April 2nd: 'Bits n Bobs' - Cereal Bars

Over the last few months I have managed to accumulate a number of different chocolate cereal bars. Rather than drag them out over four separate reviews, I thought it would be wiser to do four micro ones - in the style of the 'Bits n Bobs' format that I debuted for the first time last month.

These reviews are short, sharp snapshots ... I hope you can keep up :D

Weetabix Oaty Bars White Chocolate

Kcal 67 Fat 1.4g Fat(sats) 0.6g Carbs 11.9g (per 23.0g bar)

'White chocolate flavoured mixed cereal bar drizzled with a yogurt flavoured coating'

I love having Weetabix from time-to-time in the mornings so I had been looking forward to trying this new Weetabix branded cereal bar. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with it - not only was it tiny in size and thus totally unfulfilling, but it was also very bland and I couldn't detect any additional white chocolate or yogurt flavour influences aside from a small sugar blast on top of the mild mannered oat flavours. The base oat cereal bar wasn't at all horrible but it was still pretty disappointing and not something I would recommend.

6.2 out of 10

Weetabix Weetos

Kcal 88 Fat 2.9g Fat(sats) 1.3g Carbs 14.2g (per 20.0g bar)

'Chocolate flavour wheat hoop bar with a milk chocolate base'

I haven't ever had Weetos cereal (I was never allowed chocolate cereal as a kid!) but I was expecting a chocolate flavoured Cheerios type experience. This bar actually exceeded my expectations, and despite it's light catch weight it actually made for a relatively satisfying snack. I found the cereal constituents to be more syrupy, and sweet tasting than it was chocolatey, however the milk chocolate base gave a fair chocolate flavour hit for each bite. Not the best cereal bar ever, but you could do far worse.

7.1 out of 10

Kellogg's Fibre Plus Dark Chocolate & Almond

Kcal 116 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 1.5g Carbs 15.0g (per 28.0g bar)

'High fibre mixed cereal bar with almonds and a chocolate drizzle, dipped in a smooth dark chocolate'.

Who remembers my review of the
Kellogg's Fibre Plus Milk Chocolate variant last month (See HERE). Well that milk chocolate variety was pretty tasty, but this one was even better. Some of the other bars featured today may appeal more due to them being lighter on the calories and fat content, but this bar was by far and away the most satisfying out of them all. Much like you would think the fibre cereal was a little bland tasting, though the unsweetened cocoa flavours and the buttery almonds brought a little bit of life to each and every bite. The chocolate quality isn't the greatest but it delivers a decent chocolate flavour hit for a cereal bar. I would recommend this as the best of the bunch.

8.2 out of 10

Weetabix Alpen Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate

Kcal 125 Fat 3.9g Fat(sats) 1.7g Carbs 20.2g (per 29.0g bar)

'Mixed cereal bar with fruit & nut, dipped and drizzled with milk chocolate'

ChocolateMission reader Alan suggested I review this bar a while back, and I was more than willing due to my love of Alpen museli. Considering this bar was slightly larger than the Kellogg's Fibre Plus bars I was a little surprised I didn't find it quite as fulfilling, though I still thought it did a relatively good job tieing over my mid-afternoon munchies. Although the milk chocolate had very small cut through in the taste, I still really liked the additional fruit and nut influences from the raisins and chopped hazelnuts and almonds. I wouldn't say it was the greatest tasting cereal bar I have ever had but I would probably have another if offered given the variation that the fruit and nut brings to the cereal base.

7.4 out of 10

I am generally a little unenthused by cereal bars, but I would say the Kellogg's Fibre Plus and Alpen bars are worth a look at if you are after a chocolate option. Do you guys have a favourite cereal based chocolate snack?