“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cereal „
I often have cereals for breakfast but I will go through phases of which ones to buy, I will often buy Special K when I am meant to be eating more healthily but I almost always come back to the cereals aimed at the younger market because they just taste so much better! I usually have something from the Coco Pops range but when these were on offer a couple of months back in Asda offering 2 different boxes of Asda cereal for just £2 I thought I would give them a go.
==Where can I buy them and how much do they cost?==
As these are an Asda cereal they can only be found in Asda where they are currently retailing for £1.28 for 375g. The box has changed a little bit since Asda have begun their Chosen By You range and although there is still a picture of a pirate on the box he now has a brown beard and is stood behind a bowl of the cereal.
==What are they?==
Asda describe their Golden Balls as "wheat and oat balls coated in sugar and honey, fortified with vitamins and iron". They have no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat.
==What do they taste like?==
The cereal has a nice honey flavour to it. I always use quite a bit of milk with my cereal and I find that the milk makes the cereal soft but not soggy. They have quite a strong honey flavour and as they are made from maize they have a light texture. I dont really like honey as a rule but these are quite nice with a strong flavour that is not too overpowering.
For a 30g serving with semi skimmed milk these cereals contain:
1.3g saturated fat
Now the sugar content of these is quite high which is something to be aware of and I wouldn't recommend eating them all of the time because of this.
==Would I recommend them?==
If you like the premium brands version of these cereals then yes I would recommend these as they provide good value for money. The cereals have a nice flavour and do not go soggy when in milk, they also remain nice and crisp when they are left in the cupboard for a few weeks. I would recommend them but do be aware of the high sugar content.
I always seem to spend a fortune on various cereals for not only my children, but also (due to myself and my husband trying to lose a little weight), as a snack for us too.
After going shopping one time and realising that there were no cereals on offer (the only way I am willing to buy the better branded cereals), I decided to peruse Asda's own branded cereals, hence this review!
The product I will now review is - "Asda - golden balls".
The idea of this particular cereal, like so many of the other cereals in the Asda range, is to be a cheaper costing, but similar product to the better branded one's, with this cereal supposed to be like "golden nuggets" from Nestle.
After reading the name of this cereal, then looking at the box I can honestly say I have no idea why the manufacturers thought the name would automatically make you think of pirates, never the less that is what is on the box. Alongside this is all the usual information needed, brand name, product name, product description, nutritional information and a picture of the cereal (alongside the pirate!).
Once poured out you will notice (that is if you have had the better branded version before!), that these look and smell exactly the same as the previous, with the cereal balls being around the size of a ball bearing, and smelling sweet with the honey element being very apparent immediately.
Once the milk is poured on I feel that with some cereals that it is a time game from the moment! I have a real dislike of cereal that has started going soggy, with me even being known to chuck the rest away once the cereal has softened, so the fact that due to the design of these and the honey coating that seems to seal the cereal in, means that this softens much slower than other cereals.
The taste again is just the same as the previous mentioned cereal, for those people that haven't tried those they taste deliciously wheaty, with the sweetness coming from the honey coating meaning no sugar needs to be added.
Due to the point I mentioned earlier with the milk not being able to permeate the cereal as easily, the cereal stays nice and crunchy too!
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 30g serving, with 125ml of semi skimmed milk,
15.9g of which sugars,
1.3g of which saturates,
Allergy advice states that these contain gluten, wheat and oats, but is suitable for vegetarians.
Ok, so these are not the ideal treat for dieters, but for my children these are ideal as they feel like they are having a treat, whist the added vitamins and minerals in the cereal ensures an added health benefit.
Price wise these are available for £1.30ish a box, but are part of an ongoing offer "buy 2 for £2.00".
For more information visit - www.asda.com
Thanks for reading x