The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) developed a food bar suitable during emergency to help victims of calamities and disasters like typhoons, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and armed conflicts obtain appropriate nourishment.
The rice crispy bar is made from expanded cereals and flour from legumes and oilseeds which provide energy and adequate protein.
It comes in chocolate-coated, peanut-flavored and tropical fruit variants that provide delicious and quick sources of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat.
A 25-gram portion of tropical fruits-flavored food bar provides 4 percent of the protein and 5 percent of the energy requirement of a 4-6 year-old child daily.
Rice crispy bar is ready-to-eat, appealing, and nutritious and light, therefore, easy to handle and transport.
These bars are of good quality and are affordable emergency foods as well as excellent snacks for long distance travel and when caught in traffic.
The intended market for rice crispy bars are government and non-government institutions involved in food assistance during disaster and emergency situations. These can also be marketed in supermarket as convenience foods.