“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cereal „
I used to regularly buy Weetabix because, most of the time I could find them in various shops on offer for £1.00. About 6 months ago I noticed an acute lack of offers and at £1.78 for 24 felt I was being ripped off. Although not one to deviate from branded cereal, I saw this version by Asda for 2 for £2.00 and thought I would give them a try. Nutritionally they come in at 198 cal for 2 including semi-skimmed milk, so a pretty healthy breakfast.
The packaging is very similar to the branded type, with a yellow cardboard box containing 2 plastic strips each containing 12 biscuits. I put 2 in my bowl and poured over the milk. There are many other ways to eat these, my children like boiled water over them first before cold milk in the winter to warm their tummies.
I like to wait until the milk has soaked in to give a softer consistency; this took no longer than usual about 10 seconds. I sprinkled a little sugar (know I shouldn't but can't cope without it) and now for the taste test. They are fine. By this I mean they're just the same as Weetabix, which lets face it are never going to be a taste sensation. We eat these because they're healthy and keep you full. They were a nice texture, and didn't go sloppy too quickly and I didn't need to keep topping up my milk either. I went off to work and didn't feel hungry until about 11 o'clock snack time as usual.
The biggest test in our house was still to come - my partner and son. I once suggested deviating from branded cereals and was met with looks of utter disgust. So I cunningly replaced the plastic strips from the new box to an old branded box so they wouldn't be put off before they had even started. Surprise, they didn't even notice so I'm sold. I buy a 24 pack a week so in 6 months I have now saved around £20.00. Definitely a good swap.
I rarely buy any food that isn't a supermarket own brand as I find that they are normally just as good as their more expensive equivalent.
I used to shop at Sainsbury but recently changed to asda after some problems with their delivery service. So I have been trying all the Asda own brands to see what they are like.
The Asda Wheat Bisks really are very nice. I buy them for my children and often have them myself. We are quite traditional in our tastes and usually stick to eating them with milk and sugar.
I usually buy the 24 pack and you get two sealed packs inside the box as you would with the better known brand. They are quite messy to get out of the box as you do get quite a bit of dust but this is usual with this style of cereal. The biscuits are tightly packed and stay together well even when covered in milk. I haven't tried them with warm milk as I can't stand soggy cereal but with cold milk they stay quite crunchy for a while and don't instantly turn to mush like some other brands I have tried. I did notice that they are quite brown in colour whereas I am used to them being lighter but this doesn't after the taste or quality.
I actually prefer the taste and texture of these to some other brands I have tried because it is less crumbly and has a nice flavour. I think the flavour is a little stronger than the well known brand but it is very nice.
I haven't tried them with anything other than milk or sugar but I'm sure they would be just as tasty with yoghurt or chocolate milk or whatever you want to try.
I don't eat these very often but my children have them almost every day and they seem to enjoy them. They can be quite fussy and won't eat some of the supermarket brands.
Typical serving: 2 bisks
They also contain iron (32.1% rda) and folic acid (36.5% rda) so these are good to eat when you are pregnant.
The 24 pack is currently available from Asda for £1.15 and a box of 48 is £2.00 so they really are much better value for money.
I have been eating weetabix for years, sometimes as breakfast, but mostly as a late night snack and its just delicious. It is also very filling. I find that Weetabix (the brand) are very good value for money, but decided recently to economise, with the credit crunch and everything, so want to save pennies where I can. It really depends on which supermarket I am doing my shop in that particular week, but picked up some Asda Wheat Bicks.
Obviously, the outer packaging is Asda branded, but the inner packaging is the same and the Wheat Bicks look just like Weetabix, no difference at all.
To me, they taste the same, exactly. Sometimes I have them with cold milk, and sometimes I pour milk on then put them in the microwave to warm the milk and I have to admit that prepared either way, they are exactly the same as Weetabix in texture, form and flavour.
I would hate to put Weetabix out of business but reckon, why buy Weetabix when Asda and other supermarket versions are just as good.
I don't know how many other people who eat weetabix the way I do, appareantly it's just plain horrid. Basically instead of pouring milk all over it, whether hot or cold, just makes it go soggy and doesn't (in my opinion) make it taste very nice. No, I tend to go down the route of spreading butter-well margarine really- on it. Trust me, it is lovely!
I've discovered, as have many others, that these wheat bisks are just as good as the real thing. There is no difference other than the way it looks on the front of the box.
You can get them in 2 different sized boxes I think, one for 24 and the other 48. The outside box is a lovely yellowy gold colour-perfect to start off your day with a bit of sunshine. The thin white packaging means they stay nice and fresh, another great with the box is that it has a funny label thing which means you can keep it practically air tight!
They look exactly the same as weetabix when put on a plate aside from one tiny thing. They are, or the ones that I've been eating, a good deal crumblier! But at a staggering £1.06 from the great Asda empire who's to complain?
On taste wise I dare anybody to decide which is which, because lets fact it, there can't be many differences in the ingredients. I do suggest, along with recommending this great alternative to the 'posh stuff!' that you attempt butter or margarine technique. You may think it'll be too dry but all you have to do is have a swig of tea to wash it all down with. Lovely!
I always have to have weetabix before I go to work mainly because it is the only cereal I have found which actually fills me up untill lunch time and secondly becasue it is proberly the healthiest type of cereal out there, however I find that buying weetabix can actually be quite expensive. Therefore on my next shopping trip I decided to buy Asda's own brand version.
The packaging is simplier then that of weetabix but I supose that is to be expected. It comes in a similar size and shaped box, and is yellow with Wheat Bisks written in red quite large in the centre. It also has a picture of these wheat bisks on the front and I have to admite that from this picture they look identical to weetabix!
Inside the wheat bisks are wraped in the same thin plastic as normal weetabix whch keeps them nice and fresh inside the box.
On removing the wheat bisks from their packaging and placing them in my bowl they are actually identical to the expensive brand. And even more surprsing they have the exact same taste, honestly if I hadnt known which box they were from I would think they were weetabix! They have the same wheat flavour!
When adding my milk I was half expecting them to crumble away but no! They kept there form and went soggy how weetabix should but didnt dissolve into the milk how I feared they would.
If you want my opnion and you buy weetabix save yourself a bit of my money and buy asdas own brand there really is no difference apart from the name!
Me and my family LOVE wheat bicks. we buy 48 a month and they literally taste no different than the regular brand!
we pay £2.15 for 48 of the asda brand, and its £3.24 for the regular brand.. when they taste no different why pay more?
I told my family to start buying the cheaper asda brand. My mum tried them and she said they were awful and tasted like metal? But my grandparents and a friend of mine all buy the asda ones and agree with me that they taste superb.
I have to admit some of the other asda cereals i.e the cornflakes, rice crispies etc taste like card board and we wont buy them and always pay more but the wheat bisks are lovely and make my morning every day. Lovely with milk, or yoghurt, fruit etc. Try something different every day.
Try them you wont regret it.
I love a good bowl of cereal for breakfast in the morning drenched in yoghurt and bananas (I dont do milk as it tends to make it too soggy for my liking) and weetabix is one of my faves, however I refuse to pay the high cost of branded "proper" weetabix and have turned to the supermarket own brands instead.
Asda's turn on this popular breakfast cereal is called Asda Wheat Bisks and is easy to spot on the supermarket shelves due to the colourful bright orange packaging the bold name splashed across the front screaming at you to try it, I can almost imagine it saying "dont give in to Kellogs, they're the enemy eat me instead!" I'm happy to eat them instead as they're a damn sight cheaper, less than a £1 for a box of 24 biscuits which lasts almost a fortnight for me.
The biscuits are no smaller in size to the famous named ones and are very tasty, wheaty and very slightly salty with a satisfying crunch when you bite into them. I dont have them with milk so have no idea how they react to cold liquids but they are wonderful with a small tub of fruity yoghurt dumped on top, the biscuits soften very slightly round the edges but retain their crispy bite making for a wonderfully delicious and almost sensuous breakfast experience.
I cant get going in the morning without a good bowl of my fave cereal, there's a riot in our house if we ever run out. Get your teeth round these and you'll be raring to go.
While shopping in Asda a couple of weeks ago I headed for the cereal aisle as I needed to get some Weetabix - I do love my Weetabix, usually with fruit, for my breakfast.
When I was looking at the packets of Weetabix I realised that next to them were packets of Asda Wheat Bisks at a fraction of the price. A box of 48 Weetabix biscuits cost £3.24 while a pack of 48 of the Asda ones costs just £2.15, so I decided to try them.
Wheat Bisks come in a simply designed golden yellow cardboard box with the words Wholegrain Goodness Asda Wheat Bisks on the front together with a picture of two of the biscuits - which incidentally look exactly like Weetabix. There are also the boxes showing the nutritional content expressed as a percentage of recommended daily allowance.
Inside the box the biscuits are then wrapped in packs of 12 in white greaseproof paper.
This means that whilst you are eating your way through the first 12 the remainder of the biscuits are still sealed and airtight to retain their freshness.
For those of you who like a full description - the biscuits themselves are oblong in shape with rounded ends and are about 5 inches long and about 2 inches wide.
This is a high fibre, low fat cereal, which is fortified with iron, vitamins B1 and B2, niacin and folic acid - great for you if you're trying for a family.
The whole grain in Wheat Bisks is a great source of fibre, which not only helps to keep you regular; it helps to maintain a healthy heart too.
Wheat Bisks can be eaten by babies as young as 6 months old (in small quantities) as it can be mashed to a pulp when the milk is added.
A serving of two biscuits will only set you back 128 calories and they are suitable for vegetarians too.
Well I did wonder when I purchased these whether they were actually made by Weetabix and boxed in Asda boxes and this suspicion was further fuelled when I opened the box. The biscuits look and smell identical to Weetabix.
I put two of them in my bowl, added the skimmed milk and began to eat. They tasted exactly the same as Weetabix too! The taste is just a simple, enjoyable wheaty taste - sorry I can't describe it any better than that!
I eat mine without sugar and often slice a banana, peach or nectarine on top or even strawberries when they're in season - that's a real treat!
More about the Comparison
When I looked at the detailed nutritional information on the back of the Wheat Bisks box I wondered what the difference would be from Weetabix. I found Weetabix on the Internet and checked their nutritional value and, guess what; it was identical down to the very last gram.
I then checked the list of ingredients and there again - identical.
Now I am convinced that these are the same biscuits that I used to buy in boxes marked Weetabix only now I am paying considerably less for them.
If you do have a complaint with this or indeed any Asda product you will be covered under their refund and replace policy where they will replace the faulty product AND refund your money too.
Wheat Bisks taste great and provide a good healthy start to the day - in fact they are ideal at any time of the day!
I have even been known to eat one with a drop of milk in the middle of the night when I can't sleep!
~*~ Asda Wheat Bisks ~*~
It doesn't really take a genius to guess at what cereal 'Wheat Bisks' are a copy of does it? For those of you that don't know, Wheat Bisks are Asda's own version of the ever popular breakfast cereal, Weetabix. Their version comes in a bright yellow-orange box, not unlike the colour of the Weetabix box. Actually, the whole packaging of the product is very similar, except, of course of the trademark blue Weetabix bubble lettering - Asda have instead gone for red...
~*~ The benefits of wholegrain! ~*~
Wholegrain foods are better for you, full stop. This is a proven fact! Studies have shown that people who eat wholegrain cereals for breakfast each day are less likely to contract heart disease than those who don't. This suggests that as part of a healthy lifestyle, wholegrain breakfast cereals can lower your risk of heart disease later in life, which is always a bonus!
There are so many different cereals to choose from today, and with so many 'healthy' ranges to choose from, it's hard to know where to start! That fruity, healthy looking cereal you have every morning could easily be hiding 400 calories or more, that's before you even start adding milk and sugar! When I started watching my weight and trying to eat healthily, I decided to look into the best cereals, and was overwhelmed with information on what was good and what wasn't, so I decided to go for the easiest option and stick to Weetabix! These are low in sugar and salt, and high in fibre and whole grain, and with no added extras (such as chocolate chips) you can't go far wrong!
~*~ Wheat Bisks vs. Weetabix ~*~
I started off buying Weetabix religiously until I noticed 'Wheat Bisks' in a 24 box in Asda, and thought I might as well give them a go - they are a lot cheaper, and I could always hand them over to the other half if I didn't like them! On first opening the box, I was confronted with what could easily be a standard Weetabix box - two white plastic films each containing twelves biscuits.
So, unsealed the tube (in the exact same way Weetabix are unsealed...) and was faced with twelve Weetabix! That's the only way I can describe them, as I'm pretty sure if I put them side by side you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. As far as taste goes, I couldn't tell the difference there either. So a pass on this front from me!
The actual ingredients of Wheat Bisks and Weetabix are exactly the same, so basically they are the same thing (95% whole grain wheat).
~*~ Ways to eat them! ~*~
There are hundreds of options! I usually find it hard to make decisions in the morning and stick to two Wheat Bisks with ice cold milk and a sprinkling of sugar. However, the options are endless. One of my favourite ways to start the day is with Wheat Bisks, milk, and a selection of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries all mixed together with a bit of yogurt.
All types of fresh fruit go well with Wheat Bisks, and if you find it a pain to have fresh fruit kept stocked up all the time, a dried bag of raisins and sultanas will do the job, perfect for adding a bit more variety to your breakfast.
~*~ The price ~*~
A pack of 24 wheat bisks will set you back £1.15, or you can grab 48 for £2.15! Considering £1.15 is the average price of a pack of twelve 'Weetabix', you really do get twice as much for your money. Result!
~*~ The verdict ~*~
I would highly recommend Wheat Bisks, definitely as an alternative to Weetabix! Ok, the packaging isn't as good, but take that away and what's inside is identical - you really are just throwing your money away by spending those extra pounds to get the Weetabix brand name.
The downside to these as a breakfast cereal is they can get a bit boring after a while - two plain wheat biscuits isn't a very exciting way to start your day, so it's best to have some dried fruit or a sprinkling of sugar on hand to jazz them up a bit. Other than that though, this cereal is definitely a winner!