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Balisto yoghurt limited edition

Let’s stay on the “healthy” path for one more day. Uhm, well, not really. Balisto is always said to be “light” and “healthy”, but in fact their calories and fat can keep up with most candybars. Just because Mars uses cereals does not mean they leave out the sugar or fat. Anyway, in summer 2010, the Balisto yoghurt limited edition was back. A Balisto coated in white. My mother bought it while I was at the hospital to cheer me up a little. I’m not a huge fan of Balisto and my mum is neither, but we both really like white chocolate; and the wrapper shows a finger with a thick and delicious looking white coating. Even I thought this version could be better than the normal ones.

But what I saw after I opened the wrapper was disappointing. The thin coating isn’t chocolate, it is yoghurt and it isn’t thick enough to cover the forestberries in there. I cannot really assign the aroma, the corn dominates the smell, followed by a sour scent, probably coming from the yoghurt. But in general, this thing is rather indefinable.

The taste is a little better than the corn mix I have tried some time ago, but that was an easy achievement! The sour yoghurt coating is really good and fresh and I like it, even though I’d preferred white chocolate instead. The whole meal corn-cookie base tastes basically like whole meal instead of a cookie, but it is not too dry this time. The last component is a forestberry crème made with yoghurt. Again, it is fresh and the forestberries add an even sourer edge to that treat. You can distinguish between the berries in there only by their level of sourness; the lighter, pinker ones (raspberry) are sourer than the darker (blackberry, black currant) pieces of fruit in there.

The texture is a little juicier than the usual Balisto. The coating isn’t as melting as I wished it would be, and the crème isn’t really crème. It is chewy but not crunchy, still I don’t find it boring, but the most important thing here is, that you do not get a mouth full of dry sand!

6 out of 10

Name: Balisto yoghurt
Branch: Mars
Calories: 93kcal per finger
Fat: 4.8g per finger
Price: 0.55 Euro

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Cadbury BrunchBar chocolate chip

I don’t think the look of this bar is very tempting. Compared to a German corn bar this thing surely looks lousy. Small and semi-finished.  Everything but the top is covered with a thin milk chocolate layer, on the top you can see the cereals kept together with honey, plus some chocolate chips. The chocolate chips aren’t very balanced, one site is well covered with chocolate chips and the other is almost empty. I think the definition on the wrapper that says ‘half covered with milk chocolate’ is a little misleading if you don’t take a closer look at the picture on the wrapper. You’d probably have expected more chocolate (as I did!).

It smells like sweet Cadbury milk chocolate mixed up with honey and the aroma of cereals; the milk chocolate dominates the thing.

Like I expected, the taste of the bar is dominated by the cereals. The chocolate coating and the honey keep the BrunchBar from getting too dry and give it a comfortable sweet taste. Sometimes the honey, and at other times the chocolate is a little stronger, depending on how many chocolate chips are on the top. I see and taste that there are different cereals in there, but I am not really able to distinguish them, as they are all mixed up. What confuses me a little is that oats and bran flakes are just the same ingredient in Germany. The texture is smooth and sticky; the bar is easy to break into pieces. Still, the bar remains very chewy and also a little crispy. Nice!

For a cereal bar I find it really tasty. It is not as chocolaty as some German versions, and it is a little drier, but still not too dry. Still, cereal bars are not really candy, I believe! What do you think?

Oh, and to add one final note: Somehow the pictures I’ve taken look way better than the product did!

6 out of 10

Name: BrunchBar
Branch: Cadbury
Price: 0.95 Euro
Calories: 155kcal per bar, 440kcal per 100g
Fat: 6.5g per bar, 18.6g per 100g

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