Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: Kellogg's Special K Protein Almond Honey Oat Granola Bars

The endless product manufacturing engine that is Kellogg's and it's Special K brand strikes again!  I was in my local Marsh Supermarket recently and upon perusing the granola bar aisle, I saw that Special K had put out a couple more flavor variations of their Special K Protein line that I've touched on before.  Always looking for new content, I grabbed a box of five of these Kellogg's Special K Protein Almond Honey Oat Granola Bars off the shelf in a sale event at a cost of $1.99.  Each bar in the box is 0.95 ounces and 110 calories with four grams of protein.  Not sure how four grams of protein enables them to call this a protein bar, but to each their own I suppose.

As you can probably infer from the name of this bar, there's several different components that make up this bar.  At first glance, you can obviously see the yogurt icing/coating on the bottom of the bar as well as the coating swirl that decoratively placed on the top of the bar.  Within the mix of the bar are the standard granola mix ingredients like dried oats, which are there plentifully and largely.  What is definitely not large or plentiful are the almonds as they are only present in the bar in the form of very small bits.  I honestly had to strain just to find some, so that was disappointing.  That whole mix is then bound together by honey that not only smelled strongly, but was so prevalent that it kind of added a brownish hue to the granola mix itself.

The smell of that honey should have been a good indicator of what was to come because the prevalence and power of flavor from the honey in this bar was something that I'm not quite sure I've experienced before.  When product say that they include honey, my experience has been that in most cases, honey is just an accent flavor.  In the case of this bar, it was not only strong and sweet, but almost added a bit of decadence to the bar.  As for the rest of the ingredients, the almonds and oats added some graininess to the bar and the oat pieces actually kind of dried it out.  The almonds, while not large or prevalent, did add some occasional pop to what was essentially a very chewy bar.  The yogurt coating didn't really have any flavor, but it did melt over the entire package of the bar, so that was a nice experience in terms of mouthfeel.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This bar was truly an enjoyable experience and I think the fact that this bar had so much honey flavor made it that way.  Like I said, it was something that I don't think I've experienced a lot before and because of that, I'd give this a strong BUY IT rating and recommend it to others.  While this certainly was not the most excitingly flavored bar that I've ever eaten, it was a darn good one that provided me a nice, enjoyable experience.


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