We Ate It: Special K Bliss Bars

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/17/2008 2:56 PM   :  76 comments

Sometimes you just need chocolate.

A little sweet pick-me-up to get you to 5 o'clock, a dark, rich treat to make you forget all the work that's piling up around you, an indulgence to go with your morning coffee.

But who wants to waste hundreds of calories on a sweet? Not me.
When we tore into the box of Special K Bliss Bars, we were excited to see they were only 90 calories (and had just two grams of fat). Overwhelmingly, we preferred the raspberry to the orange, but we decided that was mostly personal preference. (Is there a more perfect combination than raspberry and dark chocolate?) We had just one complaint: We wanted more than "less than 1 gram" of fiber. I suppose that's the trade-off for a low-calorie, high-flavor bar.

Our thoughts:
"I thought this was a nice tasty treat that was light but just enough to tide me over. Even better, they’ve outdone the 100 calorie packs since these are only 90!"
"It's a hybrid of a granola bar and a candy bar, with plenty of fruity bits."

"I liked it! Lots of interesting textures coming together. Chewy, crispy, chocolaty...and only 90 calories. Thumbs-up from me!"

"When I first bit into it, I was reminded of "Swedish Fish"
candy. I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but as I kept eating I liked the taste more and more."

Special K Bliss Bars, in orange and raspberry flavors $3.49 for six 0.77 ounce bars


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Comments

  • 76
    I Like the Mocha bars! Yum! - 2/7/2011   5:20:30 PM
  • 75
    I think I will try and make some bars with the popcorn and chocolate.
    I too can't stop at one of the other bars.
    Rose :-) - 4/27/2010   8:15:02 AM
  • 74
    The pretzel one was my favorite but I like the raspberry and mocha ones too. I'm another one to go for fiber, but if it's on sale, Special K wins. - 12/15/2009   1:53:08 PM
  • 73
    I tried the new pretzel one. Liked the sweet and salty, but my true favorite is the Fiber Plus Dark Chocolate Almond. 9 grams of fiber in a bar and 130 calories. I always look for high fiber content, that much I learned from Weight Watchers. It stays with you much longer and keeps you satisfied longer. - 7/29/2009   9:13:46 PM
  • 72
    I also enjoy the Fiber One bars, but haven't tried Mocha... haven't seen them in Ontario yet, but I'll keep looking!
    Thanks for the tip, Shortydips! - 7/29/2009   8:12:45 PM
  • 71
    Eh, no thanks. - 7/29/2009   7:52:56 PM
  • 70
    i love bliss bars but this sounds kind of weird! - 7/29/2009   5:59:25 PM
  • 69
    I miss the Swedish fish candies, although it's hard to think that this bar could mimic that. 90 calories isn't so bad. If I could buy them only one at time that'd be great, but since i'd eat the whole box on a bad day, I can't risk it. - 4/15/2009   5:03:44 PM
  • 68
    I've tried these bars, and I have to say that it's a toss-up on which one is better, the orange or the raspberry. During a busy day, I sometimes have one of these as a snack to tide me over til suppertime. Very satisfying. - 4/6/2009   11:34:04 PM
  • 67
    I have tried the other special k bars, which have a decent taste. However, right now i'm into the Fiber One snack bars. Despite the fact that they have more calories than the special K bars, they have about 35% of your daily fiber, which will hold you until the next meal. They also have some delicious flavors (I like peanut butter and the new Mocha). - 2/20/2009   9:37:24 PM
  • 66
    I enjoy these bars a lot, especially the chocolate & raspberry. I also love the Nutri Grain Fruit and Nut bars...yummy! - 1/7/2009   11:08:12 AM
  • WENDYL07
    65
    I should try these! - 1/6/2009   6:42:12 PM
  • 64
    Think I'm going to have to check these out.. sound good. - 12/14/2008   11:27:53 AM
  • 81GODDESS
    63
    I like the Fiber One Bars because they have more fiber! I have tried some of the special k bars though. Not these particular ones though. - 12/8/2008   2:38:49 PM
  • NGSMART1
    62
    I don't really like the taste of these. I will eat them and they are the right amount of calories for a snack, but they had a funny aftertaste to them. I prefer normal granola bars even if they do have more calories. The Kashi granola bars are all natural and taste good. I won't buy the special K bars again. - 10/23/2008   4:06:20 PM
  • 61
    They look yucky, and no trans fats for me. - 10/19/2008   12:28:15 PM
  • 60
    I love the orange ones - but eat sparingly. - 10/3/2008   2:42:54 PM
  • 59
    I've stopped eating Special K cereals and bars. Though I can't completely eliminate HFCS and trans fats from my diet, I can darn sure try my best. Both their bars and cereals are loaded with corn syrups and sugar!

    They may indeed help someone satisfy cravings, and thus reach her goals...and that's great! But we should all still try to limit the amounts of processed junk we eat as much as possible. If you haven't yet, try Larabars. They're a date-based food bar with an ingredient list consisting of 3-5 fruit, spices, and nuts...and they're absolutely delicious! - 9/29/2008   6:43:32 PM
  • 58
    Ingredient list from www2.kelloggs.com:

    MULTIGRAIN CEREAL (RICE FLOUR, WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, SUGAR, SALT), SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, BRAN FLAKES (WHEAT, SUGAR, WHEAT BRAN, SALT, MALT FLAVORING), RICE CEREAL (RICE, SUGAR, SALT, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALT FLAVORING), ORANGE FLAVORED FRUIT PIECES (FRUIT [APPLE PUREE CONCENTRATE, ORANGE JUICE CONCENTRATE], GLUCOSE SYRUP, SUGAR, OAT FIBER, PALM KERNEL OIL, RICE STARCH, PECTIN, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, NATURAL ORANGE FLAVOR), VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL WITH TOCOPHEROLS FOR FRESHNESS)†, FRUCTOSE, DEXTROSE, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, WHEY, SORBITOL, GLYCERIN, NATURAL ORANGE FLAVOR, SOY LECITHIN, NONFAT MILK, SALT, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, ARTIFICIAL VANILLA FLAVOR, POLYSORBATE 60, NIACINAMIDE, BHT FOR FRESHNESS, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6). - 9/29/2008   6:38:18 PM
  • 57
    I would need to see the INGREDIENT list to eat this. What goes INTO by body is very important. It needs to have at least 5 grams of fiber, some protein, and NOT have PALM Oil! - 9/19/2008   9:43:42 AM
  • 56
    these are delicious and good to eat once or twice a month. i think they are a bit too sugary for and every day splurge though. - 9/12/2008   6:24:14 PM
  • 55
    I completed agree with CHRISINPHILLY. The 2nd ingredient is sugar followed by corn syrup. And SP is promoting these?!?
    No wonder America is so fat.... - 9/11/2008   8:47:37 AM
  • 54
    they're awesome! - 9/9/2008   2:19:14 PM
  • 53
    The Special K Raspberry Bliss Bars are AMAZING!!!
    They are just what I need when I am craving dark chocolate!!!
    They help keep me on track instead of reaching for chocolate chip cookies!!
    I am finding that I can be just as satisfied with the bars as long as I satisfy that need for chocolate in my head lol :) - 9/9/2008   10:09:00 AM
  • 52
    I tried these today for the first time. They were okay, but I think I will go back to the regular Special K bars next time. I'm not fond of the rice cereal. It's a little too chewy for me. As for the other stuff in them, well, I'm sure there are other things that are healthier, but there are also more things that are WAY worse. As with anything else, just don't sit down and eat the whole box and I think you'll be okay. - 9/8/2008   10:17:01 PM
  • 51
    I guess it all depends if you think poison compensates for the good you find in a product. These have all kinds of sugars, including high fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, etc. Fiber one bars also shares many of these sugars along with shellac and hydrogenated oil. The high fiber content doesn't outweigh consuming other ingredients that are not healthy. - 9/6/2008   4:45:57 PM
  • 50
    Unfortunately, for me bars of ANY type are a red light food. I can never stop at one, so although I think these are delicious, for me, they are dangerous. - 9/6/2008   11:31:09 AM
  • 49
    What are the fat grams? I like the Quaker Granola Crunchers. They are also 90 calories but one little package gives you 3.5 g of fat and 2 of them saturated fat. I wouldn't eat it more than once a week. - 9/1/2008   2:48:19 PM
  • MARYKAYPINK
    48
    It sure looks good. I havent seen it yet in my market. Will have to look harder. - 9/1/2008   11:25:51 AM
  • 47
    I am more of a caramel addict than chocolate - weird, I know! Anyway, love the Fiber One oats and caramel bars - they are a bit more in calories, but with all the fiber, they are much more satisfying - and it is sooo hard to find caramel anything that is lower in calories! - 9/1/2008   9:26:15 AM
  • 46
    I'm with Destinye, nothing beats a larabar. And I even have a subscription to them on Amazon so they cost less than a dollar each. - 8/31/2008   10:18:51 PM
  • 45
    I love the chocolate chip Fiber One bars!!!! - 8/29/2008   10:47:56 PM
  • 44
    Do they have high fructose corn syrup? I like Larabars tho - they are much healthier than these look! - 8/27/2008   8:23:20 AM
  • 43
    I haven't try these yet, but I will look into checking out the ingredients before I purchase. - 8/25/2008   3:27:53 AM
  • 42
    Both my doctor and my personal trainer told me there are too many sugars in these. I was really disappointed as I loved them. - 8/24/2008   11:41:20 AM
  • 41
    I'm a raspberry fiend and a chocoholic, so I was ecstatic when I got hold of the raspberry flavor of these. I didn't like them at all, and gave away the rest of the box. I guess I'll stick with the Fiber One Oats and Chocolate and the Curves Chocolate Peanut bars. - 8/23/2008   11:49:50 PM
  • 40
    I love these things. I also love the snack bites 90calories chocolate and strawberry. - 8/21/2008   10:13:56 AM
  • 39
    I really love & enjoy the Special K Blueberry Bars for a snack. - 8/20/2008   10:57:16 AM
  • 38
    I like the slim Fast Bars as well, They seem to curve my wanting to eat. I also like the high fiber bars. - 8/20/2008   2:26:43 AM
  • 37
    I like the slim Fast Bars as well, They seem to curve my wanting to eat. I also like the high fiber bars. - 8/20/2008   2:26:12 AM
  • 36
    I LOVE the orange bliss bars. Made me think of an Orange Milano cookie! Yum!! I'm getting the raspberry bars next time. - 8/19/2008   9:43:43 AM
  • 35
    I haven't tried these either....even tho' they're only 90 calories, I'm always afraid they won't hold me long. I love the Fiber One Chocolate bars, and they will satisfy me for hours. - 8/19/2008   7:28:46 AM
  • THENEWVERDA
    34
    Sounds good. Will have to look for them. I usually get the Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats that are peanut butter/chocolate (90 cals). I keep them in my desk as well as at home. - 8/19/2008   1:19:36 AM
  • 33
    I " LOVE " the raspberry ones. YUM, YUM !!! - 8/19/2008   12:07:30 AM
  • 32
    Haven't tried them, don't eat processed foods often! - 8/18/2008   11:22:08 PM
  • 31
    I have eaten a good many of the orange ones. I'm not a fan of raspberry, so I haven't had them. However, I definitely agree that when I need an indulgence I would prefer the Bliss bars over the Curves bars any day. Both are good, but the Bliss bars make me feel like I'm having something that shouldn't be on my diet because they are so yummy! - 8/18/2008   11:07:35 PM
  • 30
    Sounds good, but you can get better nutrition with Curves Bars or Fiber One Bars. The Curves Chocolate Peanut Bar has 100 calories, 3.5 g. fat, 2 g. protein, and 5 g. of fiber. Fiber One Bars also have a lot of fiber. The Oats & Apple are 130 calories, 2 g. fat, 2 g. protein, and 9 g. fiber! The Fiber One Bars are sweeter and can also fulfill those cravings. - 8/18/2008   10:54:53 PM
  • 29
    I haven't tried the Special K Bliss, I've eaten the other Special K bars. But I prefer the Fiber One Bars or if I need a serious chocolate fix I'll eat the Hostess 100 Calorie Cupcakes, they have 5 grams of fiber. I'm all about the fiber. I don't feel like I'm being totally bad if I'm eating something with a lot of fiber - 8/18/2008   10:46:26 PM
  • 28
    It's good that there are so many choices out there. I was disappointed with them, I always loved Special K. I'll spend my money and calories on Fiber One - chocolate - the fiber goes a long way at keeping me satisfied - it's especially good with a half or even whole glass of super skim milk - looks and tastes like 2% but is skim! - 8/18/2008   10:26:53 PM
  • 27
    I've tried them, but I like the chocolate Fiber One bars better. - 8/18/2008   10:08:18 PM

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