***I’m a BzzAgent & got these items for FREE in exchange for my opinion***
This campaign contained Quaker Oats’ instant oatmeal (maple flavored), Big Chewy bars, and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies.
I don’t care for instant oatmeal – any brand, any flavor. This one tasted good but I do not like the texture of instant oatmeal, the oat flakes are too small & turn out mushy no matter how short the cooking time. My husband thought it was okay but he’s not an oatmeal eater. However, my mother-in-law liked it very much! She especially liked that she could add her own sweetener (she’s diabetic).
I very rarely buy cookies. My family absolutely LOVED these ones! Our samples were gone in no time. We used the coupons to buy 2 more boxes. Seriously, I *rarely* buy cookies & when I do, they last a while because we’re not used to having them in the house. They’re not so soft that they crumble in the wrapper. They have a nice crispness & they’re not overly sweet. My daughters think they’re the best cookies ever. These cookies come in the perfect size packets for my handbag. I’m hypoglycemic, so I need to carry small, sweet snacks with me at all times. These are perfect!
Another thing I don’t buy often – bars. Like the cookies, these are YUMMY!! I like them more than the cookies. They’re not hard & dry like other brands. These are nice & soft & chewy. The texture is perfect, the sweetness is perfect. I keep these in my handbag, too, just in case my blood sugar gets too low. We didn’t have a coupon for these (we have coupons for the yogurt bars), but we bought more of these anyway – in chocolate chip & in peanut butter. YUM!! They are addictive but I have to resist for health reasons! If I didn’t have hypoglycemia, I’d be eating these all the time. Like, all day long. They’re THAT good.
I talk about healthy eating quite a bit on FB & Pinterest. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t mention my concerns about these products that I’m feeding myself & my family. I KNOW Quaker isn’t claiming these products are health foods but still, I have concerns.
My main concern with major brands is GMOs. Here is an excerpt from a statement from “Ken, Quaker Consumer Relations”:
Quaker’s oats and oatmeal are not developed through biotechnology. In fact, there are no oats developed through biotechnology currently available on the market. While Quaker does not require or exclude the use of these foods, the use of corn, canola and soya developed through food biotechnology is widespread. Currently, there is no system in place in the United States that separates these foods. So, there is a high probability that some of Quaker’s products contain foods developed through biotechnology.