Food Biz Kids: Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars

Our panel of eighth-graders think Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars are 'kind of s'mores-esque.'

By Diane Toops, News and Trends Editor

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Felix Gomez, 8th grade:
The packaging looks just like the cereal box. The taste is good. The texture is great because most bars are too sticky and chewy and they get stuck in your teeth, but this doesn't. The smell isn't overwhelming. I think it needs no raisins at all, and they should call it "raisinless bran."

Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars; Kellogg Co.; Battle Creek, Mich.
Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars; Kellogg Co.; Battle Creek, Mich.

Sage Siler, 8th grade:
I like the package; it reminds me of the cereal. Since I like the cereal, I was anxious to try the product. It's a little hard and kind of difficult to chew, but it tastes good. It's sweet and crunchy, and it even tastes like it's good for you. I can taste the oatmeal very clearly. It tastes good. I would buy this product because it is an easy snack that I could eat as I'm going out the door.

Eli Golden, 8th grade:
I think if this was in my house, I would eat it. But if I didn't have it, I wouldn't recommend it. I consider it mediocre. It's got cinnamon and has a good touch. But it also makes your throat very dry. It is a pretty powerful taste.

Vickey Miranda, 8th grade:
The texture and taste are sweet, crunchy and sticky. The raisins are a sweet surprise. It smells like fresh honey and maple syrup. I believe this would be extremely useful for people that have healthy lifestyles and concerned moms and dads.

Ardan Kelly Lowenstein, 8th grade:
Nice easy opening package, small portions though. They are very tasty, hard, good to chew, very flavorful, kind of s'mores-esque. I think they taste OK, altogether a good snack for kids. I think maybe bigger size portions and a softer texture.

Jocelyn Arreguin, 8th grade:
I think the packaging makes it look good. But they looked really hard to chew, and they were. It smells like cinnamon and raisins. When I tasted it, I didn't like it because it is too hard. It probably would taste better if it was soft and had fewer raisins. If it was softer, it would be better, and the cinnamon taste is good.

Jack Grant, 8th grade:
The Raisin Bran bars taste pretty good. The wrapping is bright blue and it appeals to the eye. The actual bar tastes just like the cereal, which is great when you are on the run. The crunchy oats and raisins are very satisfying. Everybody will like this product.

Jessie Powell, 8th grade:
The packaging is creative. It's easy to carry because it's so small. It tastes good, like cereal in a bar. It's nutritious and easy to eat. It's chewy and easy to swallow. These would be great for a little snack right after a long day; easy to get and ready to eat.

Joshua Saunders, 8th grade:
The packaging is okay. It needs more color to it because red and white isn't that nice. The taste is very good. I taste several different things. I think there is a need for this because of the original component taste, but combined with unique flavors. I give it three out of five stars.

Brianne Brownlee, 8th grade:
It has a hard texture and a great taste. The color looks like chocolate and makes people want to eat it. Little kids would like it too because of the taste, but it is also healthy. It looks like a "crunch bar."

Dante Huff, 8th grade:
The bar tastes like oatmeal. The packaging sucks. The bar is too hard, like crusty toes. I'd only eat this if it was the last piece of food on Earth.

Simone Dec, 8th grade:
The packaging is very colorful. It's good and it's healthy for you, plus it is sweet. I think I would recommend this to anyone. Personally, I liked it and think it is good; I could eat it all day.

Cone Brissette, 8th grade:
It's tasteful, well made and delicious. It's crunchy and soft at the same time and it's chewy. I like it because it's good.

Matthew Foster, 8th grade:
The packaging is kind of boring; it should be more colorful. The bar tastes good but is too crunchy. They should be softer and easier to chew, but they have a good flavor.

Jessica Shatkin, 8th grade:
They're individually wrapped, so they are easy to grab for later. They are very chewy and sweet. They would be good for everyone who has a lot of activities. They hurt your teeth a little but taste good. I would recommend them for someone who likes cereal.

Billy Prout, 8th grade:
The packaging is kind of bland and boring. The taste is slightly of coffee, and I don't like coffee. I also think it's way too sugary and has too many raisins.

Chris Boisette, 8th grade:
The taste of the raisin bar is good. It smells good -- like raisins. The texture is sticky. It doesn't need anything; it tastes fine.

Alberto Munoz, 8th grade:
The packaging looks like any ordinary package. The taste is good, I like the raisins and cinnamon, and it smells like sweet cinnamon. The people who need this are those who are on the go and don't have any time to eat breakfast.

Gabriel Mento, 8th grade:
The packaging is really nice. If I saw it in the store, I would probably want to buy it. It tastes really sweet, I love the raisins and I can slightly taste some cinnamon. I like the texture too; it's really soft and kind of chewy. I like the smell; it's like cinnamon. I think the world needs this product because it's delicious and healthy.

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