The Aptonia Raspberry Chocolate cereal bar is 87kcals of cereals, fruit and chocolate that feel welcome before, during or after a ride. Small and tasty, they offer a good on-bike snack.
Each 21g bar contains 2.4g of fat (1.3g saturated), 14.9g of carbohydrate, 6.4g of sugar, 1.1g of protein, 0.8g of fibre, 0.08g of salt and 0.22mg of vitamin B1 (20% of your recommended daily allowance). While it's low in protein, it's high in carbohydrates, making it a good choice before your ride (and during).
The ingredients list is fairly long, so if healthy is your choice the low calories of this bar may appeal but the ingredients might not. Although 37.5% of it is made from cereal, the rest is 11% fruit, palm oil, sugar, fructose-glucose syrup, more palm oil, and preservatives.
It isn't something you'd eat every day, but ultimately it's a handy size snack. I found it as filling as any cereal bar. The size is perfect for stuffing in a cycle bag or jersey pocket. In fact, you can easily carry three. Taste wise, there is nothing at all wrong with it; mixed cereals with chocolate and a hint of raspberry make it pleasant to eat.
I ate them before and during a ride, and they kept me going well enough in lieu of 'normal' food and weren't too filling. I was glad to have them.
The price makes them favourable too. At just £1.49 for 6 (that's 24p a bar) they are cheap. You could stock up on these and have one with you at all times. They are handy on and off the bike at that price.
A cheap enough cereal bar that's easy to open and eat. Tasty too!
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Make and model: Aptonia Raspberry Chocolate Cereal Bar 6 Pack
Size tested: Pack of 6 x 21g
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The bars are for the whole family but designed with cyclists in mind. Aptonia say: "Providing energy before, during and after workout. Designed to be opened with one hand." The bars came in handy during a ride and were easy enough to open.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Energy:100g | 21g
414kcal - 1745kJ | 87kcal - 366kJ
Fat: 100g | 21g
11.3g | 2.4g
Of which saturates: 100g | 21g
6.2g | 1.3g
Carbohydrates: 100g | 21g
70.9g | 14.9g
Of which sugars: 100g | 21g
30.4g | 6.4g
Proteins: 100g | 21g
5.4g | 1.1g
Fibre: 100g | 21g
3.7g | 0.8g
Salt:100g | 21g
0.38g | 0.08g
Vitamins B1: 100g | 21g
1.05mg (95%) | 0.22mg (20%)
Ingredients: 37.5% cereals [oat flakes, wheat flour, corn flakes (corn, salt, barley malt extract), rice flour], glucose syrup, 12% milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa paste, skimmed milk powder, milk fat), 11% fruits [6.6% strawberry fruit pieces (fructose-glucose syrup, moistening agent: glycerol, sugar, concentrated strawberry puree, dietary fibre, palm oil, rice starch, gelling agent: pectin, acidity regulator: citric and malic acid, natural vegetable and fruit extracts, flavour), 4.4% raspberry fruit pieces (fructose-glucose syrup, sugar, concentrated raspberry puree, wheat fibres (gluten), palm oil, rice starch, gelling agent: pectin, acidity regulator: citric and malic acid), natural fruit and vegetable extracts, natural flavouring)], palm oil, stabiliser: sorbitol, dextrose, sugar, aromatic caramel (sugar, water, acidity regulator: sodium hydroxide), flavour, salt, emulsifier: fatty acid sugar esters, vitamin B1. Contains: gluten, milk. Made in a factory which handles: soya, sulphites, peanuts, nuts,
The bar is tasty and saw me through some longer rides between food stops and did a good job of curbing my hunger.
The price bracket per bar is cheap enough to make you try these. I thought they were extremely good value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The bars were easy to open and kept me from feeling hungry on my rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I liked the flavour of the bars.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 34 Height: 158cm Weight: 61kg
I usually ride: Giant Defy My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking