3/6/07 | Fiber One Chewy Bars
[ Currently Eating: Fiber One Bar and Coffee ]
As luck would have it, this product for review that came through the mail (thanks, Charlie) ties in nicely with my new-found determination to eat slightly better. I say slightly better, because the review after this is going to be a fast food one… so old timey Cheap Eaters who are tired of the new healthy fad should stick around for that one.
The first thing you see on the box of these Fiber One Chewy Bars from General Mills is “35% of the Daily Value of Fiber”. Now, it’s pretty easy to get that amount or even more of fiber from various sources, but it ain’t always as pleasant. I have to say that this was a pretty tasty source as far as fiber goes.
By the way, you probably don’t want to munch up on several of these bars at once if you’re not used to having that much fiber injected into your system. Uh, you could be making a one night stand date with the toilet.
So I was shipped the Oats and Chocolate flavor of these bars. They also have an Oats and Peanut Butter. There’s 5 bars in a box. Personally, I already get enough fiber but I decided to give it a go anyhow.
Before proceeding, I took a gander at the ingredients. Now, as far as I know most manufacturers list their ingredients in the order of the amount that is present in the product. I don’t know if they’re legally required by law to do that, but I’ve never really seen a deviation. So, for some reason the first ingredient in the list is not chocolate, not oats, not rice, and not barley flakes. It’s Chicory Root Extract! I’m thinking this must be a mistake… I don’t see how there could be more of that than chocolate or oats (which are the next two ingredients by the way). If somebody knows more about that, please let me know… actually, I wonder if that’s what makes the bar so chewy.
Anyhow, the bars are about 4 inches long and wrapped individually in foil packages. I’m struck by how much chocolate is in the bars. It’s got chocolate chips AND is drizzled in chocolate. There was almost too much chocolate for me. If you like chocolate, you’re probably going to like this bar. If you’re concerned about sugar, however, you might want to pass.
The bar is definitely of the chewy variety, and because it’s got a lot of pieces of oats, rice, barley and other goodies it comes across not as smooth as some other bars of this type. It didn’t bother me, however. What was a bit of a problem is that it seems to stick to your teeth a little more than I’m used to. Like rice crispies. But that’s probably just me too – I’ve recently become paranoid about my teeth after stern warnings from the dentist to take better care of them – I tend to try brush 3-4 times a day, use a waterpik repeatedly, floss, mouthwash. I know – all the beginnings of obssessive compulve behavior…
The taste of the bars is really good. I suspect the chocolate will make it go down easier for those that are bothered by all the oats and stuff. Despite the dental issues, I personally like the chewier bars better than the harder granola type. It’s also easier to eat in the car since it doesn’t explode like granola bars when you bite into it.
I ate four of these bars for breakfast over a week and didn’t suffer any ill effects from the added fiber. I didn’t know the street price on these since I got them for free, so I’m going to be conservative and score this a bit lower. Because once again, I’m sure there are other cheaper ways to get your fiber.
Price: Free (unknown MSRP)
Found At: Sent in for review
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10