Friday, 24 September 2010

September 24th: 'Bits n Bobs' Cereal Bars & Biscuits # 6

I have really been enjoying doing these 'Bits n Bobs' posts over the last few months, so today I have obliged with a few more reader requests which came out of some of the previous B&B features. Starting off with a yet another offering from Kellogg's vast range of cereal bars, I then move on to another little heard of offering by Cadbury, before then finishing off with a request from ChocolateMission reader Phil.

Kcal 82 Fat 2.0g Fat(sats) 2.0g Carbs 15.0g

Kellogg's Coco Pop Coco Rocks - 'Chocolate maize and rice cereal bar with milk chocolate chunks and chocolate drizzle'

After my review of the original Coco Pops Cereal Bar, ChocolateMission readers Rachel and David suggest I give these Coco Pops Coco Rocks (trying saying that fast!) bars a try. After a little searching I found them in Sainsbury's supermarket priced at £1.67 for six bars, and I ate across the course of a working week. Presentation wise the packaging was all very similar to the rest of Kellogg's cereal bar offerings, though I thought the bars themselves looked visually impressive with plenty of chocolate chunks lining the top of each cereal bar. Despite the base of the product constituting of mostly light airy rice cereal, the syrup and chocolate drizzle that acted as the bind gave a nice bit of viscosity and denseness to each bite. The pieces placed on the top of the bar didn't create the greatest flavour impact, however the overall combination of the cereal, drizzle and chocolate chunks provided a relatively satisfying chocolate snack, especially for a cereal bar product. Those interested in 'lighter' chocolate offerings will certainly want to have a look out for these.

7.4 out of 10



Kcal 110 Fat 5.1g Fat(sats) 2.2g Carbs 6.8g

Cadbury BrunchBreaks Granola, Hazelnbut & Raisins - 'Baked whole-grain slices, dipped and drizzled with Cadbury milk chocolate'

Whilst Kellogg's have a very standard set in stone range of cereal bars, Cadbury happen to have quite the opposite - their range is one of the most muddles and over complicated ones out there. Over the last few years I have cast my eye over the Cadbury Brunchbars, Cadbury Snack Cereal Bars etc etc but even I hadn't heard of these Cadbury BrunchBreaks before I came across them in Tesco. Priced at £1.69 for six, 23.0g slices I again ate these over the course of a week with my mid afternoon coffees. Aesthetically the product looked no different whatsoever to the Brunchbars they sat next to on the shelf, however taken out their plastic packets the slices looked relatively appetising on the eye. Taste wise the bases had a digestive biscuit like taste that was nicely enhanced by the thin layer of milk chocolate that acted as an undercoating. Placed on top, the nuts failed to add much to the taste due to their small, chopped nature, though that said they provided a nice crunchy element against the softer yielding raisins. Unlike the nuts, the raisins did cut through the milk chocolate and biscuit constituents adding a decent fruity flavour contribution. I'm not too sure I would buy these again, but they are perhaps worth trying if you see them on a dirt cheap offer - these slices are better than the Cadbury Brunchbars.

7.3 out of 10



Kcal 130 Fat 6.9g Fat(sats) 3.4g Carbs 15.6g (per cookie)

Fox's Chunkie Fruit & Nut Extremely Chocolatey Cookies - 'Milk & dark chocolate cookies with chocolate chips, whole hazelnuts and raisins'

This review was requested by ChocolateMission reader Phil who said he often purchased these during his weekly shopping in Morrisons. Unfortunately I don't happen to have a Mozza's located anywhere near me, but I was able to track some of these down in my local Tesco on a £1 offer. These cookies came in a 200.0g packet that included around 8 very large, yes indeed chunky, sized cookies. As you can see in my photograph above, the fruit and nut pieces were plentifully portioned, and both were very forthcoming in the delicious smells that emanated from the packet. What you wont be able to see in my photo are the milk chocolate bases that coated the underside of each cookie. I have to say for a product that described itself as 'extremely chocolatey', I would have liked this coating to have been both thicker and more generously portioned. That said it wasn't like the chocolate flavour hit was lacking in any bite, as the dark chocolate chips that were spread throughout the buttery tasting wheaty biscuits, did a fine job at holding up that end of the bargain. Sitting alongside these chocolate chips pieces, the whole hazelnuts and plump raisins brought the fruit and nut element to life quite splendidly. Both were flavoursome and fresh tasting, with the hazelnuts bringing a wonderful woody set of flavours, and the raisins a sugary flavour influence to the mix. I'm not sure I would want a cookie so full on as these every time I reach in to the biscuit tin, however I would be more than prepared to buy them again if I fancied an extra special tea time treat to share with others.

7.8 out of 10

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