Product Type: Asda Breakfast
Newest Review: ... cereals from the selection on offer, and this review discusses my experience of the "Asda Honey Hoops." The box of cereal ... more
Heaps of HOOPS..!
Asda Honey Hoops
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Asda Honey Hoops
Advantages: Pleasant taste - Excellent value for money...
Disadvantages: None for me!!
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.
Summary: A great value for money cereal from Asda... highly recommended..!
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