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Food Review: Special K Bliss Bar Orange and Chocolate

The calorie count on snackables keeps going down. I guess 100 calories was 10 too many, since I keep seeing snack-pack packaging proclaiming a 90-calorie content. One such food is the Special K Orange-flavored Bliss Bar I was handed at the train station by a very chipper young woman. She didn't single me out; she was handing them out to all the hungry commuters. The first thing I noticed about this bar was that it weighed almost nothing, not even a full ounce. That's when I noticed the "90 calories per serving" seal.

To see what the bar really looks like and how it tastes,


I must say for such a tiny bar it has a lot of ingredients. The first being multigrain, not whole grain, cereal, followed by sugar and corn syrup. Partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil is listed, but it must contain under .5 ounces per serving because the nutrition label says zero! The bar is also very small. Since I couldn't find my ruler, I photographed it next to a medium-size pear so you could get a sense of its size.

Calories Fat

Protein Cholesterol Sodium Fiber Sugar
90 2g 1g 0g 70mg 1g 9g

The Orange Bliss Bar reminds me of a citrus-flavored Rice Krispie treat with a hint of chocolate. It is sweet, but certainly flavorful, which is really all it has going for it since it is super low in protein and fiber. This bar was designed to satisfy the sweet tooth without a lot of calories; it will not make you full or give you long-lasting energy.

When it comes down to it, I would rather eat a small orange (45 calories) and a Special Dark Hershey's Miniature (45 calories).


Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'll pass...I'd rather just eat the orange or an apple. Ya know, something that would actually fill me up instead of leave me wanting more sugar.
nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 9 years
I just had one of the raspberry bars a moment ago. If you want something to suffice for a short amt of time like the hour before lunch it works. It helps to satisfy me when I want something sweet but want to avoid eating a candy we have in the office.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No thanks...
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Am I the only person who would get hungrier eating this crap? I really must have a much more voracious appetite than the typical woman, or specail-k is seriously misguided because I feel like this would do NOTHING for me. I'd rather eat small 300-400 calorie meals 4-5 times a day than use these things to snack. I guess this might work for someone a lot more petite than I am... I mean, I can handle an apple for a lower calorie snack, or maybe a string cheese, but that's about it. Dipping below 100 calories is just a waste of packaging and is going to make me obsess about how hungry I still am!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
As Fit said, I would rather have an ACTUAL orange and a piece of dark chocolate!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
These are too sweet and they don't really fill me up. I would rather have them stick to cereal then all this Special K water and granola bars that taste like crap.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I got one of these for free yesterday on Market Street- I looked at the label and said "CANDY!" And threw the bar in my bag - haven't looked at it since.
emalove emalove 9 years
Yeah, Special K bars are TINY! I love the cereal, but not a fan of these bars. I prefer Kashi granola bars.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I love the Vanilla Special K bars. They are way better than any other granola bar!
ylatan ylatan 9 years
oh, look, more processed food.
klandrach klandrach 9 years
I don't know about these, I have some of the Special K protein bars at home and those are tasty but so sweet. Feels more like a candy bar and has quite a bit of sugar.
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
Yuck. I tried these recently and was grossed out. They're waaay too sweet for me. I couldn't eat more than two bites, which was basically half of the bar because they're so small. I can't imagine that this would do anything to satisfy my hunger. I would rather eat a green food bar or something that fills me up and doesn't taste like dessert.
LVC LVC 9 years
I saw these the other day. And something about the picture of the chocolate covering the orange slice really turned me off. It just does not look good to me.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
I love these in raspberry. Love! I usually have a banana and two of those for breakfast...
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I think they're too sweet... not filling either. Pass.
marygrace marygrace 9 years
This bar, while maybe fooling some people into thinking its wholesome or healthy, is just like those other 100 calorie snacks. All they basically provide is sugar. They are devoid of nutrition and won't keep you full. You might as well eat an Oreo or two instead of one of these.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 9 years
i enjoy the special K bars but like mentioned before they are so small you feel you need 2 of them to suffice. i love the south beach meal bars, great amount of protein yummy flavors and a good pre workout snack.
mrspaj mrspaj 9 years
those are rather high in sugar and low in protein and fiber...i'll stick with the 100 calorie Balance Bars for a filling afternoon snack - especially the peanut butter flavor! 100 calories, 5 grams fiber, 6 gram protein...not too shabby!
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
I was comparing about 10 different granola bar types at the grocery store the other day... and this one is so small, i feel like i would need 2... which would become 180 cal. so i didnt really see the point.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I love my Special K! I like crave their bars now! They are so yummy! Whenever I need something sweet I always have one of these bars!
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