“ Brand: Asda / Type: Hoops „
I am always, as most people are these days, on the lookout for a bargain or a cheaper alternative, so after much deliberation and the fact that there was no cereal on offer at that time in Asda, I decided to try the own branded range.
My kids, like many others, love anything chocolaty for breakfast, so usually indulge in Weeto's or any chocolate flaked cereal, so after seeing that Asda produced their own version I thought it would be worth a go!
The product I will now review is - "Asda - choco hoops".
The packaging seems to have been through a little revamping since this product was placed on this site, with the box now holding a picture of a young pup more than ready to start eating the delicious looking cereal.
The box holds all the relevant information, brand name, product name, contents and description, nutritional information and finally price, this cereal is currently part of an ongoing offer "2 for £2.00", bargain!
The box states that it holds 375g of cereal which should equate to 12 servings....not in my house!
When the inner bag has been opened you notice a slightly sweet and wheat scent, though not as chocolaty as I was expecting.
The cereal to look at is just round Polo shaped chocolate rings, almost exactly the same as Weeto's which I suppose is the point, but they are so similar that my son didn't initially realise they weren't Weeto's.
The taste again is so similar to the aforementioned cereal. There is a sweet almost, but not quite chocolaty taste, but with a really nice wheat undertone to them, I like the fact that these take a bit longer than there flaked cousins to soften up in the milk, my kids don't mind them soggy, but for me they are destined for the bin at that stage!
Although I don't leave my cereal swimming in the milk for long, my kids very often do and that is for the magic that happens....the milk goes chocolaty and being big fans of milkshake in all it's forms, this makes the cereal a two course meal for them! I don't complain as long as they eat it!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 30g serving with 125ml of semi skimmed milk,
14.8g of which sugars,
1.6g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this contains gluten and wheat.
As with most cereal brands nowadays there clinching point is the added vitamins and minerals that they add to there foods. Now many of you will think that people should take these in, in the typical manner by eating the correct food groups, but as a mother of a picky eater, these types of products are a god send!
As mentioned earlier these are on an ongoing offer, at normal price they are around £1.20ish a box with there being a few copy brands in the range.
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Lots of cereal is consumed in my household so whenever I see offers I always stock up as I know it won't last long and it will save me running out and nothing in for breakfast one morning.
These 'Choco Hoops' are the Asda version of the Weetos chocolate hoops that I liked lots when growing up. A 375g box is £1.38 which is around 70p cheaper than buying the actual Weetos in Asda, however, the Asda cereals are frequently on a long term offer of 2 for £2.00 so the boxes I purchased were half the price of buying a box of Weetos.
The packaging is as you would expect with a box made of cardboard and a thick plastic bag within which holds the cereal and can sometimes be a little tricky to open. I usually open mine up with a pair of scissors in to a large cereal dispenser and this makes it easy for my nieces and nephews to pour a bowl out when they come to visit I just need an easier way for them to dispense the milk now! There is nothing special about the packaging and it really does look like it is aimed at children (which it is of course) and it shows all the usual nutritional information, ingredients etc that you would expect to see.
The cereal looks like Weetos when poured out with wheat hoops covered with a layer of cocoa powder which is not too much and the perfect amount for my tastebuds. The cereal is also fortified with added vitamins and minerals but I don't purchase it for this reason, I purchase it because it's nice!
The hoops are lovely and crunchy and while they don't have the most chocolatey taste I've ever had from this style of cereal the covering is generous and enough to give off a lovely sweet taste in the mouth. The cocoa powder tastes just like any other I've experienced before and the hoops hold their crunch for a good few minutes after being soaked in milk. I tend to not have a lot of milk with my cereal as I am not the biggest fan but a far amount is needed to ensure that all these hoops go lovely and soggy. The taste is comparable to Weetos although they don't seem to have such a sugary sweet taste but that's fine by me as I really do enjoy the taste of this cereal. I don't think a little one would be able to tell the difference between these & Weetos, particularly if the cereal is in a dispenser pot!
Ingredients: Wheat Flour , Sugar , Cocoa Powder (3.6%) , Vegetable Oil , Salt , Natural Flavouring , Vitamin and Mineral Mix [Niacin (B3), Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Vitamin D].
Avoid this cereal if you have an intolerance to gluten or wheat.
For each 30ml serving of cereal with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk there is 173 calories, 6.5g protein, 29.2g carbohydrate (of which 14.8g sugars), 3.4g fat (of which 1.6g saturates), 1.5g fibre and no salt. This really is not too bad at all if you are giving it to little ones as I sometimes do and they enjoy having a nice chocolatey treat and this means that you can up their calcium intake.
I will be buying these again in the future as I was very pleased with the quality of the product even though it's half the price of the branded version. This cereal really is another show that not all branded products are best and there are lots of ways you can save money on your weekly shop.
I am an absolute cereal nutcase; despite living alone I currently have no less than six boxes of cereal in my kitchen cupboard - all about to be decanted into airtight containers as there is no way it's all going to be eaten before going soft and stale.
The latest own brand cereal I've sampled is Asda's Choco Hoops, which is obviously a copy of the more expensive Weetos made by Weetabix.
I must say after a devouring a bowl this morning that I'm rather impressed. While I usually find Weetos a little too strongly chocolate flavoured, these Choco Hoops are much more wheaty in their flavour and this detracts a little from the rich chocolate flavour.
The hoops themselves are wonderfully crunchy, even after adding the milk I find they will remain crunchy for a while and even when they begin to soften they don't turn soggy as I find is a problem with many own brand cereals unfortunately.
The milk doesn't exactly turn chocolaty although the cocoa powder used on the cereal does turn it brown which gives the impression of it being chocolate flavoured, something which has been used to convince children to eat their breakfast for many years now with hardly any little people twigging on to the fact that the milk hasn't actually received a boost of chocolate flavouring!
When I first tried these I was actually surprised at what a natural chocolate flavour they have when compared to other chocolate cereals available. The cereal is deliciously sweet without being so sugary that it makes me feel sick first thing in the morning - unlike Coco Pops which the other morning had me gagging in disgust as I fed them to my little granddaughter! The chocolate flavouring works really well with the sweetness and I found the addition of the milk does help to remove some of the sugary taste of this cereal.
I'm not sure whether I'd class these as a filling breakfast cereal, but then none of the chocolate flavoured ones are particularly substantial in my opinion. I ate mine this morning at around 6.45am and must admit I am now feeling a little peckish despite it being only 9am now, this wouldn't happen if I were eating my usual Cornflakes or fruity cereal and I know it's going to be a bit of a struggle making it to lunchtime today.
The calorie content isn't great when eating these Choco Hoops; a 30g bowl with 125ml of semi skimmed milk will 'cost' you 173 calories and a rather high 3.4g of fat - and let me tell you now that this cereal weighs heavy so you won't get much in your bowl for 30g. For the occasion treat this is fine, although I cannot justify such a heavy calorie expenditure too often so the remainder of the box will probably languish in my cupboard until my granddaughters' visit next.
I paid the bargain price of £1.38 for this 375g box of Choco Hoops, although they are currently on offer with the rest of the Asda kids cereal at 2 boxes for £2 which is a deal well worth taking up in my opinion.
I love cereals and have recently again been trying various different ones. One of the cereals I've sampled is Asda choco hoops.
This can be found in only in Asda as it is specific to them however the equivalent can be found in other supermarkets such as Tesco. There are also similar cereals in branded names but you must be prepared to pay a lot more for them.
They can be found in the cereal aisle alongside the other cluster based cereals. These particular ones were right next to the bite tropical fruit crunch.
They come in one sized box only and this weighs 375g.This is quite a lot less than an average cereal box as they usually come in at around 500g or sometimes even more. The normal price will have you paying £1.38 in Asda! In my opinion this is a really expensive for the size of box you get Often there are offers on with the cereal and at the moment you can get two boxes for £2. I think this is much better value and worth taking advantage of!!
The box is not really quite attractive but appeals to children more than it does too adults. It is predominantly a chocolate brown in colour and this then draws children in! The box does look very "naughty" and luxurious! The back of the packet gives all nutritional and ingredients information. This is set out well and is easy to read. There is often a competition on the back too or a promotion and information on how to contact Asda if you have any problems with it. On the front there is all of the usual information containing product description and the brand name and product name. There is also a delicious looking picture of the products inside. The lovely image is of the bowl of the chocolate cereal inside. The bowl is overflowing and the cereal has been splashed in milk. There are also what looksl like chocolate monsters taking over the front of the box! The front of the box states that this cereal is also suitable for vegetarians!
Inside the box, the cereal comes in a white bag which is the same as some cereal bags. Nothing too special there! The bag is easy to open and the shredded wheat bite size can be tipped out very easily. Often at the bottom of the packet there are lots of crumbs but this for me is fab! There is a really chocolate like smell to them which I wasn't expecting at all. It didn't actually smell fake and resembled the smell of chocolate spread! I'm not very keen on chocolate based things however they are very tempting. The bag actually seems to be filled very full which makes the price seem even more amazing. I'd reckon it was slightly more than three quarters of the way filled. Great!
Pouring them in to the bowl, the milk pours over easily. It doesn't really soak in and it doesn't mash up too easily. This is not too good for me as I prefer mushed up cereal when it comes in this form. I always end up pouring even more milk over before mashing them down. Spooning some into my mouth the first thing I get is the texture. They seemed to be very crisp and crunchy at first however about half way down the bowl they had softened and were beginning to turn to mush. I preferred them this way! The chocolate taste is quite strong and I wasn't overly keen on it! It is very sweet though and if you don't like sweet things I wouldn't recommend these for you! I much prefer regular cereals such as Weetabix so the taste of this wasn't really to my favour! I popped one of the hoops in my mouth straight from the packet and it was quite nice and really quite crunchy. The chocolate taste was ok but a bit too strong for me personally. The milk at the bottom of the bowl when I had finished had turned brown in colour and sweet in taste and I loved drinking it all with a straw. Overall the taste of this cereal was alright but I wouldn't go for it again!
A recommended portion size is 30g with 125 ml of semi skimmed milk which will give you 175calories and 3.4g of fat. This is not too bad however I think I had about 200ml of milk and 40g cereal which bumps the calorie content etc up quite a bit! It's worth keeping this cereal for a treat!
These Choco Hoops are Asdas own band ones and they are delicious. You can buy them at most Asda stores they are priced at £1.38 for a 375g box. Or there is normally a deal on where you can buy two boxes for £2.00 the deal is also avaialbe on some of the other Asda cereal so you can mix what you buy.
The other Asda own brand cereals that are similar to the Choco Hoops and are included in the two boxes for £2.00 are: Multigrain hoops, choco snaps, golden balls and choco flakes. I have tried the choco snaps and the choco flakes but I personally prefer the choco hoops. As the chocolate flavour is stronger and with the other chocolates ones I find that when you add milk the flavour just disappears into the milk rather then staying on the cereal.
The box packaging is very bright with a picture of a bird character climbing out of one of the hoops on the cover. The box is a nice bright blue colour and is nice and cheerful . The cereal has added vitamins and iron and there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives so is ideal for you and your child. The cereal is suitable for vegetarians but does have gluten and wheat in so there not for you if you're allergic to them.
The cereal contains lots of fibre which is good for your digestive system. The cereal itself is shaped like small hoops and is basically wheat covered with chocolate similar to the well known brand weetoes but. When you bite in to them they are nice and crunchy and the chocolate on them tastes great. You can have them with milk or without. One of my daughters likes hers with milk the other doesn't. If you have it with milk then the milk turns a nice chocolate colour and has a chocolate flavour to it. To store the cereal you need to keep it in a dry and cool place so ideal for the cupboard.
We first tried these a little while ago as my daughters are big fans of chocolate cereals. So with four people in our house it doesn't take us long to get through a box of cereal. We used to buy things like weetoes, coco pops etc and we found them so expensive and they didn't last long. So we thought we would try Asdas own brand I expected them to not taste that nice as I thought the chocolate wouldn't be nice but I would actually say there just as nice as well known branded ones. So now when we go shopping we stock up on these we have also brought the Golden balls ones this time to try out so hopefully they are just as nice.