due to the use of the fruit concentrates. So how bad are they for me? Well the small bars are only around 60 calories a bar so not too bad at all on that side of things. This is probably due to the low fat content. They are, however, quite high in sugar so those with diabetes my have to think twice before indulging in more than one of them. Nutritional info (per bar 21g): Energy - 59.4 Kcal Protein - 1.23g Carbs - 11.95g (sugars 4.83) Fat - 0.75g (saturated 0.27) Fibre - 4.73g Salt - 0.12g Overall opinion: There are good cereal bars which despite being low calorie actually taste quite good. They do taste quite sweet without being sickly and unlike some other low calorie bars they don't have the texture of old sawdust. This is something that I will be buying again and I will probably be trying others in the 'light' range.

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            19.09.2009 16:00
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            Great For Breakfast Or Any Time Of The Day

            I sometimes have a cereal bar for breakfast because I'm in a rush in the mornings and like an extra few minutes in bed instead of having to do cereal so these are handy to grab and eat on the run. These Alpen Light bars are all wicked but my fave is the Summer Fruits one because they are lovely and sweet and taste nice because of the mixture of fruit in them. There are apple, cranberrys, raspberries and strawberry in the bar and these are all mixed in with a mixture of wheat, oats and rice. The strongest taste I think is the raspberries and even thought the bar is proper sweet they give it a bit of a sour taste that goes nice with the sweet flavour. There are pieces of fruit in the bar but I can only see the raspberrys and strawberries but I reckon the others must be in there somewhere because the fruit is blended proper nice to make a taste that is a mixture of all the different fruits. The bar has a proper nice crispy texture that is lighter than other cereal bars I've had, I like how crunchy and chewy the bar is and how filling it is because it seems like such a small bar that I'm always surprised at how good it fills me up. The yogurt that has been drizzled over the top is lovely and sweet and it melts in my mouth like white chocolate, I think it's the best yogurt on top of a cereal bar that I've ever had. Every Summer Fruits Alpen Light has only 59 calories and I reckon that's brill for something that has got such a sweet and yummy flavour. There are loads of other ones available and the Chocolate Fudge one is proper nice as well but a bit sickly sometimes and not that good for breakfast.

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              03.09.2009 09:55
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              A tasty cereal bar

              Cereal Bars have never really appealed to me as i have always felt the majority taste like cardboard and have very little taste. However, being on a diet i decided to try the new Alpen Light Summer Fruits bars. Made by Weetabix, they are low in saturated fat and are less than 70 calories per bar. They also have prebiotic which helps a healthy digestion. Each box contains 5 21gramme bars, individually wrapped. They contain high fibre wheat flakes, oats and lots of lovely summer fruits, including raspberries, cranberries and strawberries, topped with a drizzle of yoghurt. The fruit is plentiful. They are quite substantial bars and are extremely delicious. I find them to be nice and sweet, chewy and very easy to digest. They do make a nice change for breakfast if in a hurry or as a tasty treat after lunch. The bar is handy to keep in your back and i will eat certainly eat more of them in the future.

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              31.07.2009 12:34
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              A delicious cereal bar from Alpen with far fewer calories than it's nearest counterpart.

              I have eaten lots of cereal bars but a firm favourite is a fairly new range, Alpen Light. I enjoy all their different cereal bars and often treat myself as they are incredibly low in calories and fat yet the flavours are interesting and enjoyable. This Summer Fruits bar is absolutely delicious at any time of the day; for breakfast when I can't face much else, a mid-morning snack when peckish or for a quick suppertime snack to fill the hole. Upon opening the wrapper you'll come across your one and only disappointment, the bar is much smaller than the packet makes it appear. Perhaps they have done this to prevent breakage to the bar, although cynically I feel it is just the old 'air in the crisp packet' trick again. It does smell lovely though, very sweet and fruity with a definite strawberry aroma. The bar looks very nice too with a slightly caramelised appearance, I can see small hints of red indicating the fruit inside the bar and there's a fairly generous drizzle of yogurt along the top. The texture of the Summer Fruit Alpen Light bars is perfect. The small flakes and oats are well compacted which gives the bar a delicious chewy consistency, it actually puts me in mind of a chewy flapjack in a way as the have the same oaty texture. The flavour is excellent too. It's nicely fruity and wonderfully sweet, I always wonder how Alpen can make these bars taste so sugary and naughty yet keep the calories so low. I can very vaguely taste the bland oats but this is almost completely overwhelmed by the summer fruits flavouring. A lot of the fruitiness comes from fruit juice concentrates, namely apple, strawberry and raspberry, and although the only distinct flavour is strawberry the other juices are beautifully blended to create a light yet powerful fruit flavour. I think this is a fantastic treat and one I would happily eat even if I'm not dieting. Those of you following Weight Watchers will know what I mean when I say that if I'm having a 'bad spell' my diet foods are saved and ignored for a few days until I feel like tackling it again. But Alpen Light bars are never banished in the way Weight Watchers cookies and Options sachets are, I have found myself reaching for a packet of full fat Walkers Sensations and grabbing a Summer Fruits bar instead - and enjoying it just as much! Each 21g bar contains a miniscule 59 calories and 0.3g of saturated fat (total fat 0.8g), this works out to just one Weight Watchers point which makes them an ideal addition to your snack cupboard - after all, aren't we all looking out for that elusive 1 point treat for when you have a single point left over at the end of the day. Well, here it is!

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                29.06.2009 10:40
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                Distinctive flavour but is difficult to chew - I will not buy this product again as I value my teeth

                I have tried out the Alpen Light Chocolate & Orange Cereal Bars, and I am now working my way through the Alpen Summer Fruits Flavour Bars. They are currently £1.65 for a box of 5 bars. Outer Packaging: The recyclable card box is bright and colourful with light blue and red colours to provide a Summer feel. The box contains 5 bars. The Bar Wrapper: The bars are present in a foil wrap that is perforated and easy to tear. The wrapper is fairly large (15 cm) and the weight per bar is 21 g. The Alpen Light branding is distinctive on the wrapper, as is the statement that each bar contains less than 70 calories. The Bar Itself: The bar contains sugar glazed oats with lots of visible red berries, although it is difficult to tell which berries they are. They mostly look like cranberries, but the contents of the bar state the bar is mixed with apple, sweetened cranberry, raspberry and strawberry! The bar contains a thin white drizzle which is yoghurt. Taste and smell: When you open up the wrapper, the bar has a distinctive and pleasant Summer fruits smell. The fruit tastes bitter and sweet in the same bite. Chunks of the bar are easy to bite off, but it is difficult to chew the chunks down into smaller bites and bits of the bar (predominantly the fruit) can stick to your teeth. Healthy?: The bar is what I would call "bite size" and is quite small (8.4 cm) compared to the wrapper. Despite the low number of calories, the sugar content is nearly 20% (19.7 g per 100 g) - this is quite high and does not sound particularly healthy. Still, compared to a chocolate bar this product would be healthier. Overall: This is a fairly tasty product with a distinctive fruity flavour. Although the price is quite favourable at the moment (£1.65 for a 5 bar box) I do not consider buying this product in the long term as it quite chewy and I value my teeth! Ingredients Cereals (42%) (Wheat, Oats, Rice), Prebiotic Oligofructose (30%), Sugar, Fruit Juice Concentrates (Apple (2.7%), Strawberry (0.4%), Raspberry (0.4%)), Humectant: Glycerol, Dried Apple Pieces (4%) (Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Sweetened Cranberries (1.7%) (Dried Cranberries, Sugar), Freeze Dried Raspberry (1%), Wheat Gluten, Malted Barley Extract, Milk Lactose, Milk Yogurt Powder, Salt, Maize Starch, Flavourings, Skimmed Milk Powder, Milk Whey Powder, Defatted Wheat Germ, Citric Acid, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Acidity Regulator: Malic Acid, Antioxidant: Tocopherol Nutritional Data Nutrition Typical values per 100g Energy 1199kj Protein 5.8g Carbohydrate 56.9g of which sugars 23g Fat 3.6g of which saturates 1.3g Fibre 22.5g Sodium 0.22g

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                06.02.2009 09:06
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                A fantastic low calorie cereal bar!

                ---Intro--- I was back in Tesco last night, and needed more cereal bars (for my breakfast when I get to work), so the Alpen Light Summer Fruits cereal bars jumped into my trolley. Alpen Summer Fruits was the first low calorie cereal bar I tried, so they'll always have a place in my heart (lol!), and generally they have been the only of the Alpen Light bars to be available in our local Tesco. Boasting that they have less than 70 calories and under half the fat of standard Alpen cereal bars (unfortunately that means much less than half of the lovely yoghurt-type topping) they are very appealing. ---The Packaging--- Until now Alpen Light bars have been sold in boxes of 6. However, it seems that they are now in packets of 5 in a different shaped box. I can see that 5 makes sense since it's one for each day of the week, but really it seems more like a way to charge the same amount of money for less cereal bars. Each individual 21 gram Alpen bar is in an attractive shiny light blue (mountains in the background) and pinky-red plastic wrapper with a picture of strawberry, raspberry, apple and some random berries on it. ---Eating Experience--- Packet is easy to open, the bar is attractive to the eye, although a bit on the small side. It's a light oaty colour (no surprises there then!), with the red berries, and a white pattern of yoghurt on the top. The smell of the cereal bar is sweet, and makes me want stuff it in my mouth, so here goes! This bar is really chewy, but in a nice way. The fruit gives it a lovely flavour, slightly bitter but not overly so and the yoghurt counteracts this. Unlike some cereal bars (ryvita springs to mind) this does not make a mess when eating. It's a really enjoyable cereal bar, but just a shame it's gone so soon! However, it does seem to hit the spot and fill a gap in my tummy! ---What's in it--- Onto the boring stuff... The 21g bar contains Cereals (42%), Prebiotic Oligofructose (30%) to aid digestion, sugar, fruit juice concentrates and lots of other things. It contains just under 60 calories (yes, 60, not 70 so even better!), which is excellent However, I will say it's not suitable for those with wheat, oats, barley, milk, and soya and sulphite allergies, and it might contain traces of nuts. ---Other--- My packet cost me £1.62. I bought it yesterday and it is best before the end of December, so that would be about a 10 month shelf life - not that you'd ever leave them that long! ---Verdict--- While I generally say that the Apple and Sultana Alpen Light flavour (which I've already reviewed) is my favourite, I think it is pretty tight between that one and this one. I think they're about even really, but because this used to be the only one I could find to buy I perhaps got a bit bored of it so the other flavours were a novelty. However, since it's been a good few months since having the Summer Fruits flavour, I'm hard pushed to decide, so will have to give it 5 stars!

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                  12.10.2008 15:42
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                  A good low fat choice

                  Ive been trying to eat less chocolate recently. With all this time im devoting to clicking and reviews im sitting down a LOT and always find myself snacking. On chocolate mostly. So I decided to get some healthier options to eat. There are loads of snack bars on offer but I decided to go with this one as it said it was only 70 calories and because it was alpen who make nice museli. I thought summer fruits would be a nice flavour just to remind me of the summer we never had. The box was 1.87 in tesco. There are 6 bars in the box which is light blue with a picture of the bar and an apple segment, a strawberry, a raspberry and two cranberries to show the content on the bar. On the front aswell as it says they contain 70 calories and it says they have prebiotics to aid digestion and that they are low in saturated fat. They also have lower sugar than other alpen bars and contain a high amount of fibrous wholegrain. The wrapper is the same colour as the box and has the exact same design. They actual amount of fruit they contain is in two forms, concentrated fruit juice and fruit pieces. These are very small amounts. (4% apple pieces, 1.7% cranberries and 1% raspberries). The bar is 9cm long and 2.5cm wide. You can see all of the oats and fruit it is made up of easily and there is a zigzag of yoghurt wbhich looks like icing on the top. On biting I instantly tasted the apple which was very sweet and tasted syrup like and I found the bar to be very chewy. I couldnt taste any of the other fruits that it supposedly contained. It did not break apart when I bit into it which is great as crumbs on the keyboard are not good, the yogurt on the top did make my hands a little sticky though. When id finished I felt I could eat another one, not because it filled me up but because of the very sweet aftertaste it left in my mouth, I needed some water to get rid of it, it was very sickly. Apart from this one point I enjoyed the apple flavour and the crunchie texture. Each bar contains:- 59 calories 1.2g protein 11.9g carbohydrate (4.8g of sugar) 0.8g of fat (0.3g saturated) 4.7g fibre 0.12g of salt. Over all that is 3.6g of fat per 100g so they are excellent healthy bars. The high amount of fibre is helpful too, but probably best not too eat too many of them in one go!

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                    31.08.2008 22:24
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                    A great discovery for me

                    As you may know I am currently trying to find decent cereal bars that I can take to work to keep me going through my shifts merchandising. When I was looking for the Quaker Oat Bars - which incidentally are delicious - I noticed the Alpen Light Bars and decided to try those as well and I am so glad that I did. The ones that I bought were the Alpen Light Summer Fruits Bars which cost £1.50 for a box containing six bars. They were also available in orange and chocolate and apple and sultana flavours. The chocolate one doesn't sound my sort of thing but I may well try the apple one. The box to look out for is pale blue with the word Alpen written vertically and Light and summer fruits horizontally. There is then a picture of one of the bars together with a selection of fruit. The information of the front of the box tells us that each bar contains less than 70 calories, that they are prebiotic to aid healthy digestion and that they are low in saturated fat. Each of the six bars is individually wrapped and weighs just over 20g so they aren't particularly big. I unwrapped one and was impressed with the look. It looked light and oaty and the pieces of fruit were clearly visible. There was also a zig zag of white across the top of the bar. It smelled healthy and slightly fruity. I took a bite and was immediately impressed it was light and chewy and the grain and the fruit were both apparent in the taste. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and even though it wasn't very big it was enough to relieve my hunger and to bring my blood sugar back up. So what exactly is in the bar to make it taste so good? Well it is 42% cereal which is made up of wheat, oats and rice. It is also 30% prebiotic Oligofructose. Now you may be like me and be thinking what one earth is Oligofructose? Well I decided to look it up on that source of all wisdom the Internet! Apparently Oligofructose is a type of sugar molecule which is not digested in the small intestine, therefore adds very little to blood glucose, which is great for me as a diabetic. However, it is broken down in the colon which is where the prebiotic bit comes in as it contributes to the health of the colon. So now you know! The fruits that are contained in the bar are apple, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry and the mix of the tastes is really very nice indeed. I have to admit that I couldn't taste the apple but I would assume that it did add to the moistness of the bar. I could, however, taste the red berries although I couldn't distinguish between them. The white zig zag stripe along the top of the bar is yoghurt and I initially thought that I wouldn't be too keen although I do like yoghurt itself. I was pleasantly surprised though as it definitely added to the taste. The nutritional value of a bar is as follows: Calories 59 Protein 1.2g Carbohydrate 11.9g Of which sugars 4.8g Fat 0.8g Of which saturates 0.3g Fibre 4.7g Salt 0.1g All in all I was very impressed with these bars. They taste good, the texture is excellent, they keep me going when I am working and the cost is reasonable. What more could I want?

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                      06.08.2008 12:16
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                      A quick and easy snack, but ultimatelydisappointing

                      Having been sent out to do the shopping, it was down to me to pick up the girlfriend's weekly quota of cereal bars. Now these have never held much appeal for me, being a growing boy I prefer large bowl of proper cereal with real milk, the idea of eating a heavily processed candy bar or cake seemed a little odd. But as an open-minded individual, willing to try anything I thought I would give one a go and report on my findings. I'll admit, I ate a proper breakfast and took the Alpen bar to work with me for a mid-morning snack. This was a good thing as the first thing that struck me was the size of the thing, the bar itself was only three quarters of the size of the packet and a lot slimmer than anticipated. To be honest I felt a little scammed with it. The packet itself is nice enough, colourful and eye-catching. To be fair the packet needs to big to accommodate all of the ingredients contained within. Sugar featured heavily in the list though I was pleased to see very few scary looking chemicals, which is a bonus, at least I understand what sugar does to me! Opening the packet up the bar looks a little disappointing but smells great, a definite whiff of sweet berry is the main smell. The bar a light brown colour with a yogurt drizzle over the top. Berries are not obviously visible but are present if you look hard enough. So onto the taste and texture, the bar is a little sticky to touch but has a nice texture, chewy and crunchy at the same time, though could do with being a little moister. The bar is very sweet and the berry taste suffers a little because of this which is a shame as the smell was so good. I have a feeling that without the yogurt the taste would have been more balanced and would have contained less sugar which would have been even healthier. Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the bar did not fill me up and I had to find a sandwich to keep me going until lunch, I have a feeling that the sugar content would cause me to feel even hungrier in an hour or two of having eaten it had I not had something else. Per 100g 1199kJ/283kcal, 5.8g protein, 56.9g carbohydrates (of which sugars 23g) 3.6g Fat (of which saturates 1.3g) 22.5g Fibre, 0.22g Sodium (salt equivalent 0.55g)

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                    • Product Details

                      Less than 70 calories a bar and still tastes fantastic. High fibre wholegrain wheat flakes and nutritious oats combined with the tasty summer fruits of cranberries, raspberries and strawberries and finished with a delicate drizzle of yogurt.