“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 12 months „
My twin boys who are now 22 months old eat all foods that I eat now near enough but the other day in Poundland I spotted a large box of Cow & Gate cereal. I decided to buy it as it was only a £1 and I knew if I'd have seen this in the likes of Boots it would of been more than double the money.
The box is designed a little differently to the picture above but still provides the same info and messages. It clearly says Cow & Gate in bright red writing at the top of the box and it also says 1 year onwards therefore informing you who these are recommended for leaving no confusion. We are told on the box that these are toddler balance, and they provide a third of key daily vitamins, they also contain no added sugar and no added salt. We are told that these are Sun, Moon and stars cereal and a cute little boy is sitting at the bottom of the box eating some alongside a picture of fruit and pieces of this cerea.
A 25g serving of this cereal made with 125ml whole cows milk contains;
On the side of the box we are told that these are;
Crunchy pieces ideal for little fingers
Approved by toddlers and their mums
Contain no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives.
Suitable for vegetarians
Contain no added milk lactose or egg.
This cereal is basically Wholegrain shapes with fruit, the pictures of the fruit on the box are bananas, apple and strawberry so I'm assuming that's what they are meant to taste like.
Inside the box the cereal is kept and maintained fresh in a bag which you need to open like a crisp packet. The cereal pieces are very small, so I definitely agree with the over 1 year age recommendation as these could be a serious choking hazard for younger children.
Each cereal piece is shaped like a sun, which actually looks more like a swollen flower, a moon which in fact looks like a banana and a star, which does actually look like a star. They have the most unappealing look in fact, and the suns have a little pinky, redness colouring to them.
Now of course being a good mum, and trying to a be a good reviewer too I tasted them. I tasted them dry first and they tasted of absolutely nothing they were extremely hard and crunchy and possessed no taste whatsoever. They were dull, dry and boring, so adding a bit of milk I was hoping it would release some flavour. The milk aided with nothing except the slight softening of the cereal, it remained dry, dull, bland and tasteless. I could taste no fruit at all, there wasn't even a fruity smell! I'm not surprised my twins were just launching their cereal bowls across the kitchen when I gave them these. To be honest I wouldn't recommend these to anybody, not even for a £1. By the time your child is 1 they will have tried all different textures and flavours so these would just seem dull and boring to them, crunchy pieces of crap with milk that's all they are! You could only give them to a 1 year old if they had teeth too as they don't soften a lot really and they do need to be crunched on, as although they are only small pieces they are chunky at the same time so not too easy to swallow. I definitely won't be buying them again that's for sure!
Whole grain shapes with fruit.