Consider the Kashi® TLC cereal and fruit bars to be a much better version of Nutrigrain® bars. Back when I could have artificial food colors I often carried Nutrigrain® ones in my pack. I knew there had to be a better version out there and I was rewarded with my searching.
Kashi®’s bars are not only better tasting, they are firmer for better holding up in a pack and well, frankly, are better for you. When artifical coloring is used in food, it is cutting corners! Kashi® realizes that and uses fruit to get the deep coloring.
The ingredient list for Kashi®’s Strawberry flavor:
STRAWBERRY FILLING (PEAR JUICE CONCENTRATE, TAPIOCA SYRUP, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, APPLE POWDER, STRAWBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, UNMODIFIED CORN STARCH, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, FRUIT JUICE CONCENTRATE FOR COLOR), KASHI SEVEN WHOLE GRAINS & SESAME® FLOUR (WHOLE: OATS, HARD RED WINTER WHEAT, LONG GRAIN BROWN RICE, RYE, TRITICALE, BARLEY, BUCKWHEAT, SESAME SEEDS), ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE SYRUP, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL, ORGANIC WHOLE OATS, HONEY, TAPIOCA SYRUP, GUM ARABIC, OAT FIBER, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR.
The ingredient list for Nutrigrain®’s Strawberry flavor:
FILLING (HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, STRAWBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, GLYCERIN, SUGAR, WATER, SODIUM ALGINATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SODIUM CITRATE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, METHYLCELLULOSE, CARAMEL COLOR, MALIC ACID, RED #40), WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SUNFLOWER AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF HONEY, DEXTROSE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, NONFAT DRY MILK, WHEAT BRAN, SALT, CELLULOSE, POTASSIUM BICARBONATE (LEAVENING), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ESTERS OF FATTY ACIDS, SOY LECITHIN, WHEAT GLUTEN, NIACINAMIDE, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CARRAGEENAN, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, GUAR GUM, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID.
OK, I realize the bars are not quite equal 😉 And yes, you will pay a bit more for the Kashi® ones. (Though for non-sale prices they were only about a dollar more at the local Safeway – and they are often sold at Walmart and Target as well for less).
So how is the taste? Really good. They are not overly sweet, the fruit filling actually tastes like fruit – not a stripe of corn syrup flavored jelly. And unlike many Kashi® products, they are very dental braces friendly. They offer protein and fiber in an easy to eat bar. I will be carrying these in my backpack this coming year, definitely I will be trying the Apple Spice and the Blackberry flavors as well. They would work great as a snack or even as a quick breakfast as you pack up camp.