Growing up, one of the most iconic after school snacks in my household was Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars. My mom was always good at keeping the cupboards stocked with quality snacks. There was always the staples like fruit and cut up vegetables, but we’d always go for the granola and Nutri-Grain bars first. So, when Kellogg’s contacted me about NEW Nutri-Grain bars, I was intrigued. In a world that loves its nostalgia, I was excited to see what they were coming out with. And here they are…. the all new Nutri-Grain Fruit & Nut Medley Bars.
— Zach Bussey (@zachbussey) October 11, 2016
Nutri-Grain Fruit & Nut Taste
The most important part of this review is the taste – and there’s a clear winner between the two. The Harvest Blueberries & Mixed Nuts version have plenty of peanuts and a few almonds, along with real blueberries in there too. It really tastes like a ‘bar’ version of trail mix. It’s chewy and crunchy, but not too sweet. They really found a nice balance.
That said, the Orchard Cherries & Almonds version is absolutely amazing. The cherries pack a real punch of flavour, and there are more almonds in the bars. The ingredients have no artificial flavours or colours, which is awesome. Had my mom found these bars, she would have assuredly purchased them for our household and they wouldn’t have lasted long. (I had a box of each type, and I finished them in 2 days… I have zero willpower when it comes to snacks!)
Nutrition wise, I’m impressed as someone who watches what they eat. First, let’s look at the ingredients of the Orchard Cherries & Almonds version: Peanuts, raisins, whole grain gluten-free oats, almonds, corn syrup, dried cherries, sugar, fructose, corn syrup (fibre), rice flour, dextrose, dates, coconut, modified palm oil shortening, vegetable oil, glycerin, salt, calcium carbonate, soy lecithin, natural flavour, milk ingredients, sulphites.
Besides the different types of sugar (which seem to act more as something to help it stick together), there’s a lot of good ingredients in these bars. I’d have loved if they included honey instead of the corn syrup, but it might be too sticky. As I discovered when tasting them, they are NOT too sweet at all. But what’s really interesting is when you compare these bars to Trail Mix.
For the same serving size, you get fewer calories, less fat, less sodium and more fiber. The tradeoff is more carbs, more sugar and a little less protein.
My first reaction to the bars was ‘these are NOT the same Nutri-Grain bars I grew up with’. The packaging alone promotes what’s inside more than anything. The box features a window to see inside the box, while the bars themselves are clearly seen through the transparent wrapper. That packaging allows you to see the real fruit, nuts and the puffed rice pieces. It’s smart packaging really.
So, let’s talk price… roughly, $4 is what I’ve seen them priced at. Though online seems to suggest you can find them for $3.50. It’s a decent price but you only get 5 bars per box. So the price per unit works out to about $0.80 per bar. It’s a great snack at work/at home or even as something to take while traveling. It stands up among trail mix and other healthy snacks and tastes good. Solid stuff from Kellogg’s.
This post was sponsored by Kellogg’s, but, all opinions expressed are my own.