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My favorite granola bar!
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My wife and I continually like to try different brands of food, flavors, etc...Granola bars are no exception. Our favorite so far has been the Nature Valley "Sweet & Salty Nut" granola bars w/ Almonds. They are head and shoulders above the competition. And at 160-calories per bar, they aren't overly poor in nutrition.

But what I have failed to realize until the point of typing this review, is that they have other Sweet & Salty combinations. I didn't realize this until I was searching Google for a picture to attach to this review. I came across their "Peanut" and "Cashew" version. I am really looking forward to trying the Cashew style.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a great tasting granola bar. It combines both the salty flavor of the nuts, and the sweet taste of almond butter. It's a perfect balance for the taste buds.

Grade: A+
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Anonymous on 01/30/2012:
My current box is nearly empty, so the next one will have to be the Cashew version. Mmmmmmmmm!
Anna Molly on 01/30/2012:
Yum! I've had these before, and they are really delicious.
Churro on 01/30/2012:
I like the original oat and honey which claims to be "100% natural" but can't really get into the 'Sweet & Salty Nut' (which does not claim to be "100% natural) because it contains high fructose and high maltose corn syrup. I make it a point to avoid industrial corn at all costs.
Anonymous on 01/30/2012:
Churro> Good point. I never realized that only some of the Nature Valley boxes say "all natural". Perhaps I will give the Oats & Honey bars you suggested a try.
madconsumer on 01/30/2012:
helpful review!

thank you for posting.
Alain on 01/31/2012:
I love these, but I haven't tried the cashew yet. I love cashews! Very munchable review, J4A!
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Three Cheers for Cheerios
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I don't usually buy fruit flavored cereal because of the artificial taste, but when I was picking up my Chocolate Cheerios at the store, I noticed the bright yellow boxes of Banana Nut Cheerios. I wasn't tempted to try it until I saw that the box said "Flavored with Real Bananas and Natural Banana Flavor". So I looked at the ingredients and sure enough, banana puree was listed, along with natural almond flavor. I was sold. Well, at least I was willing to give it a try.

When I opened the box, I immediately noticed the pleasant smell, not artificial at all, so that was a good start. When I tasted it, the first thing that came to mind was banana nut bread. I continued to eat the cereal right out of the box until I realized half of it was already gone! I then poured some in a bowl and added milk. I enjoyed it that way, too. Then I got the idea to add some chocolate Cheerios, and that made it even better! Either way, Banana Nut Cheerios is a winner if you like banana flavor without an artificial taste.

This cereal has 100 calories per 3/4 cup serving, with 9 grams of sugar and 1g total fat. I will continue to buy this mostly for snacking. It is definitely sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth while still being low in calories, fat and sugar.

I hope you'll try Banana Nut Cheerios and enjoy it as much as I did.
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Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
Dude, the Nut N Honey Cheerios rock...

Cheerio and Toodle Pip!
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
Good review Venice. I usually add fresh fruit to cereal, but this sounds like it's worth a try.
Mrs. V on 03/18/2011:
Nice review! I think I'll get some for my hubby. He loves bananas ^_^
Venice09 on 03/18/2011:
It IS worth a try especially when you don't have fruit in the house. There's nothing like fresh fruit, but at least you get the flavor.

I like Honey Nut and Multi-Grain Cheerios, too. Oh, and Frosted Cheerios are also good!
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
Excellent review! I love cheerios. I love bananas. I'll give these a try.
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
I have been scared to try these cause I also hate that fake banana flavor. I will have to try these. The cinnamon cheerios are really yummy and my favorite cereal at the moment.
Venice09 on 03/18/2011:
I saw the cinnamon ones. I think it's apple cinnamon. Maybe I'll try those next. I think GM was smart to come up with all these flavors. It makes eating Cheerios more fun.
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
They are in a yellow box and it's just cinnamon. The box is smaller for some reason.
Venice09 on 03/18/2011:
I don't think I saw those, yaya. I'll have to look again. They sound good, too.
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
I wonder if it's limited or only in certain areas or stores. But try it if you find it. It's not overly sweet and has just the right amount of cinnamon
Venice09 on 03/18/2011:
Thanks, yaya. I will.
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
Great review! I don't normally eat cereal, but this sounds really good.
Mrs.Cole on 03/18/2011:
Shopping list... Banana Nut Cheerios!
CrystalSword on 03/18/2011:
I'm a "banana junkie"....they aren't safe in our home!! Will definitely give these a try since Cheerios is also a favorite, so the two together HAVE to be great! Just hope the stores here carry it!
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
These sound delicious! I love plain ole Cheerios with either a little brown sugar sprinkled on top or fresh fruit like strawberries or peaches.
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
I love banana nut muffins, so maybe I'll try this cereal thanks Venice (VH)
Anonymous on 03/18/2011:
Wally, I'll buy you a box for your birthday!
raven2010 on 03/18/2011:
WOW, this sounds yummy. Thank you Venice, I added them to my Saturday shopping list
Venice09 on 03/18/2011:
I hope no one's disappointed, but it can't hurt to try it once. I really hope you all like it.
Alain on 03/19/2011:
I enjoyed this appetizing review!
Venice09 on 03/19/2011:
Thanks, Alain!
ok4now on 03/19/2011:
Sounds like a winner Venice. I'm not a big cereal person but I will definitely try this based on your recommendation.
Venice09 on 03/19/2011:
I eat a lot of cereal, OK, mostly for snacks. It's better than eating cookies but only if you don't finish the box!
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Brown Bugs / Weevils In Un-Opened Box Of Cereal
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I opened a new box of Fiber One, the plastic pouch was air tight, I poured the cereal, added milk, sat down to eat and watch TV, it tasted funny so I looked closer. There were hundreds of little brown bugs floating and swimming in the milk!! I had eaten 3 bites, this pissed me off and I threw it out. If I don't get sick, I'll be more observant before eating! If I do, General Mills will hear from my lawyer! Quality control is not what it used to be.
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Venice09 on 09/24/2011:
That's disgusting. I just bought two boxes of Fiber One 80 Calorie. I'll be looking at it very carefully before eating.

Did you check the expiration date? I hope you kept the box so you can call the GM and give them the lot number. I'm sure they'll want to know about this.
madconsumer on 09/24/2011:
bugs like this can also be from peoples homes. many people keep their cereal in plastic snap lid containers.
Anonymous on 09/24/2011:
madconsumer +14
Venice09 on 09/24/2011:
It was a new, unopened box. The plastic pouch was air tight. I doubt the bugs came from the OP's home.
jktshff1 on 09/24/2011:
interesting stats

Here is a very brief sampling of the FDA's Food Defect Action Level list. They begin investigation when foods reach the action level they've set. According to the FDA, typical foods contain about 10 percent of the action level, but others say they contain more like 40 percent.


Insect filth: Average is 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams when 6 100-gram subsamples are examined OR any 1 subsample contains 90 or more insect fragments

Rodent filth: Average is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams in 6 100-gram subsamples examined OR any 1 subsample contains 3 or more rodent hairs


Insects and insect eggs: 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml


Parasites: 3% of the fillets examined contain 1 or more parasites accompanied by pus pockets


Insect filth: Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples

Rodent filth: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples


Insect filth: Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams

Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams


Rodent filth: 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples OR 2 or more rodent hairs per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples OR 20 or more gnawed grains per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples


Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams

Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
trmn8r on 09/24/2011:
Mmmm, rodent filth. Funny, I've never seen that on the "Nutrition information" panel.
NicoleM on 09/24/2011:
Oh gross! Since it was a sealed, unopened box I doubt the bugs came from your home. I hope you contact their customer service and tell them about it!
Anonymous on 09/24/2011:
Ew jkt. I'm never eating again!
Anonymous on 09/24/2011:
Hey bugs have nutritional value.
Paul Smith on 09/24/2012:
I've been a cook for 21 years in the military. My daughter opened up a box of cheerios and proceeded to have a bowl, only to find bugs in the cereal. Now I've heard of bugs in flour or weevils as there commonly known as but these were like black little curled up millipeds but tinier. I know my food products but not often do you hear of it in cereal in sealed bags. The bugs were dead already so I'm assuming it originated from the plant. I called up General Mills and I was going to send the bag back to them for them to analyze but I guess it wasn't necessary but she did take care of me. I just don't think my daughter is going to eat the cereal anymore. Me being military just for a laugh we would tell the customer don't let anyone else know they might want it too. lol
Dan on 11/10/2012:
I've noticed them in General Mills, Raisin Nut Bran.....Which I just ate a bowl a few minutes ago and noticed a little brown bug in my cereal, was disgusted and gave it to the dog. North Eastern Ohio
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Fresh Dated Food - Old
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA -- I love the rolls made by General Mills listed under Pillsbury. Both the Orange Sweet rolls and the Cinnamon rolls are a favorite of my family. I buy them regularity. Today I went to bake some orange sweet rolls and upon opening the container it blew up. The dough was gooey and the icing was running over the dough. I checked the date because I would expect to see that if the product was out dated. The date was October 24, 2009.

I'm enclosing the code msg23 23:254. I hope no one else has this problem.
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old fart on 09/05/2009:
I hate when that happens...
madconsumer on 09/05/2009:
did you leave them out of the fridge to long before opening? this happens when they are left to get warm.
Ytropious on 09/05/2009:
Warm dough = goo fest. They either thawed heavily before you used them, or you left them out a while back when putting them away.
madconsumer on 09/05/2009:
this reminds me of a story in dallas years ago where a lady thought she had been shot in the head. after her grocery shopping, she loaded her bags into the backseat. a can of biscuits exploded. the can hit her head, and dough stuck in her hair. she felt the dough oozing and thought it was her brains. the poor woman really thought she was going to die. passerby'ers came to her screams, only to discover the stituation. as reported, some busted into laughter to her dismay. they calmed her down and gave comfort. in an interview she gave, she said she thought that was it, but later found it very funny.
Ytropious on 09/05/2009:
I remember that! I read it on snopes I believe. I don't know how you can mistake brains for mushy dough, but I guess since I doubt anyone has felt brains it could be a simple mistake. I always kind of felt brains would have more of a jell-o feel, you know?
Anonymous on 09/05/2009:
LOL, mad.
BokiBean on 09/05/2009:
That's a well-known legend, no truth to it though. The Biscuit Bullet:
Anonymous on 09/05/2009:
Well, I thought it was funny, just the same. We need some good stories on here once in a while. Truth doesn't really matter on here, lol.
BokiBean on 09/05/2009:
Its passed off as a dumb blonde joke every now and then.
Anonymous on 09/05/2009:
If this happened to me, I would just take them back to the store (assuming I had the receipt). If the store wouldn't want to exchange it, then I'd approach General Mills. I don't know why the store wouldn't exchange it, though.

Either way, I would not be in a good mood, since just waiting for those things to cook is already long enough, then you have to add the icing, then you have to wait a little more and good grief I want them now!
Anonymous on 09/05/2009:
mundo, good point! Sometimes things are just messed up when you buy them. Anyway, the store could have left them out of refrigeration (or anyone between)--rather than the op.
BokiBean on 09/05/2009:
Oh, and to the OP I thought this was just one of the perils of using pressurized dough...
DigitalCommando on 09/05/2009:
Nothing worse than an over-acted bisquitgasm.
BokiBean on 09/05/2009:
madconsumer on 09/05/2009:
just proves, next time someone post a 'truth' from snoopes, as pooki stated, they are not for real.
BokiBean on 09/05/2009:
Huh? Snopes is wrong? Ooookay. If you'd rather believe some woman thought she was shot because a can of exploding biscuits hit her..its a free America.
Eloise on 09/05/2009:
This OP is the same one who thought she had been 'scammed' by M3C.
Anonymous on 09/05/2009:
Ikea sells really good cinnamon rolls in their little cafe area. They are huge and only cost $1, and it's way easier than trying to make them. I've tried making cinnamon rolls from scratch, and it was a disaster. And I think that the ones you are talking about from Pillsbury don't taste as good as rolls made from scratch.
Anonymous on 09/06/2009:
little, you're right about the ones made from scratch! I took a bread baking class years ago from a German baker. We learned how to make the best cinnamon rolls ever. After hours, they would finally go in the oven. Then they would be gone in about five minutes, lol! Most people just don't have the time to put into these anymore, but they are definitely a treat.
Eloise on 09/06/2009:
KIA, your right. Any homemade bread product is awesome. My favorite is homemade monkey bread. What's yours?
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Cerea Coupons
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NEWBURY PARK, CALIFORNIA -- The coupon say only good in American but then half of it is printed in Spanish. This is America and I am tired of hearing broadcasting in stores in Spanish and then this, I will no longer buy your products and will also encourage others to do the same. All you want is the almighty dollar so maybe American citizens can hit you in the wallet
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flipper on 06/23/2007:
If we boycotted every company that used both English and Spanish, we would not be able to buy anything. I am with you though. This is an ENGLISH speaking country, supposedly.
Ponie on 06/23/2007:
A short while ago I bought a small table that needed assembly. They got around my biggest gripe about printing instructions in umpteen languages--no words, just pictures. :)
Nohandle on 06/23/2007:
The last time I was in Mexico, in a village approx 20 miles from Guadalahara, I was amazed to find many of the exact items in the grocery that we have on our shelves here, labeling and all. We are not the only country these companies ship to and I expect it's much more cost effective to print labels in several languages. I think your beef is thinking GM is using another language for the benefit of people in our country. Perhaps so, but they do sell in areas other than America and use the same packaging.
Demonoid Phenomenon on 06/23/2007:
Yet another semi-illiterate bigot mouthing off about another language.
DebtorBasher on 06/23/2007:
That is a good point NoHandle...I never looked at it that way...but you're right, instead of printing separate instructions for different languages and then having to make sure the right ones were packaged and shipped to the right country, it would make sense to do it this way...It's the simple things that get by me...LOL!
Anonymous on 06/23/2007:
Nohandle does it again but she said "OH NO! Guadalahara won't do......
prcalmb4storm on 06/24/2007:
I agree w/Demon. Mad If it's such a big deal then don't buy GM prods anymore or take up another language and smarten up a little. And flipper I'd be in the right to flip you off for that dumb comment you made. You'd be Shocked to know that Many immigrants who migrate to the states actually make an effort to learn the English language, speak it, write it, and USE it better than a lot of Americans.
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