South Beach Diet Cereal Bars, High Protein Cinnamon Raisin, 6oz Reviews

South Beach Diet Cereal Bars, High Protein Cinnamon Raisin, 6oz

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Chocolate, Shmocolate!

Mar 5, 2008 (Updated Mar 5, 2008)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Rich, sweet, delightful flavor, low calories.

Cons:Like everything, it could be a little bigger.

The Bottom Line: I definitely recommend to folks looking for a sweet, satisfying snack that doesn't bust the diet.


Sometimes I buy nutrition/diet/energy bars that I am almost certain will suck. I just get tired of the same ol’ thing, and I go off in search of something—anything—that will be different.

My last foray into “bars I won’t like” found me bringing home a box of bars that was not only different, it was positively strange for me. No chocolate, no nuts, no caramel—nothing that would normally appeal to me.

No, no, it wasn’t anything totally out there—no frog with cayenne bars. But close.

Even my husband eyed the box of South Beach Cinnamon Raisin High Protein Cereal Bars with a bit of a jaundiced eye. He knows how this goes—I grab the bars I won’t like, I don’t like them, and they wind up being expensive snacks for our son.

Well, maybe that’s how it usually goes, but not this time, Zurg.

South Beach Cinnamon Raisin High Protein Cereal Bars were a hit with me almost before I tasted them—the smell! These bars have a rich, sweet, buttery, cinnamon-y smell reminiscent of those Pillsbury bake-at-home cinnamon rolls. One whiff and my poor mouth was watering prodigiously. How could they make a diet food that smelled this good? Aren’t there laws?

It was with terrific excitement that I took a bite of my first South Beach Cinnamon Raisin High Protein Cereal Bar. Oh, what joy! Oh, what a sweet, crunchy, savory treasure! No kidding—I may sound like I’m joking, but I’m absolutely serious. This bar has a marvelous texture—if you’re familiar with the chocolate meal replacement bar from South Beach, it’s much like that. If not, it’s a little like a Rice Krispy treat without the guilt, shame, or over-the-top stickiness. The flavor, like the aroma, is definitely similar to the bake-them-yourself cinnamon rolls I used to practically roll around in when I was a kid. Sweet, buttery-tasting, just cinnamon-y enough to complement the flavor without dominating it. The baked raisins, which I often don’t like (something about mushy raisins makes me feel woogy), actually work marvelously here—they’re more a hint than a strong flavor.

South Beach Cinnamon Raisin High Protein Cereal Bars aren’t the biggest bars around, but, at 1.23 oz (35 grams), they aren’t the smallest, either. They’re not really big enough to replace a meal (South Beach doesn’t recommend them as such), though I have been known to have one bar, an orange or banana, and a big ice water and call that good. At 140 calories, these bars are a terrific taste versus caloric cost deal. Each bar contains 15% of the DV for saturated fat, 12% of the DV for fiber, and 20% for Protein. The sweetness is achieved with a mix of sugars (7 grams) and sugar alcohol (3 grams). With 10-25% of the DV for 10 vitamins and minerals, this bar really is the perfect midday (or morning, or evening) snack.

All in all, South Beach Cinnamon Raisin High Protein Cereal Bars turned out to be a complete hit. Sure, I wish they were a little bigger, but that’s just the munch-mouth in me. The texture is pleasing, the flavor heavenly, and, nutritionally speaking, they’re a solid snack for dieters. If you’re craving a rich, sweet, totally un-chocolate-y snack that won’t put a horrifying dent in your diet, this is definitely the bar for you.


Recommend this product? Yes

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