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Oct 30, 2013

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It’s Halloween and for many, it’s a time to splurge. Having said that, as a consumer, I have particular hang ups that I just won’t budge on. So, here I am at my local grocery store trying to figure out what I’m going to give out for treats this year. I come across this pack of Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars and they look enticing. I mean, how bad could granola bars be, right?



I’m enticed enough to pick up the box and then promptly wanted to wonk myself over the head for even considering them. Have a good look at the ingredients that went into these Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars: granola (Quaker rolled oats, rolled whole wheat, brown sugar, barley flakes, sunflower oil, inulin, honey, natural flavour, modified milk ingredients), glucose, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, salt, vanillin), whole grain brown rice crisps (whole grain brown rice flour, sugar, barley malt, salt, mixed tocopherols), glycerin, shortening (canola oil, modified palm and palm kernel oils), brown sugar, sorbitol, inulin, salt, natural and artificial flavour, soy lecithin, BHT (preservative).

That’s not a long list of ingredients AT ALL. I think my fingers fell off while typing out that list. Sarcasm does not become me when I’m irritated (sorry, folks). So, on top of all that, the Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars then adds BHT directly into the food itself?


I can’t say I always feed my kid the healthiest foods on earth but there’s a limit to how low I’m willing to go even during Halloween. I won’t go into details about BHT but if you do a little bit of your own research. So, on top of the rest of the shortening and junk that is in these Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars they then throw in the BHT as a bonus.

Suddenly, I’m reminded of why I like to either make my own granola bars or buy ones like the Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars for my kid. Sure, I’m not oblivious that better quality costs more but I’d much rather keep my $4 than spend it on the Quaker chewy mini chocolate chip mini granola bars. I’d rather buy stickers and give those out on Halloween than stoop to giving out those nasty bars.

So there in lies my Halloween consumer rant and rave. Some of you might be used to my occasional outbursts but I hope I haven’t caught anyone too off guard. Whether you agree with me or not, my only hope is that we all continue to read those labels and focus on what we want to spend our hard earned money on.

Okay, off to Halloween we go!

In case you want to read my earlier review of the Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars, click the link: Mm, a treat worth eating: Enjoy Life Chocolate Sunbutter Soft Baked Bars

p.s. in case you want to learn more about these bars, click here for more:

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