“ Brand: Weetabix „
The other half came home with a pack of these the other day, they were already opened as he had consumed two of the five bars in the box on the journey home from London. I must say I have never been a big fan of cereal bars as I never really find them satisfying enough if you are hungry and I guess the fact that he consumed two in a one hour train journey sort of proves my point. Each bar is 29g in weight and each bar provides 120 kcal each and 3.1g of fat with 11g of sugar so in no way could this be considered a healthy snack even if there is some fruit pictures on the box. On the plus side they are quite tasty, you can certainly taste the apple in the bars, less so the blackberries, it is certainly the apple which is the dominant flavour that I could detect alongside a sweet syrupy taste as well. The bar is slightly chewy but still with a nice crunch to it as well so the texture is rather nice. I must say though that one did not really do the trick and the temptation was to eat a second however I managed to restrain myself, mind you I did notice that by mid morning the next day the empty box was in the recycling bin so the boyfriend polished them off two at a time the next day I guess. Personally they are not something I would buy but I guess as a sweet treat they are better than a chocolate bar in a kids lunchbox but then again fruit would be a lot better than either option.
I bought a box of 5 bars of these last week from QualitySave for just 99p & I have to say they have gone down really well with my daughter who, at 19, is still a very fussy eater. Although the contents are the same, the box is different now from the one shown. The Weetabix logo is less eveident, the box predominantly purple & mine has a banner stating 'even tastier - now with 30% more fruit'. Inside the carton are 5 x 29g bars which are individually wrapped & heat-sealed to retain the freshness & means they can just be popped into a bag or pocket for an instant 'fix' when out & about. I'd say the size is about the same as a Picnic bar & there's a picture of an apple, wheat & a couple of blackberries which gives an impression of it being a healthy snack. However, there are healthier bars than this because reading the nutritional values (provided both on the box & on the wrapper) each one contains 120kcal (not bad) but 21.8g carb (inc over 11g of sugar), 3.1g fat & is lower in fibre than I'd have expected - only 0.8g. The taste is good though - you can tell it's got blackberry & apple in each one yet it's not too strong & blends nicely into the quite crunchy cereal. The yoghurt topping is a nice touch too - I think it makes a nice change to have a mix of so many textures all in one bite. I've found that some cereal bars go a bit gloopy & soft but having had one in my bag for a few hours it still retained its texture. Also I've found that bits can get stuck between my teeth (not a pleasant sight) with other cereal bars (especially Chewees) but I didn't have a problem with these Alpen ones. I found them to be quite sweet, but not overly so, fairly filling & really convenient & I'm giving 4 stars (knocking one off for the high carb content). Well worth trying if you like your cereal bars!
I have enjoyed both the raspberry and strawberry Alpen bars in the past but I generally think they are overpriced. When in Home Bargains last week I spotted this pack of six Apple and Blackberry bars for 99Pence for five so into the basket they went. Made by Weetabix, Alpen bars claim to be a mixed cereal bar with apple and blackberry, dipped and drizzled with a yoghurt flavour coating. The box is approximately 3" by 5" with a 1" depth and a lovely deep purple colour with white writing which really stands out. It has a lovely picture of an opened bar on the front alongside some apples and blackberries. There is the name and variety and quantity stated. The side and back gives the best before date, other varieties and the nutritional information. Each 29g bar contains 120kcal, 11.0g sugar and 3.1g fat (of which 1.8g is saturated). The main ingredients are oats, rice and wheat and it does state that they contain wheat, barley, oats, milk, soya, sulphites and possibly traces of nuts. The top of the box opens fairly easily by sliding your fingers between the slots and then a tab appears for easy resealing. I find that this never quite pulls the two halves together but as I stand the box up in the cupboard this isn't too much of an issue. Each bar is individually wrapped in a foil freshness purple wrapper which has the name and picture on the front. On the back is all the nutritional information along with the best before date. This makes a nice change as quite often multipack items don't have this much detail and you have to refer back to the main box. Once open there is a faint sweet smell coming from the bar. It looks pretty appealing with oaty bits on the top and a white frosting around the bottom. Pieces of fruit are clearly visible although not as prevalent as I would have expected. The first bite is not what I expected; I thought it would be quite crunchy but instead it's soft and chewy. The oats are the main sensation and then squashy fruit comes through followed by the sweet frosting. Taste wise, it's a nice combination with the fruit balancing out the bland oats nicely and the yoghurt coating adding a bit of moisture. I did find the fruit flavour a bit none descript and could only really taste apple and not blackberry. The bar as a whole is pretty tasty. The one disappointment is that the fruit tastes pretty none descript and I couldn't really distinguish the flavour to the other bars in the range. I do think it's nice to have a hot drink as they would become quite dry on their own. They are quite substantial and I find they keep me going until my next meal if eaten as a mid morning or mid afternoon snack. Overall these are a nice snack and something that's a little bit different to your average cereal bar. I think these generally retail for around £1.60 a box which is average but more than I am usually willing to pay. I would buy these again if they were on offer but given the choice I would go for the raspberry variety as they have a nice tang to them. Although these may be healthier than a chocolate bar the fairly high sugar and fat content means they aren't particularly good for you either. These are fine as the occasional snack but don't be fooled into thinking they are good for you. There are a range of Alpen light bars that are much healthier than these.
In days of old, nomadic tribes carried blackberries on their travels to remedy venomous bites and apples to bring them luck. We can't promise survival of the urban jungle, but we can help suppress your hunger pangs with the great taste of New Alpen Apple and Blackberry with yogurt bars. A moist and chewy combination of crispy rice & wheat flakes, succulent apple pieces with blackberry juice, dipped in creamy yogurt flavoured coating.