I love granola bars and usually buy the store brand, but Quaker’s Chewy Granola Bars with reduced sugar was on sale at my local grocery store, so I decided to give the variety pack a try. The variety pack was priced at just $2.00 (the sale was 2 for $4.00 but I only bought one pack). The variety pack contained a total of 10 granola bars: 4 peanut butter chocolate chip, 4 chocolate chip, and 2 cookies and cream granola bars.
The granola bars come individually wrapped inside a mostly white cardboard box. On the front at the top in a navy blue area is the logo of the white-haired man with a hat and the word “Quaker” below in all white capital letters. Below that is the word “Chewy” in a fun font with grains sticking out of the “Y” in the word. Next it says “25% less sugar.”
Also on the front of the package it is disclosed that this product contains 8 grams of whole grains per serving and no high fructose corn syrup. On the back of the package it says the Quaker Chewy Bars “are made with 8g of whole grain rolled oats, rice, and wheat for a wholesome snack.”
I really thought I would like the cookies and cream flavor the best, but it was a bit on the plain side. It was very soft and slightly chewy. The peanut butter and chocolate chip and the regular chocolate chip were good also and not as soft. They had a bit more flavor than the cookies and cream, which, ironically, turned out to be my least favorite of the three.
The granola bars are all very good but they are not very big. The individual bars are less than an ounce each (0.84 ounces/24 grams) and can be eaten in a good three or four normal sized bites. Because they are not very big, they are not very substantial, but they are an excellent treat if you are craving something like a piece of cake or a box of cookies to curb your hunger and satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings. The whole grains and fiber are supposed to help keep you feeling fuller longer and more satisfied.
In terms of allergens, all varieties in this pack do contain wheat, soy, and milk ingredients and may contain traces of peanut and tree nuts.
The different flavors are all very similar in nutritional value, so I will include an approximate value to sum all three up during this nutritional evaluation. A serving size is obviously one bar. Each bar contains about 100 calories or less (of which 25-30 calories are from fat). The granola bars contain 3.5 grams of total fat or less per bar (6% or less of recommended daily allowance) and have low sodium. The bars do contain 3 grams of fiber each and at least 1 gram of protein. Each bar also provides 10% RDI for calcium and 2% of recommended daily intake of iron.
As a snack these bars are not too bad, but they are pretty small. They are good for putting a little something in my stomach, but if you are very hungry, it’s not likely they will tide you over for too long. As I stated earlier, they really were only a decent three or four bites and then they were gone! I like to take these bars with me to work so that a couple hours after I am finished my lunch and I still have a few more hours of work left, I have at least something small to fill my stomach and help me from feeling so hungry. They are also great if you need a sugar fix and don’t want to feel deprived.
If you like light, little snacks I would certainly recommend these bars. They have a great taste and are decent in terms of nutrition. If you need a heartier snack, you may not care for these bars, as you would need at least two bars to fill that void. I like them and will buy them again when they are on sale.