Tuesday, January 21, 2014

REVIEW: Kellogg's NutriGrain Chocolatey Crunch Chocolatey Chip Granola Bars

You remember those commercials Kellogg's released for their Fruit Crunch Bars awhile back? You know- the ones with the vampires? Oh yeah, they totally dug those NutriGrain bars. Cuz' that makes sense. Vampires LOVE eating herbivorous foods like fruits and oats. I guess in all seriousness it'd make sense for them to enjoy the Strawberry Parfait flavor, since vampires eat shades of red, but still. That strawberry bar is more of a pinkish hue. AT BEST. So why would vampires be so into these NutriGrain Bars? What is Kellogg's insinuating? Is there some secret ingredient in these that we are unaware of? 
Blood, maybe...?
No, no, that couldn't be- I mean, blood, come on. How could Kellogg's obtain such a thing as blood? It's not like there's gallons upon gallons to be found in every living thing on Earth or anything like that. Yeah, blood, haha- there's no way! That... couldn't...be... Buuuuuuuut...
It does seem a little odd for Kellogg's to just pull the idea of a commercial about vampires out of their heads like that... I mean, the commercial obviously wasn't meant to be FUNNY... So where did the idea for vampires come up from...? Maybe, just maybe...
No, nevermind. There's NO BLOOD in these things. There's not, there's not, there's not.
But just to be on the safe side, I'll try Kellogg's NutriGrain Chocolately Crunch Bars first- you know, the bars NOT advertised in the hidden-message vamp ads.
A 7.4 oz. box with five 1.48 oz. pouches costs around $2.58.

A 2 bar serving (42g) contains 190 calories, 80 of them being from fat, 9g of total fat, 6g of saturated fat, 0g of trans fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 140mg of sodium, 28g of total carbohydrates, 6g of dietary fiber, 10g of sugar, and 3g of protein.

So, for 42 grams, these bars should be around the size of a packet of two crunchy Nature Valley bars, but these are decidedly smaller in size than that. Because the oats are packed in tighter or what, I don't know. That's just the way these bars are, I suppose. There are a few chocolate chips dotting the granola's surface, about as many pictured on the box. The chocolate coating found on the bottom of bars IS there, but it's much thinner than expected, and in some cases, doesn't even cover the whole exterior completely- as seen in the picture below.

Of course I'll go into more detail, but let me start off by saying this bar's mantra should be "average is as average does." Why? Well, where do I begin...? This bar's texture is fine- crunchy with a hint of rich creaminess from the chocolate. The flavor of the chocolate is fine- sweet but without much depth. And I suppose you could say the main problem facing this bar is it's lack of depth in ALL areas, which does, in most cases, lead to an average taste. Everything was fine, but nothing was great or would've been able to stand out against better granola bars. If anything, I'd say this flavor of NutriGrain Crunch is a little one-dimensional- a little flat. Maybe they DID need some blood to spice things up. I'm just sayin'!

Overall, nothing about this NutriGrain flavor was good, nor was it bad. It was a solid C flavor. It was chocolatey, but not in a special way. ...That's pretty much all that can be said about this bar. It just wasn't all that memorable a snacking experience. I suppose if you really like NutriGrain Crunch Bars, and really like chocolate, you might like these bars, but if that's not the case... Uh. Don't bother. You COULD settle for average, but there are better snack bars out there- Heck, even better flavors of NutriGrain itself, for Pete's sake! -so save your money. Plus, why buy granola bars made with hydrogenated oils, when there are plenty of tastier ones that aren't? I have no interest in buying this flavor of NutriGrain again.
But, if I were to applaud you for anything, Kellogg's, it'd be helping me to justify that "chocolatey" is, in fact, a word. So thanks!
I'd give Kellogg's NutriGrain Chocolatey Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bars a 5/10.

Do YOU like Kellogg's NutriGrain Crunch Bars? Which one is the best? Let us know in the comments below!
Till' then, this has been RiRi ri-porting!
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