Today I have the great pleasure of bringing you my seventh 'Bits n Bobs' post looking at some more cereal and biscuit bars suggested to me by ChocolateMission readers. The reviews today span across Harvest Chewee Milk & White Choc Chip Cereal Cars, the legendary Tunnock's Snowballs and lastly a new flavour of Leibniz Pick Up! biscuits from Germany. I would say thats four product reviews in one, but as you will come on to see its more three and a half ;)
As always I welcome all your thoughts and opinions on the products I write about today. Additionally if you have any suggestions for upcoming 'Bits n Bobs' reviews these would also be gratefully received.
Harvest Chewee Milk / White Choc Chip Cereal Bars
Kcal 92 Fat 3.2g Carbs 14.7g (per bar)
I had thought about reviewing these separately, however after tasting them I realised I had come to the same broad conclusions about both the milk and white choc chips variants. Harvest Chewee cereal bars are a common feature in many a child's packed lunchbox here in the UK. To my surprise a quick glance at the wrapper revealed that they are made by the same people who make Sugar Puffs (Honey Monster Foods Ltd). That little revelation aside the packaging did little to excite me too much, neither did the bars which I have to say straight away looked small once I took them out their foil packets. As I said above, my conclusive thoughts about both variants were very similar. The base constituents of the rolled oats and golden syrup bind were as good as any cereal bar on the market, whilst the both the different chocolate types were nicely distinguishable with the white chocolate taking more of a sweeter, yoghurty flavour stance. On the whole both these cereal bars were pleasant tasting, however their smaller stature and size only seemed to whet my appetite and further my hunger rather than satisfy it to any degree. For that reason I can't envisage myself buying these again in the near future. Unless you are buying them as a small sized treat for your kids I would suggest looking at a more fulfilling option like the Kellogg's Fibre One bars.
6.2 out of 10
Leibniz Pick Up! Coco Locos
Kcal 145 Fat 7.5g Carbs 17.0g (per biscuit)
Before getting stuck in to this review I must pass on my thanks to ChocolateMission reader Franzi who provided me with this product. A few weeks ago I posted my review of the original Bahlsen Leibniz Pick Up! biscuits in my special German focused 'Bits n Bobs' post, in which I scored them a very decent 7.9 out of 10. Having had such a positive experience with those originals, it was was with great delight that Franzi gave me the opportunity to try these Pick Up! Coco Locos. These biscuits constituted of the same chocolate cream and biscuits layers of the originals, however had an additional layer of coconut creme running down the centre. Not to my surprise the outer biscuit differed little with it's crunchy texture and buttery flavours. Where these Coco Locos did go that little bit extra though, was with the inner creme layer, which was nothing short of delicious. The additional coconut flavours further enhanced the creamy taste of the milk chocolate, whilst also bringing a delightful cooling sensation when encountered on the tongue. The coconut element left a lingering set of milk and nuts flavour in the mouth which made for a well rounded tasty and satisfying biscuit. I totally recommend them if you like coconut.
8.1 out of 10
Tunnock's Coconut Snowballs
Kcal 134 Fat 6.2g Fat(sats) 5.3g Carbs 17.0g
After reviewing the Tunnock's Caramel Wafers and Tunnock's Tea Cakes, the only remaining product for me to left to try of theirs were these Coconut Snowballs. I'm not to sure about what sort of date the Coconut Snowballs were first launched, however if they are anything like the Caramel Wafers it's probably safe to assume they have been around for a fair amount of time. For those that have never seen these before, Coconut Snowballs are similar to the Tea Cake, with the addition of grated coconut to the exterior of a soft chocolate shell but with no biscuit base. Whilst my photos have probably not done these Snowballs the correct justice I hope you will all recognise just how wonderfully unique looking they really are. Indeed, the shredded coconut made an awful mess of work desk but I was more than happy to put up with that small gripe given the delicious and refreshing milky coconut flavours it brought to the party. Neither the chocolate or mallow inner layers were particularly amazing quality, however it has to be said the thin chocolate layer still managed to provide a desired chocolate flavour hit, whilst the mallow provided a devilishly sweet taste with it's spongy texture. I wouldn't recommend these based on the quality of the product, but I would certainly do so on the unique coconut and marshmallow experience they bring to the party. The whole product oozes heritage.
7.4 out of 10