Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Granola Bars Apple Cobbler

I already took a first look at one of Kellogg's new product offerings in their Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch line when I looked at the Strawberry Parfait variety.  Expanding upon that review, it's now time to take a look at another flavor from that same product line with this box of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Granola Bars Apple Cobbler.  I picked up a box of ten bars (five two-bar packages) of these along with the others at Marsh on sale for $2.99.  Each two-bar package is 1.48 ounces, has 190 calories with a small three grams of protein.  These bars are made with real fruit, so that's exciting I guess.

Opening these up, the first thing I noticed was the typical mess that these bars make since the granola basically disintegrates immediately.  Outside of that, I then noticed the strong smell of cinnamon and as I've covered repeatedly on the blog, the cinnamon and apple combination is one that I find particularly delicious, so at least this was off to a good start.  The bar itself was made up of a thin yogurt base that was mixed with the aforementioned cinnamon and was then topped with a granola mix of sporadic dried apples and more cinnamon.  It was then bound together by honey, so at least going in, it would appear this bar would have a mix of sweet (honey), heat  (cinnamon) and tartness (apples).  Sounds like kind of a fun combination, eh?

I wish I could say the bar tasted as fun as it sounded, but sadly, I can't say that.  I can say that it did not taste bad, although something about the dried apples seemed off at first.  The more I made my way through the bar, the less they seemed off, but it still seemed like something wasn't quite right.  The cinnamon flavor, while strong smelling, was more of just an accent flavor in this bar and that was probably due to the fact that the yogurt based did a good job of cooling down that heat in order to make the granola the star of the show, which is as it should be since this is a granola bar at heart.  The granola was of course crunchy and when mixed with the variety of flavor profiles, it made for an interesting tasting snack.

Buy It or Fly By It?  It wasn't wonderful and it didn't taste like much like apple cobbler, but it was enough of apple and enough of cinnamon to make it worthwhile, so it gets a BUY IT rating.  Admittedly, it took me to the second bar before I developed a taste for this as I was completely ready to write this off after the first bar.  Upon further review though, what I discovered was a serviceable bar that while it certainly could be better, was not all that bad in the end.


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