Friday 19 December 2014

Put to the Test: Cereal bars

Published 17/02/2012 | 06:00

Some people like to have a box of cereal bars handy for those days when the alarm doesn't go off and there is no time for breakfast. But after tasting cereal bars this week, we were nearly in a sugar coma! These really are treats in our opinion, but then again each to their own. We scored on taste, ingredients, nutritional values and price.

Tesco Oats and Honey Granola Bars x 6, 252g

€1.99 (€7.90 / Kg)

Verdict: The cheapest of the four and slightly different in that they are made of oats (49pc) rather than a mix of cereals like the others. Each bar contains two thin bars that are crunchy rather than chewy. They are oaty but also very sweet. The ingredient list is the shortest (ie best), and sugar content was the lowest at 32.3g per 100g but fat content was highest at 22.3g per 100g.

Score: 6.5 / 10

Aldi Harvest Morn Benefit with Red Fruit x 6, 138g

€1.59 (€11.52 / Kg)

Verdict: Maybe it was a mistake choosing the red berries; you'd need to have a very sweet tooth to enjoy these. So while we weren't mad about the taste, at least these have the second-lowest sugar content (35.6g per 200g) and the lowest fat content at 5.8g per 100g. The ingredient list is long though, as with the two below.

Score: 6 / 10

Lidl Sirrus Cereal Bars x 6, 180g

€1.79 (€9.94 / Kg)

Verdict: These were second cheapest and had the second lowest fat content at 8.5g. They are of the same ilk as Aldi's bars, made from rice and wheat flakes and also contain red berries, which makes them extremely sweet. We thought they tasted fine, though the sweetness was immense and the sugar count was highest at 41.6g per 100g.

Score: 6 / 10

Alpen Cereal bars x 5, 145g

€2.18 at Dunnes (€15.03 / Kg)

Verdict: A whopping price compared to the others, these also contain the second-highest amount of fat (13g per 100g) and sugar is second highest (36.1g per 100g). Somehow they tasted less sweet and we did like them.

Score: 5.5 / 10

Irish Independent

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