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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Altu Cranberry and Boysenberry Food Bar Confirmed sighting: Altu Cranberry and Boysenberry Food Bar
Posted: 12:46 Wed 26-05-2004. Price: 1.20. Location: WH Smiths, Heathrow Terminal 1. Sub-flavours: Peach, Apricot and Almond; Peanut, Cashew and Thai Sweet Chilli; Sundried Tomato, Olive and Parmesan. Nutritional unusualness: More than 25% fruit.
"Diarmuid Mallon" reports: Had this sighting in my pocket for a few months, and had tried to be organised enough to submit for April 1st. All 4 flavours were available, but this was the only one I dared try. As with most (all?) Cranberry products, the largest % of fruit is apple. Can this be legal? The bar tasted okay, but not outstanding. The bar is very loose in texture, compared to those other cereal bars. Check out http://www.altu.com (caution, Flash) if you don't believe me on the flavours.

...Oh, I believe you, "Diarmuid", I just found the "Peanut, Cashew and Thai Sweet Chilli" one in a supermarket, which offers a *distinctly unnerving* eating experience - I don't mind these flavours in a Thai meal, but put them together in a museli product and it's like eating a spicy Snickers bar. (And, as you yourself pointed out regarding the Lemon Cheesecake KitKat, it doesn't go very well with a cup of tea either, surely the raison d'etre - or should that be "raisin" - of most biscuit varieties?) On the plus side, I've already thought of a brilliant ad campaign they can use for nothing if they're reading this - a clip from the classic black-and-white scifi movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, where she stops the robot from destroying the world by offering him one of these bars with the immortal catchphrase "Gort! *Altu* Barada Nikto!"


Posted: 13:17 Wed 26-05-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: "Raisin d'etre"? I have alerted the relevant authorities. Remain where you are.
Posted: 10:13 Thu 27-05-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Waitrose, Woodley is now selling 2 bars for 80p. And oddly they are not selling the chilli or Parmesan flavours.
Posted: 13:29 Thu 27-05-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Well said Stuart! He said "dude" once as well, you know.

Is it boysenberry that Ikea have as a soft drink in their fantastic, super cheap hot dog section? If so they make it too weak. Just thought I'd share that.

Posted: 22:42 Sat 05-06-2004 by "sandworm" # permalink comment
Comment: this isn't really about this product but came across this... http://www.eatnatural.co.uk click on 'make someone feel good' and you get a free bar. mine arrived today, very nice, big lumps of fruits and nuts ... i had to try a few days in a row to get one cos they run out, but it was worth it
Posted: 22:00 Wed 21-Jul-2004 by "suzy2u1"
(apparently posting from cache-loh-ab03.proxy.aol.com) # permalink comment
Comment: tried this peanut, cashew and thai sweet chille Alto Bar, good, NO WAY like you say it was disgusting!!
Posted: 10:34 Mon 16-May-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: "Is it boysenberry that Ikea have as a soft drink in their fantastic, super cheap hot dog section? If so they make it too weak. Just thought I'd share that."

It's lingonberry, in fact. And I disagree - it's perfect as it is, and I always drink far too much of it (from the unlimited-refills cup) when I'm there, and then have to stop and run behind a tree by the side of the road about four times on the way home.

Posted: 12:19 Mon 16-May-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Incidentally, the post-checkout snack section now offers French fries, McDonalds-style chips different to the ones in the instore café, for 50p for a carton about the same size as a McD's "regular". After shopping, you can now get some excellent fries, a quality hot dog, a delicious drink (see post above) and an ice cream, all for a ridiculously bargainous £1.45. When will they see sense and branch out into High Street IKEA fast-food outlets?
Posted: 13:03 Thu 12-Jan-2006 by "Andrew Smith" # permalink comment
Comment: Just noticed that these are now stocked in Tesco and have been reformulated to be low GI which is good for my waistline!!. £2.59 for a pack of 3... 97267 6
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