Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Savoring a Small Snack with Nature Valley Granola Thins; Most of Our Tasters like the Squares, but Wish There Was More to Them

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Savoring a Small Snack with Nature Valley Granola Thins; Most of Our Tasters like the Squares, but Wish There Was More to Them

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Most members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel gave Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Granola Thins glowing reviews. The small squares of granola, reminiscent of chocolate-covered graham crackers, are individually wrapped and coated with dark chocolate on one side. Panelists describe them as crunchy like a cookie but not as sweet.

"I passed these out at work and they received rave reviews from everyone who tasted them," said cash management analyst Dottie Halligan, who added that most liked the crunchiness of the thins and thought they had the right amount of sweetness.

Some commented on their small size or thought they needed more chocolate. Another pointed out they're not very portable because the chocolate melts on your hands.

"They would be great with a glass of milk. They're not really a healthful snack but one here and there isn't too bad. Some said they weren't as substantial as a granola bar but most thought 80 calories was good and will definitely buy them again."

Operations manager Steve Jones said he likes Nature Valley, Fiber One or whatever brand of granola bar happens to be on sale. "A lot of mornings it's my breakfast," he said.

He described the granola thins as fairly small and mildly sweet with just enough chocolate. "We all liked them a lot but it takes two to make a satisfying snack. They're thin but taste basically the same as a granola bar with a little chocolate coating."

Sales representative Angie Tekin said she and her office crew all enjoyed the granola thins, which she described as crunchy and a tad crumbly. "They're thin like a graham cracker, with a similar taste, but a whole different treat. You can definitely taste the chocolate."

She agreed that one small square isn't enough for a snack. "They're a quick 80-calorie snack and excellent with coffee but don't go far. They would be good crumbled over yogurt or low-fat vanilla ice cream."

Nature Valley Oats & Honey Granola bars are a favorite of food scientist Bill Skinner, but he said he didn't like the Dark Chocolate Granola Thins, which he said can't compare with a traditional granola bar. …

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