“ Brand: Mc Vitie's / Type: Fruit „
Go Ahead Yoghurt breaks - Tropical...........
I often opt for these low fat/low calorie type snacks when doing the shopping as I have to make up somewhere for eating so much bad stuff and occasionally it makes me feel a little better. I do find a lot of the Go Ahead products rather tasty and filling as well.
These Yoghurt Breaks have been around for a while now but this particular flavour, Tropical, is a new addition to the range and I couldn't resist giving them a try. I do like all things tropical so not only were they temping as they are low fat the name also temped me into buying them.
The price was a factor that finally swayed me into popping them into my trolley as they were on a special buy two boxes for £3 which is quite a saving as they normally retail at a little under £2 for one box. The box contains 6 individually wrapped portions which is 2 biscuits per portion. So in theory you are paying out for only 12 biscuits but they are rather large in size.
The fact that the biscuits are wrapped in pairs is a little bit of a pain as it means you always have to eat the both of them (well it feels as though you must!). The wrapping and packaging however is of a good standard and does the job well of protecting the biscuits and detailing the usual information such as ingredients and nutritional information.
The biscuits themselves are around 7 cm in length and 2 in width. They have an outer creamy covering which is the dried yoghurt and a crunchy section underneath this. The middle of the biscuit is filled with a fruity type of tropical dried fruit.
I have tried some of the other flavours of the yoghurt breaks and enjoyed them a lot but I am not entirely sure that these tropical ones work. The outer yoghurt layer is rather nice and does give a creamy taste which works well with the hard crunchiness of the biscuit but the tropical centre which has sultanas inside just seems a little bit out of place with the creaminess of the yoghurt and for me just doesn't work.
Its not that they are not nice as they are good enough to eat as a snack but I can't say that I really like them. I will have to like them a fair bit as I bought 2 boxes of the things which will get eaten but probably slowly as they are not a delicious treat.
One of these Yoghurt Breaks contains 74 calories and 1.9 grams of fat with 0.9 grams being saturated so they are not that bad but again there are lower fat biscuits available (especially as you feel you have to eat both of the wrapped up biscuits).
Overall I think these are not the best from the Yoghurt Breaks range. I rather think the tropical flavour does not work with the layer of yoghurt or indeed the biscuit but again this is just my opinion and this flavour combination may be to someone else's taste but not mine.
I think as they are pretty low in fat and can be bought quite cheap they are worthy of a 2 out of 5 star rating. They sound nice and I did think I would like them but for me the flavours just didn't work out.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I approached the McVities Go Ahead Tropical Fruit flavour with some trepidation. I did not enjoy the strawberry variety of this product and feared more of the same artificial flavouring - and sadly I wasn't wrong. However as I bought a number of these products on Buy One Get One Free at Tescos I had to soldier on...
What are they?: This variety of the Go Ahead yoghurt breaks is described as a "delicious yoghurt flavour topping on a light crispy biscuit with a sultana and tropical fruit flavoured filling". The breaks are a combination of a cereal bar/cracker with a white/cream yoghurt topping. The bars are present as a twinpack.
Packaging: This product is contained within bright green packaging. The biscuits are present within a bright green foil wrapper with a pictures of a mango and a yoghurt bar on the main display panel.
Smell: I am not a great fan of tropical fruits, and the yoghurt topping contains mango paste. The smell of mango was quite recognisable, and smelt artificial and not particularly appetising.
Taste: The bars were nice and crispy with a good sultana filling. However, I was put off with the flavour which did not have a very nice aftertaste. The other problem was that the bar did stick to the teeth. This was not a pleasant eating experience.
Healthy?: This product is not particularly healthy and contains 8.5% sugars of your guideline daily amount (GDA) per slice - note each packet contains 2 slices. The product also contains 2.7% of your GDA as fat per slice. So not only is the taste not very nice, but the slices aren't good for you either.
Value for money: I bought a number of these bars on Buy One Get One Free at Tescos for £1.99 - if I liked the flavour this would be good value for money, but as I was not a fan, I do not think this is great value for money.
Overall: The mango flavour has an artificial smell, did not have a nice aftertaste and is not healthy. This was not a pleasant eating experience. A definite 1 star product!
Typical values PER SLICE Guideline Daily Amounts - Adults
Energy 311kj 2000
Protein 1g 45g
Carbohydrate 13.3g 230g
of which sugars 7.6g 90g
Fat 1.9g 70g
of which saturates 0.9g 20g
Fibre 0.4g 24g
Sodium* <0.1g 2.4g
Equivalent as salt 0.1g 6g
McVities promote their Go ahead! product range at the healthier eating market.
I was tempted to buy these tropical fruit yogurt breaks on their, still current, BOGOF offer. So for £1.99 I bought 2 boxes of 6 yogurt breaks (the second box was the forest fruits variety).
Each box contains 6 wrapped "slices" - I was only expecting one snack per pack and was pleased to discover that they are wrapped in pairs (so 12 yogurt breaks to a box).
Each yogurt break is 9cm long, 4cm wide and about 0.5cm deep. It consists of a crisply baked biscuit which envelops a thinnish centre layer of sweet tasting fruits. Each slice is topped with a layer of yogurt.
The biscuit itself is a bit on the dry side and tends towards blandness but when combined with the double sweet hit whammy of the fruits and yogurt, that isn't an issue. The overall taste is distinctive and to my liking.
Each slice is quite filling although once a pack is opened, I can never resist munching both the slices in one sitting.
I'm a fan of yogurts and yogurt-topped food such as raisins and flapjacks and that was a big part of the attraction to me.
I'm not convinced by the healthy eating credentials of these snacks but that wasn't a reason for buying them (I wanted to try something different and they were on a good offer).
The box is flashed "with added calcium" and this is actually 60mg or 7.5% RDA (for an adult I assume). The nutritionals for an individual yogurt break slice are:
- 74 calories
- 7.6g sugars (which sounds high)
- 1.9g fat (of which 0.9g is saturates)
- 0.1g salt
The list of ingredients is a very lengthy one and includes the usual various sugars, fats ,powders etc, etc. The box tells me that the "finished product" contains 20% sultanas, 4% currants and the equivalent of 0.8% pineapple, peach and 0.2% mango. Also, produced on a line handling nuts, sesame seeds and eggs.
I would recommend these biscuity snacks - especially if you can get them on a deal (although £1.99 for 6 packs of 2 yogurt breaks is fair value). They're tasty, a nice change from the run of the mill museli bars and are a satisfying snack that definitely keeps the hunger pangs at bay.
I decided to try to give up chocolate for Lent this year but still needed a yummy something in my lunch box to help me face the afternoon grind.
Whilst in Tescos I spotted the Go ahead Yogurt Break bars. They were in boxes of 6 and I think they were on a BOGOF offer (about £1.99 a box) as I also bought the Forest Fruit variety but I cant remember as I have bought them several times since. They are widely available at most supermarkets. The box was a little dull but having just bought some more I see they have now been repackaged. The box is bright green to match all the other Go ahead products. There is nutritional information on the front along with a picture of yellow and orange tropical fruit and a phot of a partly broken bar. It is an attractive pack and it makes no claims about "Low Fat" or "Low Calorie" although the name is well known by anyone counting calories I think.
The bars are actually packed in twin packsx6 and each twinpack is foil sealed. The nutritional information tells you that there is 73calories and 1.9g of fat. I feel that this is totally misleading as the product is packed with two slices as a portion and I think people may not realise that they have to double these figures to find out what they are actually eating! The product is actually 10.7% fat which is reasonably high with a large helping of sugar as well.
Moving on to the taste test. I actually really like this product. Although it will never be as good as chocolate in my eyes it does provide a satisfying sweetness and a good fruity flavour. However I wouldn't immediately think of tropical fruit if I was doing a blind tasting. Upon scanning the ingredients I realised that is because the bar contains 19% sultanas and 4% currants then there only is 0.8% pineapple,0.5% mango and 0.2% peach--and this isn't even all fruit,some of it is paste! The yogurt coating is pleasant and smooth tasting, it does not really have any tang of yogurt. I find the bars quite filling so don't feel the need to snack after them which is always good!
Although I dont notice the "totally tropical" taste I still buy these as a chocolate alternative. I prefer them to the forest fruit as they have hard bits which hurt my fillings!
Go ahead tropical fruits yoghurt breaks are made by McVities and a great alternative to biscuits, and are ideal in a lunch box for school or work, or as a snack when you are feeling peckish! Go Ahead is a healthy eating range from McVities, the products are designed to be better for you than the conventional alternatives (in this case biscuits, but they also do cakes and chocolate bars).
They come in individually wrapped packs of two slices, with five packets to a box. Each slice is about 10cm x 4cm large, and about half a centimetre thick. They are a biscuity base with fruits in it topped with yoghurt. The fruity filling consists of sultanas, currants, mango paste and fruit concentrate of pineapple and peach. The sultanas and currants are what bulk out the fruity filling - the tropical fruits are merely hinted at with the pastes and concentrates but you can still taste them!
Each bar has 78 calories in it, with 2g of fat and 0.1g of salt. Per 100g of the product there are 11g of fat, 6g of which is saturated, so they are not ultra-low in fat (for a low fat diet, products with less than 3g of fat per 100g are recommended), but they are still a better alternative than a biscuit!!
The biscuit base is light and crumbly, and although there is not much fruit you can certainly taste it. The yoghurt topping (I think vanilla flavour?) finishes them off nicely, I feel that if it didn't have this topping the slices would be rather dry and bland. I think that maybe if they made them into triple packs rather than twin packs then they may make a bit more of a filling snack, but that's probably just me being greedy!
They do have a lovely tropical taste, and are more interesting than a plain slice of ryvita!
Go Ahead - Yogurt Breaks
McVities Go Ahead products have been specifically designed for the lower fat market segment. They have a range of different cereal bars, crisps etc and it is their Go Ahead Tropical Fruit Breaks that I am going to be reviewing. To me these bars are a cross between a biscuit and a cereal bar and have a really great moorish taste.
I've been eating these biscuits for a while now I think they're great. I'm a big fan of having a cereal bar in the mornings for breakfast when I get to work because I don't have enough time to eat at home so I am always looking for something packed and easy to carry and these fit the fill. The nice thing is they're not only just for breakfast, in my opinion you can have them as a snack at any time during the day.
McVitie's describe them as " delicious yogurt flavour topping on light crispy biscuit with a sultana and tropical fruit filling." They are sort of plain looking but the yogurt on top gives them a really different and interesting look I think. However, the taste is anything but plain. The biscuit part kind of reminds me of a rich tea biscuit, that same Mcvities taste. The bars are quite thin which I think gives it it's ore biscuit type feel and look and are approximately 5 inches long.
The yogurt on top is in quite a thin layer but very creamy and tasty. The yogurt is a cream colour and quite hard but when you hold these in your hand for too long the yogurt melts a bit but it doesn't really matter.
The dried fruit inside is in bite sized pieces and fairly evenly dispersed throughout the biscuit so you are guaranteed a good helping of fruit in each bite. Like it says above the fruit consists of sultanas and tropical fruit filling. The sultanas are very juicy and I find the tropical fruit flavoured pieces to be quite sweet and have a lovely taste about them. I think the taste is a mixture of pineapple and mango so it's a very yellow fruit/tropical kind of taste. I would say out of all the McVtities flavours this bar is definitely the sweetest and sharpest but not too sharp that you cannot enjoy them.
I think some people might say that the biscuits are quite dry. I do see how this could be the case but after all it's a biscuit and not a cake type product. I think the yogurt on top saves them from becoming too dry and gives it that extra hint of sweetness.
The biscuits come in individual packaging and there are two biscuits in each pack. This I find is enough for a little snack. I tend to buy my biscuits in a multi pack from Sainsburys. They sell for £1.99 normally but at the moment they are selling two packs for £3 which is great value when you consider they often sell single packets in the shops for around 50p each. When you buy a multipack you get 6 packs of biscuits.
The other great thing about these biscuits is that they are healthy, well, healthier than some cereal bars/biscuits. Each slice contains only 78 calories and 2.g of fat making it a guilt free choice in the mornings. I also find they do fill you up quite substantially. So, Go Ahead and buy something good for yourself.
McVities make different types of yoghurt breaks there are Tropical Fruit, Strawberry, Apple, Forest fruits etc. However I prefer Tropical fruit and Strawberry Yoghurt breaks. The tropical fruit is made up of a crunchy but soft biscuit which has some pineapples, sultanas etc between it and on top of the whole biscuit is a layer of yoghurt. These are the most delicious biscuits I have ever eaten I cant even explain the taste to you, so you really have to try them out. I mainly buy a pack of six Tropical Fruit flavour and yes I mainly finish them in one day.
How did I find out about these Yoghurt breaks? Well this might be a shock to you but I knew them at Easter (year 2007) which is not far off at all.
I got invited to an Easter party so whilst I was at the party I went to the kitchen to get a drink and to my luck I just saw a box of McVities Go ahead Tropical Fruit Yoghurt breaks opened. I had actually never seen them before so I just decided to try them out. My first bite was just amazing; when you chew on them it feels weird but nice because the biscuit is soft and crunchy at the same time.
Unlike the Alpen bars these biscuits dont leave you thirsty at all maybe if you eat the whole pack of yoghurt breaks in one go, then maybe yes you could feel a little bit thirsty. When I eat the yoghurt breaks I dont feel hungry at all afterwards. You could say they take away food craving which is good for those people on diets.
First time I bought these bars was in Summerfield and to my luck it was two boxes of six for £2.00 and they are normally £1.73 a box, which is quite a lot, so yes it was a bargain. The two for £2.00 included all the flavours (Forest Fruits, Apple Fruit, Strawberry and Tropical Fruit Yoghurt breaks). I usually bought one strawberry box and one Tropical Fruits flavour as I did not really like the Forest fruits.
However one day it happened that the offer ended so I could not see myself spending £1.73 though they are worth it, so I went to Iceland to check them out and to my luck they were £1.00 each per box which is way cheaper than Summerfield, I was very pleased because it meant I can buy them in masses again.
When I and my mum were doing our main grocery shopping in Sainsburys, I looked for the Go Ahead Tropical Fruits Yoghurt breaks to see how much they were a box and to my shockingly surprise they were £1.65 I was well disappointed as I thought they could have been cheap, for the reason that Sainsburys is a big organisation and lots of their products are priced with other supermarkets.
Nevertheless, before I went back to college I went To Tesco to look for some stationery I was actually quite hungry so I decided to get some Go ahead yoghurt Breaks, it was not hard to find them on the shelf but when I looked at the price it was a shockingly £1.65 a box and yes I was disappointed.
So if you want to buy the McVities Tropical Fruit yoghurt breaks I suggest that you go to Iceland as they are very cheap comparing to three of the major supermarkets.
One morning when I was going to my part time job I popped into my Local Newsagent to buy something to eat, I did not think that they would sell Go Ahead McVities Yoghurt breaks at all but to my surprise they actually did. They however, did not sell them in packs of six but individually and each little pack cost 40p which is not expensive for two slices but if you three individual yoghurt breaks it will be expensive as it will add up to £1.20 for three breaks when you can always spend a £1.00 in Iceland and get a pack of six.
At my work place, we have a vending machine and they have Strawberry and Tropical Fruit yoghurt breaks and they cost 50p which is quite a lot.
The Tropical Fruit yoghurt comes in a small Red, yellow and blue box. There is a picture of the biscuits on the box and they look really attractive (even better in reality). The yoghurt breaks are all tucked into the box smartly. However, if you buy them individually the colours and the picture on the packaging is all the same. Each Individual pack has two slices of Tropical Fruit Yoghurt breaks.
If you are on a diet then these are the biscuits you should be eating definitely. The McVities Tropical Fruit Yoghurt Break biscuits are not only the most delicious biscuits I have eaten but there are also the healthiest biscuits I have heard of and eaten.
Each Slice only has 2.0g of fat and 68 calories which is not a lot at all.
Each slice also has 0.9g of protein (good for your bones and growth), Fibre 0.3g (helps the digestion system), Carbohydrates 11.6g (provides glucose) and Sodium 0.1g.
I do not buy the Tropical fruit yoghurt break for the nutrition though; I buy them because they taste so nice and yes it is a big bonus that they are healthy as well as we all need to have a balanced diet everyday.
---The McVities Tropical Fruit Yoghurt Breaks contains Soya, Gluten and Milk, and are produced on a line were they handle nut products. Therefore if you are allergic to any of those products mentioned you might not want to eat these bars.
---The Tropical Fruit Yoghurt Break is suitable for Vegetarians, so dont hesitate to buy them if you are a vegetarian otherwise youll be missing out.
---If you buy a pack of six McVities Tropical Fruit yoghurt breaks make sure you store them in a cool place because the yoghurt does melt if you leave them in a hot or warm place.
---Do not hold the Yoghurt break in you hands for a long time otherwise the yoghurt will start to melt and yes it is annoying as your hands will feel sticky afterwards.
---If you buy the McVities Tropical Fruit yoghurt breaks and you like them or dislike them you can always contact the McVities Company to tell them.
Their contact details are as follow:
Telephone U.K (Free to call) - 0500 011 710
Telephone ROI: 1800 409 317
When you make the call it is best if you call them between 9am 5pm Monday to Friday.
You can also send them a letter: Freepost NAT4520, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, LE65 1NZ.
I would recommend McVities Tropical Yoghurt Breaks to all those people who like to eat healthy or just want something sweet with less fat. These yoghurt breaks are also good for you children, it would be cool if you put it in you childs lunch box.