“ Brand: Asda / Type: Hoops „
I do the majority of my household shopping in either Asda or Tesco, so over the years I have tried out many of the 'own-branded' products within these stores. In Asda, they have a budget range called 'Smartprice' as well as many own-branded products that are offered among the more well-known brands.
Recently I decided to try out some of the items in the Asda own-branded ranges as I feel my shopping bill is increasing more and more each time I shop. I hoped that by replacing some of my regular purchases from bigger brands with cheaper alternatives from Asda's own range, I could save some money on my household shop.
We go through rather a lot of cereal in our household, mainly because my husband insists on pouring himself a MASSIVE bowlful of crunchy cereal each morning before he heads out to work. Whilst this is good for him and I don't want him to start his working day on an empty stomach, the sheer amount of cereal that my other half gets through in one week means that we go through boxes of the stuff. Admittedly, I will often choose to eat cereal at lunchtime instead of a sandwich so this too contributes to our overall consumption.
Needing at least one small box of cereal in our household each week means that I am often on the look out for promotional purchases or deals when doing the grocery shopping. I was interested in a deal I noticed recently whilst doing an online shop at www.asda.co.uk relating to a selection of Asda's own branded cereals. Any three of the cereals in the small selection could be purchased for only £3, which worked out at being a highly economical purchase. I selected three boxes of assorted cereals from the selection on offer, and this review discusses my experience of the "Asda Honey Hoops."
The box of cereal is only available in one size as far as I can tell, which is a 375g box. The normal price for this box is £1.58, a price that still offers excellent value for money in my opinion. It is worth noting I think, that the big-branded alternative to this cereal namely "Nestle Honey Cheerios" currently retails in Asda for around £2.30 for a 375g box, so you can see the savings to be made by switching from big branded items to supermarket-own versions quite easily.
The box is attractive enough, being made of a sturdy cardboard which can be recycled. There is a sort of integral 'flap' situated at the top of the box which goes some way to sealing the box in-between uses. This is to keep the cereal as airtight as possible of course, to prevent it from becoming soft or soggy. There is a thin white bag inside the box which actually holds the cereal and this has never become ripped or torn throughout the duration of the box of cereal being used up. In my experience, many of the Asda own-branded cereals feature an attractive cartoon animal on front of the box (presumably to make the cereals more appealing to children..?), and the Honey Hoops are no exception to this, with an attractive 'cartoon' honeybee appearing on the front of the box The box has changed, and no longer looks like the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page here.
The cereal is formed into circular 'hoops' or 'loops' if you prefer. These are a golden colour, and they are completely round and have a hard, crunchy texture. The Honey Hoops contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. They are also completely suitable for vegetarians.
The cereal looks attractive enough when it is poured from the box into the bowl. I tend not to over-fill my cereal bowl as I don't like the texture of cereals when they become overly soggy. A sort of 'layer' over the bottom of my bowl is usually enough to satisfy my craving for cereal, although the serving size is down to personal choice of course. There is no real noticeable aroma evident as the cereal is poured into the bowl, but I can tell the Hoops are quite crunchy and have quite a hard texture. I add semi-skimmed milk to my own cereals, and doing so allows the Honey Hoops to make a soft 'crackling' noise.
The taste of the cereal is very pleasant, surprisingly so for me, as I hadn't been too sure what to expect! I don't eat the Nestle Honey Cheerios but my other half (who regards himself as something of a connoisseur of the cereal world..!) assures me that the Asda Honey Hoops are not all that unlike their big-brand competitor. The Asda Honey Hoops do taste quite sweet, which I know would be off-putting for some consumers. I don't find that the Hoops have that sickly 'sugariness' that other breakfast cereals contain however, especially those that are aimed at kids. I don't find the Hoops to be at all sickly or 'too much' when eaten first thing in the morning.
There is quite a 'malted' taste evident from the Hoops and although I can taste the honey, the flavour lurks in the background, giving the cereal an understated flavour rather than being overly sickly or sweet. The flavour compliments the delicious bite and 'crunch' of the cereal perfectly, making each bowlful extremely satisfying and tasty.
I liked too how the cereal didn't disintegrate after being mixed with the milk, it kept its 'crunch' well - and for a reasonable time - as well as its shape and the hoops didn't break up too easily. This really was a plus point for me as I don't like soggy cereals AT ALL.. as I mentioned earlier.
In summary, I was delighted with the Asda Honey Hoops cereal and have already repurchased the box for my household. I think the current promotion offers an excellent value for money price, but even at the normal price I think they are highly economical and offer excellent value. I will definitely continue to purchase this particular cereal, and have nothing negative to report about it at all.
I love breakfast time no matter the time I get up and usually buy a box of cereal a week. On an economy drive at the moment and trying to make a few cut backs for this reason I spotted these in Asda at £1.37 a box (or currently on offer with most of the Asda own store cereals being any 2 boxes for £2.00) I decided to give them a try and at that price for a box of 375g I thought that offered amazing value for money.
Yellow and orange box with a cartoon picture of a bee on the front of it and a bowl of the cereal we are told that they are Asda Honey Hoops, the weight is stated, we are told that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that they contain added iron and are a source of fibre and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given along with a full nutritional chart and there are a couple of kids games on the back of the box and contact details for Asda are given. The cereal is stored within a see through white plastic bag. All in all this is nice informative and child friendly packaging.
What you get a are lots and lots of small hoops that are slightly knobbly textured, glossy and golden in colour and quite thick. They have a slight sweet smell to them and are made from oats and wheat and are coated in honey and sugar.
Of course you can eat these any way that you want to but I always fill a bowl up and add milk to them. Eaten dry they are crispy and crunchy and if you don't add too much milk to them thus drowning them they stay slightly crunchy though go soggy in places. I find if I add too much milk to them they go really, really soggy....but if you like cereal like that you should love these!
Taste wise they do have an oaty taste to them along with a slight salty taste (these do contain salt) but they are very sweet indeed. Personally I can't taste honey flavouring on them but can taste the sugar. However I really do like them although they are sweet cos that sweetness is a natural flavouring opposed to this cereal being filled with artificial sweeteners.
All in all I like this cereal, it looks nice and tastes it I just wish it wasn't so soggy! Recommended to try though if you like this type of cereal for the price it costs!
Nutritional Information Per 30g Serving With 125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk:
Sat Fat: 1.4g
Only available in Asda stores.
Asda Honey Hoops are the perfect cereal for kids and adults. It is basically made up of lots of oat and wheat hoops, covered in honey and sugar. They are bit like Cheerio's in appearance but personally i think they taste better.
The box would be very appealing for children, its bright orange and has a picture of a honey bee on the front with the bowl of cereal shown, the back of the box has a joke section, a small game like spot the difference, and also a recipe section. The box i have has a recipe for pancakes with honey hoops, I didn't fancy this myself. When you open the box, it's the same as any other brand of cereal, a plastic bag full of hoops! If you are looking to buy these, please not the picture in the top of the review is the old packaging style, they can easily be found in the kids cereal section though.
These cost £1.28 for a 375g box, but Asda usually has a two for £2 which makes them very cheap at only £1! The box states that there are no artificial colours, flavourings or hydrogenated fat. It contains added iron and is a good source of fibre.
A 30gram serving with 12ml of semi skimmed milk contains
3g fat, 1.4g saturates
0.4g of salt.
These are all fairly good, apart from the sugar, its pretty high, so you
wouldn't want to be feeding this to kids every day. The box states it should do 12 servings, I get through a box of these a week.
When it comes to taste, these are very good. They are very sweet and crunchy, after a while the milk turns very sweet too which is nice. They don't go soggy if you are a slow eater, but i guess thats all the honey and sugar coating. You would never think that this is a £1 box of cereal by the taste.
As with most Asda products, it has the brand guarantee. If you are not 100% happy with the product, just phone them and tell them why, They will issue a full refund and even replacement free of charge. If they were not confident in what they are selling they wouldn't offer this.
Contact for details are:
www.asda.com or phone them on 0845 300 111. If you don't have the internet, which is pretty unlikely as you are reading this! You can write to them at Asda Stores Ltd, Leeds, LS11 5AD
Overall five stars from me, a very nice start to the day!
I've been trying a few of the supermarket own brand cereals at the minute and have been proper impressed with these Honey Hoops from Asda. They're not exactly the same as the Kelloggs Honey Loopy things but are just as good I reckon.
They are hoops made out of oats and wheat and they're glazed in like a honey and sugar coating. The coating is just enough to make them a bit crispy on your tongue, you know... crackly, the whole Hoop is crispy but the coating sort of crackles when you put it in your mouth! lol
The taste is oaty and I love the sweet taste of the honey, it comes out quite strong the more of the cereal you eat and I love how sweet the milk goes. It also gets a bit of a faint CEREAL flavour, kind of like baby rusks but still thin like any other milk you have on your cereal.
The honey is natural tasting but I LOVE how it's been mixed with sugar to give a majorly sugary taste but it's weird because these Hoops taste proper sweet but they're not sickly or over powering. I do like this a lot more than cereal that is coated with plain sugar because it's loads more interesting, not that much more heavy in the morning than corn flakes and easy to digest.... especially when you've got a hangover and want something sweeter than usual!
They don't go all that soggy in the milk, that's a good thing but even the ones that do go mega soft are still yummy so it's not an issue. I love them when the milk has been on for a few seconds, you get the crispy feel and then some of them on the same spoon will have softened up so you get a wicked combo of textures.
Recommended... a yummy cereal that only costs £1.28 for a 375g box. They keep well after they've been opened and taste yummy!!!
Although I like Cocoa Pops best of all out of all the Cereals, but I have been looking about to try other Cereals but more so t see if I can save money. I'm not keen on the Cheaper version of Cocoa Pops, Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies, but cereals like this aren't that bad usually.
These are sold in Asda. When I last bought them they were £1.18 for the 370g box, or 2 boxes out of the Asda branded range for £2. So I tried another kind as it worked out that bit cheaper.
The box looks alright. It is quite bright and cartoon looking, and certainly looks like it was designed in mind of kids. The Hoops are in the standard bag within the box.
These are quite small Hoops but just a good size. These are crunchy, but soften slighty in the Milk and there is a noce Honey taste to them. I would say they aren't quite as flavoursome as the Kellogs ones, but they are still very nice and cheaper too!
Per 30g serving with 125ml Semi Skimmed Milk this has 171 calories and 3g of fat.
These were nice and I feel they had a good bit more flavour than I first expected. They had a nice crunch to them, as I like Cereal when it is still crunchy, and not all soggy with the Milk. This stayed crunchy for quite a while. The hoops had a nice subtle Honey Coating, and this ticks all the boxes for me.
I will be buying these again, and will try other ones in the range as well, as they are nearly on par with the brand name.