Sweet snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.
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01 .Introduction


It's little surprise that some packaged snacks are nutritionally better than others - but how can you tell? CHOICE purchased a selection of shelf-stable snacks, sized up their nutritional value and has brought you the results. See our table of results. We found some were little more than confectionery in disguise.

The key to good snacking is choosing those low in saturated fat and sugar and limiting portion sizes. The best sweet snacks are fresh fruit and yoghurt; they’re core everyday foods that provide important nutrients our bodies need. Unfortunately, these need refrigeration or have a limited shelf life. Food manufacturers have responded to our increasing snacking habits and need for shelf-stable snacks, and supermarket shelves are brimming with them.

So what is a snack?

There’s no universally accepted definition for the term snack, so knowing the difference between a snack and an indulgence is easier said than done. Ideally, a snack should be low in saturated fat and sugar and provide less than 600kJ of energy per serve.

Think of snacking as an opportunity not only to fill your belly, but also to maximise your nutritional gains – something you can’t do with indulgence foods. Indulgence foods include products such as chocolate, cakes, high-fat biscuits, processed foods in large portion sizes, or anything you would normally reserve for a dessert or treat. If you know the difference between the two, you’ll be better equipped to fuel your body sensibly and keep your waistline slim.

Tips for smart snacking

1. Make fruit or yogurt your first choice.
2. Stick to smaller portion sizes of packaged snacks.
3. Watch the saturated fat and sugar content.
4. Choose snacks with <600kJ per serve.
5. Aim for a snack with fibre or combine an small pre-packaged snack with a piece of fruit.
6. Eat whole foods – look for shorter ingredients list and fewer additives.


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Table notes: Only single serve pre-packaged snacks were analysed, meaning some snack brands may be missing. There are no values in the 'Total score' column as we did not perform a taste test.

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Price ($)Product typeEnergy (kJ per 100g)Total fat (per 100g)Saturated fat (per 100g)Sugars (per 100g)Sodium (mg per 100g)Fibre (g per 100g)
Baked fruit filled bar Apple flavour 5 x 38g4.64Bars13000.90.149.81155.1
Oven baked ceraeal bar strawberry and blueberry duo 6 x 37.5g2.99Bars13200.90.230.322512.8
Bodywise Apple delight  6 x 35g4.89Bars13306.30.916.29025.4
fruit filled Apricot flavoured bars  6 x 37.5g2.49Bars13402.91.127.93456.8
fruit bar strawberry and blueberry  6 x 37.5g3.99Bars142041.229.42278.2
K-Time Twists Raspberry and apple 6 x 37g4.29Bars14205.80.835.61805.6
trail bars Honey nut 6 x 32g4.99Bars15408.41.61315011.8
Cereal bar Orange flavoured 6 x 30g2.99Bars15402.90.713.61807.6
AntiOx bar 40g1.99Bars167218.29.818.64511.6
Hifi plus yoghurt, macadamia and apricot1.39Bars171622.29.826.82915
Chewy muesli bar Strawberry and Yoghurt flavoured 8 x 31.25g1.99Bars172010.8827.81204.2
Special K Chocolatey Bars - raspberry flavour  6 x 21.5g2.39Bars17308.15.829.42502.5
Honey and oat slice - Apricot 80g1.57Bars179819.9612.3416.941937.5
Original fruit-free muesli bar 6 x 45g4.29Bars180018.2212.1457
Yoghurt Tops  Apricot   6 x 31.3g3.75Bars181016.38.830.1335
oat slice yoghurt peach and mango 100g1.89Bars181920.2413.5423.111777.1
Crunchy Nut Crumble 6 x 20g3.75Bars184016.23.516.82658.6
Yoghurt Apricot and Almond bar 6 x 35g4.29Bars1850225.625.2495.5
four currant + nuts + grains + seed 6 x 32g3.99Bars186021.73.226.31505.3
Crunchy Oats and Honey 6 x 42g4.49Bars193416.111273406.2
oat slice Nut Delight 100g1.89Bars195824.1212.3116.621847.9
strawberry Trio bar 35g1.29Bars202934.34.3171295.7
Yoghurt Almond and Apricot  40g1.59Bars2035.0230.720.2641.45486.55
Rice Syrup bar Cashew and honey 35g0.99Bars204729.15.231.1242.2
natural nut bar trail mix 6 x 32g3.99Bars214031.87.425.7576.1
Chocolate nut bar almond   6 x 30g3.99Bars2170337.928.334
Seasame Snaps Original 40g0.84Bars218030.54.637.899
Nut Delight 40g1.59Bars2181.0539.854.5220.1716.397.5
Nut Bar macadamia and hazelnut 45g1.59Bars221440.55.721.7147
Crunchy Nut Nutty 6 x 30g4.69Bars223035.610.926.22755.1
Rice Syrup bar Macadamia and honey  35g0.99Bars252750.6931.280.9
mini cakes Light fruit and sticky date 12 x 90g10Snack cakes13207.73.226.9220
Muffin bars choc chip  6 x 42g4.89Snack cakes1590144.728.73009.5
Muffin bars chocolate 6 x 42g4.89Snack cakes160014.82.225.32958.9
Trancetto 10 x 28g5.39Snack cakes164117.68.735.20.150.7
Little bites muffins choc chip 6 x 40g3.91Snack cakes165015.94.136.43659.3
Little bites muffins choc fudge brownies 6 x 40g3.91Snack cakes202024.1642.4270
Vive Lites mini choc 8 x 30g3.79Sweet biscuits17306.8334.13253.1
Homestyle Chunkies minis choc chip  8 x 25g3.99Sweet biscuits195916.81233.82605.1
mini sandwich cookies 12 x 30g2.98Sweet biscuits2060201228300
Tim Tam Fingers 90g0.99Sweet biscuits21602713.345170
Peaches in mango jelly 4 x 120g2.59Processed fruit420.10.11551.6
Peaches in Juice 4 x 125g2.79Processed fruit1800.10.19.65
diced apricot 140g2.95Processed fruit2020.10.17.781.2
pear with pomegranate 140g1.45Processed fruit2080.
diced peaches in fruit juice 140g2.59Processed fruit2100.30125
diced two fruits 140g1.45Processed fruit2270.
fruit salad in juice 140g1.45Processed fruit2380.
Peaches in mango jelly 120g3.58Processed fruit2800.301754
Australian sultanas 6 x 40g1.99Processed fruit5520.80.219.752.4
Apple &amp; Berry fruballs  3 x 30g2.79Processed fruit4440.80.218421.5
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